Greg Abbott

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In a fresh — but long shot — assertion of states’ rights, Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday called for a convention of U.S. states to pass nine new amendments to the U.S. Constitution, measures meant to limit the powers of the federal government.

Simon Quinton

Gov. Greg Abbott has agreed to spend up to $2.7 million in taxpayer funds to bring the barrage of blood, sweat and spandex that is WrestleMania to Texas next year.

During his 2014 campaign for governor, Abbott expressed discomfort with such taxpayer-funded economic incentives, saying he wanted to get government "out of the business of picking winners and losers.” 

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Nearly a week after Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he does not want to allow Syrian refugees into Texas, a group of college students who attend Abbott's church — the University Catholic Center in Austin — posted a simple sign in the church’s vestibule.

A standard sheet of white office paper, it quoted from the Bible, Matthew 25:35, “For I was ... a stranger and you took me in.” The words “Pray for Syrian Refugees” were typed in bold underneath.

A federal judge on Wednesday denied the state’s latest request to keep Syrian refugees out of Texas.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was joined by Gov. Greg Abbott in Washington Tuesday to support his congressional efforts that place a moratorium on resettling refugees in the U.S.  Cruz’s legislation would also give governors the authority to halt the relocation of refugees. Immediately following President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. would continue to take in Syrian refugees following the ISIS-led attacks in Paris, Abbott issued a directive to refugee resettlement groups that they should not accept any more Syrian refugees, asserting that governors are given this authority.

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