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Robert T. Garrett

The Dallas Morning News

Austin, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Robert:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shrugs off Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s pitch for 4th special legislative session

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has shrugged off Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's pitch for a fourth special legislative session. While Patrick on Wednesday grounded the plea... → Read More

Who triumphed – and who got walloped – in Texas lawmakers’ 3rd overtime session of the year?

Republicans and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are among the winners, and Democrats and Hispanics among the losers, as the Texas Legislature wraps its third special... → Read More

Last-minute legislative plan would save Texas homeowners $176 on property taxes, if voters approve

Lawmakers scrambled late Monday to pass a compromise on tax relief that would increase homestead exemptions on school taxes, saving the average Texas... → Read More

Messing with Texas: Why has Donald Trump taken a sudden interest in the Texas Legislature?

Judging from his sometimes-incendiary open letters and written statements, former President Donald Trump has acquired an intense interest in the Texas... → Read More

Gov. Greg Abbott says no Texas business can force employee to take COVID-19 vaccine

In a direct rebuke of the Biden administration, Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday declared that Texas businesses cannot order their workers or customers to get... → Read More

GOP gubernatorial candidate Allen West suspends in-person campaign events after contracting COVID

Texas Republican gubernatorial hopeful Allen West has contracted COVID-19 and suspended in-person campaign events as he recuperates. → Read More

‘It’s obscene’: Lubbock lawmakers want change in higher ed funding tilted heavily toward UT, A&M

The University of Texas’ decision to leave the Big 12 athletic conference is causing some potentially unwelcome political repercussions: Two Lubbock... → Read More

Federal funds would help finish new state psychiatric hospital for Dallas under Texas Senate plan

Federal funds would help finish construction of a new state psychiatric hospital in Dallas, under a plan for spending Texas' share of federal stimulus... → Read More

Weeks after Texas lawmakers reduce illegal voting penalty, Gov. Greg Abbott asks them to increase it

After outcries from tea party activists in his party, Gov. Greg Abbott has added a new subject to the agenda of the year’s third special legislative season: ... → Read More

Commentator Matthew Dowd seeks to oust ‘craven’ Dan Patrick as Texas lieutenant governor

Former ABC political commentator and Austin-based campaign strategist Matthew Dowd on Wednesday announced he’s running for lieutenant governor, in hopes of... → Read More

Del Rio migrant camp is shrinking, but Biden takes another hit as envoy to Haiti resigns in protest

DEL RIO, Texas - A giant camp here in this small border city is shrinking fast, with local officials saying Thursday afternoon that fewer than 3,200 mostly... → Read More

Gov. Greg Abbott disputes claim that foster-care orders don’t apply to kids sleeping in CPS offices

Gov. Greg Abbott has distanced himself from a recent claim by two Texas child welfare officials that maltreated children who are being bunked in Child... → Read More

Heeding Patrick plea, Abbott asks lawmakers to use $2B of Texas’ surplus for more property tax cuts

Echoing a top priority of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday effectively asked lawmakers to use $2 billion or more of the state’s... → Read More

Abbott asks Biden to declare federal emergency, provide help with migrant surge near Del Rio, Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday asked President Joe Biden to declare a federal emergency and provide resources to help state and local authorities cope with a... → Read More

Texas’ redistricting special session begins Monday as GOP moves to boost majority, settle scores

AUSTIN — You may think Texas legislators have been squawking and scrapping over contentious stuff all year. But just wait until they return for a third... → Read More

Federal judge blasts Texas leaders for foster care failures and blaming bed shortage on her orders

A federal judge on Tuesday ripped Texas for failing to police bad foster care providers and then blaming her orders for a subsequent bed shortage after she... → Read More

‘We are completely being overwhelmed by immigrants,’ Texas Dem says of backing Abbott border plan

Most Democratic lawmakers oppose Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to massively ramp up state spending for border security. But Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa is one of... → Read More

Transgender sports, ‘critical race theory’ bills advancing as GOP ramrods 2nd special session agenda

A House panel on Tuesday afternoon was poised to advance two “red meat” bills on transgender student athletes and “critical race theory” that have become... → Read More

Texas legislative special session takes new conservative turn with action set on culture war issues

AUSTIN — Republican “red meat” bills on the culture-war issues of transgender student athletes and “critical race theory” were back in motion in the House... → Read More

Texas Republicans prepare to celebrate ‘long-overdue’ conservative wins as special session nears end

As a special legislative session that has garnered national attention huffs to a finish, Republicans appear likely to pass most of the items on Texas Gov.... → Read More