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Thwarting Cities in the Trump Era

State government gives the GOP a platform to keep acting as the opposition party—against “liberal cities.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he supports a broad law defining the state's ability to preempt local regulations.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he supports a broad law defining the state's ability to preempt local regulations.Chip Somodevilla/AP

Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott threw his support behind preemption—the idea that state authority precludes local authority on most any matter.

“As opposed to the state having to take multiple rifle-shot approaches at overriding local regulations, I think a broad-based law by the state of Texas that says across the board, the state is going to preempt local regulations, is a superior approach,” he said during a Q&A with the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute.