Lone Star Project requests investigation of likely illegal "emergency leave" payments, altered documents and other abuses of state payroll
Today, Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle sent letters to the Texas Rangers, the State Auditor and the Travis County District Attorney requesting formal investigations into a series of questionable payments made by Attorney General Ken Paxton, State Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, State
Congressman Marc Veasey and Houston-based attorney Chad Dunn emerge as new young leaders in battle to protect voting rights.
Two news stories today help illustrate how young Texans are stepping up to help lead efforts to fight back against the ongoing strategy of Greg Abbott and other Texas Republicans to retain power by destroying basic voting rights in Texas and across the country.
Abbott endorses Trump and fails to speak out against his anti-Hispanic insults and attacks
While running for Governor in 2014, Greg Abbott told highly respected McAllen Monitor Editor Carlos Sanchez that as Governor he would take anti-Hispanic comments personally and hold all other Republicans accountable for any anti-Hispanic views and speech. Abbott said:
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick ducks real Texas problems by bringing fake outrage to Fort Worth
Dan Patrick has decided to grandstand a Fort Worth school board meeting last night. He will show up to bully local school children, their parents and school officials over a nonexistent controversy on transgender issues.
Recent news accounts have detailed overt efforts in Edwards County, Texas to intimidate Latino voters and suppress their participation in the 2016 elections. The actions of Edwards County Republican Sheriff Pamela Elliott are cited as evidence of intimidation. Details of Sheriff Elliott's activities are included in a letter sent by the Voting Rights Institute asking for a U.S. Department of Justice ruling. The letter can be seen here. It reads in part:
The U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled on a petition filed by the Veasey plaintiffs in the Texas voter ID case, which asked the Supreme Court to block enforcement of the Texas law for the 2016 General Election in November.
Paxton now being prosecuted in both federal and state court
Earlier today, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a formal complaint in Federal District Court in Sherman, Texas charging that Texas AG Paxton engaged in securities fraud. Paxton is already being prosecuted in state court in Collin County, Texas for violations of Texas securities law.