Will Gov. Greg Abbott Be Back for a Third Term, Or Does He Have National Aspirations?

AUSTIN — After winning a second term as governor, Greg Abbott took his place as one of the most accomplished politicians in Texas history.Now he looks to develop signature achievements. It's work that close aides say will keep him the Texas governor beyond 2022, and not on the national scene as a candidate for the White House.At his inauguration Tuesday, Abbott outlined an ambitious agenda for state lawmakers, including developing — at long last — an adequate funding mechanism for public schools. He also called for significant property tax relief, the curbing of gang violence and human trafficking and other issues that bear little resemblance to the often petty, red-meat courses Texans have been fed in previous legislative sessions. The governor won't push controversial legislation aimed at limiting the bathrooms transgender residents can use, as he did during a 2017 special session.  Continue reading...

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