GOVERNMENT: Governor's Office

Court Clears Way for New Trial in Toddler's Death

The state's highest criminal court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, delivered a long-anticipated ruling based on Texas' junk science law. The ruling comes months after the law was expanded last year to give defendants legal recourse not only if the scientific evidence changed since their trial but also if an expert's opinion changed. 

Gov. Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote address at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.
Gov. Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote address at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.

Analysis: Greg Abbott's Constitutional Changes Require a Salesman

Gov. Greg Abbott has to get his proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution through his own statehouse, and then through 33 others, a task that will require persuasive abilities he hasn’t exhibited in his first year as governor. 

Analysis: Greg Abbott's Constitutional Changes Require a Salesman

Gov. Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote address at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.
Gov. Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote address at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.

Gov. Greg Abbott has to get his proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution through his own statehouse, and then through 33 others, a task that will require persuasive abilities he hasn’t exhibited in his first year as governor. 

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The Rise and Fall of Rick Perry's Presidential Bid

Analysis: Budget Battle Might Seem Boring, But Don't Doubt Its Impact

Gov. Greg Abbott is shown in November 2015 proposing reforms against "sanctuary cities" that he wants Texas lawmakers to consider in the 2017 legislative session.
Gov. Greg Abbott is shown in November 2015 proposing reforms against "sanctuary cities" that he wants Texas lawmakers to consider in the 2017 legislative session.

Some of the most important debates in government and politics are complicated — and boring. That gives the combatants some safety from voters who are preoccupied with battles that are easier to understand.

In Spirited Hearing, Perry's Lawyers Fight to Finish Off Indictment

David Botsford, left, and Tony Buzbee, both defense lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry, discuss the Nov. 18, 2015 hearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
David Botsford, left, and Tony Buzbee, both defense lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry, discuss the Nov. 18, 2015 hearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry fought Wednesday before the state's highest criminal court to finish off a 2014 indictment against him, while prosecutors argued that it was too early to let Perry off the hook. 

In Veterans Day Speech, Abbott Calls for Improved Health Services

Gov. Greg Abbott greets WWII veterans Gene Myers (Navy)  Eugene McClarq (Air Force) at the Capitol Veteran's Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott greets WWII veterans Gene Myers (Navy) Eugene McClarq (Air Force) at the Capitol Veteran's Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2015.

Calling on the federal government to improve health care services for veterans, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday said that decreasing the wait times for veterans seeking medical attention should be a national priority.