Tag Archives: Greg Abbott

GOP Governor Vows “No More Lockdowns In Texas”

CNBC reports: As Texas’s coronavirus outbreaks continue to worsen by nearly every available measure, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is standing by his aversion to shutting down the state again. He put it simply Monday in an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box”: “No more lockdowns in Texas.” Abbott pointed to automatic restrictions put in place when a region’s hospitalization numbers cross …

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Texas Becomes First State To Pass 1M COVID Cases

CBS News reports: Texas became the first state to surpass 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The grim milestone comes as the U.S. is facing a surge in coronavirus cases across the country. Texas, the second-most populous U.S. state, now has more coronavirus cases than all of Italy, which was previously …

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TX Reverses: Social Workers Must Serve LGBT Patients

The Texas Tribune reports: After backlash from lawmakers and advocates, a state board voted Tuesday to undo a rule change that would have allowed social workers to turn away clients who are LGBTQ or have a disability. The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted unanimously to restore protections for LGBTQ and disabled clients to Texas social workers’ code of conduct …

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Texas Gov To Deploy 1000 Troops Ahead Of Election

The San Antonio Express-News reports: The Texas Army National Guard said Monday it had been ordered to dispatch 1,000 troops to five major cities around the state in conjunction with the Nov. 3 election, including San Antonio. The guard in recent weeks had told the San Antonio Express-News that its commander, Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris, had been asked to draft …

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New TX Rule Lets Social Workers Reject LGBTQ Clients

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas social workers are criticizing a state regulatory board’s decision this week to remove protections for LGBTQ clients and clients with disabilities who seek social work services. The Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners voted unanimously Monday to change a section of its code of conduct that establishes when a social worker may refuse to …

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TX Gov Wins Appeals Court Battle On Drop Boxes

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas counties may collect mail-in ballots at only one location, a federal appeals court ruled late Monday, once again upholding an order from Gov. Greg Abbott that restricts voting options. Abbott in July acted to lengthen the early voting period and allow voters to deliver completed absentee ballots in person for longer than the normal period. …

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Court Rules Against Texas Gov On Limiting Drop Boxes

Reuters reports: A U.S. federal judge blocked on Friday an order from Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott limiting the number of drop-off sites allowed for absentee ballots statewide to just one per county, a constraint Democrats denounced as blatant voter suppression. Abbott’s Oct. 1 absentee voter proclamation, which he said was aimed at preventing election fraud, required the closure of …

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Texas Gov Sued Over Removal Of Ballot Drop Boxes

The Wall Street Journal reports: Civil-rights and voter-advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block an order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that dramatically reduced the number of drop-off locations for mail ballots. The lawsuit filed late Thursday could be the first of many legal challenges against Mr. Abbott’s order that assigns just one drop-off location in each …

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Texas Gov Closes Multiple Ballot Dropoff Locations

The Austin Statesman reports: Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order Thursday requiring counties to close multiple locations where voters can drop off completed mail-in ballots. As an election security measure, counties will be limited to one dropoff site where poll watchers — designated by political parties and candidates — must be allowed to observe ballot deliveries by voters, Abbott said. …

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TX Republicans Sue Gov Over Expanded Early Voting

The Texas Tribune reports: Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is facing a lawsuit over his extension of early voting for the November election from prominent members of his own party — including state party Chair Allen West, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and members of the Texas Legislature. In July, Abbott added six days to the early voting period, moving the start …

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TX Gov: Freeze Taxes For Cities That Cut Police Budget

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott and top Texas leaders announced Tuesday that they will push for legislation next year that would freeze property tax revenues for cities that cut police budgets, just days after the Austin City Council approved a budget that will cut police funding by one-third and reinvest money in social services. The proposal sets up …

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TX Gov: No Bars Until Positivity Rate Stays Under 10%

The Texas Tribune reports: During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Gov. Greg Abbott expressed his sympathy for Texans who are now unemployed following his order closing bars, but stressed that those areas are one of the most “prolific spreading events.” On Thursday, he said bars could potentially reopen once coronavirus metrics improve more significantly. He said he would need …

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TX Testing Down 42% As Schools Prep For Reopening

The Texas Tribune reports: The number of Texans being tested for the coronavirus has fallen sharply in recent weeks, a trend that has worried public health experts as officials consider sending children back to school while thousands more Texans are infected each day. In the week ending Aug. 8, an average 36,255 coronavirus tests were administered in Texas each day …

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GOP Reps Sue TX Gov Over Contact Tracing Contract

The Texas Tribune reports: Five of the Texas Legislature’s most conservative members are suing Gov. Greg Abbott and state health officials, claiming Texas leaders overstepped their bounds when they awarded a major contract for tracking Texas’ coronavirus outbreak to a little-known technology firm. In a lawsuit filed Monday, Republican state Reps. Mike Lang, Kyle Biedermann, Bill Zedler, Steve Toth and …

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COVID Obit Wishes “Karma” On Trump And Texas Gov

The Washington Post reports: Much of David W. Nagy’s obituary, which ran in his local paper in Jefferson, Tex., on July 30, recounted his painful death from the novel coronavirus at age 79 and named his surviving family members. But midway down, the tone shifted to offer a pointed message for President Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R). “Family …

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REPORT: Texas Isn’t Counting All COVID+ Test Results

The Houston Chronicle reports: The government’s official data on the coronavirus outbreak is startling: More than 4.6 million cases in the U.S. More than 440,000 in Texas. More than 70,000 in Harris County. But those numbers don’t include all positive COVID-19 patients. Texas, unlike 27 other states, excludes the results of increasingly popular, rapid COVID-19 tests from the numbers it …

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Texas Gov To Skip GOP Convention Due To COVID

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott will skip the Republican National Convention later this month in North Carolina as he continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in Texas, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will instead chair the state’s delegation to the scaled-down gathering. Abbott announced the plan in a letter dated Friday to the national GOP chairwoman, Ronna …

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COVID Craters Ratings Of GOP Govs In Hard Hit States

Axios reports: The governors in four of the states hit hardest by the coronavirus have taken a massive hit in public approval over their handling of the pandemic, according to SurveyMonkey poll data shared exclusively with Axios. Why it matters: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp — all Republicans …

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TX Hospital Forms Ethics Committee For COVID Triage

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: Starr County is at a dangerous “tipping point,” reporting an alarming number of new cases each day, data show. Starr County Memorial Hospital — the county’s only hospital — is overflowing with COVID-19 patients. The county health board — which governs Starr Memorial — has been forced to create what’s being compared to a so-called …

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TX Sees Record Hospitalizations, Gov Still Optimistic

The Austin Statesman reports: State health officials reported a record 10,848 patients in Texas hospitals Tuesday as the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths continued to surge. Tuesday’s hospitalization figure increased by 279 patients. The statewide number has exceeded 10,000 for 12 days in a row, a level that health officials say is straining the health care system.  In …

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