National Guard Soldiers at Texas Border Describe Hapless Mission

Gov. Greg Abbott deployed thousands of Texas National Guard members to the Texas-Mexico border. But soldiers complain of difficulties and a seemingly rudderless mission.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #border-patrol-us, #illegal-immigration, #mexico, #national-guard, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #texas, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

The Viral Lies About Covid That Keep Killing Us

Why 2021 wasn’t the year we beat the pandemic.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #republican-party, #rubio-marco, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Texas Board Withdraws Clemency Recommendation for George Floyd

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles said it had made “procedural errors” when it issued a recommendation that Mr. Floyd be posthumously pardoned for a 2004 drug conviction.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #black-lives-matter-movement, #floyd-george-d-2020, #houston-tex, #politics-and-government, #texas

Despite Reforms, the Texas Electricity Grid Is Still Vulnerable to Cold

Gov. Greg Abbott has promised the lights will stay on this winter. But many of the problems that led to the power system failure in February remain.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #cold-and-cold-spells, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #energy-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

A Serious Threat to Reproductive Rights

Readers criticize an essay that expressed gratitude for President Trump’s picks for Supreme Court justices. Also: Liz Cheney; cruelty to migrants; Santa Claus.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #cheney-liz, #friedan-betty, #immigration-and-emigration, #national-organization-for-women, #republican-party, #santa-claus, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

For Texas Governor, Hard Right Turn Followed a Careful Rise

Greg Abbott’s shift will face a test in next year’s election, but he has demonstrated during his career a keen sense of the political winds.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #orourke-beto, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #texas, #trump-donald-j

Helicopters and High-Speed Chases: Inside Texas’ Push to Arrest Migrants

Texas is using state law enforcement in an unusual way in an attempt to stem illegal border crossings. The tactic is raising constitutional concerns and transforming life in one small town.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #asylum-right-of, #castro-joaquin-1974, #chiapas-mexico, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #ranches, #texas, #trespassing

In Texas, Panic Over Critical Race Theory Extends to Bookshelves

A new state law constricts teachers when it comes to race and history. And a politician is questioning why 850 titles are on library shelves. The result: “A lot of our teachers are petrified.”

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alamo-san-antonio-tex, #black-people, #critical-race-theory, #education-k-12, #history-academic-subject, #libraries-and-librarians, #republican-party, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas

Matthew McConaughey Says He Won’t Run for Texas Governor ‘at This Moment’

With about two weeks before the candidate filing deadline for the Texas primary, the actor said a run for office is “a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment.”

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #elections-governors, #mcconaughey-matthew, #orourke-beto, #politics-and-government, #texas

That ‘Team Beto’ Fund-Raising Email? It Might Not Be From Beto.

Mimicking official correspondence is an age-old marketing trick. But look-alike emails suggesting links to Beto O’Rourke’s campaign for governor show the tactic has accelerated in the digital era.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #campaign-finance, #orourke-beto, #political-action-committees, #republican-national-committee, #texas

Beto O’Rourke Announces Run for Texas Governor, Testing Democrats’ Strength

Mr. O’Rourke’s announcement on Monday sets the stage for a pitched political showdown over the future of the country’s largest Republican-led state.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #orourke-beto, #republican-party, #texas

Justice Dept. Sues Texas Over Voting Restrictions

The department argued that a major voting law passed by Republicans would disenfranchise several groups of vulnerable Texans.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #republican-party, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Transgender Athletes Face Bans From Girls’ Sports in 10 U.S. States

Over the past two years, nine states have enacted laws to bar transgender girls and women from competing in girls’ and women’s sports. Another relied on an executive order for a ban.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #athletics-and-sports, #discrimination, #interscholastic-athletics, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #states-us, #texas, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

Former Trump Lawyer to Oversee Election Review in Texas

The selection of a new secretary of state arrives as Gov. Greg Abbott is facing pressure to allow an expanded 2020 election audit in Texas.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elections-secretary-of-state, #patrick-dan-1950, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Complaints Against Texas’ Juvenile Prisons Include Violence and Sex Abuse

The extensive allegations present a portrait of an environment inside the state’s juvenile prisons that is rife with physical attacks.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #disability-rights-texas, #justice-department, #juvenile-delinquency, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sex-crimes, #texas, #texas-appleseed

Texas Removed an L.G.B.T.Q. Resource Page After a Candidate Complained

Don Huffines, who is challenging Gov. Greg Abbott in next year’s Republican primary, said the content on the state web page was “offensive.” It was quickly removed.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #gender, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #huffines-donald, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #texas, #texas-department-of-family-and-protective-services, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Texas Is a Harbinger of Doom

Mississippi was one of the states at the vanguard of the first Jim Crow; Texas may well be at the vanguard of the next.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abortion, #discrimination, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The Voters Democrats Say Are Crucial to Flipping Texas

Young people who are unregistered or do not vote consistently are the focus of an ambitious new push to turn Texas blue, a long-elusive goal for Democrats.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #campaign-finance, #cruz-ted, #democratic-party, #houston-tex, #jackson-lee-sheila, #mcallen-tex, #midterm-elections-2022, #orourke-beto, #steyer-thomas-f, #texas

Inside Republicans’ Policy Rift With Corporate America

Corporations learn that extremism is not their friend.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #corporations, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #internal-sub-only, #republican-party

Are Tesla and Texas a Perfect Match? It’s Questionable.

While its C.E.O., Elon Musk, and the state’s conservative lawmakers share libertarian sensibilities, they differ greatly on climate change and renewable energy.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #austin-tex, #automobiles, #batteries, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #law-and-legislation, #musk-elon, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #relocation-of-business, #silicon-valley-calif, #solar-energy, #tesla-motors-inc, #texas, #wind-power

Texas’ Toxic Heart

Its poisoned politics course through the nation’s bloodstream.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-sub-only, #law-and-legislation, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Can Beto O’Rourke Pull a Stacey Abrams?

The politician talks about the fight for voting rights, the possibilities for a blue Texas and a potential run for governor.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abrams-stacey-y, #audio-neutral-informative, #el-paso-tex, #elections-governors, #law-and-legislation, #orourke-beto, #texas

The Texas School Superintendent Who Defied Governor Abbott

Pedro Martinez is leaving San Antonio to become Chicago’s schools chief. He weighs in on his battles with Gov. Greg Abbott and why a student vaccine mandate should be “on the table.”

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #chicago-ill, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #martinez-pedro-1951, #masks, #san-antonio-tex, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization

Texas, Spurred By Trump, Announces Election Audit in 4 Counties

The announcement came hours after the former president publicly pushed for an audit of the election results in Texas.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Lawsuits Filed Against Texas Doctor Could Be Best Tests of Abortion Law

Legal experts said two lawsuits filed this week might test the constitutionality of the Texas law more than federal challenges by abortion providers and the Justice Department.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abortion, #braid-alan-r, #doctors, #gomez-felipe-n, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #stilley-oscar, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #texas-right-to-life

Beto O’Rourke Draws Closer to Entering Texas Governor’s Race

Mr. O’Rourke has been calling Democratic leaders in Texas to tell them he is seriously considering challenging Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #houston-tex, #orourke-beto, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #texas

Texas Lawmakers Plan to Continue Their Rightward Shift

The state recently completed one of its most conservative legislative sessions, widening a divide among many residents.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abortion, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #patrick-dan-1950, #prairie-view-am-university, #republican-party, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #waller-county-tex

Why Are We Still Going Great Guns?

The subject is guns. The password is safety.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #chipman-david-h-1966, #democratic-party, #firearms, #gun-control, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #murphy-christopher-scott, #republican-party, #schaefer-matt, #senate, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Conservative Lawyer Behind the Texas Abortion Law

Jonathan Mitchell has never had a high profile in the anti-abortion movement, but he developed and promoted the legal approach that has flummoxed the courts and enraged abortion rights supporters.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abortion, #breyer-stephen-g, #hughes-bryan-1969, #law-and-legislation, #mitchell-jonathan-f, #politics-and-government, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #scalia-antonin, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j

Trump May Be Gone, But the Fight Against His Border Wall Goes On

Residents in Los Ebanos, Texas, on the Rio Grande thought Joe Biden’s victory would end their fears of losing their property for a wall. It hasn’t worked out that way.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #eminent-domain, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #rio-grande-valley-tex, #texas-civil-rights-project, #trump-donald-j

Texas’ Near-Ban on Abortions Takes Effect After Supreme Court Fails to Act

The court is still expected to rule soon on an emergency application from abortion providers seeking to block the measure, which is now the most restrictive abortion law in the nation.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abortion, #decisions-and-verdicts, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Texas G.O.P. Passes Election Bill, Raising Voting Barriers Even Higher

The bill, which will tighten what were already some of the nation’s strictest voting rules, represents a major victory for Republicans in their nationwide push to overhaul elections.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #hughes-bryan-1969, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Governors DeSantis and Abbott, ‘Undermining Public Health’

Readers criticize the governors of Florida and Texas as Covid cases soared in those states in August. Also: The Taliban victory; a tribute to Ed Asner; vaccine mandates at hotels.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #afghanistan-war-2001, #asner-ed, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #florida, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #politics-and-government, #texas, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

GOP Governors Fight Virus Mandates as the Party’s Covid-19 Politics Harden

As several Republican-controlled states confront their worst outbreaks yet, their leaders — following the base — have doubled down on resisting vaccine and mask requirements.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #dewine-mike, #governors-us, #masks, #noem-kristi, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

G.O.P. Governors Fight Mandates as the Party’s Covid Politics Harden

As several Republican-controlled states confront their worst outbreaks yet, their leaders — following the base — have doubled down on resisting vaccine and mask requirements.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #dewine-mike, #governors-us, #masks, #noem-kristi, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

Many Republicans Are Anti-Vax. Are They Also Pro-Covid?

It sure feels that way sometimes.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #house-of-representatives, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

Texas House Passes Voting Bill as G.O.P. Nears a Hard-Fought Victory

The Republican bill, which would overhaul elections in Texas and introduce a range of new voting rules, must be approved by the State Senate before it can head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

When Will Texas Say Enough’s Enough to Greg Abbott?

Voters should take “personal responsibility” and find a better person to run Texas.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #census, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dallas-tex, #houston-tex, #masks, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas

End of Walkout Splits Texas Democrats: ‘We Feel Betrayed and Heartbroken’

The return of three absent Democrats injected a new wave of uncertainty into the national battle over voting rights.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coleman-garnet-f, #democratic-party, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #turner-chris, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Rice University Turns to Online Classes to Fend off Virus

The Texas school has high vaccination rates. And strict mask rules. Now, it’s taken another step to fend off the coronavirus.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #houston-tex, #leebron-david-w, #rice-university, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Quiet Rage of the Responsible

It’s time to stop being diffident and speak up.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #lollapalooza-music-festival, #masks, #newsom-gavin, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

Crowded Events. No Masks. Then a Covid Diagnosis for Gov. Abbott of Texas

The announcement that Gov. Greg Abbott had tested positive for the coronavirus came amid a pitched battle over public health measures in schools and a new surge in hospitalizations.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #antibodies, #collin-county-tex, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #masks, #politics-and-government, #texas

Governor Abbott’s Selfish Version of Freedom

A reader faults the Texas governor for standing in the way of Covid mandates. Also: 9/11 and the exit from Afghanistan; California’s weather.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #afghanistan, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #september-11-2001, #terrorism

Exit From Afghanistan: The Fallout

Readers discuss the continuing controversy over the U.S. withdrawal. Also: Covid and the anti-mask governors; fed up with the vaccine refusers; Lindsey Graham’s relationship with Donald Trump.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #graham-lindsey, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

A Storm Soaks Austin and the Texas Corridors of Power

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday declared an “all hands on deck” response to the flooding inside the State Capitol.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #floods, #rain, #state-legislatures, #texas, #travis-county-tex, #weather

Abbott Criticized for Ban on Covid Mandates as Cases Soar in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott joins other Republican leaders standing by their orders against mandates for masks and vaccines.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #adler-steve-1956, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #republican-party, #vaccination-and-immunization

Texas Has Broken My Heart

The natural optimism of some of my fellow Texans has fallen to deep cynicism.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #patrick-dan-1950, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Texas Democrats Plan to Flee State to Highlight G.O.P. Voting Restrictions

The move would be an attempt to become national symbols in the fight for voting rights, as Republicans in the state move ahead with a bill that would impose new limits on casting a ballot.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

After All-Night Hearing, Texas Republicans Advance Voting Measure

A Republican-backed bill to overhaul the state’s voting system cleared a key House committee in the legislature on Sunday morning after nearly 24 hours of testimony.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #democratic-party, #hidalgo-lina, #hughes-bryan-1969, #law-and-legislation, #orourke-beto, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

After Walkout, Texas Voting Showdown Part II Looms

The Texas Legislature is trying again after Democrats staged an abrupt walkout in May to kill a Republican plan narrowing voting options in the state.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #orourke-beto, #republican-party, #texas, #voter-registration-and-requirements