In 2005, Greg Abbott said that, “When the activities of even one person would undermine the electoral process, we will hold that person accountable.”
It is time for Greg Abbott to be the one held accountable.
Senator Wendy Davis just released a new ad slamming Attorney General Greg Abbott for covering up a child sex abuse scandal at the Texas Youth Commission.
This week Greg Abbott contined his stubborn refusal to expand Medicaid and failed to propose any plausible solution for millions of uninsured Texans to get the health care coverage they deserve.
As the Texas Tribune reported, we were there to call him out:
We are thrilled to be part of Fight Back Texas, “The Best Post-HB 2, Pro-Choice Activist Group” according to Austin Chronicle’s 2014 “Best of Austin” list.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is picking and choosing which laws he cares about based on how it impacts him politically.
In her memoir “Forgetting to Be Afraid,” Wendy Davis does just that and courageously shares a deeply personal story about her decision to have an abortion—to terminate a wanted pregnancy after learning that her unborn daughter suffered from a severe brain abnormality.
In a ruling today, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel struck down as unconstitutional two provisions of Texas' omnibus anti-abortion bill, House Bill 2 (HB2). Judge Yeakel blocked the requirement—set to take effect on September 1— that all abortions be performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), or mini-hospitals. He also enjoined the admitting privileges provision of the law, ruling that both medically unnecessary requirements place an undue burden on women seeking abortion in Texas. In the sweeping decision, Judge Yeakel writes:
UPDATE! Abbott just backed out of the only debate that was scheduled for live TV!
This close to an election — just over 60 days until November 4th — the omnipresence of gubernatorial candidates flexing their political might would typically be in full swing. But not Greg Abbott.
Wendy Davis launched a new statewide TV ad over the weekend, slamming Greg Abbott for looking the other way while millions in state dollars intended for cancer research were sent to his donors.
On Thursday, Rachel Maddow called out the seriously flawed national media coverage of Rick Perry's two-count felony indictment. The segment features Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater, whose reporting on the indictment, Maddow points out, is part of the Texas media coverage that is getting it right.
This morning, as part of his public relations spin campaign, Rick Perry’s high-dollar legal team held a press conference to discuss the role the Travis County Public Integrity Unit had in the investigation of the Cancer Prevention Research Institute, or CPRIT. Their shameless attempt to quash legitimate news coverage connecting Rick Perry to the cancer research fund scandal, however, fell flat.
In response, Progress Texas Executive Director Ed Espinoza said in a statement:
In yet another attempt to distract from the real issue, Gov. Perry’s high-priced legal team released an affidavit from Chris Walling, a former investigator for the Public Integrity Unit (PIU).
Rick Perry is defending his attempt to coerce Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg out of office—an attempt which resulted in not one, but two indictment charges—by claiming that he was taking a stance against her drunk driving conviction. However, a look at the Governor's history with Republican officials charged with drunk driving undermines his case.
A central talking point in Rick Perry’s public relations defense campaign—that his abuse of office and coercion felony indictment is a partisan attack orchestrated by the left—is an absolute farce. Republicans—folks in his own party—have been at the helm of the investigation into Perry’s crimes since day one.
Not a single Democrat was involved in leading Perry’s grand jury investigation or two-count felony indictment.
· All Travis County officials—Democrats—recused themselves from handling the case before the investigation started.
While Rick Perry is talking about accountability in the wake of his felony indictments, let’s explore the idea of accountability when it comes to his billing the taxpayers for his legal defense. The Governor chose to go outside the realm of government and hire private council, and in doing so is incurring fees of $450/hour and more than $40,000 for his legal defense so far.
Today Rick Perry responded to felony indictments against him. In his speech, he talked about vetoes, but the reality of the case is one he didn’t address: using the powers of office as leverage to make threats.
“He can sugarcoat it all he wants, but the fact remains that Rick Perry used the powers of his office to leverage a threat against a public official,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.
Perry said “those responsible will be held accountable,” which is another threat, which is exactly how he got into this mess in the first place. Oops.