Greg Abbott http://kut.org en Both Abbott & Davis Raise $11 Million in Most Recent Reporting Period http://kut.org/post/both-abbott-davis-raise-11-million-most-recent-reporting-period <p>The latest campaign finance numbers are trickling in, and it looks like gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are neck-and-neck in fundraising. At the end of the reporting period that ended on June 30, both drummed up about $11 million in the weeks following the May primaries, but Abbott's stockpile of campaign cash could give him the leg up come November.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158947340&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:17:52 +0000 Ben Philpott 10794 at http://kut.org Both Abbott & Davis Raise $11 Million in Most Recent Reporting Period Educators Pounce on Abbott, Push for Expanded Pre-K http://kut.org/post/educators-pounce-abbott-push-expanded-pre-k <p>Yesterday, Republican candidate for Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a proposal to improve early childhood education in Texas.</p><p>During a press conference, Abbott said expanding state-funded pre-kindergarten programs without addressing the quality of instruction “would be an act of negligence and waste.”</p><p>Today, educators from groups endorsing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis gathered in front of north Austin's Lucy Read Pre-kindergarten School&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">to say that expanding pre-k is "not a waste."</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:00:53 +0000 Lynn Romero 10078 at http://kut.org Educators Pounce on Abbott, Push for Expanded Pre-K Equal Pay Debate Emerges in Texas Governor's Race http://kut.org/post/equal-pay-debate-emerges-texas-governors-race <p>Republican candidate for Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he would not sign a bill that would make it easier for women to bring equal pay discrimination suits.</p><p>It's the&nbsp;latest development in an emerging debate over equal pay between Democrats and Republicans.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:08:05 +0000 Kate McGee 10001 at http://kut.org Equal Pay Debate Emerges in Texas Governor's Race On to November: The Winners in the 2014 Texas Primaries http://kut.org/post/november-winners-2014-texas-primaries <p>The results are in for the&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/live-blog-texas-travis-county-primary-results-coming">2014 Texas Primary Elections</a>. We now know who most of the candidates will be in the November general election, but several statewide races are headed to a runoff on May 27.</p><p>We've compiled a list of the top vote earners for the major statewide and Travis County races. The percentage of votes received (as of this writing) is shown next to each candidate's name. Races with an asterisk are heading to a runoff.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:21:48 +0000 Kelly Krupa & Laura Rice 9894 at http://kut.org On to November: The Winners in the 2014 Texas Primaries Davis Wins Round of Fundraising But Abbott Has More Cash Overall http://kut.org/post/davis-wins-round-fundraising-abbott-has-more-cash-overall <p>Democrat <a href="http://www.wendydavistexas.com/">Wendy Davis</a> won the latest money battle in the race for Texas Governor. But her likely Republican opponent <a href="http://www.gregabbott.com/">Greg Abbott </a>is still winning the larger war for campaign cash.</p><p>Monday at midnight is the <a href="http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/whatsnew/Jan-Feb2014_CFandPFSDeadlines.pdf">deadline</a> for candidates to tell the <a href="http://www.ethics.state.tx.us">Texas Ethics Commission</a> how much they raised in the preceding 30 days.</p><p>Davis and a Democratic organization supporting her, the Texas Victory Committee,&nbsp;&nbsp;raised <a href="https://twitter.com/WendyDavisTexas/status/438089427382857728/photo/1">$2.85 million</a> in the last month. &nbsp;That was more than Abbott's <a href="http://www.gregabbott.com/greg-abbott-reports-29-98-million-cash-hand-campaign/?utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=t.co&amp;utm_campaign=20140224_gwa-p-0224finance_twitter&amp;utm_content=gwa">$2.45 million</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:59:17 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9842 at http://kut.org Davis Wins Round of Fundraising But Abbott Has More Cash Overall UT/TT Poll: Abbott Holds 11-Point Lead Over Davis http://kut.org/post/uttt-poll-abbott-holds-11-point-lead-over-davis <p>After what are shaping up to be easy primary wins in March for the leading gubernatorial candidates, Republican <a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" title="">Greg Abbott</a> starts the general election race for governor with an 11-point lead over Democrat <a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/">Wendy Davis</a>, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136480031&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:29:05 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 9833 at http://kut.org UT/TT Poll: Abbott Holds 11-Point Lead Over Davis Governor Candidates Sparring Over 'Third World' Remark http://kut.org/post/governor-candidates-sparring-over-third-world-remark <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">The latest debate between the major candidates for governor is taking place in the letters to the editor section of McAllen's newspaper,&nbsp;<em style="box-sizing: border-box;">The Monitor</em>. The sparring began after remarks about the border made by Attorney General&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Greg Abbott</a>, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, in which he compared public corruption in South Texas to “third-world country practices.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Abbott made the comment during a campaign stop in Dallas last week. Democrats immediately took issue with his comparison. His expected Democratic opponent, state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy Davis</a>, joined them with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.themonitor.com/opinion/letters/article_e2746da2-9104-11e3-b380-0017a43b2370.html" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); line-height: 1.35;">a letter</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The Monitor&nbsp;</em><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">on Sunday. She called on Abbott to apologize for his remarks, disputing his comparison and calling it hurtful to the state and harmful to economic development in border communities.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:24:03 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 9748 at http://kut.org Governor Candidates Sparring Over 'Third World' Remark Abbott Releases Comprehensive Border Security Plan http://kut.org/post/abbott-releases-comprehensive-border-security-plan <p>Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the presumptive GOP nominee for governor, laid out an extensive security and safety plan Tuesday in Dallas as part of his campaign.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his speech, Abbott called it the <a href="http://www.gregabbott.com/greg-abbott-unveils-securing-texans-policy-plan/">Keep Texans Safe plan</a>. It includes more enforcement of human trafficking laws, and a call to follow Georgia's lead in creating a program to help people who have been rescued from human trafficking rings.</span></p><p>"I want Texas to adopt a comprehensive care plan to provide victim services for sexually exploited minors," Abbott said.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/133086974&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:02:37 +0000 Ben Philpott 9716 at http://kut.org Abbott Releases Comprehensive Border Security Plan Name Calling Defines Early Days of Texas Governor's Race http://kut.org/post/name-calling-defines-early-days-texas-governors-race <p>There’s been just a bit of name calling in the Texas Governor’s race – with much of it coming from conservatives and Greg Abbott supporters &nbsp;directed at Wendy Davis. But what’s the role of the candidate to respond to those kind of attacks?</p><p>Name calling isn't really anything new in political campaigns. Even if the candidates don't necessary approve of the language. So if it's expected, maybe the real question isn't whether or not it should happen in the first place, but how a campaign should respond.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132968920&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 9708 at http://kut.org Name Calling Defines Early Days of Texas Governor's Race Wendy Davis Responds to Discrepancies in Her Biography http://kut.org/post/wendy-davis-responds-discrepancies-her-biography <p>State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has issued a statement responding to an article released over the weekend that points to inconsistencies in her accounting of her life story.</p><p><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140118-as-wendy-davis-touts-life-story-in-race-for-governor-key-facts-blurred.ece">The article</a>, written by Wayne Slater of&nbsp;<em>The Dallas Morning News</em>, pointed to a couple of details from the story Davis has used during her campaign for Governor: specifically, that Davis was not a divorced mother at 19, but instead 21. Slater also highlights that while Davis initially paid her way through college, her second&nbsp;husband helped pay for her final years at Texas Christian University and Harvard Law School.</p><p>Conservatives have jumped on the story, calling Davis a liar. Talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/01/20/wendy_davis_made_up_her_life_story">"genuine head case"</a>&nbsp;on his program today, saying she had "made stuff up" and would have been "really poor and destitute were it not for a man" – a reference to her second husband, lawyer Jeff Davis.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:28:30 +0000 Ben Philpott 9595 at http://kut.org Wendy Davis Responds to Discrepancies in Her Biography Payday Lenders In the Spotlight, As Industry Becomes an Issue in Texas Governor's Race http://kut.org/post/payday-lenders-spotlight-industry-becomes-issue-texas-governors-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Signs offering promises of “quick cash” can be seen all over Texas. So-called payday lenders offer short-term loans under $700, but those loans have been criticized for interest rates that can climb to 500 percent.</span></p><p>For some customers, taking one on leaves them in a never-ending cycle of debt. It’s controversial, and the practice is actually banned in 12 states.</p><p>Recently, it’s become an issue in this year’s governor’s race.</p><p>The topic was kicked up after the chairman of the Texas Finance Commission – William White – <a href="http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_24810206/payday-lending-official-borrowers-responsible-their-decisions">made comments to the El Paso Times</a> suggesting payday lenders should be able to charge whatever fees they want. Previously unheard of, White’s comments put him in the spotlight among payday loan regulation advocates.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129868512&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:15:53 +0000 Jackie Wattles 9559 at http://kut.org Payday Lenders In the Spotlight, As Industry Becomes an Issue in Texas Governor's Race Education Funding to Play Key Role in Texas Governor's Race http://kut.org/post/education-funding-play-key-role-texas-governors-race <p>The first time State Senator Wendy Davis made waves as a Texas lawmaker was during the 2011 legislative session when she filibustered a budget that cut four billion dollars in funding for public schools.</p><p>“It’s the first time that we’ve ever done this in state history and the funding of public education and it’s a cut that I simply cannot stand for," Davis said during that filibuster.</p><p>But stand she did, pushing the 2011 legislature into a special session, where the budget plan were eventually approved anyway with the cuts included.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:44:33 +0000 Kate McGee 9514 at http://kut.org Education Funding to Play Key Role in Texas Governor's Race As Year Begins, Texas Governor's Race Will Heat Up http://kut.org/post/year-begins-texas-governors-race-will-heat <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">State Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy Davis</a>, who got off to a slow and often rocky start in her race for Texas governor, will ring in the New Year with a much bigger bank account and an aggressive new strategy designed to keep front-running candidate&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Greg Abbott</a>&nbsp;on the defensive.&nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">For Abbott, a three-term attorney general, it’s steady as she goes: He’ll keep unveiling carefully crafted policy initiatives and tying Davis to President Obama while remaining hyper-cautious in his own dealings with the news media — lest he become the first Republican in nearly a quarter-century to blow a governor’s race.</p><p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune & Jay Root, Texas Tribune 9469 at http://kut.org As Year Begins, Texas Governor's Race Will Heat Up Where's Wendy? Texas Monthly's Paul Burka Weighs In on Davis Campaign http://kut.org/post/wheres-wendy-texas-monthlys-paul-burka-weighs-davis-campaign <p>Wendy Davis made headlines earlier this year with her abortion rights filibuster heard around the nation. In September and October, she teased the Texas body politic with her gubernatorial guessing game.</p><p>After bursting into the race in early October with a big announcement in Fort Worth, the Davis campaign has hit the ground running, from Brownsville, to … Pharr, Texas?</p><p>So where’s Wendy Davis?&nbsp;That's&nbsp;what&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/contributor/paul-burka">Paul&nbsp;Burka</a>&nbsp;is asking.</p><p>The current dean of Texas political writers and senior executive editor at <em><a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/">Texas Monthly</a></em>, Burka sat down with&nbsp;KUT’s&nbsp;David Brown to discuss the Davis campaign.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7548ed7c-962b-b5f2-4f64-46cfd198b53f" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/122037507" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:30:00 +0000 David Brown 9270 at http://kut.org Where's Wendy? Texas Monthly's Paul Burka Weighs In on Davis Campaign Under the Microscope: How Feasible is Greg Abbott's DNA Protection Plan? http://kut.org/post/under-microscope-how-feasible-greg-abbotts-dna-protection-plan <p>The closer we get to next year's March &nbsp;primaries, the faster the campaign promises fly. Republican gubernatorial frontrunner <a href="http://www.gregabbott.com/">Greg Abbott</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">recently&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">made a splash by releasing an extensive list of items he says he’ll push for once elected.</span></p><p>One proposal in particular stood out a bit: safeguarding your DNA.</p><p>The proposal is a part of Abbott’s <a href="http://townhall254.gregabbott.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/GregAbbottsWethePeoplePlanFINAL.pdf">“We The People”</a> plan.&nbsp;It also includes things like gun rights, campaign ethics and blocking the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. But DNA is item number one.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121047050" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:28:26 +0000 Ben Philpott 9220 at http://kut.org Under the Microscope: How Feasible is Greg Abbott's DNA Protection Plan? How Do Texas Republicans' Gun Policies Compare with Public Opinion? http://kut.org/post/how-do-texas-republicans-gun-policies-compare-public-opinion <p>Several races in the 2014 GOP primary appear promising for advocates of expanding gun rights in Texas.</p><p>Top Republican candidates are making sure primary voters know they’re opposed to any gun control efforts at the federal level&nbsp;– with some even proposing ways to loosen current Texas law.</p><p>Attorney General <a href="http://www.gregabbott.com/">Greg Abbott</a> has included a couple of gun-related proposals as part of a major policy paper released by his gubernatorial campaign. As spelled out in his “<a href="http://townhall254.gregabbott.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/GregAbbottsWethePeoplePlanFINAL.pdf">We the People</a>” plan, Abbott would allow Texans to openly carry handguns and allow guns to be brought on college campuses.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120728564&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:48:36 +0000 Ben Philpott 9206 at http://kut.org How Do Texas Republicans' Gun Policies Compare with Public Opinion? UT/TT Poll: Abbott's Lead Over Davis in Single Digits http://kut.org/post/uttt-poll-abbotts-lead-over-davis-single-digits-0 <p>Attorney General <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/">Greg Abbott</a>, the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for Texas governor, holds a single-digit lead over the likely Democratic nominee, state Sen. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/">Wendy Davis</a> of Fort Worth, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.</p><p>In a head-to-head race, Abbott got 40 percent of registered voters to Davis’ 34 percent, with 25 percent of the voters undecided. In a three-way general election, he would get 40 percent, Davis would get 35 percent and Libertarian Kathie Glass would get 5 percent.</p><p>“What you’ve got is a race in which, for the first time in a&nbsp;long time, the Democrat is as well-known as the Republican at the outset of the&nbsp;race,” said poll co-director Daron Shaw, a professor of government at the&nbsp;University of Texas at Austin.</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:06:19 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 9083 at http://kut.org UT/TT Poll: Abbott's Lead Over Davis in Single Digits Abbott Would Limit State and Local Spending as Governor http://kut.org/post/abbott-would-limit-state-and-local-spending-governor <p>The leading Republican in the race to be the next Texas Governor has released his first major policy plan of the campaign. Attorney General Greg Abbott’s “<a href="http://townhall254.gregabbott.com/forum/working-texans/">Working Texas</a>” plan includes several proposals for restraining state and local government spending.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parts of the plan are a nod to proposals in Governor Rick Perry’s 2012 Texas Budget Compact. That includes linking the state’s constitutional spending cap to population growth and inflation instead of growth in personal incomes.</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:16:20 +0000 Ben Philpott 9051 at http://kut.org Abbott Would Limit State and Local Spending as Governor Could A Democrat Become Governor In Texas? http://kut.org/post/could-democrat-become-governor-texas In 2014, Texas voters might just see something they haven't experienced in two decades — a competitive race for governor.<p>Current Republican Gov. Rick Perry isn't running for re-election, so it's an open race, with new faces and new optimism for Texas Democrats.<p>Earlier this year, the Democrats were once again facing the prospect of scrambling to find someone to run as their candidate. Then, on June 25, state Sen. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:30:51 +0000 Ben Philpott 8903 at http://kut.org Could A Democrat Become Governor In Texas? Greg Abbott Leads Wendy Davis By 8 Points In Statewide Poll http://kut.org/post/greg-abbott-leads-wendy-davis-8-points-statewide-poll A new statewide poll released Wednesday shows Republican Greg Abbott with an eight-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in the Texas governor&#8217;s race.<p>The poll, conducted by the Texas Lyceum, shows Abbott, the Texas Attorney General, leading with 29 percent. Davis, the Fort Worth Democrat, has 21 percent.<p>But most registered voters don&#8217;t know who will get their vote &#8211; 50 percent are undecided.<p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 23:29:19 +0000 8844 at http://kut.org Greg Abbott Leads Wendy Davis By 8 Points In Statewide Poll