Latest Greg Abbott News

Texas governor picks veteran GOP lawmaker for elections job

Dec. 06, 2022 12:55 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday tapped a longtime Republican lawmaker to be Texas' new elections chief, a pick who could enjoy a smoother confirmation process following the blowback and scrutiny his two previous picks faced. Jane Nelson, a state senator who didn't...

Texas' top election official resigns after midterms

Dec. 05, 2022 16:01 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' top elections official resigned Monday after an intense year of trying to reassure election skeptics, navigating the rocky launch of new voting laws that resulted in thousands of discarded mail ballots and overseeing a limited audit of the 2020 election. ...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Dec. 05, 2022 07:18 AM EST

Houston Chronicle. December 3, 2022. Editorial: Abbott’s big flip-flop on fentanyl could save lives Decriminalizing the potentially life-saving strips is needed but why did it take so long? For too long, many believed that fentanyl wasn’t a Texas...

Groups sue Florida officials over migrant relocation program

Dec. 01, 2022 19:36 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other officials are being sued in federal court by immigrant rights groups who challenge the constitutionality of the state's migrant relocation program. The suit was filed Thursday by three groups — Florida Immigrant Coalition,...

Texas prosecutor resigns amid 2019 Walmart attack criticism

Nov. 28, 2022 21:53 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas prosecutor facing mounting criticism over the handling of the 2019 Walmart mass shooting in El Paso that killed 23 people resigned Monday after the county took the extraordinary step of seeking to remove her from elected office. El Paso County...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Nov. 28, 2022 14:08 PM EST

Dallas Morning News. November 20, 2022. Editorial: GOP misread the Latino vote in South Texas But there is a way the right can win a greater share of Hispanic votes The Texas GOP expected big wins with Latino voters in the midterm elections. Instead,...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Nov. 21, 2022 07:11 AM EST

Austin American-Statesman. November 16, 2022. Editorial: Texas medical marijuana program is a buzzkill It falls far short of potential to help Texans Nearly eight years after Texas first legalized medical marijuana, the state-run program remains plagued...

Difficulties again put Houston at center of Texas elections

Nov. 17, 2022 18:13 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Democrat who is the top official in Texas' largest county on Thursday acknowledged problems around Houston on Election Day that included paper ballot shortages and delayed openings of polling locations, but waved off an unfolding investigation by state police as political. ...

'Democracy voters' delivered for Democrats in tightest races

Nov. 16, 2022 18:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden tried to shape the midterm elections not as a verdict on his time in office, but rather on the contrast between Democrats and Republicans on American democracy. “We’ll have our difference of opinion. And that’s how it’s supposed to...

Sick child treated after migrant bus arrives in Philadelphia

Nov. 16, 2022 15:36 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A bus carrying 28 migrants from Texas arrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday, including a 10-year-old girl suffering from dehydration and a high fever who was whisked to a hospital for treatment. Advocates who welcomed them with coats and blankets as they arrived...