Greg Abbott

Ryan E. Poppe

In 2003, state lawmakers voted to cut the budgets for state colleges and universities by 11 percent per student. In return, lawmakers gave up their right to set the cost of tuition.  They gave universities control over tuition so the schools could make up for the loss of state dollars.

Steve Leslie is the deputy vice chancellor of the UT System.  He says since 2003 then the Texas Legislature has cut millions more in state funding for public universities.

Ryan E. Poppe

Gov. Greg Abbott cast his ballot today in effort to get out the vote.  Despite his lagging poll numbers, the governor still feels confident Cruz will win Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement Wednesday after reports that the group “Return of Kings,” which promotes the legalization of rape, plans to hold events this Saturday in multiple cities across Texas:

“This pathetic group and their disgusting viewpoints are not welcome in Texas. I’ve spent much of my career protecting women from such vile and heinous acts, and it won’t be any different on my watch as Governor.”

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Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called on the legislature to send him a bill endorsing a U.S. constitutional convention.

In a speech last week, Abbott lamented the over reach of the federal government. From executive over regulation, to a power-hungry Congress, to a Supreme Court he says is a co-conspirator in abandoning the constitution, no branch was spared from the Governor's criticisms. 

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Almost a year ago, Gov. Greg Abbott was cheered for asking the Texas Legislature to make ethics the signature issue of its 2015 session. Five months later, they sent back a bill he disliked enough to veto.