Beto O’Rourke Has Raised More Than $7.2 Million Since Announcing Run for Texas Governor

Beto O'Rourke announces campaign for governor

Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas Representative who ran one of the closest Senate races in Texas history against (but ultimately losing to) the incumbent Ted Cruz, announced that his campaign has raised more than $7.2 million since he announced his run for governor. All of that money was raised in the month-and-a-half since he decided to run; with more than $2 million raised in the first 24 hours of launching his campaign,

O’Rourke’s fundraising haul is a record for a Democratic candidate in Texas.

“I’m grateful to everyone who helped us raise more than $7.2 million in the first weeks of our campaign,” O’Rourke said in a statement. “While Abbott is taking million-dollar checks from the CEOs who profited off of the grid collapse, we’re receiving support from people all over Texas who want to ensure that our state finally leads in great jobs, world class schools and the ability to see a doctor.”

The announcement comes a week after O’Rourke held a campaign event in his hometown of El Paso, during which he criticized Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, for his record on public health and his attitude toward border communities as well as the Texas electrical grid, which infamously went down during a deep freeze last year that claimed the lives of more than 200 Texas residents.

“We have a governor who does not trust Texas. He doesn’t trust border communities,” O’Rourke said. “We are a city of underdogs.”

“We have another underdog team right here, right now… With your help, with this team, we are going to win the race for governor of the state of Texas,” he added, further accusing Abbott of treating communities like El Paso “as a prop to stoke anxiety, fear or even hatred.” read more

He’s Doing Everything to Make Sure He’s Ok: Julian Castro Blasts Greg Abbott For Using COVID Medicine Not Available To All Texans

Greg Abbott has instituted plenty of policies that make it harder for Texans to stay safe from COVID. As a result, the state is currently seeing yet another surge of the deadly disease.

Abbott, though, has made it very easy for himself to stay safe from COVID. The Texas governor has not only been vaccinated against the disease, he’s even received a 3rd booster shot. And in announcing that he had COVID, Abbott announced that he will be treated the the expensive drug Regeneron.

During a Tuesday appearance on Joy Reid’s show, former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro ripped into Abbott. He told the host:

“It’s absolutely maddening, Joy. It’s the height of hypocrisy. You put out the stats there. Texas right now has one of the worst COVID-19 situations. Only 314 ICU beds are left in a state of 29 million people. More pediatric cases of COVID, I think, right now than any other state, or right around the same amount as Florida.”

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On The Same Day Greg Abbott Announces He Has COVID, Texas Has Requested 5 Mortuary Trailers From FEMA

Texas is the biggest red state in the county. And because of that, many of its residents have refused to get inoculated against COVID-19.

Governor Greg Abbott certainly hasn’t helped matters. Like, Ron DeSantis, his counterpart in Florida, Abbott is more focused on making the virus a culture war issue rather than actually doing anything about it.

And cases are skyrocketing in both places. In fact, 40% of the new cases in the entire country are coming from either Texas or Florida. Things took a dramatic turn for Abbott on Tuesday as the governor announced that he has COVID-19. Interestingly enough, on the same day, the state requested 5 new mortuary trucks from FEMA.

The mortuary trucks were commonly seen in the early days of the pandemic when states like New York and California were experiencing thousands of cases. They weren’t expected to be needed again once the vaccine for the illness was introduced.

FEMA spokesman Douglas Loveday told the Washington Post, “

We don’t know of any place that needs these now due to COVID, but part of a response is being prepared for what could happen. Knowing that it takes a few weeks for these to arrive, we wanted to go ahead and put the request in.” read more

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Who Has Let COVID go Unchecked for Months, Is Requesting Out-of-State Medical Staff

Governor Greg Abbott has cared much more about fighting the COVID culture war than about keeping people safe. Like Ron DeSantis, the Texas lawmaker has banned mask mandates in his state.

Abbott’s office said in a statement, “G

overnor Abbott has been clear that we must rely on personal responsibility, not government mandates. Every Texan has a right to choose for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, or get vaccinated. read more

WATCH: Jim Acosta Blasts Greg Abbott for Feeding Into Trump’s Alternate Reality and Shielding Him From Answering Questions.

GOP Governors like Greg Abbott are undermining COVID progress

While most presidents spend their first year out of office under the radar, that hasn’t been the case for Donald Trump. The former president, desperate for adulation, is again holding political rallies.

On Wednesday, Trump appeared in Texas as Greg Abbott announced additions to the state’s border wall. The governor’s team made sure to shield the former president from any kinds of questions from non-Conservative reporters. During a night-time segment, Jim Acosta ripped Abbott for feeding into Trump’s delusions.

The reporter told Poppy Harlow, “We spent a day trapped in Trump’s alternate reality about the 2020 election. He was down here to meet with Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas to talk about Abbott’s plan to spend $250 million on the border wall to fill in gaps in Trump’s border wall that weren’t completed during the Trump administration.”

Acosta continued:

“Abbott’s people went to great lengths to keep reporters from asking questions of the former president and so at this event at the border wall it got quiet for a few seconds and I tried to ask the question: ‘do you apologize for what happened on Jan. 6th?’ Trump knew what was going on. He looked right at me and did not respond. That is when we heard boos from the crowd but keep in mind, this is not a crowd of Trump supporters. This was a crowd of Republican members of the House who skipped out on the vote today for the Jan. 6th select committee that Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker proposed instead they were down in Texas kissing Trump’s ring. Another example how we’re not seeing profiles encouraged up on Capitol Hill on the Republican side.” read more

WATCH: Fox News Admits They Were Lying About Joe Biden Limiting Ground Beef Consumption

Fox News has always been quite loose with the truth. This weekend, though, they told a number of outright lies about the things that are in Joe Biden‘s infrastructure plan.

The anchors from the network repeatedly told viewers that the president wanted to limit Americans to one serving of ground beef a month. The story quickly went viral in Conservative social media circles.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott helped push the lie. On Saturday he tweeted a screenshot about the “restrictions” and wrote, “Not gonna happen in Texas!”

On Monday, Fox host John Roberts admitted that Biden wasn’t trying to restrict meat consumption at all. He told viewers:

“On Friday, we told you about a study from the University of Michigan to give perspective on President Biden’s ambitious climate change goals. That research, from 2020, found that cutting back how much red meat people eat would have a drastic impact on harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The data was accurate but a graphic and script incorrectly implied that it was part of Biden’s plan for dealing with climate change. That is not the case.”

It is very rare that Fox News will admit to its mistakes. The network regularly enables lies from Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. This lie, however, turned out to be so egregious that something needed to be said.

Watch a video of the apology below:

Fox gently acknowledges that its coverage about Biden supposedly trying to force Americans to eat less red meat wasn't accurate: "A graphic and a script incorrectly implied that it was part of Biden's plan for dealing with climate change. That is not the case." read more

Abbott Blames Biden Administration, Undocumented Immigrants for Spreading Covid in Texas Days After He Rescinds Statewide Mask Mandate

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) blamed the Biden administration for spreading Covid-19 in his state just days after he rescinded the statewide mask mandate and ordered all businesses to fully reopen against the advice of public health experts.

“The Biden administration was releasing illegal immigrants into our community who had Covid,” he told Fox News. “The Biden administration was spreading Covid in South Texas yesterday because of their lack of constraint of testing and quarantining people who come across the border illegally. The Biden administration was exposing Texans to Covid. That is a Neanderthal-type approach to dealing with the Covid situation.”

Abbott issued his remarks after President Joe Biden criticized the states of Texas and Mississippi for lifting their mask mandates, warning that easing health guidelines now would be catastrophic, undermining the nationwide vaccination effort.

“I think it’s a big mistake. Look, I hope everybody realizes by now that masks make a big difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because the way in which we are able to get vaccines,” Biden told reporters yesterday. “The last thing we need is the Neanderthal thinking that, in the meantime, everything is fine, take off our mask, forget it.” read more

Fox News Accuses Democrats of “Capitalizing” on Texas Weather Disaster

Last week, the state of Texas experienced massive power outages due to a winter storm. The leaders of the state, many of them Republicans, didn’t seem to be interested in helping their constituents.

Ted Cruz famously took off for Cancun. Little was heard from Senator John Cornyn and Governor Greg Abbott mostly seemed interested in going on Fox News and promoting nonsense.

Democrats like Beto O’Rourke and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stepped up, found shelter for people experiencing blackouts and raised millions of dollars.

According to a new piece on Fox News, though, O’Rourke and AOC weren’t doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. Adam Shaw writes that the Dems were trying to “capitalize” on Texas’ misfortune.

The author spends a fair amount of time on the Green New Deal which had absolutely nothing to do with the disaster. “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

who has raised millions for relief efforts in Houston and who is also a promoter of the controversial Green New Deal, has countered by saying the crisis was proof of the need for such a proposal” read more

Beto O’Rourke Criticizes TX Gov. Greg Abbott For Blaming Texas Power Disaster on Green New Deal

Former Representative Beto O’Rourke criticized Texas Governor Greg Abbott for blaming Texas’s current power disaster on the Green New Deal, which has yet to be implemented.

Abbott blamed solar energy and wind turbines for power outages in his state, which has been battered by a winter storm that has left countless residents without water or electricity.

“This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America,” Abbott told Fox News personality Sean Hannity during an appearance yesterday. “Our wind and our solar got shut down, and they were collectively more than 10 percent of our power grid, and that thrust Texas into a situation where it was lacking power on a statewide basis. … It just shows that fossil fuel is necessary.”

In fact, the majority of Texas’s energy losses are the result of a failure to winterize power-generating systems.

Texas Gov. Abbott blames solar and wind for the blackouts in his state and says "this shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America" read more

Texas Governor Admits He Is Following Hannity’s Lead On Masks

The Governor of Texas has credited Sean Hannity with mask wearing in his state after the Fox News’ personality urged viewers to don a face covering to fight Coronavirus.

Greg Abbott told Fox News’ morning program Fox & Friends on Friday that Texas was now following Hannity’s suggestion.

“What Texas has begun to do is exactly what Sean Hannity preaches every night, and that is to wear a mask,” Abbot said.

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Texas Dems Are Calling for Another Stay-at-Home Order as State Breaks Coronavirus Case Records

Texas Democrats are calling for another stay-at-home order in response to the state’s rising coronavirus case numbers. Texas continues to break records. The Lone Star State has logged 8,472 new cases and 81 new deaths thus far today, according to the latest statistics. Yesterday the state reported a record of 105 deaths due to the virus

“The health of our economy is tied to the health of our population,” Representatives Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela said in a joint statement. “As Texans, we want the economy to thrive, but that is not possible if the lives and health of our fellow Texans are at stake. Clearly, the surge in new COVID-19 cases, resulting in a greater number of deaths, are directly related to Texas’s premature reopening. Our call for action now is all we can do to prevent further deaths. The long-term sustainment of our economy depends on ensuring that Texans are healthy.”

They added: “Governor Abbott needs to issue a mandatory stay-at-home order. If the Governor believes that the numbers for our state are going to be worse next week, we must make every effort to protect our fellow Texans now.”

Earlier today, Governor Greg Abbott (R) broached the possibility of another lockdown.

“Things will get worse, and let me explain why,” he told KLBK TV in Lubbock. “The deaths that we’re seeing announced today and yesterday — which are now over 100 — those are people who likely contracted COVID-19 in late May.  The worst is yet to come as we work our way through that massive increase in people testing positive.”

“The public needs to understand this was a very tough decision for me to make,” he continued. “I made clear that I made this tough decision for one reason: It was our last best effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. If we do not slow the spread of COVID-19 … the next step would have to be a lockdown.”

Beto O’Rourke Calls Texas Governor “Pathetic” and Urges Him to Resign

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Beto O’Rourke has called on the Governor of Texas to resign over his handling of the Coronavirus. The former congressman blasted Greg Abbott for his failures during the pandemic.

O’Rourke was responding to an interview where Abbott criticized some local officials in the state who are calling for stay-at-home orders and other measures.

Abbott opens Texas too soon, issues mask order too late, denies local leaders authority to contain the virus — causing uncontrolled covid spread, many hospitalized & soon dead because of his negligence — and then blames local officials? Pathetic. Resign. read more

Texas Governor Criticized for Lecturing Young People about Covid-19 after He Prevented Virus Safety Measures

Critics have rounded on Texas Governor Greg Abbott for singling out young people as Coronavirus cases in the state rise. Abbott scolded the under-30s for not taking the virus seriously.

“We are beginning to see for the month of June an increase in the number of people testing positive who are in the age group the 20s, meaning between the age of 20 and 29,” the Republican said.

“People of that age group, they’re not following these appropriate, best health safety practices.”

“They are not wearing face masks, they’re not sanitizing their hands, they’re not maintaining social distancing,” Abbott said.

“And as a result, they are contracting COVID-19 at a record pace in the state of Texas.”

Abbott’s critics were quick to point out that he made it harder for cities to introduce more stringent Coronavirus safety measures. He even barred them from requiring face coverings.

Former San Antonio mayor and HUD secretary Julián Castro was particularly critical.

“Greg Abbott believes in ‘individual responsibility’ for everyone except when it’s his turn to take some,” Castro tweeted.

“You opened up bars too early, blocked cities from requiring face masks, and failed to put enough testing and contact tracing in place. Poor leadership.”

“Greg Abbott allowed restaurants to increase to 75% of capacity and Austin – despite rising cases – can’t go against any of his orders. But yes, it’s the fault of the youths,” said ProPublica’s Jessica Huseman, herself a Texan.

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Texas Governor Admitted Reopening Economy Would Spread Coronavirus During Private Call with Lawmakers

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) admitted during a private call with lawmakers that reopening the economy would spread the coronavirus even as he publicly announced that he would end an executive stay-at-home order. The news was first reported by The Daily Beast; a spokesperson for Abbott confirmed the call is authentic.

“How do we know reopening businesses won’t result in faster spread of more cases of COVID-19?” Abbott asked during a Friday afternoon phone call with members of the state legislature and Congress. “Listen, the fact of the matter is pretty much every scientific and medical report shows that whenever you have a reopening—whether you want to call it a reopening of businesses or of just a reopening of society—in the aftermath of something like this, it actually will lead to an increase and spread. It’s almost ipso facto.”

“The more that you have people out there, the greater the possibility is for transmission,” Abbott continued.

You can listen to a recording of the call HERE.

Abbott made the remarks on May 1, the same day he allowed certain businesses in his state to reopen “with limited occupancy.” At the time Abbott lifted the order, he received congratulations from President Donald Trump, whose administration continues to face heated criticism for its coronavirus response.

Anti-Public School Evangelicals Now Control Alabama and Texas Education Boards

It is obvious that the owner of a professional sports franchise, say a National Football League team, would only hire a hair-stylist who detests, and has never played, the game of football as a general manager and head coach if they wanted their team to fail miserably. That is an absurd idea, but it is precisely what two religious Republican governors who want to decimate their state's public education system did in appointing evangelical anti-public education fanatics to run their state's public school systems.

Texas-Size GOP Hypocrisy As a Result of Climate Change Deluge

It is true that all Republicans are blatant hypocrites, but now that go-it-alone awesome Texas experienced a little anthropogenic climate change weather, the Lone Star State's Republicans, both tea party and mainstream Republicans alike, are demanding some of those hated "federal government handouts" they oppose for other Americans whether it is for food, housing, healthcare, or disaster relief.

Six House Democrats Call on DOJ to Investigate Texas AG- Greg Abbott’s Dirty Dealings with TEF

So far, Greg Abbott has used his power as Attorney-General of Texas to obstruct the release of documents that would shed light on Governor Rick Perry’s oversight of Texas Enterprise Fund and its mishandling of millions of Texas taxpayer dollars.  However, the demand for answers increases from a variety of sources, including Wendy Davis and the press. Now members of Congress are asking the DOJ to investigate dirty dealings between Rick Perry’s Office and the Fund.   Since Abbott used his power as Attorney-General to conceal what may be illegal and unethical activities by Rick Perry, this does not bode well for Abbott’s quest to replace Perry at the Governor’s Office.

On Monday Joaquin Castro, Sheila Jackson Lee and four of their colleagues in congress asked the Department of Justice to investigate possible illegal and unethical actions by the office of Texas Governor Rick Perry and the TEF.

This follows previous calls for an investigation,  including an October 2 letter to outgoing Attorney-General of the United States, Eric Holder signed by the 6 members of the U.S. Congress.

A couple of weeks ago, the result of an audit of TEF resulted in a damning report that rebuked TEF’s lack of oversight.  According to various reports,  TEF inappropriately distributed $550 million to businesses and universities that didn’t even submit grant applications to determine their eligibility for those funds.

It’s amazing how Republicans want people drug tested for food, but they are willing to give away millions of hard earned tax dollars to corporations without so much as a completed application form.

The audit report blasted the Office of Governor Rick Perry since he “has sole authority over negotiating on the state’s behalf when it comes to the fund.”

However, as the state’s Attorney-General, Greg Abbott played an instrumental role in this corruption scandal. In 2004, he ruled against transparency because applications might contain a corporation’s private information.  That made it impossible for independent parties to review applications or the absence of them.  In fact, it wasn’t until 2005, that state law required entities to file formal applications to qualify for grants.

After the report’s release, Wendy Davis called Abbott’s role in the TEF scandal what it is: a cover-up.

Abbott consistently used the Attorney-General’s office to conceal the fact that Perry didn’t require the companies seeking TEF funds to file forma applications. While there was nothing illegal about that during the first two year’s of the TEF’s existence, the 2005 law requiring formal applications raises serious questions.

The Texas Tribune identified five companies; Vought Aircraft, the University of Texas Health Science Center, Maxim Integrated Products, Citgo Petroleum and Cabela’s, that may have inappropriately received funds from the TEF.

This is the scandal that keeps on growing, as Wendy Davis, the press and now members of Congress demand answers. In response to this growing crises at the height of election season, Abbot’s office released a letter from Vought Aircraft, that asks the TEF to consider that letter as a formal application.  So far, that is the only document the Attorney-General’s office has released.

Aside from obstructing the transparency needed to prevent this sort of corruption, Abbott’s campaign benefitted financially from donations by corporations that inappropriately received tax dollars from the TEF.

As Wendy Davis comes within single digits of Abbott’s one time substantial lead, the Attorney-General has to be worried.  The possibility of a DOJ investigation is the last thing that Abbott’s beleaguered campaign needs.

Any light that is shed on Abbott’s dirty dealings is excellent news for the people of Texas, who desperately need a governor who cares about protecting their hard-earned tax dollars from the corruption that Rick Perry built and Greg Abbott covered up.

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