Abbott to deliver UNT commencement address

Texas AG Greg Abbott

Gov, Greg Abbott

University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk has announced that Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will deliver the keynote address during UNT’s inaugural university-wide commencement ceremony on May 16.

“I can think of no one better to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and kick off our yearlong 125th anniversary celebration,” Smatresk  said in a letter to students.

This will be UNT’s first university-wide graduation, and Smatresk said about 25,000 people are expected to attend.

Saying that school officials are looking forward “with great enthusiasm” to welcoming Abbott and Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott to the UNT campus, adding that he expects the governor’s “message of hope and inspiration will resonate with all of us and leave a lasting impression on the Class of 2015.”

—  Tammye Nash

UPDATE: Texas statewide races

In Texas statewide races, Republicans are holding comfortable leads, in general.

In the big three races, Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn leads Democratic challenger David Alameel, 60 percent to 37 percent.

Republican Greg Abbott is ahead of Democrat Wendy Davis, 58 percent to 40 percent, in the race for governor, and with just 4 percent of the precincts statewide reporting, pundits are already calling the race for Abbott.

And in the contest for lieutenant governor, Republican Dan Patrick leads Democrat Letitcia Van de Putte, 57 percent to 40percent.

—  Tammye Nash

Texas AG Gregory Abbott Prevails: State Won’t Recognize Gay Marriages Long Enough to Grant Divorces


Homosexuals in Texas cannot marry, but for a nearly a year they had high hopes they could get divorced. Until today, when a federal appeals court in Dallas overturned October's ruling that said Jeffrey and Henry Buck's marriage of two years could be ended in a Texas court under the 14th Amendment.


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