Texas Governor Says Most Gun Crimes Involve Illegally Owned Weapons. That’s Not True For Mass Shootings.
The majority of the state’s 19 mass shootings over the past six decades were carried out by men who legally possessed firearms, an investigation by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune found.
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A Brief History Of DeSantis And Abbott’s Fight To Out-MAGA Each Other
Where Things Stand: Abbott Follows In DeSantis’ 2024 Messaging Wake
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It’s been clear for some time that Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is using his constituents as pawns and his gubernatorial powers as props to prep his national image for a 2024 bid.
While each of his various policy proposals and attacks on public education, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, the media, etc. have been projected as the hardline governor’s humble war on woke-ism in his state, he knows quite well how to appeal to the MAGA crowd. And he’s been using his tenure as governor to boost his national relevance ahead of what is shaping up to be a nasty GOP primary.
And Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is following his lead.Read More
Greg Abbott’s Executive Power Play
Greg Abbott ran as a small-government conservative. But the governor’s office now has more power than ever.
Abbott’s Team Miffed That DeSantis Dehumanized Migrants Without Him
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