GOVERNMENT: Governor's Office

Abbott Expresses Caution on High-Speed Rail

Gov. Greg Abbott mingles with the crowd before speaking at a luncheon Thursday for the Waco Chamber of Commerce. In his remarks, Abbott expressed caution about high-speed rail in Texas.
Gov. Greg Abbott mingles with the crowd before speaking at a luncheon Thursday for the Waco Chamber of Commerce. In his remarks, Abbott expressed caution about high-speed rail in Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday expressed caution about high-speed rail in Texas, warning that any investment in transportation must not be a "money-losing proposition." 

 

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.

With New Pump Stickers, Miller Boosts Profile, Dings 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 Says Allegations Against Miller Warrant Probe

Former longtime House member and current Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller at TTEvents on Mar. 10, 2016.
Former longtime House member and current Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller at TTEvents on Mar. 10, 2016.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott believes a complaint that Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller misused state funds when he took two out-of-state trips a year ago should be investigated, a spokesman for the governor said on Thursday.

Analysis: 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.

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