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Oops! Greg Abbott Unveils Education Plan At School District Currently Suing The State Over Funding


by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

Today Greg Abbott unveiled another portion of his education plan at a school in Spring Branch I.S.D. -- a district that is currently suing the state over funding cuts that Abbott is defending as Texas' Attorney General.

Awkward? It should be.

"Perhaps the problem is that Greg Abbott is having trouble locating a school district in the entire state of Texas that's not currently fighting him in a courtroom lawsuit," said Zac Petkanas the Communications Director for Wendy Davis.

Abbott has been on the defense after a weeks-long rocky rollout of his education plan, and today said he supported more "local control," yet his plan for Pre K called for more state assessment and mandates.

See what teachers' representatives are saying about Abbott's plan below the jump...

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Greg Abbott Campaign Now Accepting The Cryptocurency Bitcoin


by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT


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In an odd move adopted from the even stranger Congressman Steve Stockman, Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott announced last week that he would now accept the cryptocurrency Bitcoin as campaign contributions.

For tax and reporting purposes Bitcoins are treated as an asset or an "in kind" contribution, but the FEC is expected to release an advisory with guidelines in the next couple of days. Two drafts have been posted and the second would limit Bitcoin donations to $100 in value.

Abbott says the move is part of his "cutting-edge digital strategy" and he welcomes the Bitcoin community to this team. According to the Wire that team is predominantly young, White, male and libertarian.

Abbott says "The spirit of Bitcoin embodies the free market principles that make Texas a leader," but there are many reason to be skeptical of the volatile decentralized digital currency.

See what is so concerning below the jump...

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Wendy Davis to Greg Abbott: Pre-K for 4 Year Olds, Not Standardized Tests


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 00:07 PM CDT


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On Monday Wendy Davis held a press conference to talk about extending quality Pre-K to all Texas school children and to chastise Greg Abbott for proposing standardized testing of 4 year olds.

The Abbott campaign claims that the portion of his education plan that references "Direct Assessments, norm referenced standardized tests" for 4 year olds is "for informational purposes only." There is more on Abbott's backtracking here.

If Abbott is shying away from the standardized testing claim it is likely because a bipartisan bill (HB 5) that passed last session to reduce the number of standardized tests from 15 to 5 was incredibly popular with parents and teachers alike. However Jim Windham, a key Abbott advisor, was caught off message during an online town hall hosted on Abbott's campaign website when he confirmed that not only did he believe HB 5 was a "mistake," but referenced "normed Pre-K assessments" as a way test the "efficacy" of Pre-K that 4 year olds receive.

See how Abbott's campaign advisor responded below the jump...

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Greg Abbott Ducks Press While Adviser Charles Murray Doubles Down on Anti-Woman Rhetoric


by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Greg Abbott has been under fire for citing Charles Murray in his education plan. Murray is a controversial libertarian thinker who believes women's brains are smaller than men's and that "women have played a proportionally tiny part in the history of the arts and sciences."

Charles Murray came to speak at the University of Texas last night, where he was greeted by a protest by the University Democrats. During his speech he doubled down on the same racist, misogynistic rhetoric he has been criticized for in the last weeks.

Murray was there to speak about his new book "Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010." He addressed a small but full room hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank for which Murray is a "scholar."

Murray began his speech with references to the controversy surrounding Greg Abbott and his "footnote." Murray said he was sorry he had caused him grief but curmudgeonly joked that he wished Abbott would have used more of his ideas, indicating he wasn't very fond of Abbott's plan overall. Murray ended his comments on the subject by saying he'd rather just stay out of it altogether, but let's just say he didn't do Abbott any favors.

Listen to the audio of Murray's comments about women below the jump.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Says, 'YOLO', Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage


by: Omar Araiza

Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

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Attorney General Greg Abbott has been one of the state's most adamant opponents of LGBT rights, going as far as promising to continue to uphold Texas' now ruled-unconstitutional marriage ban despite his long-time friend being one of the gay plaintiffs in the lawsuit. This same friend flew to be by Abbott's bedside when Abbott suffered the horrible accident that left him paralyzed below the waist.

But it seems Abbott has now experienced a change of heart.

"I had an epiphany this morning when I looked at myself in the mirror," Abbott admitted to the Associated Press. "I thought, "Gosh, Mark (Phariss) and Victor (Holmes) make such a cute couple. They've been happily in love for over sixteen years now. It'd be such a shame if I were the person standing between their love and the true happiness of all other LGBT couples in Texas."

"Look, this whole governor gig thing may not play out as smoothly as I thought it would, with me seriously offending someone new every week. I just don't want to be forever known as that guy who stood against the love of his long-time friend and the rest of the thousands of LGBT couples in Texas simply looking to be treated like everyone else. That sounds like the bad guy in a James Cameron movie."

Read what else Greg Abbott and other prominent Republican figures had to say below the jump.

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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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Greg Abbott Intervenes In Suit Involving "Sociopathic Neurosurgeon"


by: Nick Hudson

Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT


If Greg Abbott has his way, there will be no justice for victims of a Dallas neurosurgeon that killed two patients and paralyzed four in a series of botched surgeries.

As the Dallas Morning News reports, Texas' Attorney General Greg Abbott filed motions this week to intervene in three federal lawsuits brought against Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano on behalf of former patients of Dr. Christopher Duntsch. The patients allege that Baylor Plano  knew Dr. Duntsch was a dangerous surgeon and it could have prevented him from killing and maiming patients.

The suits also challenge the constitutionality of a state law that requires plaintiffs to prove that Baylor Plano intended to harm patients. That law is part of the Texas Legislature's 2003 tort reform package. The Legislature removed the term "gross negligence" from the definition of legal malice.

Read more below the jump!

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Lt. Gov. Candidate Dan Patrick: Government Shouldn't Do Anything About Equal Pay


by: Emily Cadik

Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT


Greg Abbott spent much of this week digging himself into a hole on equal pay, and now Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Patrick has decided to join him.

On Thursday, Patrick said while he thinks men and women should be paid equally, he does not believe the government should do anything proactive to actually advance pay equity. "Women should be should be paid the same as a man," Patrick said, "but I don't believe government should enforce it." Ever trusting of the laissez faire approach to equal rights, Patrick added, "I just believe in free markets and I believe the market is the best place to do that."

In Texas, the free market has resulted in women making, on average, 79 cents to every dollar a man makes. Or in the case of Greg Abbott's office, only 74 cents to every dollar a man earns.

Patrick's statement also comes after a week of hearing that women are just bad negotiators and perhaps even "too busy" for equally pay.  

Read about the response to the recent offensive equal pay statements after the jump.  

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Greg Abbott Pays Female Employees in Attorney General's Office Less Than Male Coworkers


by: Katherine Haenschen

Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM CDT

It's no wonder Greg Abbott hasn't stated if he would sign Equal Pay legislation for Texas women -- a blockbuster report in the San Antonio Express News today made clear that Abbott pays the women in his office less than the men, even when accounting for experience and longevity.

The average salary for the 343 male assistant attorneys general in Abbott's office is $79,464, while the average salary for the 379 women is $73,649.

As Attorney General, Abbott also defended the right of an employer to wage discriminate based on sex. And while Wendy Davis has made clear that she would sign a Texas version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- heck, she sponsored and moved it through the State Senate on a 16-15 vote last session -- Abbott's surrogates have been quick to point out that women are "too busy" for Equal Pay and just need to "negotiate better."

Update 11:48 a.m. Greg Abbott has finally stated that he would NOT sign an Equal Pay law for Texans.

Read more 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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