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What political leader do you most admire and why?

Why are you running for this office?

Why should voters choose you over your opponent?

What are the state's greatest challenges that government can address?

The current two-year budget restored billions of dollars from previous cuts. Are there places where you advocate more spending and, if so, how would you pay for it? Are there areas where you would spend less?

The state’s business climate is considered a jobs magnet for the nation. How would you improve on today’s business conditions, regulation or promotion?

Please assess the safety net for Texas' poor and working poor. What changes, if any, would you make?

What would you advocate to prevent another disaster like what happened in West?

Should lawmakers re-fund the Texas Enterprise Fund and Emerging Technology Fund, both administered out of the governor’s office? If so, what improvements you would advocate?

Tuition at many state universities has doubled and per-student aid from Austin has dropped since 2001, shifting the burden to students and their families. How would you address this trend?

How would you assess Gov. Rick Perry's influence over major university boards through his appointments and policies?

The Legislature may have to contend with another court order to overhaul the system of financing public schools. What is your idea of a better, lasting way to pay for public education in Texas?

If voters approve an extra $1.2 billion a year in highway spending in November, that’s only a fraction of what TxDOT says is needed. How would you bridge that gap to meet the needs of the growing population: taxes, fees, tolls, borrowing, some combination, or none of the above? Please be specific.

An ABA-sponsored, bipartisan review of Texas’ death penalty recommended numerous reforms. What weaknesses or needed improvements would you cite in the administration of the death penalty?

Do you favor open carry for handgun owners in Texas?

Gov. Rick Perry has advocated "decriminalization" of marijuana possession. What changes would you support in prosecution of drug laws in Texas?

Would you vote yes or no if the Legislature placed a medical marijuana amendment on the ballot?

Are changes are needed in Texas’ open records and open meetings laws? If so, what would you advocate?

What will you do to instill a greater sense of bipartisanship in the state Capitol?

Address PO Box 308
City/Town Austin, TX 78767
Age 60
Campaign Phone Number (512) 477-2002
Fax Number 512-477-0774
Email Address policy@gregabbott.com
54 years. I was born and raised in Texas and have lived here my entire life except for when I was in law school at Vanderbilt.
Attorney General of Texas.
Duncanville High School. Undergraduate B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas. JD from Vanderbilt University.
In addition to my public service, I have a long record of civic involvement and achievement. Among my most important current civic activities is my role on the Board of Advisors for the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's, which seeks to make a lasting difference in the fight against Alzheimer's Disease.
I served as state chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas, and I have held leadership positions in numerous other organizations, including the Central Texas Chapter of Goodwill Industries, the Governor's Committee to Promote Adoption, Justice for All, and the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Foundation.
Attorney General of Texas, 2002-Present. Supreme Court of Texas Justice, 1996-2001. Judge of the 129th District Court, 1993-95.
Please see the Texas Ethics Commission Report for details.
Please see the Texas Ethics Commission Report for details.
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I have been involved in one civil lawsuit regarding the tree that fell on me, crushing my spine and leaving me paralyzed. I have never declared personal or professional bankruptcy.
I have repeatedly led teams of lawyers and staff to achieve unparalleled and innovative success for Texas. I led a child support team that was recently selected the best child support office in the nation. Texas also ranked #1 in the categories of cost effectiveness and amount of child support collected per employee. Under my leadership the team has collected more than $31 billion for Texas children. During the last year alone, my office collected $3.6 billion.

I also created a Cyber Crimes Unit to arrest criminals who use the Internet to prey upon children and a Fugitive Unit to arrest convicted sex offenders who violate their parole. Together, these new units removed more than 4,500 dangerous predators from the streets, making Texas a safer place. I led a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to crack down on elder abuse and waste of taxpayer dollars. My office recovered more than $1 billion of taxpayer dollars that had been lost to waste and fraud in the Medicaid system. I have led 30 legal challenges against the Obama Administration to protect Texas’ rights under the US Constitution, and to protect Texans from an overreaching federal government that is taking too much of their money and running too much of their lives. For the lawsuits that have been concluded, Texas has won 10 and lost 5. These legal challenges have saved taxpayer dollars and protected jobs in Texas.
America has been blessed with many remarkable political leaders whom I deeply admire like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. But let me recognize that Ronald Reagan understood the central challenges of our times – challenges that still plague our political debates today: the growing dependency on government, the growing intrusiveness of government, and the unsustainability of many government programs. He was a forceful and articulate spokesman for freedom, renewing a belief in the best attributes of America’s founding and setting an optimistic course for the future of our nation. His policies helped tame inflation, and ignite a great economic expansion, creating millions of jobs, and unleashing the potential of the private sector. Ronald Reagan was a genuine patriot and an example of the possibilities for any person born into modest means if driven by determination and integrity.
Texas is the greatest state in the nation, but I believe we can make it even better. I am running for Governor:

1. To protect individual liberty and prosperity by preventing big government policies - like those promulgated in Washington, D.C. - from invading Texas and running people's lives.

2. To make public education in Texas top-ranked in the country. I will empower parents, teachers, and principals by restoring genuine local control rather than centralized regulations and mandates. High-quality professional development for teachers, leadership training for principals, and digital learning opportunities for students, are critical to building a 21st Century education system.

3. According to the U.S. News and World Report ranking of public universities, four of the top ten universities are located in California. The University of Texas at Austin is Texas’ highest ranked public university, tying with Ohio State University and Washington University at number sixteen. My goal is ensure that Texas four-year public universities hold five of the top ten spots in future rankings.

4. To create more jobs and keep the Texas economy #1 in the nation by prioritizing schools, roads, and water, not by raising taxes, but by right-sizing government.

5. To keep Texans safe by securing our border and curtailing spillover crime caused by transnational gangs and international drug cartels.

6. To increase funding for roads without raising new debt, taxes, fees, or tolls.
I have had a proven record of making communities safer, protecting children, saving taxpayer dollars, helping single-parent families, and creating an economic environment that grows jobs. My plans for Texas will increase jobs, improve schools and roads, protect our communities, secure the border, and limit the size of government.

I am an innovative leader who has implemented new plans to make Texas better. I elevated the Texas child support system to a #1 national ranking, collecting more than $31 billion for Texas children. I created a Cyber Crimes Unit to arrest criminals who use the Internet to prey upon children; a Fugitive Unit to arrest more than 4,500 convicted sex offenders who violate their parole; and an expanded Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to crack down on elder abuse and waste of taxpayer dollars.

As a husband and father, I understand the importance of preserving Constitutional, traditional values – like faith, family and freedom for future generations. That’s why as the state’s chief law enforcement official, I have made protecting children and crime victims the focus of my administration.

My opponent's policies are an extension of President Obama’s big-government-knows-best attitude that leads to higher regulation, higher taxes, and lower job growth.
Public Education: Texas is #1 in the nation in jobs, in exports, in energy production; the time has come for Texas to strive to be #1 in education too. To accomplish these goals, Texas must commit to a plan that prepares all students to read and do math at grade level by 3rd grade. Then we must build on these foundational skills to help all students graduate from high school ready for college or prepared to join the Texas workforce and go into one of the high-paying skilled jobs in Texas.

Border Security: The President properly said that the border situation was a crisis. It is a crisis because the federal government has failed to do its job. Texans are suffering the consequences and deserve more than talk; they deserve action. My response will include increased appropriations for border security spending to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), funding the hiring, training, and deployment of 500 new Troopers, 20 Texas Rangers, and 20 new Criminal Investigations Division (CID) agents; as well as the acquisition of an additional high-altitude aircraft and eight new watercraft.

Roads: Texas is adding more than 1,000 people a day to roads that are already too crowded and inadequately maintained. My plan provides more resources for roads without raising new debt, taxes, fees, or tolls. Funds are currently being taken from the State Highway Fund to pay for other government agencies. That practice must stop. Instead, money dedicated to roads will be spent on roads. Additionally, part of the motor vehicle sales and use tax should be spent on roads. These are in addition to the funds that may be raised from the transportation proposition that will be on the ballot this November.

Water: It is critical that we continue to develop and improve our water infrastructure. That includes working to reduce regulations that impair water development, speed up the water permitting process, and work at the regional level to find the right solution at the local level.
I would prioritize spending on education, roads, water, border security, and public safety. This spending should come from prioritizing existing revenue, rather than any increases in debt, taxes, or fees. I believe there are many programs and agencies in state government that could be much more efficient. That is why I have advocated expanding the Sunset Commission to be a majority citizen-led commission on government reform. Increased involvement by business and community leaders in the Sunset Commission process would provide accountability to Texas taxpayers, and bring fresh proposals to the process with the objective of limiting unnecessary spending.
The Texas economic model has led to the best business expansion and job growth in America. I have a plan to make it even better. Less government, low taxes, smarter regulations, and right-to-work laws—not government mandates—are the pro-growth economic policies that help free enterprise flourish and attract major employers to Texas from states that over-tax and over-regulate.

Tax reform and reduction is the best economic development program. The Tax Foundation currently ranks Texas’ corporate tax environment as the 38th least friendly in the U.S., and our property tax rank is 32nd. I will improve those rankings.

As Governor, I will fight for smarter tax policies that energize the Texas economy by driving down a primary cost of doing business. These business tax savings will then be passed on to consumers in the form of lower cost, to employees in new jobs and higher wages, and to investors in higher returns.

As Governor, I will work with the Texas Legislature to remove senseless licensing barriers that slow job growth. I will seek to waive licensing exams and fees for military veterans who have the required education, training, and experience gained during their years of service.

I will call on the Legislature to remove antiquated and confusing provisions in water permitting and speed up the permitting and hearings process to keep Texas and Texas jobs growing. As Governor, I will also prioritize transportation and ensure money raised for roads is spent on roads.

Combined, these measures will do even more to attract jobs to Texas.
The safety net is vast and growing. In the past decade, total Texas Health and Human Services Commission spending – which includes Medicaid and CHIP, among other programs - has increased from about $39.8 billion in the 2004-05 budget to over $56.2 billion in All Funds in the 2014-15 budget. As another example, Texas TANF benefit levels for a family of three with no other income, according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, have also grown. Since 2002, the first year of my tenure as Attorney General, Texas child support collections have grown by 142 percent, more than triple the national average of 37 percent. As of 2010, the Comptroller’s Office reported 129 Hospital Districts with an independent taxing authority, with the total number of special purpose districts that levy property tax having increased by more than 45 percent since 1992.

Also, last session, the Legislature authorized:

* $240 million to fund women's health services - an increase of $113 million over the previous biennium. That includes $72.4 million for the Texas Women's Health Program.

* $1.3 billion in All Funds for State Supported Living Centers.

* $312.4 million in All Funds to expand mental health services.

* $17.9 million in General Revenue Funds to increase the number of adult safety net vaccinations. Additionally, the federal government will contribute vaccines to the state with an estimated value of $410.0 million in fiscal year 2014.

But the amount of money government spends on the “safety net” doesn’t necessarily improve long-term prospects. To help more Texans improve their economic situation, I will ensure that Texas remains a state that provides job opportunities and encourages working opportunities. In addition, Texas must become top-ranked for education, in order to provide young Texans with higher education and career opportunities that will give them the best chance to succeed.

The best safety net is a good education system and a strong economy that provides career opportunities for all Texans who wish to work. By keeping taxes low and regulation low while reducing debt and spending, I will create an environment that will continue the Texas economic miracle and maximize gainful employment for Texans.
The disaster at West has highlighted the need for increased chemical safety in Texas. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) investigation into the disaster at West is currently ongoing, and should yield valuable insight about possible improvements. Additionally, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services must work with TCEQ, local emergency management coordinators, and fire marshals to ensure better safety for chemical storage and to improve the ability of every community to respond to chemical-related incidents. At the same time, we need to continue to protect that information from any potential terrorist who might want to cause harm.

Families and businesses deserve access to this information, and public safety professionals on the front lines of keeping their communities safe have a vested interest in increased awareness; and the state has a legitimate interest in protecting Texans from a catastrophic terrorist attack.
I believe that the government should not be in the business of picking economic winners and losers and will evaluate the efficiencies of all economic development programs. Those that work should be retained; those that need modification should be altered; those that are failing should be ended.
Colleges and universities must become more affordable. However, the answer isn't always for government to spend more money; often improvements can be achieved by reforms that lower cost. For example, of the students that graduate statewide, less than one-third manage to do so in four years or less. On average, Texas students attending public universities take longer to graduate and enroll in more credit hours than is required to earn a degree - adding unnecessary expense to the cost of obtaining a degree.

The state must continue to emphasize successful completion by students of higher education degrees, making it a public policy priority.

The traditional brick and mortar model of delivering higher education is becoming dated. To lower costs of higher education we must also require public colleges and universities to award college credit for AP scores of 3 or higher. We should make core freshman and sophomore courses more transferable between our community colleges and to our public colleges and universities. We need to increase online college-level learning opportunities and count successful completion of those courses toward degree requirements. We should fully fund tuition and fees for military families who qualify for Hazlewood Act exemptions. With these reforms, we can help more students earn their degrees without excessive costs and debt.
I will set a goal to have five of the top ten public universities in the nation be Texas campuses, and I will appoint regents to work toward this goal. I will select strong leaders, provide them a mission, then empower them to achieve great things without micromanaging them.
The best thing to do would be to implement my education plan. It begins the process of reinventing and advancing education in Texas from pre-K all the way through college. It does require some additional funding, but most importantly, it leads to better outcomes. With better student results, enhanced teacher training, improved access to technology, and with strategic funding improvements, my plan should ease Texas out of ongoing litigation because it does more to advance students in all regions of the state.
I have proposed allocating more than $4 billion annually to transportation projects without creating new debt, taxes, fees, or tolls. It is time to dedicate a substantial portion of the existing motor vehicle sales tax to road construction and maintenance.

Also, funds are currently being taken from the State Highway Fund to pay for other government agencies. That practice must stop. Instead, money dedicated to roads will be spent on roads. These are in addition to the funds that may be raised from the transportation proposition, Proposition 1, that will be on the ballot this November.
The ABA’s "Texas Death Penalty Assessment" noted that: "Texas has made strides in several areas to improve the fairness of capital proceedings in recent years." Texas must continue to provide a fair criminal justice system that applies the death penalty only when it is called for under Texas law and after review by a jury of the defendant's peers.

I have been a recognized leader in reforming and improving fairness and accuracy in the administration of the death penalty. For example, I was the architect behind Senate Bill 1292, which requires that DNA evidence be tested prior to trial in capital cases. As Rodney Ellis, Democratic state senator and Board Chair for the national Innocence Project, stated: “[SB 1292] was really the brainchild of Attorney General Greg Abbott… [the legislation will] ensure that we avoid the possibility of the wrong person serving years on death row and the far worse specter of putting to death an innocent person.”
Open carry laws exist in almost all states - including Massachusetts. I support open carry laws.
I support current drug policy, which includes diversionary and rehabilitative programs that have proven effective in Texas. My goal is better enforcement and compliance without stocking prison beds with non-violent offenders. I believe that the best methods of combating illegal drug use includes a combination of medical treatment and criminal enforcement.
I would vote against such a ballot proposition. The American Psychological Association (APA) documented in a recent report that young people who have become addicted to marijuana can lose an average of six IQ points by adulthood.

Furthermore, marijuana remains a Schedule I drug (the highest tier of restriction) under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. Additionally, due to this classification, it remains illegal under federal law to manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense marijuana. Although Eric Holder's Justice Department has stated that it will not enforce federal law regarding marijuana in some states, federal law (which supersedes Texas law) still clearly prohibits the use of marijuana for either recreational or medical purposes.

Marijuana is recognized by the U.S. government as having a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use, and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision. Additionally, in the states that have legalized medical marijuana, many users appear to have actually been using the substance for recreational, rather than medicinal, purposes.

A critical flaw with the approach of treating marijuana as a medicine, as the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes, is that “[t]o be considered a legitimate medicine by the FDA, a substance must have well-defined and measurable ingredients that are consistent… As the marijuana plant contains hundreds of chemical compounds that may have different effects and that vary from plant to plant, and because the plant is typically ingested via smoking, its use as a medicine is difficult to evaluate.” This flaw has challenged the way that physicians practice medicine by asking them to recommend the use of a Schedule I illegal drug with no scientific approval, dosage control, or quality control. Medical marijuana is not approved by the FDA and is not a standardized or purified product that has obtained scientific approval.
I have been widely recognized for my strong advocacy of open government. The Freedom of Information Foundation presented me the James Madison Award in recognition of my enforcement of open records and open meetings laws. I strongly support transparency and openness in government. I am the first Attorney General to obtain a criminal conviction of a public official for a Public Information Act violation when a Llano Independent School District Superintendent refused to disclose information on the spending of ISD funds.

I have spearheaded legislative programs to bring the Open Meetings Act into the 21st Century, to require public officials to undergo training in Texas’ open government laws, and to open the investment of public funds to more scrutiny.

Additionally, I am proposing a number of reforms that would continue to advance open government in Texas. I support legislation to give the Office of the Attorney General concurrent jurisdiction over the enforcement of the Open Meetings Act and the Public Information Act. As Governor, I would administratively prohibit the automatic deletion of public records at the Office of the Governor in the time frame currently allowed. Finally, I would create the position of Public Information Coordinator within the Office of the Governor to ensure greater transparency.
I will focus on achieving results for Texans. I will emphasize more jobs, better schools and roads, safer communities, a more secure border, and a commitment to constitutional principles, while ensuring that Texas sets real spending limits and doesn’t raise taxes. These are commonsense goals that are above partisanship. The problem with American and Texas politics today is not so much a lack of bipartisan agreement; but more a lack of civility. Texans of all political persuasions, in and out of government, must be able to engage one another in both agreement and disagreement with respect and courtesy for opposing views. I will do that and will encourage others to do it as well.
Address 219 S. Main St.
City/Town Fort Worth, TX 76104
Age 54
Campaign Phone Number (817) 886-8863
I moved to Fort Worth in the 1970’s when my father accepted a job at National Cash Register. While attending Harvard Law School in the early 1990’s, I maintained my residence in Texas with my family.
Attorney State of Texas (State Senator)
University of Texas-Arlington Tarrant County Community College Texas Christian University – BA, 1990 Harvard Law School - 1993
• 2013 Meritorious Service Award — Texas Council on Family Relations • Camelot Award — Child Protection Roundtable • 2013 Legislative Champion — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) • 2013 Legislative Crime Fighter of the Year — Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) • Silver Star Award — Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) • 2013 Legislator of Excellence Award — Texas State Independent Living Council • 2013 Women Who Dared Award — National Council of Jewish Women • 2013 Champion for Social Change Award — Texas Association Against Sexual Assault • 2013 Top Ten Texas Legislators Award — Texas Monthly Magazine
• 2009 Freshman of the Year – Texas Monthly Magazine • Judy Coyle Texas Liberty Award — Association of Texas Professional Educators • Horizon Award — Christian Life Commission • 2012 Texas Women's Health Champion Award — Texas Association Of OB-GYNs • Bold Woman Award — Girls, Inc. • Golden Apple Award — Texas Association of Mid-Sized Schools • Distinguished Service Award — Texas Rural Education Association • Champion for Children — Equity Center • Taxpayer Champion — Texas Conference of Urban Counties • Leadership Award — Texas Veterans Commission • Veterans Service Award — Jewish War Veterans Post #755 • Freshman of the Year — AARP • Legislative Star — Texas Classroom Teachers Association • Best of Senate Legislative Award — CLEAT (Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas) • Distinguished Legislative Service — Texas Municipal League • Freshman of the Year — Texas Watch • Friend of Texas Historic Preservation — Preservation Texas • Texas Outstanding Public Servant — Public Citizen Texas • Appreciation Award — Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems • Friend of County Government — Texas Association of Counties • Readers' Choice, Best Servant of the People — Fort Worth Weekly • Best Person to Watch — Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
Fort Worth City Council Member 1999-2008, Current State Senator - District 10
More than $27 million as of June 30.
I'm incredibly proud of the 140,000 donors -- most of them small dollar donors -- who have given to my campaign.
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In 1996, I was involved in a civil suit with the Fort Worth Star Telegram, alleging the publication committed libel during my campaign for Fort Worth City Council.

In 2008, I was involved as a defendant in law suits filed by my opponent, Kim Brimer, attempting to remove me from the ballot.

As an elected official I was involved in a series of lawsuits against the State of Texas alleging various violations of the Voting Rights Act in the redistricting process. Because of our efforts, minority voting rights in the Senate District I represent, Senate District 10, were protected and important communities of interest in Tarrant County were kept whole.
The redevelopment of the Montgomery Plaza site when I was on the Fort Worth City Council. Originally, it was a brownfield site with a historic building that was not designated for protection and had been purchased by a developer who intended to level it and build a strip center. Putting together a partnership of federal/local/private funds, we not only saved the structure, but we also artfully redeveloped the site as a mixed use complex. With this project, we began the first in a number of mixed use redevelopment projects along Fort Worth’s W. 7th Street Corridor that resulted in millions of dollars of investment and created thousands of jobs.
Bill Ratliff. He believed that public servants should fight for all Texas families. He is a statesman and not a partisan.
Texas needs a governor who will fight for all hardworking Texans – not just some. I've always believed that where you start shouldn't determine where you finish. That means creating good paying for Texans and investing more in our classrooms so our children are prepared for the future.
While I will be a governor who fights for all hardworking Texans, my opponent, Greg Abbott, has proven time and again that he’s another insider fighting for other insiders at the expense of those Texans. On the Texas Supreme Court, he sided with a corporation and against a victim of rape. While serving on the oversight board of Texas cancer research center, he allowed his campaign contributors to take tens of millions of taxpayer dollars meant for cancer research without proper oversight. As Attorney General, he allowed his donors in the predatory lending industry to charge unlimited rates on Texas families – including military service members and teacher. He is currently in court now fighting against more than 600 school districts; wasting millions of taxpayer dollars to try to stop public school improvements, defending cuts to our schools that caused 11,000 teachers to be laid off and taking resources out of our kids' classrooms.Texas simply cannot afford someone like Greg Abbott, who has used his Attorney General’s office to benefit his insider friends at the expense of Texans.
The state of Texas is at a crossroads. If Texas is to lead in the 21st century, we need to invest more in our classrooms and to take the steps to keep our economy strong like creating good paying jobs for Texans and protecting the integrity of our water and transportation infrastructure.
The strong Texas economy has created a climate of revenue growth that can accommodate our needs and reflect our priorities in the areas of education, transportation, and water infrastructure.
I am committed to keeping Texas’ reputation as a low-tax, business-friendly state. Businesses looking to relocate or start-up in Texas will rely primarily on the capacity of Texas to deliver a well-trained work force. By investing more in our schools so children are better prepared for the future, we can also ensure that Texas continues to hold a prominent place in attracting business.
I will invest more in our schools so that our children are better prepared for the future, work to reduce the number of Texans without health insurance, and end out of control predatory lending practices that perpetuate poverty and reliance on public assistance.
We need to ensure that current safety regulations are being met for all manufacturing companies across Texas.

However, Texans also deserve to know where hazardous chemicals are stored in their communities. As governor, I will work with legislators, communities, and first responders to strengthen the Texas Community Right to Know Act to clarify that the state must make Tier II chemical information available to the public. I will designate public disclosure of hazardous chemicals as an emergency item and the Texas Legislature and will work with legislators, first responders and communities to develop a simple, user-friendly system for publicizing this vital information instead of hiding it.
Yes. As Governor, I would ask the legislature for regular reviews and audits of the funds, require obligations to be completed before funding, give preference to Texas owned businesses, and end the Governor’s office unilateral decision authority for granting awards.
With college tuition rising disproportionately to the availability of state and federal financial aid, as Governor I will refocus our efforts and determine better ways to make college more affordable. I have proposed a plan to double the number of Early College High School Campuses statewide, ensuring that students throughout Texas have access to academically rigorous environments and can earn college credit as early as 9th grade.

I would work to improve financial aid availability and fully fund the TEXAS Grant program, the state’s premiere need-based aid program, and improve its accessibility and affordability for Texas families.
As Governor, I would not interfere with the work of our university boards of regents.
Currently, the state is leaving local districts to shoulder an overwhelming burden. It is important for the state to honor our constitutional responsibility and relieve the growing local taxpayer burden in the education arena.

In the Senate, I led the fight against funding cuts to schools. As Governor, I'll reverse the cuts to our schools, invest in our classrooms, support our teachers, and expand career programs so every student is better prepared for college or the workforce.
I support Proposition 1 and encourage Texans to vote yes.

The strong Texas economy has created a climate of revenue growth that can accommodate our transportation needs.
I support the death penalty and will enforce it as governor.
Texans with appropriate training, background checks and licenses should be able to carry their handguns openly if they choose.
We as a state need to think of the cost of incarceration for small amounts of marijuana. I personally believe medical marijuana should be allowed, but think Texans should be the decision makers on the matter.
Yes.
I have been a strong advocate for greater transparency and have filed numerous pieces of legislation to insure transparency and accountability in government. As Governor, I will continue to advocate for those measures.
Governing is about reflecting the priorities of the people you represent. I spent nine years on the Fort Worth City Council, many of those as Chair of the Economic Development Committee working on projects with people, who were both Republican and Democrat. I did not learn how to govern with a partisan affiliation, and I have brought that same approach with me to the Texas Senate. I would set the tone for inviting all perspectives to our work, and, unlike our current leadership, I would foster an environment that no longer pushes divisive partisan issues, but instead focuses our efforts on the priorities of all Texans – education, transportation and water infrastructure.
City/Town Houston, Texas
Age 64
Campaign Phone Number (512) 308-6936
Email Address info@kathieglass.org
37 years
Practice of law
B.A., English, University of Georgia; J.D., University of Georgia School of Law.
League of Independent Voters of Texas; Texas LULAC Outstanding Service Award: Woman of Distinction; Open Carry Texas; Disabled American Veterans; Chair, Harris County Libertarian Party.
Nix Prop 6 Coalition; State Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Texas; Chair, Political Committee of the Libertarian Party of Texas Executive Committee; Drug Policy Forum Executive Committee; Be an Angel; Central Texas Fires Christmas Project.
Sought Governor of Texas 2010; Texas Attorney General 1982.
$250,000.
Kathie Glass, Tom Glass, Brent Rhymes.
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No bankruptcy. Business civil litigation.
As a trial lawyer, I have led a team trying major lawsuits as an underdog against adversaries who out-numbered and out-spent us. I have led a legislative team to draft, lobby for, pass, and defeat legislation in Texas.
Ron Paul: he made libertarian ideas such as opposition to the Federal Reserve and the importance of sound money mainstream in Texas. He takes his oath to defend the Constitution seriously.
I want to be Texas Governor to unite Texans to resist tyranny from Washington, D.C. and cronyism in Austin, and to reclaim our ability to make decisions and act as the sovereign state we are, such as in securing our border.
I am the only person in this race with the vision of the coming federal collapse and tyranny, a plan for how Texas stays strong and free when that time comes, and the guts to see it through. The Texas governor CAN secure the border, enforce the Constitution, and defeat cronyism in Texas. Only Kathie Glass WILL.
1. An out-of-control federal government and Texas leadership that does not resist unconstitutional federal acts. 2. Cronyism. Our current governor and our current attorney general who wants to be our next governor, are cronies. 3. The border crisis and Texas leaders who refuse to secure the border and accept federal domination in matters in which we are sovereign.
I would not increase spending in any area. I would spend more on border security, if needed, but Governor Perry states that we already spend half a billion dollars. And that would be enough if it were not spent wastefully as he has done. We must restore fiscal sanity by cutting our budget 50%. Almost everything can and should be cut, but two big ticket items are: 1. taxpayer-funded services for non-citizens (possibly as much as 25% of our budget) and 2. Medicaid (over 25% of the budget), using the savings to fashion our own program. Line item vetoing everything that is going for a corrupt purpose would go far to meet that goal.
Things are not as bright as they seem. Our economy is artificially propped up by debt and cronyism. In addition to getting our fiscal house in order, we should: 1. Nullify unconstitutional federal acts such as EPA, Obamacare, and endangered species, and see the jobs flood into Texas! 2. Stop funding projects with debt. For example, when our current governor first took office, Texas was pay-as-you-go for roads through the gas tax. Now, the interest on road debt consumes a large portion of our transportation budget. 3. End cronyism. Many projects – such as wasteful water projects -- only exist to make rich and powerful interests more rich and more powerful.
1. End cronyism. 2. End occupational licensing. 3. End property taxes. 4. End toll roads. 5. Opt out of Medicaid and use part of the savings to craft our own program resulting in better services at a lower cost.
There should be full public disclosure of information that is reported to the State of Texas regarding storage of chemicals and hazardous materials (Atty. Gen. Abbott has ruled that disclosure is not required). There should be a functioning legal system to address liability for negligent acts.
No, these funds are pure cronyism.
Tuition has skyrocketed because government has artificially increased the demand for college. Our public school system has falsely presented college as the only acceptable avenue for success in life. Vocational and technical avenues should be given equal focus and respect. The 10% rule should be abolished. Students who need remedial work should not be admitted. Community/junior colleges should be encouraged. In-state tuition rates should not be given to non-citizens. The State of Texas should not fund research or other activity which is primarily targeted to enhance the image of a university or professor.
More cronyism. I would appoint qualified individuals who are not cronies. The ongoing UT Law School admission scandal -- in which relatives of politically connected persons were admitted even though they lacked the necessary qualifications – was turned over to Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott for investigation but has been buried. This and similar matters will be investigated and corrective action taken in a Kathie Glass administration.
For too long, federal and state courts have improperly dictated how Texas schools are run and tax dollars spent, with disastrous results. In addition, cronyism and federal interference (C-Scope) has all but destroyed Texas public education. In order to preserve “the liberties and rights of the people,” our Texas Constitution mandates a “suitable provision” for an “efficient system of free public schools.” The State of Texas currently sends about $8,000 per capita from the Permanent School Fund, and other sources, to school districts to meet this mandate. By restricting taxpayer-funded services including schools to citizens (Plyler v. Doe does not prohibit this), the per capita payment would greatly increase to perhaps $10,000 or $12,000. This would satisfy our Constitution and suitably provide for efficient public schools. Per capita state tax monies should not fund cronies and this includes Taj Mahal-like offices and buildings, “TajMahStadiums,” or interest on debt. Nor should any Texas taxes fund “FedLedEd” (such as C-Scope/Common Core). We should allow local supplementation of the State of Texas per capita payment with a penny sales tax if approved by the voters. Using this approach, we can end school property taxes and “Robin Hood” transfers, fight cronyism and federal tyranny, protect our right and ability to own property, and grow the economy.
I will vote against this proposition. TxDOT is too corrupt and infested with cronies to be reformed and must be replaced. When our current governor first took office, Texas had no road debt – we were strictly pay-as-you-go from the gas tax. But cronies needed huge expensive and unnecessary projects to keep them rich and powerful and so we got toll roads. Since 2010, I have driven all over Texas – in this campaign, I am visiting all 254 Texas counties. We have good sound roads with two exceptions: 1. overused rural roads in the Eagle Ford and other drilling areas, and 2. congestion in urban areas. The rural problem can be addressed by assessing user fees on the businesses that overuse or harm the roads. Common sense solutions to urban congestion -- such as synchronized red lights – should be tried before expensive new projects are implemented.
1. Full, automatic disclosure to the defendant of all of the evidence known or possessed by the prosecution. If full knowledge of the truth prevents a conviction, then justice requires an acquittal. 2. Criminal and civil liability for any judge, prosecutor, investigator, police officer, or expert witness who withholds or misrepresents evidence. 3. Juries should be instructed of their right and power to judge the facts and the law.
Yes, and this is one of the issues for which I would call a special session if the legislature does not pass it in regular session.
Treat marijuana like beer.
Yes.
Yes, but the problem is not so much with the laws as the corrupt cronies occupying the offices of governor and attorney general. Attorney General Greg Abbott has held that governmental records need not be disclosed if a contractual vendor’s proprietary information is involved. Since C-Scope has been allowed to infect our public schools, much of the information that parents need about their child’s education has been denied them under a bogus claim that it is someone’s proprietary property. Abbott has denied disclosure of storage of hazardous chemicals (information which has been reported to the State of Texas as required by law and requested after the West, Texas explosion), emails showing crony favoritism in UT Law School admissions (citing Roe v. Wade!), and Governor Perry’s years-old travel records.
My election as Texas Governor will unite the cronies in both of the other parties against me and the will of the Texas people. But the cronies will lose.
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