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  1. Good afternoon HAIF Maniacs. TX Governor Greg Abbott (R) & TX LG Dan Patrick (R) were both inaugurated for their respective 2nd terms this morning on the North Grounds of the TX State Capitol in downtown Austin. Following Governor Abbott's Oath of Office, the 19 Cannon Salute (which starts 1:04:19) is fired by the TX National Guard. Following the Inauguration, there was a daylong BBQ luncheon held on the TX State Capitol Grounds & there will NOT be an Inaugural Parade. Plus, several aides close to Governor Abbott believe he might be back for a 3rd term (if he does run again & is successful in 2022), he could become the 5th TX Governor to serve 3 terms following 4 of his predecessors: 1.) Allan Shivers (D): 37th Governor from July 11th, 1949 to January 15th, 1957: as LG, Shivers ascended to the Governorship upon the death of then-Governor Beauford Jester (D); elected to full 2-year term in 1950 & reelected in 1952 & 1954 before choosing not to seek reelection due to major political scandals in 1956. 2.) Price Daniel (D): 38th Governor from January 15th, 1957 to January 15th, 1963: elected in 1956; reelected in 1958 & again in 1960. 3.) John Bowden Connally (D): 39th Governor from January 15th, 1963 to January 21st, 1969: elected in 1962 & reelected in 1964 & 1966 before choosing not to seek reelection in 1968. 4.) Rick Perry (R): 47th Governor from December 21st, 2000 to January 20th, 2015: as LG, Perry ascended to the Governorship upon the resignation of then-Governor George W. Bush (R), who resigned in order to prepare for his Inauguration as the 43rd POTUS; elected to full 4-year term in 2002 & reelected in 2006 & 2010 before choosing to retire in 2014. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2019/01/15/will-greg-abbott-back-third-term-national-aspirations
  2. In case you've been living under a rock during the Christmas holiday break, TX Governor Greg Abbott (R), in a scathing tweet on Twitter, put Houston ISD's failed leadership on full-blast. He also slammed the district's leaders for "self-centered ineptitude" & rallied for the State on taking over the school district's Board of Trustees. I believe that Abbott's right on this one for obvious reasons: the recent ugly racially-polarized battle over the demotion of Houston ISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Latham in favor of former Houston ISD Superintendent Abe Saavedra from a few months ago(who recently left San Antonio ISD & refused to return to his old job in Houston due to the backlash) which spiraled out of control following racial divisions between the African American & Latino Houston ISD School Board members: later the Board of Trustees voted to keep Latham as the Interim Superintendent. State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is pushing legislation which could eliminate single-member district in favor of At-Large Districts including other measures. Like to know your thoughts on Abbott calling out Houston ISD & calling for statewide takeover of the State's largest school district ? https://www.texastribune.org/2019/01/03/texas-gov-greg-abbott-take-over-houston-isd/ https://abc13.com/education/gov-abbott-says-houston-isd-leadership-is-a-disaster/5011215/ A.) Love It B.) Hate It C.) TBD
  3. The Houston Chronicle reported on Governor Abbott's appointments since taking office last year, the majority of those appointed to state boards & commissions have been predominately Anglo. Three-fourths of Abbott's appointments have been Anglo, with more than 60% of them Anglo men. State Senator Kirk Watson (D-Austin), who serves on the Senate Nominations Committee that considers appointees for confirmation, praised "the respect for the process" being demonstrated by Abbott. However, Watson did say the issue of diversity needs serious attention. 72% of Abbott's appointments have been Anglo, 62% have been men & 45% are Anglo men, according to figures provided by Abbott's office. Next largest subgroup by ethnicity & gender is Anglo women at 27%. 15% have been Latino & 6% African American. Abbott's predecessors--including fellow GOPers Rick Perry [R] & George W. Bush [R] & Dem Ann Richards (D)--also appointed a preponderance of Anglos & men. Richards had the lowest percentage of each, with 67% Anglo & 59% men. 75% of Perry's appointments were Anglo & 64% men; for Bush, the respective percentages were 77% & 63%. Thoughts on the appointments made by Governor Abbott so far ? A.) LOVE IT B.) Hate It C.) TBD http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Abbott-s-appointments-raise-some-brows-7253188.php
  4. Ladies & gentlemen, tomorrow is inauguration day for Greg Abbott [R] as TX's 48th Governor & Dan Patrick [R] as the state's 42nd Lieutenant Governor, both being sworn into office at the State Capitol steps. Afterwards, a BBQ luncheon as well as an inaugural parade (first parade since 2003) & finally: the inaugural ball at the Austin Convention Center later Tuesday night. http://abc13.com/live/ http://kxan.com/live-stream/ What's everyone's thoughts on Abbott as his family moves into the Governor's Mansion?
  5. Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott ®, who will be taking office on Tuesday, January 20th, met with President Obama along with newly elected Governors Bill Walker (Ind-AK), Bruce Rauner (R-IL), Larry Hogan (R-MD), Charlie Baker, Jr., (R-MA), Thomas Wolf (D-PA) & Gina Raimondo (D-RI) yesterday in the White House. Both Obama & Abbott sat side-by-side Friday in front of the fireplace of the Oval Office. The legal contretemps didn't come up. "Today was not the setting or the time to talk about legal issues that will be resolved in a courtroom by lawyers," Abbott of his first-ever meeting with Obama. The TX GOPer was one of 7 newly-elected Governors who met with the President & other administration officials to discuss education, health care, transportation infrastructure & economic development. "He was keenly focused on reaching out to the governors, understanding there was a mandate sent on Election Day, & he is reaching out seeking common ground," Abbott said of Obama. Reaction from anyone on the White House meeting between Abbott & Obama ?
  6. With the likelihood of Texas State AG Greg Abbott ® getting elected as the 48th Governor of Texas on November 4th, questions arise whether Abbott will cut into Democratic territory such as Harris County (which Bill White barely carried in 2010 in the previous gubernatorial election). Will Abbott carry Harris County against Davis in November ? A. Yes B. No
  7. With at least 2 debates between State Attorney General Greg Abbott (Rep) and State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) set for McAllen and Dallas, people want to know if Davis and Abbott will consider having a debate in the Houston area before the November election? A.) Yes B. No-don't count on it http://www.gregabbott.com/ http://www.wendydavistexas.com/
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