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Greg Abbott Denies Petitions for Same Sex Marriage, Says They Don't "Naturally Produce Children"


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

In a brief filed Monday Attorney General Greg Abbott said the state's ban on same sex marriage is constitutional because it promotes child birth in "stable, lasting relationships."

This come after he denied accepting over 5,700 petitions asking him to stop defending the state's ban in court.

Abbott has been defending the state's 2005 ban vigorously even as mainstream views have changed tremendously over the past decade, and courts continue to strike them down state by state -- including Texas'. Abbott maintains that he will continue to fight in support of the ban because it is the law, but his brief proves he is actively promoting discrimination against same-sex couples.

See what Abbott said below the jump...

 

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Greg Abbott Denies Petitions for Same Sex Marriage, Says They Don't "Naturally Produce Children"


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

In a brief filed Monday Attorney General Greg Abbott said the state's ban on same sex marriage is constitutional because it promotes child birth in "stable, lasting relationships."

This come after he denied accepting over 5,700 petitions asking him to stop defending the state's ban in court.

Abbott has been defending the state's 2005 ban vigorously even as mainstream views have changed tremendously over the past decade, and courts continue to strike them down state by state -- including Texas'. Abbott maintains that he will continue to fight in support of the ban because it is the law, but his brief proves he is actively promoting discrimination against same-sex couples.

See what Abbott said below the jump...

 

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Greg Abbott Takes Thousands from Farmers Insurance PAC As State's Lawsuit Against Them Continues


by: Katie Singh

Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

Greg Abbott may have been representing Texas in a suit against Farmers Insurance for the past decade, but that hasn't stopped him from taking over $125,000 from Farmers Insurance PAC since 2005--including over $75,000 since 2013.

The donations have led to charges that Abbott has "not fairly represented homeowners in Texas" in the suit, reaching a settlement that allows Farmers to charge homeowners too much and not pay interest on millions in excessive premiums.

Abbott's campaign told the Texas Tribune that, "he does not treat donors differently when it comes to applying the law and that accepting the campaign money is not a conflict of interest." But as Alex Winslow, executive director of Texas Watch told the Tribune, "It was a sweetheart deal when it was struck in 2002, and it's only gotten sweeter since then."

Read more about Abbott's "sweetheart deal" with Farmers Insurance after the jump.

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Texas Ranked 10th Most Expensive State For Energy, 1st For Greenhouse Gases


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 02:30 PM CDT

Texas has the largest carbon footprint of any state by far and now a new study shows that counter to intuition Texans are also paying more than most other American for their energy.

The cost of energy is higher for Texan's for the same reasons the state leads the nation in production of greenhouse gases -- a lack of investment.

We haven't invested in transportation infrasture to reduce traffic congestion or programs that lower pollution and its long term health costs, on top of the fact that our state leaders actively deny climate change and fight any attempts by the federal government to mitigate the problem.

See what's going on below the jump...

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Left in Texas: Wendy Goes Whataburger, Greg Abbott Gets The Boot, And Rick Perry Goes Rambo


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

In this episode Imad and I review Texas politics for the week of July 21st.

We discuss the border crisis and how you can help the refugee minors. We talk about the top stories we covered this past week on our respective outlets The Daily Dot and Burnt Orange Report, and why Ted Cruz is tweeting about vampires.

We also talk about the state of the races especially that of Senator Leticia Van de Putte against Tea Party Senator Dan Patrick. And, you can find out who is mulling building the country's largest oil refinery next door to the currently largest in the country -- you may want to hold your breathe for that one!

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See What Happens When A Citizen Takes Greg Abbott's Advice to "Just Drive Around"


by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

When Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled that citizens could not rely on their state government to inform them when harmful chemicals were in their neighborhood, the Dallas Morning News editorial board said he "stepped in it," and the Lubbock daily said he should reverse his decision.

Abbott told citizens to "just drive around" to look for harmful chemicals that could be near their homes or schools, but after news reports showed it wasn't so easy, the Lone Star Project produced its own video of just what happens when you question a business that may be stashing potentially harmful materials.

See the video below the jump...

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Greg Abbott: Texans Should "Drive Around" and Ask Facilities if They're Storing Dangerous Chemicals


by: Katie Singh

Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

After ruling last month that the locations of dangerous chemicals can be kept hidden from the public (so that terrorists don't get a hold of them), Greg Abbott came forward this week to clarify his stance. As the Texas Tribune reported on Tuesday, Abbott "said Texans still have a right to find out where the substances are stored - as long as they know which companies to ask."

Greg Abbott's proposal for those who want to know whether they're living next to a storage facility for dangerous chemicals is simple:

"You know where they are if you drive around. You can ask every facility whether or not they have chemicals or not. You can ask them if they do, and they can tell you, well, we do have chemicals or we don't have chemicals, and if they do, they tell which ones they have."

That's right, Greg Abbott believes that instead of having the government release chemical storage records to the public, citizens should just drive up to facilities and ask nicely if they're holding stockpiles of any potentially dangerous chemicals.

It's completely ludicrous, and shows no concern for public safety whatsoever. And it's not even the worst of what Abbott said.

Read the rest of Greg Abbott's statements after the jump.

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Greg Abbott in Reparative Therapy Funders' Back Pockets - And Private Plane


by: Omar Araiza

Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

It must be hard to be Attorney General Greg Abbott's conscience right now. Texas Republicans are making discrimination against the LGBT community a center piece of their political agenda this election, and Abbott is having a difficult time hiding his own anti-gay views.

In a now very classic-Greg Abbott style, Abbott dodged a question last week while being interviewed about his stance on trying to "cure" gay people through "reparative therapy." Abbott went on to list other issues he claims are more important to him, without ever answering the question or condemning Republicans' support for this harmful practice.

But actions speak louder than words. And so do Abbott's records.

A campaign record of Abbott shows he has been traveling using a private plane donated by two billionaire supporters, who are helping fund the so-called "ex-gay" reparative therapy movement.

Read more about Abbott's anti-gay buddies below the jump.

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Equality Texas and Progress Texas Team Up To Support Marriage Equality In Texas


by: Omar Araiza

Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Republican leaders Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton, David Dewhurst, John Cornyn, and Ted Cruz will all be in the same room tomorrow, speaking against marriage equality at the Texas Republican Party's "Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally."

Equality Texas and Progress Texas are teaming up to show that, in fact, a growing plurality of Texas voters actually support every Texan's right to marry the person they love. And support for marriage equality only keeps growing.

Tell Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Dan Patrick, John Cornyn, and Ken Paxton that you support marriage equality by adding your name to the organizations' petition here.

More below the jump.

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Open Carry Texas Plans Demonstration at GOP Convention, Shoots Back At NRA Over Criticism


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

It was bound to happen, but the the GOP's provocative rhetoric on guns has finally backfired. Even the NRA has said the Open Carry Texas tactics are "downright scary," "downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself."

The TABC informed the GOP that over enthusiastic gun toters will not be allowed in the convention hall due to alcohol permits.

The open carrying of a long gun such as a rifle or shotgun is legal in Texas, but recently Moms Demand Action on Gun Sense has won several high profile battles against members of Open Carry Texas who demonstrated at popular chain restaurants, resulting in corporate bans on such displays.

Even after New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg pledged $50 million to help push back against the NRA, the carry-at-all-cost movement has proven to be its own biggest threat. And now it has even sparked a civil war of sorts between Open Carry Texas and the NRA over style and substance.

See what the Texas GOP Chairman has to say and Open Carry Texas' response to the NRA...

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