Today former Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) official, Jerry Cobbs, pled not guilty to felony corruption and will face trial on August 17th. Cobbs is accused of assisting in awarding an $11 million dollar grant to a Dallas company who did not go through the proper review process.
Here at the Lone Star Project, we were deeply saddened to learn that our good friend, Larry Scanlon, former Political Director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees was killed in a car wreck late last week.
And With Scandal Brewing Ken Paxton Should Disclose His Tax Returns
Disclosing information like income tax filings late on a Friday to avoid press coverage is standard political behavior. However, distorting and manipulating the information to hide the facts is patently dishonest. Last Friday, Greg Abbott did just that – he selectively added, and withheld other, important information in a press statement to hide the fact that he paid only $104 in federal income taxes last year – a rate of under one percent – which is far less than what the average Texan pays.
Will Collin and/or Dallas County DA Investigate Paxton Crimes?
In a document prepared for a January 2015 hearing, the Texas State Securities Board (SSB) laid out evidence that implicitly implicates Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in its enforcement action against his former business associate, Frederick "Fritz" Mowery. The SSB details how Mowery swindled clients and altered documents to mislead state investigators.
Today the Texas House Committee on State Affairs heard testimony on House Bill 540, sponsored by Rep. Phil King (HD61-Weatherford), which would give the Attorney General authority to review proposed home rule ballot measures that call for the enactment or repeal of a municipal ordinance.