Tribpedia: Greg Abbott

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On July 14, 2013, Attorney General Greg Abbott announced his candidacy for governor of Texas, aiming to replace Gov. Rick Perry, who announced that his current term would be his last. 

Now serving his third term as attorney general, Abbott has been the state’s top lawyer longer than anyone in state history. He is only the second Republican since ...

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Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Oct. 19, 2014, 2014.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Oct. 19, 2014, 2014.

Inside Texas Politics: 'Tis The Season to Start Voting

With the early voting  starting tomorrow, this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host David Schechter, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey has a decidedly electoral slant. 

University of Texas at Austin professor Michael Webber discusses the next steps for his Energy 101 massive open online course during a meeting with the design team at UT-Austin on Oct. 13, 2014.
University of Texas at Austin professor Michael Webber discusses the next steps for his Energy 101 massive open online course during a meeting with the design team at UT-Austin on Oct. 13, 2014.

UT Looking to Make More of Massive Online Courses

At the University of Texas System, particularly at its flagship campus, "massive open online courses" are being reimagined. University leaders believe the change in focus for the courses will help them be more effective at meeting their goals.

Explore 30-Day Campaign Finance Reports

Now that the deadline for filing 30-day campaign finance reports ahead of the Nov. 4 election has passed, we can get a better snapshot of the financial health of Texas candidates. Use this tool to search data for all statewide, State Board of Education and legislative candidates who filed electronically with the Texas Ethics Commission. You can see the top-line totals for contributions, expenditures, loans and cash on hand for each campaign.

After Voter ID Ruling, Appeals Race Begins

A federal ruling that Texas' strict voter ID law discriminates against minority voters has kicked off a rapid-fire legal race over whether photo identification will be required on Election Day this November, according to legal experts. "It gets very tricky now that we're so close to the election," said Joseph Fishkin, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

 

Screenshot taken from Wendy Davis campaign ad that first aired on Oct. 10, 2014.
Screenshot taken from Wendy Davis campaign ad that first aired on Oct. 10, 2014.

Davis Ad With Empty Wheelchair Sparks Firestorm

State Sen. Wendy Davis touched off a political firestorm Friday with a 30-second TV ad that slams Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for working against people with disabilities and others who filed lawsuits even though he sued — and won a big settlement — after a falling tree paralyzed him from the waist down two decades ago. 

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with the Ebola virus, died in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 8, 2014.
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with the Ebola virus, died in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 8, 2014.

The Brief: A Somber Milestone in the Texas Ebola Story

A sad chapter was marked Wednesday in the story of Ebola in Texas with the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who flew to Dallas to join family only to be diagnosed with the deadly disease after arriving.

The second and final gubernatorial debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, was held in Dallas on Sept. 30.
The second and final gubernatorial debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, was held in Dallas on Sept. 30.

Debates Few and Far Between Among Statewide Races

Candidates for three of the eight major statewide races on this year’s November ballot appear likely to reach Election Day without ever engaging in a debate with their opponent. Televised debates were recently scheduled for the races for U.S. Senate and state comptroller.

A day after a federal appeals court allowed Texas to begin enforcing new abortion restrictions, a group protested the ruling on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol building.
A day after a federal appeals court allowed Texas to begin enforcing new abortion restrictions, a group protested the ruling on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol building.

The Brief: An Unanticipated Consequence of New Abortion Law

New abortion restrictions passed by the Legislature could lead to one unexpected result: more abortions performed in doctors' offices as the number of abortion clinics in the state drops to single digits.

Analysis: Enterprise Fund Controversy Will Linger

Thanks to a tough examination from the State Auditor's Office, the Texas Enterprise Fund has become an election issue. But it was an issue before now, and will be an issue during the next legislative session. In fact, state lawmakers were talking about reforms and revisions before the auditor ever got started.

Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Oct. 5, 2014.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Oct. 5, 2014.

Inside Texas Politics: Ebola

This week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host Jason Wheeler, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey is dominated by talk of the first appearance of the Ebola virus in the U.S. 

Newsreel: Disease and Debates

Texas Weekly

This week in the Texas Weekly Newsreel: A confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas is testing the state's public health emergency response system. Also, the last set of scheduled debates between the nominees for governor and lieutenant governor took place.