Ed Sterling

White House grants disaster declaration for state of Texas

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President Trump on March 25 issued a major disaster declaration for the state of Texas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump’s action came at the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking additional federal assistance to combat the disease. In recent days Abbott issued multiple waivers of state laws to remove barriers limiting the response to the […]

Governor takes actions to slow down deadly virus

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Texas is more invested every day in promoting increased and thorough hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and social distancing to reduce cases of the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus, COVID-19. As of March 22, the cumulative count of patients testing positive in Texas increased to 334. The death count stood at five with 8,756 people having been tested, according to figures posted […]

Trump, Biden emerge as winners in Texas primaries

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Gov. Greg Abbott on March 13 declared a state of disaster in all Texas counties and listed actions agencies are taking to contain and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, a contagious flulike respiratory disease. Abbott said agency actions would include: —Provide immediate ability to move resources around the state, including resources obtained through the Strategic National Stockpile, […]

Trump, Biden emerge as winners in Texas primaries

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Incumbent President Donald J. Trump, who received 94% of the vote in the Lone Star State’s Republican Primary Election, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who received 34.5% of the vote in the Democratic Primary, were their parties’ top vote-getters on March 3, Super Tuesday. Biden’s closest rival was Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who received 30% of the Democratic vote. […]

Governor gives update on actions to combat coronavirus

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A s the worldwide threat of novel coronavirus increased, state agencies already were working together to ensure the health and safety of all Texans, Gov. Greg Abbott said Feb. 27. After a briefing from state and federal health officials on coronavirus (COVID-19), Abbott provided an update on steps the state is taking. He said the Department of State Health Services […]

Governor establishes clemency application for trafficking, domestic violence survivors

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 20 established a clemency application specifically for survivors of human trafficking or domestic violence. The application, crafted in coordination with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, includes a section that affords the applicant an opportunity to provide a statement to the board regarding their human trafficking or domestic violence victimization. Human trafficking and domestic […]

Governor charges agency heads with developing workforce plan

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Requirements in House Bill 3, the sweeping school finance law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2019, require the state to plan for long-term workforce development. On Feb. 13, Gov. Greg Abbott cited HB 3 in assigning the commissioners of three state agencies to identify strategies to meet the state’s future workforce needs through his 2016 Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative. He […]

State defends system of choosing presidential electors

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Texas Deputy Solicitor General Matthew Frederick on Feb. 6 defended the Electoral College system in a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Frederick, arguing on behalf of Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, maintained that Texas’ method of appointing presidential electors is consistent with the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that “each state shall appoint, […]

Abbott joins officials in response to virus originating in China

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 30 commented on a White House briefing about actions to stem the transmission of novel coronavirus in the United States. Speakers at the briefing concerning the outbreak of the new respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, China, included U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for […]

Governor applauds White House approval of women’s health funding

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Gov. Greg Abbott said Jan. 22 that a Trump administration decision reestablishes the federal partnership for the Women’s Health Program in Texas. Abbott issued a statement concerning the approval of the 1115 Waiver for Healthy Texas Women: “The Lone Star State is once again in partnership with the federal government to provide meaningful family planning and health services while fostering […]


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