Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—In a letter written to President Barack Obama, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he will not allow Syrian refugees to relocate to Texas in the wake of the Paris bombings.
“I–and millions of Americans–implore you to halt your plan to accept more Syrian refugees in the United States. A Syrian “refugee” appears to have been part of the Paris terror attack. American humanitarian compassion could be exploited to expose Americans to similar deadly danger. The reasons for such concerns are plentiful,” the governor wrote. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—The above bar chart says it all. Numbers don’t lie.
Wendy Davis failed to connect with both White women and men since exit polls
showed that only 32 percent of White women voted for her.
On the other hand, Greg Abbot received 80 percent of the White male vote and 67 percent
of the White female vote. These numbers are very telling, and should be a concern for Democrats
as they consider thrusting Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race. We will revisit Hillary later on in the article.
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Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—After he retained his presidency in the 2012 general
against Mitt Romney, Barack Obama set out to do the impossible—turn Texas, which
is a red state (Conservative) into a blue state (liberal).
Team Obama assembled what would be called “Battleground Texas”…a political
machine infested with liberals, whose goal was to flip Texas to the Democrat column
in the mid-term and general elections.
However, just assembling a political machine is not enough. Sun Tzu, the greatest
war tactician said: “If you know your enemy and you know yourself, you need not
fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself, but not your enemy, for
every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor
yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” —Sun Tzu, The Art of War pp.15.
Obama needed a politician on the inside, who understood how the game is played in
Texas. That person would be none other than state Senator Wendy Davis.
Democratic Senator Wendy Davis had made a name for herself when she opposed
Senate Bill 5 (SB 5), a pro-life bill that would lead to the eventual closure of Texas
abortion clinics. Davis became a household name overnight and caught the attention
of Washington DC operatives, including Obama. The Democrats decided to capitalize
on Davis’ newfound fame and ride the momentum while embarking on the Battleground
Texas undertaking. The rationale was, if Wendy Davis could win the governorship in
Texas, the ripples would cascade into all other political establishments, and
eventually Texas could be flipped into a blue state.
If this were to happen, Democrats reasoned, then Republicans would find it almost
impossible to win the presidency without Texas, since both California and New York
are blue states. Based on the electoral college votes, the largest states have sway
on which candidate wins or loses. California has 55 electoral votes, Texas 34, while
New York 31. These three alone carry 120 electoral college votes, and the presidency
The war was on. The battle was raged two years ago, as Obama’s quest to achieve
the impossible became evident.
Yet the Texas Republicans weren’t asleep. Republicans have controlled all statewide
offices for over a decade. They own the Texas Supreme court and several other
judgeships in lower courts. In the Lone Star state people consider themselves Texans
first, and the encroachment of Obama upon the values of Texans was enough to
arouse the conation of the Texas Republican machine, like a drunk man who is
fearless and excited by a potent drink of liquor.
Greg Abbott knew what he was up against. There wasn’t any room for playing games.
He understood that to win this fight and bury his opponent, he would have to take
body shots and hit all the pressure points hard…real hard. Abbott understood that he
wasn’t running against Wendy Davis, he was running against Barack Obama. He had
fought with Obama in the courts on the voterID law. The case went all the way to
the Supreme Court which decided in Abbott’s favor.
“The Tenth Amendment empowers states—not the federal government—to regulate
elections,” the Supreme Court emphasized.
Abbott had also fought to defend normal marriage, that is to say, marriage between a
man and a woman. He vowed to fight homosexual marriage that the Obama
administration was attempting to force down the throats of Texans.
“The U.S. Supreme Court was clear that states have independent authority to
establish their marriage laws. Texans adopted a constitutional amendment defining
marriage. We will defend that amendment,” Abbott said.
The Texas Constitution does not mince words in Article I, Section 32:
Sec. 32. MARRIAGE. (a) Marriage in this state shall consist only of
the union of one man and one woman.
(b) This state or a political subdivision of this state may not
create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.
He also fought Obama on Obamacare. Abbott was now battle-hardened. The primaries
for him would be a cakewalk. It was the general, in which he would have to throw
the kitchen sink at his opponent in order to secure a resounding victory. From the
very beginning when Abbott yanked that kitchen sink out, it was apparent to him that
the fight he was engaged in had little or no rules. There were no referees or
umpires. Hitting below the belt was common practice for the Obama camp. Abbott
decided he wasn’t going to fight Wendy Davis, since he was actually fighting Obama.
He decided he was instead going to brawl. We’re talking no-holds-barred. We’re talking
winner-takes-all. It was on! Davis entered the ring with a purse of over $40,000,000 to
reinforce the war she intended to wage. Abbott had an army of foot soldiers that had
already done their opposition research (which is a euphemism for digging up dirt) on
Davis whose backup team was Battleground Texas.
The gloves were off. Abbott hit Davis with such rapidity, and fought her like
he was fighting a grown man. Remember, in a brawl, you muddy the
opponent. If he tries to get away, you grab the shirt, the hair the leg, then drag him
back down in the dirt. You never let the opponent get away from your grip.
Blow-by-blow, Abbott hit Davis. She eventually called for a timeout, Greg Abbott
said, “No!” Davis then released a statement on Jan. 21, 2014, hoping to slow Abbott
down: “As our campaign has gained momentum, our opponents have gotten
more and more desperate. But now they’ve stooped to a new low by attacking
my family, my education, and my personal story…And you’re damn right it’s a
By the end of the primary which Greg Abbott won with 91.50% or 654,976 votes on
the Republican side, Davis was in a panic, since she had already taken her best shots
which appeared ineffective against former Attorney General Greg Abbott.
The general would stretch out from April till November, with poll after poll showing
Abbott leading with double digits. Obama could see his dream of Battleground Texas
turning the Lone Star state from blue to red, evolve into a nightmare.
Abbott had a war chest that was stronger than strength—the Texas Republicans’
track record of making Texas the number one job creator in America for over a
decade, and the strength of the Texas economy. This is a reality Davis could not
dispute. By late summer she was crawling to the finish line. Realizing that the
governorship she had hoped for would never be, whether it was faulty judgment,
desperation, bad advice, or all of the above, Wendy Davis took out the infamous
“wheelchair ad” attacking Greg Abbott’s disability. When Greg Abbott was younger, as
he was jogging, a tree fell on him and he became paralyzed from the waist down.
“If she wants to attack a guy in a wheelchair, that’s her prerogative,” Abbott said in
a FOX interview. Liberals and other Democrats said the ad was in bad taste, but the
damage had already been done.
On November 4, 2014 voters rejected Wendy Davis and propelled Governor-elect Greg
Abbott into the governorship as he won 58 percent of the vote to Davis’ 41 percent.
By defeating Wendy Davis, Abbott essentially also defeated Barack Obama and his
Battleground Texas. Abbott’s simple message to Obama upon his victory, as shown in
the photo above was, “Don’t mess with Texas,” which is actually the state slogan.
The inauguration will take place in January 2015 as current Governor Rick Perry
passes the baton on to a new generation of Texans who intend to keep Texas red.
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Newscast Media AUSTIN—A poll conducted by Crosswind Media and Public Relations
shows Republican Greg Abbott leading Democrat Wendy Davis by 52.4 percent to 31
percent in the race for Texas governor, with 16.2 percent of voters undecided. The
live telephone survey of 500 likely voters was conducted Oct. 9-12. The margin of
error for the poll was 4.33 percent.
The same poll shows Republican Dan Patrick beating Democrat Leticia Van de Putte
by 42.8 percent to 23 percent in the lieutenant governor’s race, with 33 percent of
“Greg Abbott has a commanding lead and has successfully motivated the Republican
base,” said Crosswind President Thomas Graham. “Texas remains a red state, at least
among likely voters in non-presidential years, and Wendy Davis does not appear to
have made a dent in that strength.”
Meanwhile, Real Clear Politics shows Greg Abbott with 51 percent while Wendy
Davis is still trailing at 38 percent.
Newscast Media AUSTIN—When Wendy Davis decided to run for governor, she wrote
a biography that seemed inspirational and turned it into the centerpiece of her
campaign. The problem is, her biography was deceptive, and she’s now experiencing
the blowback from former supporters and media practitioners for distorting the truth.
Whether it is discernment or foresight, this journalist wrote piece 48 hours before the
Dallas Morning News story broke exposing her inconsistencies, and in that article I
cautioned the Davis campaign about using “fuzzy math” because I could foresee it
damaging her credibility, which it has. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—As Texas Governor Rick Perry winds up his final year
as the longest-serving governor in the history of Texas, the Democrats, led by
Barack Obama are attempting to turn Texas from a Conservative to a liberal state.
None other than Wendy Davis was selected by the Democrats to attempt what seems
The Republicans, on the other hand, will be running Attorney General Greg Abbott to
replace Rick Perry, as many speculate that Perry will run for president in 2016.
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by Katherine Weber
Newscast Media AUSTIN—Two same-sex couples in Texas filed a federal lawsuit this
week challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that was
overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2005. The couples argue that the ban
unconstitutionally prevents them from enjoying the benefits of married couples, while
the state’s Attorney General Greg Abbott has vowed to vigorously defend the ban.
Lawyers for the couples said in court documents filed this week in the U.S. District
Court in San Antonio that their clients are being unconstitutionally discriminated
against by not being allowed to marry in the state, where in 2005, nearly 75 percent
of voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between
one man and one woman. The lawsuit specifically argues that the June ruling by the
U.S. Supreme Court that overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act
conflicts with state-to-state bans on same-sex marriage.
The two couples, Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman of Austin and Victor Holmes
and Mark Phariss of Plano, are seeking an injunction to halt the state law banning
same-sex marriage. “There is no rational basis, much less a compelling government
purpose, for Texas to deny plaintiffs the same right to marry enjoyed by the majority
of society,” attorney Barry Chasnoff, who is representing that plaintiffs, said in a
statement to the Associated Press. Currently, 16 states in the U.S. have legalized
same-sex marriage, the most recent ones being Illinois and Hawaii.
Lauren Bean, a spokeswoman for Abbott, said the attorney general is prepared to
defend the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, arguing that the Supreme
Court was clear to ensure in its ruling that individual states would have the authority
to determine same-sex marriage legalization. “The U.S. Supreme Court was clear that
states have independent authority to establish their marriage laws. Texans adopted a
constitutional amendment defining marriage. We will defend that amendment.”
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—True to the saying: “Don’t Mess With Texas”, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has warned UN election observers not to come to Texas polling stations or they may face criminal prosecution for violating state law, as stipulated in the Texas Election Code, regarding foreigners.
In a defiant letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the AG wrote:”As you know, Texas election laws govern anyone who participates in Texas elections. The fact that representatives of the United States joined the U.S.S.R, Yugoslavia, Romania, and other OSCE member-nations in signing a document at a 1989 conference in Copenhagen has absolutely no bearing on the administration of elections or laws governing elections in the State of Texas.
“In addition to my desire to defend and enforce Texas election laws, I am also concerned that an unnecessary political agenda may have infected OSCE’s election monitoring activities.
“While we welcome international visitors who wish to engage in a legitimate information exchange, we have no interest in being lectured by the OSCE about how best to conduct the State of Texas’ business.”
Attorney General Abbott added: “I’m particularly offended that the European organization seems to be working with American groups tied to ACORN — a community coalition accused of voter fraud.”
The letter from the OSCE suggests that the international group can circumvent Texas election law by gaining unfettered access to Texas’ polling locations. That appears to violate Texas law which prevents unauthorized persons from entering a polling place, or loitering within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance-on Election Day. OSCE monitors are not granted an exception to Texas law.
Should the UN election observers ignore the warning from the AG, one thing they will find out very quickly is that Texas is a whole different country, and extremely protective of the Republic of Texas, unlike most of the other states in the US.
The UN together with Amnesty International have on several past occasions tried to intervene in death penalty cases that involved foreign nationals committing crimes against Texans and have failed.
This showdown between Texas and the UN is certainly something the Attorney General Greg Abbott and Texas Governor Rick Perry are used to.
The AG has also been busy on Twitter sending out the following tweets:
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — The controversial health care bill that expands the federal government’s role in health care is being met with more resistance by Texas and 20 other states, including Florida, that have signed on to the lawsuit filed in Pensacola to overturn it. Should the cases hit a snag in U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s courtroom this Thursday, escalation to the Supreme Court is expected.
The states that filed the lawsuits argue that forcing people to have health coverage is unconstitutional, and that the health care law violates state’s rights guaranteed in the Constitution by imposing massive forced spending for expanded health programs. Despite being pressured by the Justice Department to dismiss the bulk of the Florida lawsuit, Vinson has stood his ground and refused to grant them their requests.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, responding to a suit brought by Virginia Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, struck down a provision in the health care act requiring people to carry a minimum amount of health care coverage whether they choose to or not. Without the provision and the revenue it would generate, the rest of the plan would collapse.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who was among the first to sign on to the legal challenge to the health care act, said, “There are limits to congressional power, and Congress has overstepped its limits here by forcing Americans to purchase health insurance, even against their will. No public policy goal, no matter how important or well-intentioned, can be allowed to trample the protections and rights guaranteed by our Constitution.” http://www.newscastmedia.com/gregabbott.html
Newscast Media AUSTIN, TX — On Monday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked loan servicing companies to suspend all foreclosure activities over concerns about the accuracy of foreclosure documents.
In a letter sent to 27 companies that service mortgage loans in Texas, Abbott’s office demanded the immediate suspension of foreclosures, selling foreclosed properties and evicting people living in those properties.
The letter asks that companies obey the moratorium at least through Oct. 15 – the deadline Abbott established for companies to identify any employees who participated in unlawful practices and assure the state that the targeted companies are following Texas laws.
The attorney general’s office is investigating mortgage lenders to determine the “full harm Texas homeowners have suffered,” according to a letter signed by Paul D. Carmona, the chief of the state consumer protection and public health division.
“We will be pushing forward with our investigation and inquiry,” attorney general spokesman Jerry Strickland said. “This is in the interest of homeowners who are feeling the effects of foreclosures.”
Other states are taking similar action. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley supports a 60-day moratorium on foreclosures there. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is calling on mortgage banks to suspend all pending foreclosures until their policies are reviewed. And in Massachusetts, Attorney General Martha Coakley said her office is investigating an “apparent failure of major creditors to follow state foreclosure law.”
The Texas request comes after several companies, including Bank of America Corp., suspended foreclosures following revelations of “robosigning,” a practice in which bank employees sign thousands of foreclosure documents a month without verifying their accuracy or even reading them. Some of the court documents have proven to contain inaccurate information or improper notarizations or signatures.
In his letter, Carmona described possible fraudulent practices by lenders, including signing thousands of documents per months, often without reading them; signing affidavits falsely claiming personal knowledge of facts or falsely claiming the signing party reviewed attached documents; and notarizing documents prior to their signing or when the signer was not present. http://newscastmedia.com/foreclosurefreeze.htm