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.
King is the fall guy in a convoluted money transfer with Craddicks
Yesterday, the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) announced that it has fined State Representative Phil King (HD61 – Weatherford) in response to a complaint filed against him last year. The complaint involves King’s receipt of $25,000 from Representative Tom Craddick (HD82– Midland) to cover a $25,000 contribution King made to a North Texas PAC which used the money to help Tom Craddick’s daughter and current Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick.
Cruz’s "good man" faces three felony counts for swindling Texans
Ted Cruz wants to be President and is among the ten Republicans who will take part in the first major GOP debate later this week. Cruz has built his reputation by lashing out at other politicians while presenting himself as someone willing to address an issue straight-on. So why is Cruz now refusing to talk about Ken Paxton, the indicted Texas Attorney General he backed and campaigned for last year?
"Ken Paxton is a direct result of Ted Cruz's support and the broken ethical standards set by Greg Abbott. Barely a year ago, Abbott and Cruz couldn’t hug Ken Paxton closely enough. Now they need to find the guts to explain why they backed Paxton and how they will clean up the mess they’ve made.
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."