Texas AG Ken Paxton pushes court to reconsider injunction halting investigations into affirming care
In the state’s final brief to appeal a September injunction that halted the investigation into Texas parents of transgender children, Paxton argued that individual families must provide evidence of harm from the actions of the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Ken Paxton’s campaign against election crimes ensnared a Texas justice of the peace three times before judges thwarted the efforts
Many of the illegal voting cases the Texas attorney general has boasted about are unraveling after a key court ruling. But Tomas Ramirez III said the pursuit of charges against him has taken its toll.
Ken Paxton’s whistleblowers ask Texas Supreme Court to take up their case as $3.3 million settlement in jeopardy
Lawyers for four former employees who accused the attorney general of firing them for reporting alleged crimes to authorities say Paxton won’t agree to finalizing the deadline by the end of this legislative session.sacurrent.com
Ken Paxton’s whistleblowers ask Texas Supreme Court to take up their case as $3.3 million settlement in jeopardy
Lawyers for four former employees who accused the attorney general of firing them for reporting alleged crimes to authorities say Paxton won’t agree to finalizing the deadline by the end of this legislative session.
Letters: Paxton blasted
This isn’t all we are asked to pay; the high-priced lawyers have been paid $400,000 to defend him in other misjudgments. Bill WilliamsPalmviewReunionpromotedIt is very difficult for me to comprehend that 15 years ago I undertook a tremendous challenge — to chair the Brownsville High School Class of ‘63 45th reunion. But fortunately, three classmates decided to tackle the challenge — Ernesto and Elena Garcia and Steve Tullos. Thanks, Steve! Rod” RodriguezBrownsvilleLETTERS — Limit letters to 300 words; all letters are subject to editing.myrgv.com
Paxton whistleblowers urge lawmakers not to oppose settlement that will be paid with taxpayer dollars
In a statement, the attorneys for the four former top deputies who accused Attorney General Ken Paxton of crimes said state employees “cannot be expected to report government corruption in the future if they know the Legislature won’t back their rights.”
Justice Dept. in DC taking over Texas attorney general corruption probe
Justice Department officials in Washington have taken over the corruption investigation into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, removing the case from the hands of the federal prosecutors in Texas who’d long been leading the the probe.
Justice Dept. in DC taking over Texas AG corruption probe
Justice Department officials in Washington have taken over the corruption investigation into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, removing the case from the hands of the federal prosecutors in Texas who'd long been leading the probe, according to state prosecutors. The move is the latest development in the federal investigation into Paxton, who came under FBI scrutiny in 2020 after his own top deputies accused him of bribery and abusing his office to help one of his campaign contributors, who also employed a woman with whom the attorney general acknowledged having had an extramarital affair.news.yahoo.com
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sues Joe Biden over signing federal spending package
The attorney general argued the House unconstitutionally passed its federal spending bill because not enough members were physically present to vote. Both Republicans and Democrats voted by proxy throughout the pandemic.
AG Ken Paxton agrees to apologize and pay $3.3 million to whistleblowers in settlement
Attorney General Ken Paxton and four of his former top deputies who said he improperly fired them after they accused him of crimes have reached a tentative agreement to end a whistleblower lawsuit that would pay those employees $3.3 million.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas attorney general Ken Paxton settles with former aides who accused him of corruption
Paxton has agreed to apologize and pay $3.3 million in taxpayer money to four former staffers who accused him of corruption in 2020, igniting an ongoing FBI investigation into the three-term Republican.cbsnews.com
Texas AG settles with former aides who reported him to FBI
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has agreed to apologize and pay $3.3 million in taxpayer money to four former staffers who accused him of corruption in 2020, igniting an ongoing FBI investigation of the three-term Republican. Under terms of a preliminary lawsuit settlement filed Friday, Paxton made no admission of wrongdoing to accusations of bribery and abuse of office, which he has denied for years and called politically motivated. Both sides signed a mediated agreement that was filed in the Texas Supreme Court and will be followed by a longer, formalized settlement.news.yahoo.com
Biden rule reclassifying some pistols as short-barreled rifles draws Texas lawsuit
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives amended a rule that classifies guns with “stabilized braces” as rifles, which are subject to different regulations, triggering the objection of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Gun Owners of America.
13th Court of Appeals abates mask mandate appeal
The 13th Court of Texas Appeals has placed on hold a challenge by Gov. “Accordingly, we ABATE this appeal and remove it from the Court’s active docket until such time as the Texas Supreme Court issues its opinion in the direct appeal on one of the aforementioned cases. After that opinion issues, we direct appellants to promptly file a motion to reinstate this appeal,” the justices wrote. The appeal that the 13th Court of Appeals abated on Wednesday was in response to the temporary injunction issued by the 444th. Once the Supreme Court rules in the Dallas, San Antonio or Houston cases, Wednesday’s order directs the appellants and appellees to promptly notify the court.myrgv.com
Appellate court hits pause on Abbott, Point Isabel mask mandate challenge
The 13th Court of Texas Appeals has placed on hold a challenge by Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton of a lower court ruling that overrode Abbott’s authority during the pandemic to nullify a mask mandate by the Point Isabel Independent School District.myrgv.com
Two years after Texas’ voting rights showdown gripped the nation, lawmakers again push dozens of elections bills
State policymakers have mapped out familiar territory early in the legislative session, with Democrats seeking to expand voting access and Republicans pledging to make elections more secure.
The fringe ideology of “constitutional sheriffs” is attracting believers within Texas law enforcement
Some 50 Texas sheriffs and numerous elected officials have attended trainings on the unsupported notion that sheriffs can single-handedly overrule state and federal law. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, which offered state peace officers credit for the seminars, is now investigating.
Letter: Abbott’s many abuses
What consciousness endorses Abbott’s charade as a remotely good idea? Abbott’s farther removed — literally and figuratively — from that of the three magi greeting the Christ Child in unseemly manger hay. His charitable spirit isn’t that of a Tyrian shekel compared to those in NGOs helping ameliorate horrible border migrant conditions. In Socratic dialogues, a good person may not be a good citizen and vice versa. The contrast between Abbott’s disservice to constitutional rule of law and due process and life of Jesus is palpable.myrgv.com
How Texans helped plot, foment and carry out the Jan. 6 insurrection
From those who planted the seeds of Trump’s strategy to try to challenge the election, to others who sowed doubt and anger by spreading baseless election-fraud conspiracy theories, Texans played major roles in the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol two years ago.
Abbott, Paxton punish innkeeper in Bethlehem
For two government leaders, whose political sleeves proudly display their Christian faith, there is a screeching dissonance with how they, Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, appear to practice that faith with regard to immigrants. Abbott cynically has spent $14 million Texas tax dollars to inhumanely physically “relocate” some 12,000 asylum seekers across the country — not out of benevolence, but for political theatrics. Politicians have kicked the immigration can down the road for decades, and it has doubled back on us. Nor should politicians do the dirty work of undercutting organizations and church groups that take Scriptures’ commands seriously and to heart.myrgv.com
Texas Creates Chilling Registry of 16,000 People Who Changed Genders on Their Driver's Licenses
Earlier this year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s (R) office requested the state Department of Public Safety to compile a list of transgender residents in the state, a DPS official confirmed to the Washington Post in a Wednesday report. A spokesperson for DPS told the Post that Paxton’s office made “a verbal request” calling for the total number of Texans who had changed the gender on their driver’s licenses or in other government records within the past two years.news.yahoo.com
Report: Texas AG sought driver license data on gender change
AUSTIN (AP) — The office of Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton this summer sought data on how many people had changed the gender information on their driver's license, according to a newspap[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Letters: Common sense can save lives
It’s a precious life that is about to see life in the world for the first time. Just keep in mind that each and every heinous criminal activity will never be hidden from the eyes of God. It doesn’t take facts and figures to know that abortions can be prevented in greater numbers if the child-bearing individual practices common sense all the time. So as an alternative to man-made laws or in lieu thereof, the use of common sense will always save a life, one child at a time. Without a doubt, declaring war on fossil fuels was one of the major causes of this mess we are in!myrgv.com
These Texans were trying to help run elections. Then Ken Paxton’s office launched criminal investigations.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hasn’t just been pursuing supposed voter fraud. His office has also criminally investigated at least 10 election workers, in a harbinger of potential post-midterm turmoil.sacurrent.com
All election results in Texas, San Antonio area for general midterm election on Nov. 8, 2022
Find all Texas races, including statewide offices like governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, land commissioner, ag commissioner and railroad commission; as well state legislative seats in the Texas House and Texas Senate; Congress and local San Antonio-area races, including Bexar County Judge, District Attorney, judicial seats and more.
Watch: Abortion isn’t on the ballot, but here’s how your vote could impact access in Texas
Texans are headed to the polls for the first time since the procedure was essentially banned across the state. Texas Tribune women’s health reporter Eleanor Klibanoff explains how each ballot cast influences the future of abortion policy.
Voter fraud charges dismissed against Hervis Rogers, Houston man who waited hours to vote in 2020
Attorney General Ken Paxton pursued charges against Rogers, who was on parole when he voted in the 2020 primary election. But a judge tossed the case after a higher court said Paxton can’t unilaterally prosecute election crimes.
Greg Abbott widens lead over Beto O’Rourke with likely voters in latest UT poll
The 11-point margin is one of the wider advantages Abbott has registered among likely voters in a public survey yet. Abbott had a smaller 5-point advantage in the last UT poll, which was done in August, though that was among registered voters.
Ken Paxton, Texas’ election denier-in-chief, closes in on third term
That Paxton is so close to securing his reelection this November as the state’s chief legal officer is raising alarms from election experts about the impact he could have on future contested elections, particularly if Donald Trump runs for president again in 2024.