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Texas AG Ken Paxton Reaches Deal to Drop Fraud Charges

He'll pay around $300K to settle long-running case

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday agreed to pay nearly $300,000 in restitution under a deal to end criminal securities fraud charges that have shadowed the Republican for nearly a decade. The announcement by special prosecutors in a Houston courtroom came less than three weeks before Paxton was...

SCOTUS Says Border Agents Can Cut Texas' Razor Wire

Court ruled 5-4 on emergency appeal

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sided 5-4 with the Biden administration on Monday, allowing Border Patrol agents to cut through razor wire Texas officials installed along the border to deter migrants. Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar urged the justices to "restore Border Patrol's access to the border it is charged...

Texas Supreme Court Officially Rules Against Woman in Abortion Case

Kate Cox had already left the state to obtain the procedure elsewhere

(Newser) - After a pregnant Texas woman whose fetus has a fatal condition left the state to get an abortion elsewhere , the state Supreme Court on Monday rejected her unprecedented challenge of one of the most restrictive bans in the US, the AP reports. The court's ruling against Kate Cox, a...

After Top Court Blocks Abortion, Texas Woman Leaves State

Kate Cox has 'been in and out of the emergency room and she couldn't wait any longer'

(Newser) - A pregnant Texas woman who sought court permission for an abortion in an unprecedented challenge to one of the most restrictive bans in the US has left the state to obtain the procedure, her attorneys said Monday. The announcement came as Kate Cox, 31, was awaiting a ruling from the...

Republican Vote Holds as Texas Senate Acquits Paxton

GOP House had approved impeachment, but party-line verdict restores attorney general to office

(Newser) - Republicans in the Texas Senate came to Attorney General Ken Paxton's aid on Saturday, delivering an acquittal of the impeached official on a vote at the Capitol in Austin. Paxton faced 16 articles of impeachment, each of which required 21 votes, a two-thirds majority, for conviction. On every charge,...

Prosecutors Abruptly Rest Case in Texas AG's Impeachment

After alleged mistress shows up, does not testify

(Newser) - The prosecution in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's impeachment trial rested its case Wednesday in what media outlets are painting as a surprise move that was preceded by another surprise, the appearance—but failure to testify—of the AG's alleged mistress, a central figure in the case . Paxton...

Affair Will Be Central to Paxton's Impeachment Trial
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Affair Will Be Central to Paxton's Impeachment Trial

Texas attorney general allegedly accepted bribes from developer who hired his girlfriend

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces impeachment by the state Senate in a trial that will largely focus on an extramarital affair. As the Texas Tribune reports, the trial beginning Tuesday and expected to last two to three weeks "could air out the sordid details of the staunch, Christian...

Ken Paxton's Wife Breaks Silence on Impeachment Trial

State Sen. Angela Paxton barred from voting

(Newser) - Texas state Sen. Angela Paxton won't be voting in her husband's impeachment trial. The GOP-controlled state Senate decided Wednesday night to bar her from taking any part in the trial of suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton when it begins Sept. 5, though she is required to attend, the...

FBI Arrests Man Linked to Impeachment of Texas AG

Real estate developer Nate Paul is at center of Ken Paxton scandal

(Newser) - The FBI on Thursday arrested a businessman at the center of the scandal that led to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's historic impeachment , a move that came amid new questions about the men’s dealings raised by financial records the Republican's lawyers made public to try to clear...

Abbott Makes His Choice to Replace Paxton During Trial

John Scott represented Trump for three days

(Newser) - Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday appointed John Scott to temporarily serve as Texas' attorney general after the House of Representatives voted to impeach Ken Paxton over allegations of misconduct and crimes. The historic impeachment triggered Paxton's automatic suspension from office pending the outcome of a trial in the state...

Historic Texas Impeachment Trial to Start by Aug. 28

Ken Paxton has been suspended as attorney general pending trial's outcome

(Newser) - A historic impeachment trial in Texas to determine whether Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton should be permanently removed from office will begin no later than Aug. 28 in the state Senate, where the jury that would determine his future could include his wife, Sen. Angela Paxton, the AP reports. Setting...

Paxton Tweets Trump Praise as House Debates Impeachment

Texas House considers sending Ken Paxton to Senate trial

(Newser) - While the Texas House considered impeaching him on Saturday, Ken Paxton offered counterprograming in his personal Twitter feed. As the hearing began in the state Capitol in Austin, the state attorney general posted screenshots of praise that former President Donald Trump put up on Truth Social, the New York Times...

Panel Sends Texas House Impeachment Recommendation

Chamber could vote Friday on removing Ken Paxton

(Newser) - A legislative committee in Texas has voted unanimously to recommend that state Attorney General Ken Paxton be impeached. The House General Investigating Committee held the vote Thursday after public hearings this week in which investigators presented findings about ways they said Paxton abused the power of his office for years....

Texas GOP Panel Accuses Attorney General of Crimes

Ken Paxton wants state money to settle whistleblower suit against him

(Newser) - A Texas House committee aired findings Wednesday that Attorney General Ken Paxton has committed a series of crimes spanning years while in office. The investigation has been in progress for months, though its existence wasn't publicly known until Tuesday, the AP reports. Paxton is a Republican, as are the...

Texas AG Says 'Drunk' State House Speaker Should Quit

Speaker Dade Phelan reveals AG Paxton is being investigated for alleged corruption

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called for the resignation of another senior Republican Tuesday, alleging that state House Speaker Dade Phelan had presided over the chamber "in a state of apparent debilitating intoxication." A video clip widely shared over the weekend shows Phelan appearing to slur his words...

Texas AG Must Testify on Approach to Abortion

Judge finds Ken Paxton failed to disclose repeated requests from plaintiffs

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton must testify about his enforcement of the state's near-total abortion ban whether or not he got that subpoena left in his driveway as he fled , a court has ruled. A week after the Republican fled his McKinney home to avoid being served, a federal...

Court Doc: Texas AG Fled While Being Served Subpoena

Process server Ernesto Martin Herrera says Ken Paxton avoided him for hour, then took off with wife

(Newser) - Even though recipients of a subpoena typically aren't thrilled to be getting one, the delivery of it is still usually a fairly straightforward process. Not so much at the home of Ken Paxton this week, where a process server who had such paperwork says the Texas attorney general tried...

Texas Takes Administration to Court Over Abortion Rule
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Texas Sues US Over Abortion Rule

Lawsuit would block requirement that doctors provide access in emergencies

(Newser) - Three days after the federal government told doctors and hospitals they're still required to provide abortions when a patient's health is at risk—regardless of state laws or US Supreme Court rulings—Texas has sued the administration. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra told health care providers...

Trump's Clout Faces Big Test in Georgia Races

It's another primary day

(Newser) - It's another busy primary Tuesday. Georgia takes center stage as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger try to fight back challengers endorsed by former President Trump, who's seeking revenge for his 2020 election defeat in the state. An assessment at FiveThirtyEight sees that and other...

White House Slams 'Dangerous' Move by Texas Governor

Greg Abbott wants gender-transitioning procedures investigated as child abuse

(Newser) - Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered Texas' child welfare agency to investigate reports of "gender-transitioning procedures" as child abuse, in a move LGBTQ advocates say will strip transgender children of their rights. Legislation to classify gender-affirming medical care as child abuse passed the state Senate but failed to pass...

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