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Greg Abbott Is No Hypocrite

What will Texas look like on November 7th? Dan Patrick has won a convincing victory over David Dewhurst in a GOP runoff for Lieutenant Governor of Texas. The founder of the Tea Party caucus in the state legislature now faces Dem. State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a longtime Democratic member of the legislature, in the November elections for the office of Lieutenant Governor, a powerful position in Texas. In the November race for Governor, the retiring Rick Perry will make way for State AG Greg Abbott to contest against yet another state senator, Democrat Wendy Davis.

AG Abbot has long been a champion of tort reform that caps punitive and non-economic damages at a reasonable level. It has kept doctors in the state and helped maintain a just balance between the claims of plaintiffs and defendants. Greg Abbot knows about doctors and lawsuits; a freak accident in 1984 that has since confined him to a wheelchair was settled with the insurance companies for a substantial sum. Trial lawyers on the Democratic side will again shamelessly point this out as if they were portraying the state AG as a hypocrite. What they don't say is that under Texas law, in a medical liability cases, a plaintiff can still recover economic damages, without limit. That means lost wages, past and future and also all medical costs. Non-economic damages, such as mental anguish, are capped at $750,000. Greg Abbot in 1984 was a bright young lawyer with a degree in Business Administration as well who had a promising future before him. The economic costs of a paralyzing accident were substantial and were justly awarded. The fact that Abbott overcame such a severe setback and fulfilled his potential, and then some, is testament to his courage and fortitude, and his faith. To suggest it is a testament to his hypocrisy is not even shameful, it is just plain silly.

Wendy Davis has also sued for damages in her past. When she lost a race for Fort Worth City Council in 1996, she sued the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, ABC and Disney, the ultimate owners of the other two companies, alleging media bias. The Texas courts rejected her claims. And by the way, back in those days, Wendy Davis voted in Republican primaries.

Posted by AllardK at May 28, 2014 2:23 PM
Comment #378846

Texas “ranks 50th in high school graduation rate, first in amount of carbon emissions, first in hazardous waste produced, last in voter turnout, first in percentage of people without health insurance, and second in percentage of uninsured kids.”

Nice. Republicans have done such a bang-up job of making Texas an American hellhole, they’ll probably elect yet another one for governor.

Been a while since any towns have been blown to kingdom come by unregulated fertilizer producers. Keep up the bad work!

Oh, and great legal system! The Tesla model S electric car has been given the highest possible ratings by Consumer Reports and virtually everyone associated with the auto industry. No one- NO ONE- has ever been killed driving a Tesla. They are that good. It is revolutionary and has been called the best car ever made for a good reason.

In Texas, it is illegal to test drive a Tesla, and it is illegal for a salesman to tell you how much one costs.

What a truly crappy state.

Posted by: phx8 at May 28, 2014 9:47 PM
Comment #378850

The author forgot to mention… Out of 50 races in Texas, Republicans nominated one woman.

At least five innocent people have been wrongly executed in Texas since 1976. Apparently Abbott favors continuing capital punishment and executing prisoners. He must know it occasionally involves killing innocent people.


Posted by: phx8 at May 29, 2014 12:20 AM
Comment #378866

Spin away phx8.

Texas’ high school graduation rates shine in national comparison

“AUSTIN – In a study released this week by the U.S. Department of Education, only Iowa posted a higher graduation rate than Texas for the Class of 2012. Texas, with a graduation rate of 88 percent, tied for second place with Nebraska, Vermont and Wisconsin.”

Your other unflattering lies and half-truths are easily debunked. I won’t waste space as anyone can google as well as I can.

Posted by: Royal Flush at May 29, 2014 3:05 PM
Comment #378867

I find it simply incredible that out of fifty races, only one woman was nominated by Republicans. That is just remarkable. How do you explain that?

Posted by: phx8 at May 29, 2014 3:12 PM
Comment #378871

phx8 is amusing. I destroy one of the myths he is circulating and now he changes gears.

About Republican women nominated for office, I will ask phx8 to tell me the mindset of Texas women and Texas voters. Certainly he must know more than I do.

Posted by: Royal Flush at May 29, 2014 3:54 PM
Comment #378872

Questions for phx8

Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, and Vermont have never sent a woman to either the US Senate or US House. Why not?

Twenty-four states have never had a female governor. The relatively new governors in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Carolina are the first women to head the government in those states. Why such low numbers?

In 2008, the United States ranked 69th in worldwide female leadership.
In 2009, the United States ranked 71st in worldwide female leadership.
In 2010, the United States ranked 72nd in worldwide female leadership.
In 2012, the United States ranked 80th in worldwide female leadership.
In 2013, the United States ranked 77th in worldwide female leadership.

Why is that?

Posted by: Royal Flush at May 29, 2014 4:02 PM
Comment #378875

“From past fact checks, we recognize another method often used to gauge graduation successes. In this vein, we rated as True a 2010 claim by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White that Texas then ranked 43rd nationally for its 61.3 percent graduation rate in 2008-09.”

There is more than one way to count. But I think it is fair to say TX is doing much better now than it used to with HS graduation rates.

Re women in leadership: What is your point? Is it supposed to be OK to have only one woman nominated out of 50 Republican state races? Is this another version of ‘everybody does it’?

Posted by: phx8 at May 29, 2014 5:23 PM
Comment #378876

No, it’s a sexist distraction this time. At least it’s not racist, right phx8?

How does it feel to be labeled like that, phx8? Is it really productive?

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 29, 2014 5:28 PM
Comment #378879

phx8 is bound and determined to have me give him an answer to a question for which I don’t know the answer. I have asked him to tell me but he won’t. I have given him many examples of women not being in power in many other instances…but he can’t seem to understand the correlation. I guess he just wants to write for his own amusement.

Posted by: Royal Flush at May 29, 2014 6:17 PM
Comment #378881

Women have been denied equal pay and equal opportunity for a long time. I have no problem recognizing this. It is a problem. Liberals and Democrats are strong proponents of women’s rights, and they have been doing everything possible to advance those causes. There is still room for improvement. Women are still under-represented in the Democratic Party, but it is getting better.

Conservatives and Republicans do not even seem to recognize the problem.

Instead, they have been waging a War on Women- a sustained legislative assault against women’s health and economic issues.

In TX, it not only takes the form of having only 1 woman nominated out of 50 Republic state races; it also takes a more disgusting and personal attack. Just as conservative icon Rush Limbaugh attacked a young woman named Sandra Fluke, using vile terms 53 times in just three days, so now a disgusting campaign of personal attack has been carried out against the female gubernatorial candidate, Wendy Davis, calling her “Abortion Barbie.” Blame for originating the name belongs to Red State’s Erick Erickson, but blame for the current campaign is being assigned to Greg Abbott.

You guys just don’t get it. Why is it so hard to admit the GOP has a terrible problem with minority groups? It is not as if everyone hasn’t noticed.

Posted by: phx8 at May 29, 2014 6:58 PM
Comment #378883

I guess phx8 has been hiding in a cave with regard to women in the workplace.

Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination Questions And Answers
Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws
I. What Are the Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin;
the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination;
the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older;
Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA), which prohibit employment discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in the private sector, and in state and local governments;
Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities who work in the federal government;
Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), which prohibits employment discrimination based on genetic information about an applicant, employee, or former employee; and
the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which, among other things, provides monetary damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination.

Posted by: Royal Flush at May 29, 2014 7:17 PM
Comment #378891

phx8: Good job in pointing out the grotesque failures of republican “leadership” in Texas. It’s amusing how the defenders of those failures refer to facts as “spin” then point to so-called “solutions” which, based on the facts you just pointed to, haven’t done squat in correcting the inherently bigoted southern “justice” systems.
Oh, and conservatives, please, use the definition of the word “bigoted and not the typical plaintive and logically false cry of “who me? racist? you said it firstmust be you”

big·ot·ed/ˈbɪgətɪd/ [big-uh-tid] adjective : utterly intolerant of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.

Posted by: Dave at May 30, 2014 9:22 AM
Comment #378892

It’s all a question of who runs, male or female—we don’t have to have a female appointed there just because there isn’t one—if you get my drift. This is where I differ from the left—in a meritocracy if a woman best fits the bill, so be it. But we don’t HAVE TO run a female because one isn’t present at a podium to speak her “points”. Aaaand I can vote against a female because she’s a ninny just as I can vote against a male because he’s a ninny.

Posted by: simpleheaded at May 30, 2014 10:03 AM
Comment #378894

I ask you this—“Why is a female important?” I mean in a general election—a male can throw those sound-bites, right? This is the direction the left is going—a woman—always good? Grow up and peruse beyond, leftie. Some women are NOT electable material—yes’um it’s a-true, just as some males are not electable material. Genitalia does not automatically make one a better candidate—Why is the left on this lost wagon wheel? Maybe I’m a bit to the right of you.

Texas is actually fine, have you seen the size of that state? High emmisions?—the state is huuuuuuge, by no means can it be everywhere in the state. You make it sound PX like this is rampant—nobody lives in most of that godforbidden sandbar of a state.

I must look into this “Tesla” car run (I guess) by pseudo scientific free energy “New-age-onomic” notions or something? WTF is a “Tesla car”?—Nicoli Tesla was a bonifide new-age crackpot in his time and ours. WTF are you talking about? (puff-puff-here) People can’t show this car or talk about this vehicle in public in Texas? Is this an electric car you are referring to? Is that a “Tesla-car”? A hybrid or something? Please bring up a site I gafaw, I think you “doth” smoke too much.

Posted by: simpleheaded at May 30, 2014 10:38 AM
Comment #378895

A woman gets paid less? I actually do not believe this one. I think they just put in less hours at the job or something, and I swear I’m not off on this one.

I have never heard the issue by the left put into any hourly wage earnings logistics—it’s always “take-home pay” at the end of the week that the left is actually referring to.
I think the issue is generally “false” but such a black flag politically no one would dare tackle it by hourly pay or wage earnings for fear of being labelled polemically a sexist. I think we do for the most part have equal pay, if not more money for women than men in some fields. I have been treated like s*** at too many jobs to say women aren’t making out just as well as men in those fields. Especially medical. the sexism isssue is a liberal lie used for nothing more than political gain—hate to out ‘em.

Posted by: simpleheaded at May 30, 2014 11:00 AM
Comment #378896

The Tesla is an exciting development. It is the biggest change happening with autos in a century, and it is happening right before our eyes.

It runs on a lithium battery, and has a range of about 200 miles per charge. The car includes over 250 new patents, matches Porsches and other high end sports cars for acceleration and performance, and is the safest car ever made. Period. Over 20 million road miles and no fatalities. The car is also popular internationally, especially in China.

Not only that, Tesla is developing an SUV, a pick-up, and a Sedan. The F-250 behemoths and Yank Tanks will soon be obsolete.

As for women in Texas politics:
No one is suggesting we should have quotas for representation based on race or gender. However, the extreme lack of diversity in the Republican party does raise questions. When only one woman is nominated out of 50 GOP state races in Texas, something is very, very wrong with that party.

Women are under-represented in political office on a national basis, too. The under-representation is extreme in the GOP. Meanwhile, the GOP has consistently voted against women’s health care concerns and economic issues, and this sustained legislative assault has become known as ‘The War on Women.’ Republicans seem utterly incapable of addressing the concerns of American groups that have experienced disenfranchisement in the past. Injustices and denial of rights are still reflected in our politics and businesses today, and an attitude among conservatives that ‘enough has already been done’ obviously does not resonate with women, blacks, Hispanics, gays, or Asians for that matter. We see that in voting patterns.
We see that in their lack of participation in the Republican Party. Until the GOP can find a way to deal with minorities, accept them, an include them, we will continue to see the party run 50 races in Texas, but only nominate one woman.

Posted by: phx8 at May 30, 2014 11:25 AM
Comment #378903

Maybe I was a bit harsh before, my appologies.

phx8; Perhaps the problem is that there are very few republican women who are electable. Currently 18% total (20R/4%)of the House and 20% total(4R/4%)of the Senate are female. Given that less than 30% of women consider themselves republican it’s not surprising to see such poor representation.

Posted by: Dave at May 30, 2014 3:58 PM
Comment #378936

Phx8, you equate not giving somebody what they want or something for nothing, to being at war with them. You look at statistics and complain about representation instead of qualification.

All you are saying is that pandering to certain groups of people is better than representing all people.
Yes, it makes all those groups feel like victims and gets you their votes, but it is complete BS.

Posted by: kctim at June 2, 2014 12:58 PM
Comment #378937

So, kc, you’re saying that women as a whole just aren’t qualified for congress? Sounds like you share some of the misgivings about our fairer sex that Elliott Rodger did.

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