GOVERNMENT: Governor's Office

Gov. Greg Abbott annouces several emergency legislative items in his first State of the State speech on Feb. 17, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott annouces several emergency legislative items in his first State of the State speech on Feb. 17, 2015.

First Grants From Abbott Initiative Bringing 10 Top Researchers to Texas

Ten renowned researchers are coming to Texas as a result of the inaugural grants under Gov. Greg Abbott's university research initiative, his office announced Thursday. Throughout the next year, the researchers will join the faculty at three schools: Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston.

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The Rise and Fall of Rick Perry's Presidential Bid

Analysis: Anti-Regulation Party in Texas Has a Strong Taste for Rules

An anti-abortion protester demonstrated outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27, 2016, before the court struck down two key provisions of a Texas abortion law.
An anti-abortion protester demonstrated outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27, 2016, before the court struck down two key provisions of a Texas abortion law.

Monday's Supreme Court ruling against two key provisions of the state's anti-abortion law was the latest setback for a band of Republicans who abhor regulatory constraints on business but who regularly try to control the behavior of individuals in Texas. 

More than 300 Gubernatorial Appointees Have Expired Terms

Governor Greg Abbott announced an expansion of the Governor’s Commission for Women at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, TX on Wednesday, March 30th.
Governor Greg Abbott announced an expansion of the Governor’s Commission for Women at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, TX on Wednesday, March 30th.

Gov. Greg Abbott has made hundreds of appointments since he took office in January 2015, but is still working his way out of a backlog to replace people whose terms expired as long as five years ago.

New Gas Pump Stickers Highlight Sid Miller, Ding Lawmakers

A new fuel pump sticker issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture puts tax blame on Congress and the Legislature while placing Commissioner Sid Miller's name in greater prominence.
A new fuel pump sticker issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture puts tax blame on Congress and the Legislature while placing Commissioner Sid Miller's name in greater prominence.

A new sticker for the state's gas pumps comes with a few additional flourishes: Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's name emblazoned across the top and a disclaimer blaming gas taxes on Congress and the Texas Legislature. 

 

Abbott Weighs In on Controversial GOP Chairman

Travis County Republican Party Chairman-elect Robert Morrow
Travis County Republican Party Chairman-elect Robert Morrow

As the battle for control of the Travis County GOP heats up, and its newly elected chair writes increasingly raunchy tweets at a breakneck speed, Gov. Greg Abbott has stepped into the fray to condemn his fellow Republican

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Dismisses Rick Perry Indictment

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin hours after the state's highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against him in a case related to a veto threat against the Travis County district attorney.
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin hours after the state's highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against him in a case related to a veto threat against the Travis County district attorney.

The state’s highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday morning, apparently ending the case that started with his threat to veto state funding for a local prosecutor if she refused to quit her office.

Analysis: It Was a Tough Day for the Class of 2014 in Texas Politics

From left: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.
From left: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

Some of the state officeholders elected in 2014 face struggles to gain control of their government, political and legal duties. They're looking like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, or the 1962 Mets. But the stakes are more serious than that.

F1 Organizers Hope Taylor Swift Brings Them Out of the Woods

Bobby Epstein, Chairman and CEO of Circuit of the Americas, speaks at a press conference concerning F1's return to COTA at the COTA Downton Paddock on March 9, 2016.
Bobby Epstein, Chairman and CEO of Circuit of the Americas, speaks at a press conference concerning F1's return to COTA at the COTA Downton Paddock on March 9, 2016.

After months of speculation that the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin could be canceled this year, organizers say the race is on — and they're bringing in Taylor Swift on race weekend to help shake off the organization’s financial woes.