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Texas officials have asked all state agencies to scale back their costs by four percent, in an effort to curb spending. The cuts will affect agency budgets for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, reports The Texas Tribune. The request was announced in a letter from Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov.

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In the aftermath of the UK’s controversial Brexit vote to leave the EU, members of the Texas Independence movement have been hoping to get a similar measure on the ballot in the Lone Star State.

Governor Greg Abbott is on the record as opposing a “Texit” vote, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t taking advantage of the Brexit situation. This weekend Abbot announced that Texas ran digital ads on British websites over the July 4th weekend, reports The Chicago Tribune.

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Some Lone Star lawmakers have more campaign cash on hand than the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president of the United States, reports The Texas Tribune. Last week Donald Trump revealed that his campaign had just $1.3 million on hand to fund their election efforts. Meanwhile his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton reportedly has $42 million in the bank.

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The Texas Governor’s office seems to have a problem appointing replacements to state boards and commissions in a timely manner. According to The Texas Tribune, the state now has 336 holdover appointees. Those are people whose terms have expired but whose replacements have not been named.

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The State of Texas has sued the Obama administration 40 times since the president took office in 2008. All told, the lawsuits have cost taxpayers over $5 million. So, The Texas Tribune wondered, what is the Lone Star State getting for its money? Texas has definitively won 15 percent of its cases, or six of them. The state has lost 10 of its challenges. And the state withdrew eight of the cases.

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Texas’s controversial “Top 10 Percent” college admission rule could be in jeopardy when the state legislature meets again in 2017. Gov. Greg Abbott has called for changes to the law, reports The Texas Tribune. The legislation, as it stands now, promises automatic admission into any Texas public university for all students who finish in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has a portentous new book out that tackles some of the biggest issues in America. Included a proposal for a convention of the states to change the U.S. Constitution. So, The Texas Tribune wondered, what’s the Texas exec up to? Abbott claims he’s not using the book as a springboard to position himself for higher office.

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Texan members of the GOP are gathering in Dallas this week for their state convention. And leaders have called on the Texas Republican Party to unify behind Donald Trump, reports The Texas Tribune. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke to the GOP convention Thursday morning. “We must come together, he said. “We must support our Republican nominee for president: Donald Trump.”

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Texan members of the GOP are gathering in Dallas this week for their state convention. And leaders have called on the Texas Republican Party to unify behind Donald Trump, reports The Texas Tribune. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke to the GOP convention Thursday morning. “We must come together, he said. “We must support our Republican nominee for president: Donald Trump.”

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As The Texas Tribune has pointed out, Monday was a tough day for the "Class of 2014" in Texas--the group of Lone Star pols who rose to prominence two years ago, including Gov. Greg Abbott, AG Ken Paxton, and Ag Commish Sid Miller. Here’s a recap:

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Whatever state you live in, you might be wondering if your governor is gearing up for a run at the White House—or maybe it hasn’t occurred to you to ponder the possibility. In any case, The Texas Tribune has devised a handy flow chart to help you determine your governor’s political aspirations. I plugged the names of some High Plains governors into the chart, and here’s what I came up with.

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Texas attorney general Ken Paxton has announced a new unit dedicated to combating human trafficking, reports The Texas Tribune. Texas has the second-highest trafficking victim population of any state. Last year Texas had 330 cases of human trafficking, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

Texas Remains a Burr Under the Supreme Court's Saddle

Dec 30, 2015
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These days the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a lot from the Lone Star State. USA TODAY reports that nearly all the court's top cases come from Texas, from abortion and affirmative action to voting rights and immigration.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott's office appears to be backing out of its support for Formula One racing in the Lone Star State, reports Car & Driver.

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While Texas Governor Greg Abbott has agitated many on the left with his hardline stance on immigration, he has also managed to upset the right wing of his own party by being too lenient, reports The Texas Tribune.

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In the wake of Texas's announcement that bit plans to build a massive gold bullion depository, major international precious metal firms are vying for a piece of the action, reports The Texas Tribune.

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In Texas, the fight over abortion just grew more heated. The New York Times reports that state investigators showed up at Planned Parenthood centers in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Brownsville. The investigators asked the clinics to turn over private information about patients, including medical records and home addresses and phone numbers.

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$200 million dollars vetoed by Texas Governor Greg Abbot at the end of the least session remain in limbo, reports The Texas Tribune. The money was part of a rider intended to give raises to the State Securities Board. This specific rider is different than the others Abbot vetoed, the measure’s proponents say.

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When the director of the state’s Legislative Budget Board recently questioned the legality of some of Governor Greg Abbott’s vetoes in the state budget, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick took issue. The Texas Tribune reports that Patrick has called for a review of all legislative agencies—agencies which he himself oversees.  Patrick claims he wants to see “what reforms are needed, what guidelines are needed and what changes need to be made.” In reality, this could mean replacing current administrators with those of his own choosing.

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Republican leaders in Texas take pride in how often they have sued the Obama administration. The state has filed 34 lawsuits against the executive branch, sometimes successfully, sometimes less so. Most of the lawsuits were taken up by former attorney general Greg Abbott, who is now the governor. Ken Paxton, the current AG, has mounted three suits since January, with more to come. The total cost of the lawsuits amounts to $4.8 million.

Abbot Campaign Takes in Massive Nine-Day Haul

Jul 19, 2015
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Potential challengers to Governor Greg Abbot in the 2018 elections will be in for a fight, reports the Texas Tribune.  Last month, Abbot raised $8.3 million over a period of nine days.

In the first six months of this year, Abbot’s campaign has spent $2.5 million, leaving him with a war chest of almost $18 million dollars—a daunting sum for even the most well-heeled of opponents.

Supreme Court to Rule onTexas Voting Rights Case

Jun 15, 2015
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The US Supreme Court has taken up a Texas voting rights case, known as Evenwel v. Abbott, reports the Texas Tribune. At issue is whether Texas voting districts fairly represent their citizens.

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In the waning days of the Texas Legislature’s  84th Session, House and Senate leaders proposed a constitutional amendment, to be voted on by Texans in November, that would dedicate a portion of all future motor vehicle sales taxes to  the state’s highway fund, starting in 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott signed a number of bills that will spend a record breaking amount to provide security along the Texas-Mexico border. The issue was named one of Abbott's emergency items at the beginning of the legislative session. Abbott says Texas is a safer place because of these bills.

Skyrocketing appraisal rates in some Texas counties could have homeowners paying more this year even with the increased Homestead Exemption. That’s according to analysis put together by the Texas House Ways and Means Committee on the last days of the session. Dale Craymer is a budget expert with the Texas Taxpayer and Research Association and says in areas like Bexar County where appraisal rates rose by almost 12-percent, you will likely pay more this year. Craymer says on average homeowners will still save $130 on their property taxes, but for those living in those more populated counties, that $130 is off of the thousands of dollars they may owe. At the Start of the session Governor Greg Abbott stressed to lawmakers that they pass some form of property tax relief and that its impact be long-lasting. But even Abbott says this session’s property tax relief effort was just a starting point to keep rates from skyrocketing in the future.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is drawing more criticism about his order to monitor the federal military exercises known as "Jade Helm 15." This time it's from former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former GOP state representative and late-night host Jon Stewart.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been on the receiving end of bi-partisan criticism since he ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor a training exercise by U.S. Special Operations Command. Abbott defended his actions, but also made a point of saying there is nothing for people to worry about. Abbott says his directive to the state guard was only to create an official channel of communication between the special forces training and the Governor's office. Jade Helm 15 is a two-month training exercise across several states where soldiers will "further develop tactics, techniques and procedures for emerging concepts in Special Operations warfare."

Texas State lawmakers are hearing testimony this week on a controversial bill aimed at limiting the type of ordinances and rules that city councils can pass.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spelled out six critical items that needed to be tackled immediately during his first State of the State address on Tuesday. Those agenda items ranged from fixing Texas’ school finance system to funding border security at the highest level in the state’s history. These items are actual bills that Abbott has assigned to various lawmakers and is hoping to have fast tracked through the legislative process. 

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In Texas this session will be unremarkable.  All the new people at the top will get along, and those wringing their hands about change are manufacturing drama reports the Texas Tribune.

Of course, there is the other side where the mix of new personalities, the split in the Republican party, and a Legislature easily stampeded by noisy outside partisans will provide drama to keep the worriers busy.

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