Greg Abbott

Friday, July 3, 2015

Marriage equality is the law of the land! But not everyone is happy about it.

This holiday weekend, if you get cornered by your crazy Tea Party uncle, that friend who won't stop posting to your Facebook page, or Ted Cruz, here are some helpful replies.

Hopefully, none of them are at your BBQ. But if they are, we got ya covered...

CRAZY UNCLE SAYS: The First Amendment ensures religious freedom! People shouldn't be forced to act against their beliefs!

YOU SAY: Government employees must uphold the Constitution, plain and simple. There is no right to discriminate, and government workers may not withhold government services, period.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

VICTORY! And once again - this is why courts matter.

Today, in an historic ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a crucial component of the Affordable Care Act, delivering a major victory to Texans who rely on quality, affordable insurance.

The ruling is a blow to Texas Republicans, including Greg Abbott, who earlier this week cheered for a ruling that would have knocked countless Texans off their insurance.

Progress Texas Executive Director Edward Espinoza released the following statement on the ruling:

“The court’s ruling preserves healthcare reform in America, and will keep premiums affordable for millions of Texans who rely on the Affordable Care Act.

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Texas Legislature finished up this week having done absolutely nothing to advance Medicaid expansion in Texas.

It wasn't for a lack of trying. Democratic lawmakers championed Medicaid expansion all session long: Continue reading this post »

Friday, June 5, 2015

For the first time ever, the Texas Legislature had a serious conversation about marijuana policy reform. Continue reading this post »

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

There's been a lot of talk about the military in Texas lately, and Governor Greg Abbott is right to be mocked for caving to fringe interests that think the U.S. military is planning to invade Texas.

But there's another military controversy before Gov. Abbott - and this one is actually real.

A law commonly known as the Hazlewood exemption provides veterans, their dependents, and their kids with partial financial aid for Texas college. But a Republican proposal in the Texas Legislature would cut financial aid the state has promised to Texas veterans and their families.  Continue reading this post »

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Texas Governor Greg Abbott thinks the federal government can't run healthcare - but that it can run a secret martial law mission in broad daylight.
 
That's essentially the thinking he is espousing by sending the Texas State Guard to monitor military training exercises in...Bastrop County. 
 
If you haven't heard by now, a military training exercise called 'Jade Helm 15' is about to take place with the consent of private land owners in Texas - and six other states. But that has fringe interests on the edge because they think it's going to result in a government takeover (and here you thought that the military was untouchable in Texas).
 
It sounds crazy - and that's because it is crazy!
 
Friday, April 17, 2015

Tax Day has come and gone, and for most Texans, that means you know you’ve paid your fair share of taxes. That is, unless you’re Governor Greg Abbott. The Dallas Morning News reports Gov. Abbott made $134,000 last year, but only paid $104 in federal income taxes.

So Gov. Abbott, with an estimated personal wealth well beyond his state salary that puts him squarely in the top 1%, paid a tax rate of less than 1% in 2014. Continue reading this post »

Monday, March 9, 2015

Two months into the Texas Legislature, and Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick have pulled off a true Texas miracle: they've come up with a tax plan so horrible that long-time conservative business groups are rejecting it in favor of more spending on the state's infrastructure needs - including education, healthcare, water and transportation.

Seriously.

In an unprecedented letter to Patrick and his senators last week, six of the largest and most conservative business groups in Texas uniformly rejected Patrick's tax schemes. Instead, they called on Texas lawmakers to put money towards priorities that actually help job creation - like good roads, better schools, and improved healthcare.

Originally reported by Quorum Report, here's the key paragraph from the letter: Continue reading this post »

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Meet Daniel.
 
Starting last week, Daniel was supposed to be able to apply for DACA - the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
 
Daniel, who came to the U.S. in 2009 and therefore could not qualify under the previous DACA guidelines, could have qualified under new guidelines established by President Obama's executive actions on immigration last November. He was eager to apply or a work permit, and contribute to his community the way he was taught.
 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A judge's decision to temporarily halt President Obama's executive actions on immigration will temporarily keep millions of Texas parents and children apart. It will also impact people you know, their relatives, and people you don't know but interact with every single day - and Greg Abbott could not be happier. Continue reading this post »

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