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None Dare Call It Politics: Anatomy of a Witch Hunt, Part 3

By Mark Pulliam | Jan 16, 2018

On November 4, 2014, when the 51-year-old Ken Paxton was triumphantly elected Attorney General of Texas, defeating his Democrat opponent, the euphoniously named Sam Houston, by over 20 percentage points, the conservative movement in the Lone Star State had a new rising star. Paxton’s enemies were worried; the Tea Party favorite, an impressive University of Virginia law school graduate, seemed bound for the Governor’s mansion, a prospect that made the state’s centrist GOP Establishment aghast. Paxton’s political career had been nothing short of meteoric. First elected to public office in 2002 with the support of grass-roots activists and evangelicals, Paxton represented his suburban Dallas district in the Texas House of Representatives for a decade before winning a coveted promotion to the exclusive 31-member Texas Senate in 2012.

Meet Paxton’s Hired-Gun Prosecutors: Anatomy of a Witch Hunt, Part 2

By Mark Pulliam | Jan 9, 2018

This is the second in a series of articles dissecting the prosecution of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Hurricane Harvey class actions moving ahead after judge denies DOJ delay request

By Karen Kidd | Jan 8, 2018

HOUSTON – A pair of class action lawsuits against the federal government over Hurricane Harvey flood damage and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to release water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs are moving forward following a federal judge's decision earlier in December.

Texas AG asks Supreme Court to protect state’s water rights to Rio Grande

By David Yates | Jan 8, 2018

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton said the powerful oral arguments his office presented Jan. 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court should result in a favorable decision for Texas in its years-long dispute with New Mexico over water rights to the Rio Grande River.

Texas AG, 48 states reach $45M settlement with PHH Mortgage

By David Yates | Jan 3, 2018

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton, 48 other state attorneys general and the District of Columbia reached a $45 million settlement with New Jersey-based PHH Mortgage Corp.

Anatomy of a Witch Hunt

By Mark Pulliam | Jan 3, 2018

Part 1: The indictment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was procured through deception.

Texas AG joins 19 other states in support of cake artist in same-sex marriage case

By Carrie Salls | Jan 1, 2018

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and officials from 19 other states filed a brief with the Supreme Court of the United States supporting a bakery owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed in September.

Paxton announces settlement with pharma company in deceptive marketing case

By David Hutton | Jan 1, 2018

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with attorneys general from all other states and the District of Columbia, have reached a $13.5 million settlement with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a complaint over alleged off-label marketing and deceptive claims about four of its prescription drugs.

Paxton clarifies church concealed carry laws

By Dee Thompson | Jan 1, 2018

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton clarified two rules governing concealed carry and security for churches in response to questions posed by the lieutenant governor following a shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs that killed 26 people last November.

Texas AG issues opinion on guns in churches

By David Yates | Dec 22, 2017

AUSTIN – Licensed handgun owners can legally carry loaded weapons into Texas churches that do not have posted signs banning weapons, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a legal opinion, released Dec. 21.

Unsealed brief in the criminal indictment against Paxton argues the grand jury process was illegal

By Dee Thompson | Dec 11, 2017

AUSTIN – According to a sealed motion recently made public, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion to dismiss the indictment against him for securities fraud, arguing his rights to due process were violated, subverting the grand jury process illegally.

Paxton participates in three amicus brief coalitions this year supporting Trump travel ban

By Karen Kidd | Dec 5, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been part of coalitions three times this year that filed friend of the court briefs in federal courts in support of President Donald Trump's executive order, or proclamation, enforcing a travel plan on some nations.

Texas AG joins effort to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons in states where they don’t reside

By David Yates | Dec 4, 2017

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined 23 other states in urging Congress to enact national concealed-carry reciprocity legislation.

Texas AG joins coalition supporting Trump’s appointment of temporary CFPB director

By David Yates | Nov 28, 2017

AUSTIN – On Nov. 27, Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a coalition of five states led by West Virginia in support of President Trump’s authority to appoint temporary leadership at the nation’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau until a permanent director is nominated and confirmed.

Texas AG's Child Exploitation Unit arrests McCulloch County man for possession of child pornography

By David Yates | Nov 27, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently announced that the Child Exploitation Unit of his office arrested 57-year-old David Ray Gardner, of Brady, on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony.

Paxton prosecutors misled grand jury to secure indictment, according to sealed brief

By David Yates | Nov 21, 2017

AUSTIN – A sealed motion has surfaced in the criminal case against Attorney General Ken Paxton, suggesting prosecutors misled the grand jury to secure an indictment.

Paxton gives opinion on authority concerning court registry accounts

By Russell Boniface | Nov 20, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in an opinion released Nov. 13 said a

Texas AG files brief urging the Supreme Court to protect prayer at public meetings

By David Yates | Nov 17, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and a coalition of 22 states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the practice of lawmaker-led prayer at public meetings.

Tax appraisal districts cannot move boundary lines between school districts, Paxton opines

By Karen Kidd | Nov 17, 2017

AUSTIN – A tax appraisal district cannot unilaterally move a boundary line between two contiguous Texas school districts, such as a state lawmaker alleges happened in Montgomery County in 2016, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a recently issued opinion.

Paxton's amicus brief in illegal immigrant's abortion battle doesn't change outcome of case

By David Hutton | Nov 17, 2017

AUSTIN – In an effort to prevent Texas from becoming a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants seeking abortions, Attorney General Ken Paxton headed an eight-state coalition to head off abortion on demand for aliens who are in the United States illegally without success.

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