AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday night said Texas is on a comeback from a pandemic that’s killed more than 35,000 people statewide, third-most in the U.S., then pivoted America’s biggest red state into a thicket of contentious issues that have roiled the nation during the past year.
In his final State of the State address before he is on the ballot for a third term in 2022, Abbott declared calls to “defund the police” an emergency in need of stopping and ordered the GOP majority in the Texas Capitol to prioritize “election integrity” without mentioning there was no evidence of widespread fraud during the 2020 elections.
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