How Gov. Greg Abbott exported a border crisis to New York City
New York City was not initially a destination when the Texas governor began busing asylum-seekers east. That changed after NYC Mayor Eric Adams launched his war of words against Abbott, who’s now sending hundreds to the Big Apple.
Beto O’Rourke curses at laughing heckler during speech about Uvalde school shooting – Houston Public Media
The Texas gubernatorial candidate was speaking at a campaign rally in Mineral Wells when someone in the crowd laughed as he talked about the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School.houstonpublicmedia.org
Beto O’Rourke swears at Greg Abbott supporter who heckled him over Uvalde shooting
O’Rourke confronted a heckler at a campaign event Wednesday who laughed while he was talking about the Uvalde school shooting, telling the person, “It may be funny to you, motherfucker, but it is not funny to me.”
A new MAGA: Mothers Against Greg Abbott mobilizes against the incumbent governor seeking a third term
Mothers Against Greg Abbott has grown into a potent political force in the governor’s race, with a membership of over 50,000 on Facebook. The group recently caught more attention after releasing ads that have gone viral on social media.
Letters: Doctors safe from lawsuits
The implication seems to be that doctors can fail you, repeatedly, without fear of accountability (despite most of them having malpractice insurance). I’ve been told that only doctors who injure you will be taken to court. First, Mr. Abbott’ efforts to secure the Texas/Mexico border have proven to be a thankless job. Secondly, it would appear that many in Texas don’t seem to think that a massive influx of unvetted immigrants crossing the Texas/Mexico border is a big deal. Some of the committee members have been threatened, their families threatened, and their home addresses divulged publicly.myrgv.com
DPS to provide more than 30 officers to campuses throughout Uvalde ISD for new school year
Governor Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be providing more than 30 law enforcement officers to campuses throughout the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD) for the new school year.
‘He has total veto power’: Greg Abbott takes control over who will lead Texas’ troubled power grid, sources say
Locked in a potentially tight reelection race and facing criticism over the grid’s 2021 collapse, the governor is exerting unprecedented influence over what the state grid operator shares with the public — and who will be its next CEO.
Lawmakers decry collapsing Texas juvenile prison system, ask Abbott to call special session
Without a jolt of funding, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department will struggle to hire workers and regain control over the safety and treatment of almost 600 incarcerated youth, its acting director told lawmakers at a hearing.
ACLU calls on feds to investigate Abbott’s policy transporting migrants back to border – Houston Public Media
In July, Abbott authorized state law enforcement to transport migrants to ports of entry. It’s unclear how and why migrants are being detained, raising civil rights concerns and questions about whether the state is overstepping federal authority.houstonpublicmedia.org
‘This is horrific,’ New York City mayor says of Abbott’s policy as second busload of Texas migrants arrive – Houston Public Media
In an expansion of the governor’s plan to bus migrants from the Texas border to East Coast cities, 64 asylum-seekers arrived in New York City over the weekend.houstonpublicmedia.org
ACLU calls on feds to investigate Abbott’s policy transporting migrants back to border
In July, Abbott authorized state law enforcement to transport migrants to ports of entry. It’s unclear how and why migrants are being detained, raising civil rights concerns and questions about whether the state is overstepping federal authority.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams blasts Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after second bus of migrants arrives: ‘This is horrific’
New York City Mayor Eric Adams lashed out at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after a second bus full of illegal migrants arrived in the Big Apple, calling the Republican's move "horrific."news.yahoo.com
Texas Republicans rally their base at CPAC, but draw criticism over Hungarian prime minister’s appearance
Viktor Orbán appeared at the convention in Dallas after saying last week that Europeans “do not want to become peoples of mixed race.” Texas officials attending, though, stayed focused on criticizing Democrats.
Pentagon denies D.C. request for National Guard migrant help
The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declined to provide Guard personnel and the use of the D.C. Armory to assist with the reception of migrants into the city, according to U.S. defense officials. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the district may send an amended, “more specific” request, adding that she believes this is the first time a D.C. request for National Guard has been denied.news.yahoo.com
State, feds say six-month maternal Medicaid coverage still under review
HHSC said it was initially told the plan was “not approvable.” Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a statement Friday saying Texas’ plan to extend coverage to six months was not rejected but still under review.
Autocratic Hungarian leader Orban hailed by US conservatives
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is urging American conservatives to “take back the institutions,” stick to hardline stances on gay rights and immigration, and fight for the next U.S. presidential election as a pivotal moment for their beliefs.
Fox News holds ‘Broken Border Crisis’ summit in Edinburg
A summit focusing on immigration, criminal organizations and narcotics smuggling along the southern border was hosted by Fox News on Wednesday in Edinburg and attended by local ranchers, law enforcement, Gov. Greg Abbott, Democrat U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar and Republican U.S. Rep. Mayra Flores.myrgv.com
Beto O’Rourke discusses abortion, power grid, education and more during ‘Town Square’ visit – Houston Public Media
The Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee brought his statewide Texas tour to the airwaves on Wednesday afternoon and took questions from Houston Public Media listeners.houstonpublicmedia.org
Almost 600 Texas youth are trapped in a juvenile prison system on the brink of collapse – Houston Public Media
The agency is so understaffed that teens have reported spending up to 23 hours locked in their cells, using water bottles to go to the bathroom. A staggering number have hurt themselves or been placed on suicide watch.houstonpublicmedia.org
Almost 600 Texas youth are trapped in a juvenile prison system on the brink of collapse
Texas’ juvenile prison system is nearing total collapse. Nearly half of those locked in the state’s juvenile prisons this year have been on suicide watch. This year, 45% of those held in Texas’ juvenile lockups have been on suicide watch, a percentage that has steadily grown over several years. Texas’ youth prisons couldn’t take any more children, Carter said, because the state agency wouldn’t be able to guarantee their safety. His vision doesn’t go as far as that of juvenile justice advocates, who have pushed to close all state-run youth prisons within 10 years.lmtonline.com
Almost 600 Texas youths are trapped in a juvenile prison system on the brink of collapse
The agency is so understaffed that teens have reported spending up to 23 hours locked in their cells, using water bottles to go to the bathroom. A staggering number have hurt themselves or been placed on suicide watch.
Letters: Culture change
Greg Abbott and current Republican legislators, has our Texas “gun culture” become a “killing culture”? Donald Trump (the true genius) seemingly appeared almost out of nowhere and the Democrats (the dunces) quickly piled on against him. But as the months pass, we are seeing that Trump was right about a lot of things. He predicted Democrats would attempt to destroy our domestic oil and gas industry and that gas prices would go up significantly. That is what our mothers and grandmothers and great-great grandmothers lived through, and now, here we are again.” — Michelle Obama.myrgv.com
Texas troopers are causing car chase fatalities and racially profiling drivers under Abbott’s border crackdown, complaint claims
Two civil rights groups have expanded their request for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Operation Lone Star, citing evidence of risky pursuits and more frequent traffic stops of Hispanic drivers.
Valley risk remains ‘very high’ for wildfires
HARLINGEN — Wildfires continue to flare in Texas and across much of the nation, and conditions in Cameron County will remain “very high” for fires through at least Tuesday, emergency officials say. Today the fire forecast from the Texas A&M Forest Service shows coastal Cameron County with a “very high” risk of wildfires. One of those wildfires on Thursday was in Hidalgo County near Linn-San Manuel. Hidalgo County Fire Marshal Homero Garza said the fire near U.S. Highway 281 and Laguna Seca Road was caused by a wild turkey that was electrocuted when it landed on a power line and dropped to the ground. Greg Abbott was briefed on the state’s largest wildfire, the Chalk Mountain Fire, and issued a disaster declaration adding Somervell County to dozens of other Texas counties fighting wildfires.myrgv.com
Governors' immigrant-busing strategy hits home for mayors
Two Republican border-state governors who are investing billions of dollars in immigration enforcement and spending hours at the podium blasting Biden administration policies have found indirect support for their arguments from two unlikely sources: Democratic Mayors Muriel Bowser, of Washington, and Eric Adams, of New York. The mayors’ recent overtures for federal aid came in response to Texas and Arizona busing migrants away from the border, a months-old practice that has been long on political theater but short on practical impact. Greg Abbott, of Texas, and Doug Ducey, of Arizona, their requests for money have bolstered the governors' narratives about immigration putting unusual strains on American communities, even though Adams said — incorrectly — Tuesday that the two states are paying migrants to go to New York.news.yahoo.com
Frequent lockdowns may have contributed to Uvalde tragedy
Nearly two months after a deadly shooting a Texas elementary school, a Texas House of Representatives committee report found that nearly 400 officers from local, state and federal agencies responded to the 77-minute rampage in which 19 kids and two teachers died.
CBD, hemp, delta-8, medical marijuana: Here’s what you need to know about Texas’ pot laws
In 2019, Texas legalized hemp, but not marijuana. The new law led to confusion about which marijuana products are legal in Texas. Meanwhile, support for legalizing the drug remains high in polling, and other cannabis-derived products like delta-8 have emerged.