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Powerful Abortion Ad Aimed At Greg Abbott Goes Viral As His Poll Numbers Slide

Unless you live in the state of Texas or happen to be a political junkie who regularly follows campaigns in other states, you may not have seen the hottest political ad of the 2022 midterm elections.

The ad, which is aimed at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), has quickly gone viral, and is being shown all over cable television and online, where it is quickly earning the reputation as the most brilliant political ad in years.

Newsweek notes:

The Mothers Against Greg Abbott PAC posted the ad on Twitter on Monday, where it has since amassed more than 3 million views.

It begins with a nervous couple waiting in a doctor’s office. When the doctor enters, he solemnly tells them their baby has a “catastrophic brain abnormality.”

Nancy Thompson, the founder of the Mothers Against Greg Abbott PAC, explained the purpose of the ad:

“(It shows) the absurdity and horror of the government making a deeply personal decision – a decision which should be made between a woman and her health care provider. The video has been well received… We’re getting donations, and we’re not going to stop.”

Could a political ad in deep red Texas actually manage to turn the tide against the incumbent Abbott, who is facing a challenge from Democrat Beto O’Rourke? That depends on who you talk to, but the polls suggest that Abbott is indeed vulnerable and facing the political battle of his life, according to Axios:

In December, after the well-known Democrat announced his campaign, 54% of voters supported Abbott, compared to 37% who supported O’Rourke, a Quinnipiac University poll showed.

This month, 48% of voters support Abbott compared to 43% who support O’Rourke.

What, you may ask, is happening in Texas, long thought to be a conservative stronghold? In a word, pessimism:

Texans think Texas is on the wrong track and have expressed pessimism about their personal finances and the national economy.

Abbott’s approval rating has slipped to 43%, and 26% of Texas Republicans disapprove of the governor’s handling of the electric grid, according to the latest polling figures from the Texas Politics Project.

Additionally, following the money shows where the momentum is in the last three months of the race, with O’Rourke outraising Abbott since February.

Will Beto pull off one of the great political upsets in electoral history? It’s too soon to say definitively, but if it does happen, a viral campaign ad may well prove to have been the beginning of the end for Greg Abbott.


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Uvalde Police May Have Accidentally Shot At Least One Of The Children At Robb Elementary: Report

With news that the Uvalde Police Department and the Uvalde Independent School District police force are refusing to cooperate with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s investigation of last Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary school that left 21 dead, new questions have arisen, including a suggestion that members of the police force may have accidentally killed one of the 19 children who were slain.

ABC News reports:

According to sources, the decision to stop cooperating occurred soon after the director of DPS, Col. Steven McCraw, held a news conference Friday during which he said the delayed police entry into the classroom was “the wrong decision” and contrary to protocol.

Reached by ABC News, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety said, “The Uvalde Police Department and Uvalde CISD Police have been cooperating with investigators. The chief of the Uvalde CISD Police provided an initial interview but has not responded to a request for a follow-up interview with the Texas Rangers that was made two days ago.”

CNN justice correspondent Shimon Prokupecz spoke with Uvalde schools police chief Peter Arredondo, who said he will not comment any further about the investigation as long as families are grieving.

And now we have video in which a child can be heard exclaiming “I got shot!” followed by a police officer remarking:

“They shot a kid.”

There are many unanswered questions eight days after the Uvalde tragedy unfolded, and the only way any answers will ever come to light is if every officer on scene the day of the shooting cooperates fully.

Texas authorities also need to release the bodycam footage from every cop who responded to the shooting, along with any audio or cell phone information that could help the public better understand what may have gone wrong at Robb Elementary.

The families of the children and two teachers who were mercilessly gunned down in Uvalde deserve to know everything that transpired that day. If that means includes indicting any officers or other officials who failed to act or shot errantly, then so be it.

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WATCH: Greg Abbott Greeted By Boos And Jeers As He Arrives To Meet With President Biden

When he went to meet with President Joe Biden, who was in Texas to meet with the relatives of those who lost loved ones in the Uvalde school shooting on Sunday, it quickly became clear that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is not exactly very popular in his home state at the moment.

Abbott, who has refused to discuss new gun laws in the Lone Star State despite the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary school that left 19 children and two of their teachers dead, was roundly booed and jeered by crowds who had gathered to see President Biden’s arrival.

Here’s the videos:

Abbott is facing an uncertain bid for reelection in November, when he will face Democratic nominee Beto O’Rourke. Texas hasn’t had a Democratic governor since Ann Richards won in 1991.

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Texas State Senator Slams Greg Abbott As ‘The Evil In Texas’

Despite the fact that 21 people (including 19 elementary school children) were killed in his state this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) continues to say he is resolutely opposed to any legislation that would raise the age at which a person in the Lone Star State could purchase an AR-15 rifle such as the one used in the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

Abbot’s lack of any action or legislation led State Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D), who represents Uvalde in the Texas legislature to say on Saturday that the governor is “the evil” in his state.

Gutierrez told MSNBC host Alex Witt that while Abbott continues to bemoan the presence of “evil” that causes mass shootings, he thinks the blame lies elsewhere.

Witt asked the senator about what had been said Friday evening at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston:

“Last night, speaker after speaker denounced the massacre. They insisted that any new gun laws are not the answers to prevent future tragedies. Sir, it feels like statistics are indicating otherwise, and the feelings of the vast majority of Americans are simply being ignored. Even right there, it is like the speakers are playing to the crowd in the convention center. They are ignoring the throngs of protesters outside. What is your reaction to their tin ear?”

Gutierrez responded:

“I think it is the most disgusting thing coming to a community three days after a massacre like this, they should have canceled. They refused.”

And then the senator talked about Gov. Abbott:

“Abbott should not have gone, he says ‘Well, I didn’t go,’ well he sure sent us a video in support thereof, right? He’s talking about mental health, talking about evil. The only evil that we have in Texas is that we have a feckless leader. That he has refused to do anything on this issue, even a modicum of gun-sense sense. That is the evil in Texas.”

Sen. Gutierrez is absolutely right. Greg Abbott is a piece of shit who is owned body and soul by the gun lobby. He needs to be voted out of office in November. If he isn’t, his state will continue to be a killing field.

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Texas Republicans Claim They ‘Hardened’ Schools In 2019 – Uvalde Proves They Failed Miserably

Three years ago, the state of Texas, with Gov. Greg Abbott (R) at the helm, claimed they had “hardened” the state’s schools to prevent mass shootings such as the one that took place a year earlier at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and left 17 people dead.

But as The Texas Tribune notes, three years after Abbott and the GOP-controlled state legislature supposedly acted to harden schools, it’s clear their efforts were a miserable failure that have now cost 19 elementary school children and two of their teachers their lives.

Schools didn’t receive enough state money to make the types of physical improvements lawmakers are touting publicly. Few school employees signed up to bring guns to work. And many school districts either don’t have an active shooting plan or produced insufficient ones.

In January 2020, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District received $69,000 from a one-time, $100 million state grant to enhance physical security in Texas public schools, according to a dataset detailing the Texas Education Agency grants. The funds were comparable to what similarly sized districts received.

$69,000 for Uvalde. Most of the homes sold in middle-class Texas neighborhoods cost more than that. How much can you harden every school in a town with such a paltry sum? Just because you call a school “hardened” doesn’t magically make it so, as we found out on Tuesday.

“This concept of hardening, the more it has been done, it’s not shown the results,” said Jagdish Khubchandani, a public health professor at New Mexico State University who studies school security practices and their effectiveness

Just how little has the Lone Star State spent on protecting students from threats such as mass shootings? So little that it appears every student’s life in the state is valued at a mere $10:

Big changes often take big money, and officials have noted that the 2019 school safety bill gives about $100 million per biennium to the Texas Education Agency. The agency then distributes the money to school districts to use on equipment, programs and training related to school safety and security, a little less than $10 per student based on average daily attendance. The money can be used broadly, ranging from physical security enhancements to suicide prevention programs.

At today’s press conference, Gov. Abbott suggested that he’d been lied to about the failure of police to storm the school in Uvalde, passing blame rather than owning up to the fact that he’s a big part of the problem.

Texas is emblematic of the schizophrenia found in the modern Republican Party: They want to claim they’re the party of law and order and then try to prove it by handing your kids a ten spot and telling them to be careful out there.