Tribpedia: Greg Abbott

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 ...

Analysis: Why the Texas GOP Isn’t Panicking Over Trump

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the crowd during a rally in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the crowd during a rally in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016.

For all of the talk about how Trump might hurt the chances for other Republicans on the ballot, Texas conservatives don’t seem all that worried. It’s because they’re on safe political ground. Even if there’s an earthquake coming, most are so well protected from competition that Trump poses no threat.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference on March 14, 2016 dismissed President Obama's criticisms of the state's efforts to improve voter turnout, arguing that the state must crack down on "rampant" voter fraud.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference on March 14, 2016 dismissed President Obama's criticisms of the state's efforts to improve voter turnout, arguing that the state must crack down on "rampant" voter fraud.

Review of States with Voter ID Laws Found No Impersonation Fraud

Politicians and voting rights advocates continue to clash over whether photo ID and other voting requirements are needed to prevent voter fraud, but a News21 analysis shows little evidence that such fraud is widespread.

 

An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.
An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.

Lawyers: Fetal Remains Rule Could Lead to Lawsuit

In a new letter to the state, reproductive rights lawyers argue Texas' proposed rules requiring the cremation or burial of fetal remains "will almost certainly trigger costly litigation."

 

Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally before the kick-off of a 37-mile march on Nov. 19, 2015, The march is designed to show their support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.
Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally before the kick-off of a 37-mile march on Nov. 19, 2015, The march is designed to show their support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.

White House Seeks Another Chance in Immigration Case

The Obama administration on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the legality of the president's controversial immigration enforcement plan, which stalled last month when the high court deadlocked.

Gov. Greg Abbott is scheduled to speak on the Dallas police shootings at 5 p.m., joined by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown. You can watch a livestream of the speech here, courtesy of KDFW FOX 4.

Watch Live: Gov. Abbott and Dallas Mayor Address Shootings

Gov. Greg Abbott is scheduled to speak on the Dallas police shootings at 5 p.m., joined by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown. You can watch a livestream of the speech here, courtesy of KDFW FOX 4.

Hank Whitman, commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, took office May 1.
Hank Whitman, commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, took office May 1.

Pay Caseworkers and Fosters More, New Chief Says

In a wide-ranging interview, Hank Whitman, the new commissioner overseeing Child Protective Services, explains how he thinks he can turn around a child welfare agency crippled by low morale, high turnover and a spate of high-profile child deaths.

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.

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

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. 

Sharon Fry, who owns Fry Auto Title Service in South Austin with her husband, is worried about a Texas Department of Motor Vehicle proposal to regulate the fees her business can charge.
Sharon Fry, who owns Fry Auto Title Service in South Austin with her husband, is worried about a Texas Department of Motor Vehicle proposal to regulate the fees her business can charge.

Proposed DMV Rules Could Put Firms Out of Business

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board will meet Monday to consider proposals drawing ire from popular private title service companies that operate in just a few counties in Texas.

Tomas Martinez, with GLAHR, a grass roots organization from Atlanta, chants to excite the crowd in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 18, 2016. Hundreds gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to show their support for President Obama’s immigration executive action as the Court hears oral arguments on the deferred action initiatives, DAPA and expanded DACA.
Tomas Martinez, with GLAHR, a grass roots organization from Atlanta, chants to excite the crowd in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 18, 2016. Hundreds gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to show their support for President Obama’s immigration executive action as the Court hears oral arguments on the deferred action initiatives, DAPA and expanded DACA.

Supreme Court Tie Deals Blow to Obama's Immigration Order

Dealing a blow to President Obama’s executive immigration order, the U.S. Supreme Court has deadlocked on a lower court's decision to block the plan, which would've provided relief from deportation and work permits to millions of people.

Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.
Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.

State's Tab Defending Voter ID $3.5 Million So Far

Texas taxpayers are still picking up the tab for defending the nation’s strictest voter identification law more than five years after Republicans fast-tracked it through the Legislature.