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The Republican-controlled Texas Senate gave its final stamp of approval on Wednesday to a bill that would gut funding from local and state entities that don’t enforce immigration laws.

Texas lawmakers heard hours of public testimony Thursday and into early Friday morning over a bill banning so-called “sanctuary cities” in Texas, ultimately voting early this morning 7-2 along party lines to send the bill to the full Senate.

The Travis County sheriff’s new immigration policy goes into effect today. The policy limits what information local law enforcement share with the federal immigration agency, and it's already stirred up a lot of controversy.

This morning, Gov. Greg Abbott came through on a pledge to cancel $1.5 million in criminal justice grants from his office to Travis County over the policy.

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Gov. Greg Abbott spoke for almost an hour Tuesday in his “State of the State” address. Almost as notable as the contents of that speech were the hot topics he didn’t mention.


Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his State of the State address in the House chamber on Tuesday. Reporters at KERA and other public radio stations across Texas have annotated his remarks.

“[A] dangerous game of political Russian roulette.” That’s how Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s immigration policy, which was released Friday. And, this morning, Abbott told Fox News that he's directing lawmakers to draft a bill that would penalize similar policies and threatened to remove Hernandez from office.

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Faith Johnson was sworn in as Dallas County's first African-American female district attorney Monday. At the ceremony, Johnson said she was excited and grateful to both God and Republicans.

Texas could soon follow in the footsteps of Indiana and North Carolina and pass its own "bathroom bill" in the upcoming legislative session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made passage of such a bill, which could require transgender Texans to use the restroom which corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, a priority.

Courtesy State Rep. Charlie Geren

A lawsuit is moving forward against Gov. Greg Abbott over his order to remove a satirical nativity scene from the Texas Capitol last year.

Gov. Greg Abbott On Proposed Bathroom Legislation: Wait And See

Dec 13, 2016
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott is adopting a wait-and-see approach about anticipated legislation that would prohibit transgender people in Texas from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. 

Abortion rights activists on Monday filed a challenge in federal court to stop Texas' new rules requiring health clinics to bury all fetal remains from abortions and miscarriages.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Tuesday appointed Republican Faith Johnson as Dallas County District Attorney, filling the vacancy three months to the day after it opened.

Gov. Abbott Taps Texas Racing Commission Chairman As Secretary Of State

Dec 5, 2016
John Jordan / Texas Tribune

Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos is resigning, and Gov. Greg Abbott has tapped Rolando Pablos, the chairman of the Texas Racing Commission, to replace him, the governor's office said Monday. 

Abbott Vows To Cut Funding For 'Sanctuary Campus' Schools

Dec 1, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Rebuking a growing movement aimed at protecting undocumented students under incoming President Donald Trump, Gov. Greg Abbott vowed Thursday to cut funding for any Texas school that declares itself a "sanctuary campus." 

Greg Abbott Says Campus Carry Could Have Prevented Ohio State Attack

Nov 29, 2016
Darren Abate / Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott, commenting on the knife attack at Ohio State University that left 11 people injured, said Tuesday that someone would "think twice" about carrying out such an attack in Texas due to its campus carry law.

More Money, Certainty Needed To Upgrade Pre-K, Study Finds

Nov 25, 2016
Robert W. Hart

If state lawmakers want to upgrade pre-K programs in Texas schools they need to kick in more money and make a longer-term commitment, according to an early report card on a new state grant program aimed at bolstering early education.

Election Dealt Some Setbacks To Texas GOP's Modest Diversity

Nov 25, 2016
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez for The Texas Tribune

On the eve of the Nov. 8 election, Gov. Greg Abbott found himself onstage at a San Antonio barbecue joint proudly pointing to three lawmakers he described as the “face of the current Republican Party.”

Party Leaders' Rhetoric Leaves Texas Republican Women Reeling

Nov 4, 2016

For many female Texans working in Republican politics, last month's release of a video showing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump boasting about groping women was bad enough. They have since watched in astonishment as male elected officials from their own state have engaged in coarse rhetoric of their own. 

Abbott, Patrick Disagree On Special Session For School Funding

Oct 31, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Days after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick suggested that Gov. Greg Abbott call a 30-day special session to overhaul the state's school funding system, Abbott said Monday that no such special session was needed.

State Leaders Order Child Protective Services Overhaul

Oct 12, 2016
The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders ordered the Department of Family and Protective Services Wednesday to ramp up efforts to protect endangered foster children and curb the backlog of ones waiting for homes.

With just few months before the start of the 2017 legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott is promoting his plan to decrease abortions.  Abbott laid out a section of his legislative agenda at the annual Texas Alliance for Life benefit gala in Austin.

Christopher Connelly/KERA News

We're just weeks away from picking a new president and congress. But for some, that's nowhere near enough change. It’s not hard to find an audience in Texas receptive to the message that the federal government is in need of a drastic fix. One group has an ambitious plan to do just that.

Texas Threatens To Stop Aid For Resettled Refugees If Demands Aren't Met

Sep 21, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Governor Greg Abbott says Texas will no longer provide aid to refugees unless the federal government can assure they “are fully vetted and don’t present a security threat.” Federal officials have said the U.S. has a rigorous screening process that can take 1 to 2 years.

Abbott Reveals Severe Burns Came From Shower

Sep 19, 2016
Robert Hart for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday revealed new details about how he was severely burned earlier this year, saying it happened in the shower.

Abbott Says He's Fully Behind Trump, Hopes For Double-Digit Win In Texas

Sep 15, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing back against the suggestion that his support for Donald Trump is lukewarm, saying "of course" he is all in for the Republican presidential nominee — and that he hopes Trump wins Texas by double digits.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday he wants to classify attacks on police as hate crimes. The idea has the backing of law enforcement groups, but it’s raised some concerns among advocates for hate crimes legislation.

Charley Wilkison says police officers feel like they have a target on their backs. He’s the head of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. That feeling, he says, started long before cops were gunned down in Dallas and Baton Rouge.


Texas Governor Greg Abbott today announced a proposal aimed at strengthening penalties for crimes committed against police officers.

Gov. Abbott Hospitalized After Severe Burns

Jul 11, 2016
Texas governor's office / Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott was admitted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio for treatment of burns on Monday.

Abbott May Not Attend GOP Convention After Suffering Severe Burns

Jul 11, 2016
Robert Hart / Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott may not attend the Republican National Convention after suffering severe burns during a family vacation in Wyoming.

Texas Governor Praises Dallas; Mayor Rawlings Confirms Single Shooter

Jul 9, 2016
Robert Hart / Texas Tribune

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised the work of Dallas officials for demonstrating great heroism against the lone assassin who shot 11 police officers, killing five during what was a peaceful rally Thursday evening to protest aggressive policing across the nation.