A bartender waited for customers at Buck Wild in downtown Austin after bars reopened in May. Gov. Greg Abbott closed bars down again in June after a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.

Coronavirus

Gov. Greg Abbott Says Bars Can Reopen Next Week At 50% Capacity If Counties Opt In

Posted on · “It is time to open them up,” Abbott said in a Facebook video announcing the move. “If we continue to contain COVID, then these openings, just like other businesses, should be able to expand in the near future.”

Bars are shuttered on Austin's iconic Sixth Street. Gov. Greg Abbott hinted Monday that he could allow bars to reopen for the second time during the coronavirus pandemic.

Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott Has Closed Texas Bars Twice Since The Pandemic Began. Now He’s Hinting At Opening Them Again

Posted on · Abbott shut down bars for a second time in June, when the proportion of coronavirus tests with positive results was more than 18%. That number has dropped to just over 6%. Experts worry that opening bars will contribute to another surge.

Gov. Greg Abbott met with local leaders in El Paso to discuss the coronavirus situation in the city and state last month. At a campaign event in Dallas on Thursday, Abbott proposed legislative changes that would enhance some criminal penalties for offenses at protests.

Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott Calls For New Crimes, Mandatory Jail Time For Certain Offenses Related To Protests

Posted on · Abbott's campaign event came after a majority of likely Texas voters in a recent poll said that law and order is a bigger issue than the pandemic. Yet, they were also more likely to say that racism in the criminal justice system is a larger problem than riots in American cities.

U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston, during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. He said Monday some suburban voters are "turned off" by President Donald Trump.

Election 2020

U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw Calls Expanding Mail-In Voting ‘Playing With Fire’ Despite Rarity Of Voter Fraud

Posted on · Crenshaw, a freshman Republican from Houston, made the comments in an interview during The Texas Tribune Festival that aired Monday. He also discussed immigration and changing voting patterns in Houston.