Abbott and others forced to surrender six figure donations
Yesterday, Christy Hoppe of the Dallas Morning News reported that Texas GOP mega-donor, Marcus Hiles, pled guilty to "a domestic violence charge that included an accusation he choked a woman into unconsciousness." Hoppe describes a situation at a Las Vegas hotel where Hiles became violent with the woman following a fight in a local club and taxi ride back to the hotel:
Abbott piped up on Perry prosecution, but goes silent on Perry pardon
Twenty-four hours have passed since the Lone Star Project asked Governor Abbott whether or not he would initiate the pardon process if Rick Perry is ultimately convicted of the criminal charges currently pending against him.
Under State law, Abbott can initiate pardon procedures
If Greg Abbott believes the prosecution of Rick Perry is unfair and unwarranted, would he initiate pardon procedures by calling on the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to review a potential Perry conviction?
"The decision by fellow Republican, Judge Bert Richardson, to reject Rick Perry’s motion to dismiss his criminal indictment is a political and legal body blow. Surely by now Rick Perry knows, getting indicted is never a good way to differentiate yourself from other presidential candidates."
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.
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.