Pushing for ‘school choice,’ US Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs

Pushing for ‘school choice,’ US Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs

This post was originally published on this site By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune April 19, 2022 “Pushing for “school choice,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that...

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Beto O’Rourke threads careful needle on border policy as Democrats grapple with the issue

Beto O’Rourke threads careful needle on border policy as Democrats grapple with the issue

This post was originally published on this site By James Barragán and Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune April 18, 2022. Beto O’Rourke had called for an end to Title 42 for months. He said the emergency health order from the federal government, which allows officials to turn away migrants at...

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US food supply is being disrupted by Greg Abbott’s delivery trucks battle at Texas border: White House

US food supply is being disrupted by Greg Abbott’s delivery trucks battle at Texas border: White House

This post was originally published on this site A long trail of delivery trucks are backed up at the U.S.-Mexico border because the Texas governor is refusing to allow them to come into the United States without additional inspections by the Texas state troopers. Typically it’s the federal government that...

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Mexican truckers block key U.S. border crossings in protest of Texas governor’s inspection mandate

Mexican truckers block key U.S. border crossings in protest of Texas governor’s inspection mandate

After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered state troopers last week to begin inspecting commercial trucks bringing produce and other goods into the state from Mexico, a job already performed by federal Customs and Border Enforcement agents, truck traffic backed up for miles as the wait to cross the border jumped significantly, The Texas Tribune reported Monday. 
At times, the Tribune reports, “troopers appear to be checking every commercial vehicle that crosses select international bridges, with each inspection taking between 45 minutes and an hour.” Mexican truckers have blocked traffic at key border crossings in protest, making the wait time even longer.
“The bridge connecting Pharr and Reynosa is the busiest trade crossing in the Rio Grande Valley and handles the majority of the produce that crosses into the U.S. from Mexico, including avocados, broccoli, peppers, strawberries, and tomatoes,” the Tribune reports. “International bridges elsewhere in the Valley, as well as in Eagle Pass, El Paso, and Laredo, have also seen delays, with many commercial products produced in Mexico — like electronics, vehicle parts, and medical instruments — also held up.”
Abbott said he was ordering the Department of Public Safety to inspect trucks in response to the Biden administration’s phase-out of using Title 42, a temporary public health measure, to immediately deport Central American migrants to Mexico. Drug cartels use commercial trucks to smuggle people and drugs in the U.S., Abbott said.
Truckers told Reynosa’s El Mañana newspaper they had waited there or four days at the border bridge and were running out of fuel. “We are losing just as much as them,” one trucker said. “When they start needing more produce, the prices are going to go up.”
Lawmakers and officials along the border said Abbott’s order was hiring business. “There are security issues, but that’s why our federal partners are there,” Teclo Garcia, economic development director for Laredo, told the Tribune. “Of course, this is going to affect Laredo, El Paso, and Brownsville, but the real impact is going to be in the supply chain, which is already strained, and the consumer.”
“Many of my constituents are asking ‘Why are we being punished?’ The Valley supports border security, but this doesn’t seem to have much or anything to do with border security,” state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D) said Monday. “This is hurting people in their pocketbook.” Abbott’s office didn’t respond to the Tribune’s request for comment.

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5 things to watch in the Texas primary election

5 things to watch in the Texas primary election

This post was originally published on this siteTexas kicks off the 2022 midterm elections Tuesday with the nation’s first primaries.

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‘Trying despite the odds’: Beto O’Rourke embraces return to long-shot status in bid to oust Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

‘Trying despite the odds’: Beto O’Rourke embraces return to long-shot status in bid to oust Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

This post was originally published on this siteTexas Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, is running his third race in five years in what could be the toughest political environment he has faced to date. He is also taking on well-funded opponent in a state where...

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Abbott tops GOP primary field, leads O’Rourke in matchup: poll

Abbott tops GOP primary field, leads O’Rourke in matchup: poll

This post was originally published on this siteTexas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) tops his primary challengers and leads Democrat Beto O’Rourke in the Lone Star State’s  2022 gubernatorial race, according to a new poll released Thursday. A poll from The Hill/Emerson College Polling found that…

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Poll finds Abbot with 10-point lead on Beto O’Rourke in Texas

Poll finds Abbot with 10-point lead on Beto O’Rourke in Texas

This post was originally published on this siteTexas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has a comfortable lead over former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) on the strength of a big advantage among independent voters, a new poll shows.The survey, conducted by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at…

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