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LSP detailed Paxton land flip scheme in 2015

News reports have confirmed that two additional criminal prosecutors have been assigned to investigate Ken Paxton’s potentially illegal involvement in a shady Collin County land scheme. The prosecutors will look into a series of transactions that could show Paxton using insider information to personally profit from the exchange and sale of land to Collin County.

Over the holidays, the primary challenge to tea party Republican leader, State Representative Jonathan Stickland (TX HD92), hit the boiling point after news reports detailed offensive comments he made advocating rape and other spousal abuse. Here’s the advice Stickland gave in 2008 as part of an online exchange with a person seeking graphic sexual advice: "Rape is nonexistent in marriage, take what you want my friend!"

Cruz hypocrisy & arrogance demonstrated in one vote

Ted Cruz regularly presents himself as an ardent defender of religious liberty, and he eagerly seeks out the spotlight to make sure the news media hears and reports about it. Not too long ago, Cruz jumped in front of the news cameras during the media frenzy over Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis to say:

Criminal defense eroding Paxton's authority and trust

Ken Paxton was back in court yesterday with a bag full of tricks designed to get special treatment and to avoid a jury trial that might end badly for him. A fair review of the facts by a jury could certainly spell big trouble for Paxton. In fact, as the Texas Democratic Party has noted, one of his own defense attorneys called a conviction on one of the charges a "slam dunk" prior to being hired by Paxton.

Abbott’s words and actions on refugees expose a fearful and dangerous nature

In the hours and days following the terrorist attack in Paris, Greg Abbott had a responsibility to speak constructively on the refugee problem, to reassure worried Texans and help undermine the goals of the ISIS terrorist network. He failed this basic test of leadership.

Paxton avoids substance to lash out at judge and criticize procedure

In a flurry of legal filings yesterday, Ken Paxton demanded that the criminal felony indictments against him be dismissed. None of his motions or related filings address the substantive charges that led to his felony criminal indictments for fraud and swindling.

Karl Rove moves quickly to distort facts in attempt to discredit the film

A controversy both Karl Rove and George W. Bush likely thought was safely buried in the past has resurfaced with the release of the new motion picture "Truth", starring Robert Redford as legendary journalist Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as producer Mary Mapes, which opened in Texas and across the country last weekend.

Dallas Sheriff quickly exposes Abbott’s weakness

Earlier this week, Greg Abbott sent a letter to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on her policy for enforcing laws involving undocumented immigrants. The letter was a political exercise without any real substance. Rather than showing strength or expertise in law enforcement, Abbott exposed weakness by displaying a lack of knowledge about the situation in Dallas County.

Statement by Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle

"With Ken Paxton, Texans are stuck with a part-time AG and a full-time criminal defendant. Ken Paxton has come to define illegal and unethical behavior in a public official. Paxton needs to leave the AG office and devote all of his time to avoiding the state penitentiary."

Congressman Pete Sessions (TX – CD32, Dallas) is accurately seen as the establishment candidate in the current race underway for U.S. House GOP Whip. It is interesting to note that the extreme and mean-spirited views Sessions expressed about Latino immigrants as a congressional candidate back in 1994 are now the accepted point of view within the Republican Party. In a Republican leadership race, these views are virtually mandatory.

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