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Texas 2020 Elections

How Gov. Greg Abbott made Austin’s police budget cuts a top campaign issue for candidates running in November

The Republican governor isn't on the November ballot. But he has come out hard against efforts to shift city money away from policing, echoing a national debate on policing and crime during a tumultuous election season.

Protesters clash with police in riot gear in downtown Austin on August 1, 2020.

Austin City Council vote 

“It doesn’t seem like a good use of time” 

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