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Abbott Proposes New "Gold Standard" Mandates, But No Universal Full Day Pre-K

by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:06 PM CDT

Today Greg Abbott unveiled the Pre-K - 3rd grade portion of his "Educating Texans" policy proposal. Likening our education system to a house cracking from a faulty foundation, he proposed creating new state standards based on performance before expanding full day Pre-K access to more students. To do otherwise he said would be "an act of negligence and waste."

His plan centered around a "Gold Standard" that would have to be adopted by School Districts in order to qualify for an additional $1,500 per student.

Public education is something his Gubernatorial opponent Senator Wendy Davis sees as a her strong suit and a major issue for November voters, and this proposal is also one of Abbott's first major policy plans after being criticized throughout the primary campaign for being mum on many issues.

More plus Wendy Davis' reaction below the jump...

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Ted Nugent: "I'm A Black Guitarist From Detroit," The Obama Administration Acts Like Nazis

by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 00:40 PM CST

Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman and Texas transplant, just can't stay out of the headlines. Only a few days after his "apology" for using Nazi propaganda rhetoric to describe the President, calling him a "subhuman mongrel," the Nuge goes on Dennis Miller to explain how it is actually the Obama Administration that is destroying America by using Nazi techniques. Basically he turns the tables and says, 'who's the Nazi now?'  

He told Miller that Obama was using an incrementalism that mirrored "people like jack-booted thugs, like the Brownshirts," and that he was exploiting "the power struggle between the different races" with his policies towards the IRS and under Obamacare.

See what happened when Nugent visited CNN last night below the jump...

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Wendy Davis Outraises Greg Abbott In 2 of 3 Filing Periods

by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:44 PM CST

Wendy Davis reports raising $2.85 million in the period between January 24th and February 22nd while Greg Abbott showed he raised 2.5 million in the same timeframe. That puts Davis' total current cash on hand at $11.3 million and Abbott at just under $30 million.

When Greg Abbott announced his intentions to run for Governor he already had nearly $21 million in the bank and since that time Davis has managed to out raise him again in the last filing period before each becomes their party's official nominee.

See more details below the jump...

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Wendy Davis Outraises Greg Abbott In 2 of 3 Filing Periods

by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:44 PM CST

Wendy Davis reports raising $2.85 million in the period between January 24th and February 22nd while Greg Abbott showed he raised 2.5 million in the same timeframe. That puts Davis' total current cash on hand at $11.3 million and Abbott at just under $30 million.

When Greg Abbott announced his intentions to run for Governor he already had nearly $21 million in the bank and since that time Davis has managed to out raise him again in the last filing period before each becomes their party's official nominee.

See more details below the jump...

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Greg Abbott Is Ready to Move "Beyond" Ted Nugent's Comment After His Half-hearted Apology

by: Joe Deshotel

Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM CST

Ted Nugent was pressured into giving a half-hearted apology after calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" caused a firestorm of negative press for Greg Abbott and the GOP at large. Unfortunately, it was not sincere or directed at the President, but instead at the candidates he's perceived to have hurt.

It took Rand Paul the US Senator from Kentucky to call for "The Nuge" to take back his remarks before other Texas Republicans began to speak out. Greg Abbott has finally acknowledged the comment himself, but only after Gov. Rick Perry and Senator Ted Cruz also suggested Nugent's comments were out of line.

Before Nugent took to the airways to say, "I do apologize - not necessarily to the President - but on behalf of much better men than myself," he went on an epic Twitter rank insinuating his comments weren't, "really more offensivethan [sic]" -- insert harsh hyperbola implicating Obama.

See Abbott's response and more of Nugent's apology and rants below the jump...

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Why I Stand with Wendy

by: dfwchris2

Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 09:55 PM CST

I am so encouraged by the Wendy David campaign.  In just a short amount of time Wendy Davis for Texas Governor has managed to mobilize a grass roots effort made up entirely of everyday people across the state who are sick and tired of the failures and cronyism of the right that have dominated Texas for the past 20 or so years.  A campaign whose donations, with the exception of a couple of wealthy Democrats who see her and a lightning rod for change, has been made up entirely of Texans who barely can afford to live as a result of the austerity forced on Texas.  
In the last 20 or so years Republicans in Texas, one of the wealthiest states in the nation, have managed to erode confidence in our political "leaders". They have chosen to rig districts against Democrat wins, they have chosen gut our once great education system, and healthcare system and basically bring Texas down to substandard level in virtually every area where we once proudly stood on top.
As the Republican dominated media insist on making mountains out of molehills over non-issues like biographical information, and other petty topics that have nothing to do with her leadership abilities, or who she did or didn't confirm for whatever position, the unrepresented folks in Texas remain ever hopeful that we have a real chance to correct all the wrongs perpetrated by the right wing for far too long now.
When Attorney General Abbott can sue insurance for an obscene amount of money in a personal injury claim and then immediately after he wins office he signs off on law's that prevent anyone else from ever doing the same thing, you have a person who has basically said to the people "I'm better than you are". He believes you should do as he says and not as he does.  He is a prime example of what is wrong and why we lost confidence in our system and "leaders".

That is why I stand with Wendy Davis because it is time that the common Texan's have a person who will fight for them.  We have not had that since George W. Bush lied his way in a dirty run campaign for a major upset defeat of Ann Richards.  Texas needs Wendy otherwise Texas is going to become a dumping ground for the wealthy who will continue to create their wealth from the blood, sweat, and at the peril of the working poor and middle-class folks who made this state great.
I'm not voting for Wendy just because she is a Democrat, I am voting for Wendy because she is the right choice for Texan's and she believes in real people and not the people who hide behind corporate interest.
Christopher Bates
Working Texan  

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Denton Co. GOP Chair Warns Of "Abortion Barbie" And Her "Hispanic" Running Mate

by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 08:30 AM CST

The Denton County Republican Party Chair Dianne Edmondson expressed her concern over "the super women ticket of Abortion Barbie with Hispanic Sen Leticia Van De Putte as her running mate." The weekly newsletter sent Tuesday is the last before the party will host a forum Monday with every candidate in the Lt. Governor and Attorney General's race. Senator Wendy Davis is running for Governor against the current Attorney General Greg Abbott and Sen. Leticia Van De Putte is running for Lt. Governor.

The use of "Abortion Barbie" prompted the first real shakeup of the Governor's race after Greg Abbott thanked a supporter in a reply to a tweet that included the slur "Retard Barbie." Abbott later tweeted: "FYI: I thank supporters on Twitter, but I don't endorse anyone's offense language. Stay positive." The term was originally credited to Erik Erikson a prominent Conservative Republican and the editor-in-chief at RedState who the GOP often looks to for messaging and reinforcement. It is no surprise that the insult is still in circulation on right wing blogs, but it is shocking to see it from a countywide elected party official just days before a high profile event.

See the full post and who will be attending Monday's forum in Denton County...

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Greg Abbott's New Ad Touting Charter Schools Avoids Traditional Public Schools

by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM CST

Unless Greg Abbott plans to turn the entire Texas Public Education system into charter schools and magnet academies, his latest campaign video still sheds little light on his position regarding education funding or traditional public schools. Abbott has received a lot of heat lately from both the media and his political opponents for being mum on major campaign issues and for his defense of the 2011 education budget cuts.

"I have a single quest and that is to find what we need to do to elevate education in the State of Texas to be ranked number one in the nation. In search of that quest I'm touring schools across the entire state of Texas."

The type of investment needed to achieve that goal hasn't been made by the state's legislature and as Attorney General Abbott has been there to defend them in court. According to a National Education Association study Texas ranks near the top in the increase in public school enrollment, but 44th in per student expenditures. Earlier this year a state Judge ruled in favor of the more than 600 school districts who were suing the state over funding. "There is no free lunch," said Justice John Deitz. "We either want increased standards and are willing to pay the price, or we don't."

See what's going on behind the scenes at the South Texas School District Abbott visited in the Ad...

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Even Greg Abbott's Advisors Lack Answers For Texas' Uninsured

by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 03:30 PM CST

Earlier this week Greg Abbott hosted a forum with Merrill Matthews on his website in which the controversial policy advisor answered questions regarding the state of Texas and the Affordable Care Act. Some of the questions, including those from Conservative Tea Party types were tough, because well Republicans haven't really been forced to answer them in the past. Surprising (or not) when it came down to it, the free-market evangelist referred many seeking help to federal programs.

One fellow concerned about the impact of the individual mandate that he believes, "requires the government to infringe on everyone's civil liberties" had to ask, "Is there a Republican alternative that can make it easier for people with preexisting conditions to get health insurance?" Great question! The answer Matthews provides is that Republicans support a state-based high risk pool and that, "Federal legislation that created best practices would have been a good idea." So, you know like Common Core for Healthcare.

One questioner asked, "Who regulates healthcare navigators in the state of Texas?" to which Matthews falsely replied, "Um, the groups that the administration gave money too." Not true, and he was corrected by an Abbott Policy Advisor who shared a link to the Senate Bill 1795 which applies state regulations on navigators and was passed during the 83rd legislative session.

Someday it may be Abbott answering the questions, but until then see how his advisor takes the heat from voters with serious questions about their health care in Texas...

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Greg Abbott's Policy Advisor Supports Abolishing Direct Funding For Public Schools

by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 04:16 PM CST

According to Greg Abbott's spokesman Matt Hirsch, "Education is a major issue for this campaign," yet there is still a complete absence of the word "education" (let alone "public education") in the "Issues" section of his website. Now as campaign season gears up concerned Texans are forced to deduce his positions via his advisors and donors.

Today Abbott held an online "Discussion With Merrill Matthews" an author of "A Capitalist Manifesto" who in his free-market version of the Communist Manifesto called for the, "Abolition of direct funding for school systems."

Senator Wendy Davis, who last week blasted Abbott for defending the public education cuts that she filibustered in 2011, is now calling for Abbott to, "immediately reject his policy advisor's position" because it puts our state's future at risk.

The link between education and income is well researched, so it is all the more head-slapping that a candidate for Governor in the state with the highest uninsured population and most minimum wage jobs would do anything but soundly reject such an idea.

More below the jump...

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