Texas House Democrats who fought through the political pandering and won
Texans who followed the recently ended session of the Texas Legislature saw more political pandering and divisive rhetoric than any time in recent memory. Most of the hostility was not between Democrats and Republicans though – it occurred between hostile factions of the Republican Party. The infighting created an environment that made productive work very difficult for any responsible member.
Don’t let today’s headlines fool you, Paxton has always had a problem with ethics
Those just now hearing about criminal charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton may not realize that concerns about Paxton's shady business dealings go back – way back. The recent announcement by special prosecutors that they will present evidence to a Collin County Grand Jury that Paxton engaged in first degree felony crimes is just the latest and most serious episode in his long history of shady business transactions and unethical activity.
Paxton-authorized statement contains virtually only falsehoods
It is not out of the ordinary for a public official to ask a staff spokesperson to give a statement on their behalf. However, the statement that Ken Paxton authorized and was delivered by spokesperson Anthony Holm last week was quite extraordinary. It didn’t just shade the truth, it obliterated it. Shamefully, Ken Paxton sent Holm to grossly misrepresent the legal actions already taken in his case and to launch a personal attack against the special prosecutors acting on the public’s behalf.
Don't say we didn’t warn you. Late yesterday, news broke that the Texas Rangers have compiled evidence that Attorney General Ken Paxton was deeply involved in securities law violations that rise to the level of a first degree felony. That is big trouble, and Ken Paxton knows it. That’s why his office released a statement attacking the prosecutors without a single substantive response to the charges against him.
A grand jury in Ken Paxton’s home base of Collin County has indicted him on three felony counts for securities fraud and other crimes. If convicted, Paxton could be sentenced to imprisonment in the state penitentiary. Commenting on the indictments, Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle said, "Texans deserve an AG who spends his time putting lawbreakers in jail rather than one desperately trying to avoid jail time himself."
Abbott’s failure to answer simple questions shows passive aggressive nature
Going back at least to former Governor Mark White and moving forward through Bill Clements, Ann Richards, George W. Bush and Rick Perry, Texans are used to red-blooded assertive "Alpha Governors" who have the confidence and natural leadership qualities to speak up and respond on key issues relevant to Texans.