Tag Archives: Ken Paxton

Top Aides Accuse Texas AG Ken Paxton Of Taking Bribes

The Austin Statesman reports: Top aides of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have asked federal law enforcement authorities to investigate allegations of improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other potential crimes against the state’s top lawyer. In a one-page letter to the state agency’s director of human resources, obtained Saturday by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, seven executives in the …

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TX AG Fails To Get Judge Kicked Off His Criminal Case

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is still fighting five-year-old felony securities fraud charges, has failed in his bid to kick a Democratic Harris County judge off his ongoing criminal case. An administrative judge in Houston, Susan Brown, denied Paxton’s motion to recuse Judge Jason Luong from the case. It’s a loss for Paxton’s team in …

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Texas AG: Local Governments Can’t Delay Evictions

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton advised today that local Texas governments’ attempts to delay evictions for renters grappling with the COVID-19 recession amounted to rewriting state law — something they can’t do, he said in nonbinding legal guidance. “While local officials do possess certain emergency powers … statewide eviction procedures far exceed the requirement that those …

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Texas AG Seeks To Override Health Officials: Schools Cannot Be Closed For “Purely Prophylactic Reasons”

The Texas Tribune reports: Local health officials do not have the authority to shut down all schools in their vicinity while COVID-19 cases rise, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in nonbinding guidance Tuesday that contradicts what the Texas Education Agency has told school officials. After Texas ordered schools to reopen their classrooms this fall, county and city public health …

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Texas AG Leads Ten States In Asking SCOTUS To End Obamacare Because People Aren’t Dying Fast Enough

Just in from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: Attorney General Paxton today filed a brief asking the United States Supreme Court to declare Obamacare unlawful in its entirety. At the heart of Obamacare is an individual mandate commanding Americans to purchase health insurance the federal government deems suitable. The Supreme Court upheld that mandate in 2012 because it included a …

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Trump: “Big Win” In TX Ruling Against Voting By Mail

USA Today reports: Rejecting claims raised by state Democrats, the Texas Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that a lack of immunity to the coronavirus does not entitle voters to a mail-in ballot under state law. Texas election law limits mail-in ballots to specific categories of voters, such as those with a disability that prevents them from safely traveling to a …

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Texas AG To Appeal Ruling To Allow Voting By Mail

The Texas Tribune reports: A federal judge opened a path for a massive expansion in absentee voting in Texas by ordering Tuesday that all state voters, regardless of age, qualify for mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. Days after a two-hour preliminary injunction hearing in San Antonio, U.S. District Judge Fred Biery agreed with individual Texas voters and the Texas …

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Texas AG: No Absentee Ballots For Those Fearing Virus

The Washington Post reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the state’s highest court on Wednesday to stop election officials from allowing voters to cast absentee ballots while citing fears of the coronavirus. In a filing with the Texas Supreme Court, Paxton argued that officials in five counties overstepped their authority by recommending that voters who are concerned about contracting …

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Texas AG Warns Counties About “Unlawful” Lockdowns

Austin’s ABC News affiliate reports: On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a letter to Travis County and the city of Austin, warning some requirements in the city and county’s stay-at-home orders are unlawful and must change to meet the state’s most recent order. According to Paxton, those requirements include “strict and unconstitutional demands” on houses of worship, restrictions …

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Texas AG To Appeal Ruling That Expands Vote-By-Mail

The Dallas Morning News reports: A state judge said Wednesday afternoon that all voters in Texas afraid of contracting COVID-19 through in-person voting should be allowed to vote by mail during the pandemic. State District Judge Tim Sulak said he will issue a temporary injunction allowing voters who fear catching the new coronavirus to qualify for mail-in voting through the …

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Texas AG Declares Gun Stores Are Essential Businesses

The Texas Tribune reports: Gun stores are essential business and should be allowed to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said today. Paxton said in his nonbinding opinion that state law prevents cities and counties from “adopting regulations related to the transfer, possession, or ownership of firearms, or commerce in firearms.” In a radio interview …

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Texas Sues Over California’s Pro-LGBT Travel Ban

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to strike down a 2016 California law that bans state-funded travel to states with discriminatory laws — a list Texas landed on nearly three years ago after the Legislature approved a religious-refusal law for adoptions in the state. Paxton has elevated his views on …

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Texas AG Sides With Judge Who Won’t Marry Gays

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will not defend a state agency being sued for its decision to sanction a Waco judge who refuses to perform same-sex marriages. Dianne Hensley, a justice of the peace who officiates marriages between men and women but refuses to perform marriages for same-sex couples, received a public warning late last year …

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Texas Leads Multi-State Anti-Trust Probe Into Google

CNBC reports: Fifty attorneys general are joining an investigation into Google over possible antitrust violations, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the initiative’s leader, announced Monday. The news confirms reports last week about the bipartisan investigation into Google’s practices. The bipartisan probe includes attorneys general from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. California and Alabama are not involved …

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REPORT: Texas AG Ignored Threats To Murder Migrants

Newsweek reports: A report out by the San Antonio Express-News found that a gun owner in Texas had sent more than 100 pages of racist and violent letters to the Texas Attorney General’s office threatening to kill undocumented immigrants over the course of a year and a half, and that nothing was done to stop him or to communicate the …

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Texas Sues San Antonio Over Airport Chick-Fil-A Ban

The Statesman reports: Escalating the fight over Chick-fil-A’s religious rights, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued San Antonio on Monday as part of his investigation into the city’s decision to reject the chicken chain as an airport vendor. The lawsuit, filed in state district court in Travis County, seeks a court order requiring San Antonio to turn over emails and …

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Texas Defies US House Demand For “Voter Fraud” Files

Courthouse News reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton rejected a demand Thursday by congressional Democrats to hand over documents relating to the state’s bungled announcement that 95,000 registered voters may not be citizens, telling federal lawmakers they lack jurisdiction in the matter. First Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey C. Mateer wrote the House Committee on Oversight’s March 28 demand does not …

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TEXAS: AG Ken Paxton Opens Probe Into San Antonio City Council For Banning Chick-Fil-A From Their Airport

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is investigating the city of San Antonio for potential First Amendment violations after the City Council voted to prevent Chick-fil-A — a franchise known for opposing same-sex marriage — from opening a location in the city’s airport. “The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty is somehow even better than Chick-fil-A’s chicken,” Paxton, …

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Texas Leads Red States Lawsuit To End DACA

Courthouse News reports: Texas has made good on its promise to target a program that protects some immigrants from deportation, leading a seven-state coalition that claims former President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012. Joined by the attorneys general of fellow Republican-controlled states Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina …

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TEXAS: AG Tells Gov To Suspend State Law For Special Election To Replace Disgraced GOP US House Rep

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott got the go-ahead Monday from Attorney General Ken Paxton to suspend state law so the governor can call a special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, as soon as possible. Responding to a request from Abbott submitted Thursday, Paxton issued a nonbinding opinion saying a court would agree Abbott …

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