Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed sweeping legislation Tuesday that will shore-up election security in the Lone Star State, a move that immediately sparked a lawsuit from dissenting Democrats.
“Abbott made the measure his top priority in two special legislative sessions he called over the summer, the first of which ground to a halt when state House Democrats denied majority Republicans a quorum by fleeing to Washington, D.C. The legislature approved the bill last week and Abbott signed the measure in Tyler, accompanied by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) and Sen. Bryan Hughes (R), the lead Senate sponsor of the measure,” reports The Hill.
“Election integrity is now law in the state of Texas,” Abbott said after signing the bill.
“One thing that all Texas can agree and that is that we must have trust and confidence in our elections,” Abbott said Tuesday, adding the bill “ensures that every eligible voter will have the opportunity to vote.”
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The legislation prompted some state Democratic representatives to travel to Washington, DC to gain support from progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nancy Pelosi.
“Texas provides 12 days of early voting and this law even adds more hours during those early voting days. By comparison, the president’s home state of Delaware provides zero days and zero hours of early voting,” Abbott said. “It ensures that Texas provides even more opportunities for people to engage in the voting process than the president’s home state of Delaware as well as many other states across the entire country.”
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DON’T MESS WITH TX: Gov Abbott Tells Biden to ‘Stay Out of the Way’ of Oil Production
Texas Governor Greg Abbott fired-back at President Biden this week after the Commander-in-Chief asked OPEC to expand oil production to lower domestic gas prices; telling the Democrat to simply “stay out of the way.”
“Dear White House: Texas can do this. Our producers can easily produce that oil if your Administration will just stay out of the way. Allow American workers—not OPEC—produce the oil that can reduce the price of gasoline. Don’t make us dependent on foreign sources of energy,” posted Abbott on Twitter.
Dear White House:
Texas can do this.
Our producers can easily produce that oil if your Administration will just stay out of the way.
Allow American workers—not OPEC—produce the oil that can reduce the price of gasoline.
Don’t make us dependent on foreign sources of energy. https://t.co/2YVOArh3Gf
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 12, 2021
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan released a statement Wednesday urging OPEC to increase production to help lower oil costs; raising even more questions over the Biden administration’s recent regulation’s on America’s energy sector.
“Higher gasoline costs, if left unchecked, risk harming the ongoing global recovery. The price of crude oil has been higher than it was at the end of 2019, before the onset of the pandemic,” writes Sullivan.
“President Biden has made clear that he wants Americans to have access to affordable, reliable energy, including at the pump. Although we are not a party to OPEC, the United States will always speak to international partners regarding issues of significance that affect our national economic and security affairs,” he adds.
— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas) August 11, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden's top aides are pressuring OPEC and its oil-producing allies to boost production in an effort to combat climbing gasoline prices that they see as a threat to the global economic recovery https://t.co/5X421SVUgA pic.twitter.com/uG2DyTvHsp
— Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) August 11, 2021
The request comes months after the Biden Administration canceled a major American pipeline during his first days in office.
“Longtime oil and gas industry workers David and Kristina Dickerson are criticizing President Joe Biden’s executive order canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline. They say the order, which displaced them from the project, is threatening their economic stability,” reported Fox News in February.
“I feel pretty betrayed,” David, who has worked in the oil and gas industry for 31 years, added.
“We’ve had to actually dip into our retirement and our 401k, just trying to survive until something like this come up,” David said. “We’ve been depending on this to happen and it just all of a sudden got ripped out from under us and we’re not going to be able to do it now.”
“It’s a good thought, but it’s not a well-thought-out plan. They haven’t got it perfect,” David said. “And we’re still dependent on fossil fuel. We’re going to use this crude oil no matter what.”
JARRETT: ‘Anti-Trump Former FBI Lovers Strzok and Page Sound like Abbott and Costello in Testimony'
Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett weighed-in this week on the recently released transcripts from former DOJ officials accused of anti-Trump bias and abuse during the 2016 election; saying Peter Strzok and Lisa Page sound like comedy duo “Abbott and Costello.”
“Transcripts of closed-door congressional interviews with disgraced former FBI employees and lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok – key players in a plot to unjustly frame President Trump and clear Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing – were finally released this week,” writes Jarrett.
“The testimony by Page and Strozk – who exchanged numerous text messages showing clearly that they wanted Clinton to be elected president and were horrified at the prospect that Trump might defeat her – was kept confidential until this week,” he adds.
“Page and Strozk were a stunning contrast in intellect and candor. The pair are a modern-day version of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Bud Abbott was the smart straight man. Lou Costello played the dimwitted clown,” Jarrett concludes.
Read his full report here.