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AG Paxton Applauds Dismissal of Lawsuit Against  Order of Candidates on Ballots 

AUSTIN – Attorney General Paxton today applauded the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas for dismissing a case in which voter Rachel Miller, joined by the Texas Democratic Party, the DNC, the DSCC and the DCCC, erroneously argued against a Texas election law that governs the order in which candidates appear on the ballot. In today’s order, the court ruled that ballot order does not prevent any citizens from voting and does not affect a candidate’s chances of winning an election.   […]

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Partners with Money Smart Week to Teach Children About Financial Literacy

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is partnering with a national education program created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to help children learn important concepts of financial literacy. Hegar read the children’s book, The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money, for Money Smart Week® Kids Read 2020. The book, originally published in 1983, was selected this year as an outstanding money-themed children’s book by the American Library Association and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. “It’s never too early for […]

Heat Advisory Issued for Harris County Today, Through Weekend

What is the danger? The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Heat Advisory for Harris County from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. Heat index readings are expected to range from 105 to 110 degrees. The dangerous heat conditions are likely to continue through the weekend. Everyone should take precautions to avoid heat illness or exhaustion.  What you should do: STAY COOL! Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness. Always remember to LOOK BEFORE YOU […]

AG Paxton: Court Affirms OAG Authority to Prosecute Felony Election Law Violations

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the First Court of Appeals in Texas reversed a district court decision that quashed one count of an indictment against Zena Collins Stephens for tampering with a government record, which is a state jail felony. The court also agreed that the Office of the Attorney General has the authority, granted by the Texas Legislature, to prosecute violations of all election laws. “I applaud the Court of Appeals […]

Sen. Cruz Applauds Two Court Rulings in Favor of Religious Liberty

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on The Constitution, today applauded the latest two Supreme Court decisions protecting religious liberty for every American. On the 7-2 ruling in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, upholding the Trump administration’s decision to exempt religious non-profits and other organizations from Obamacare’s contraception mandate, Sen. Cruz said: “In 2017, the Trump administration made the right decision to roll back Obamacare’s unconstitutional contraceptive mandate […]

Sen. Cruz: ‘World Health Organization Can No Longer Be Trusted’

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization: “The World Health Organization can no longer be trusted. It had an obligation to warn the world about the coronavirus. Instead, the organization helped the Chinese Communist Party cover it up, allowing the outbreak in Wuhan to become a global pandemic […]

Houston Unions Applaud Decision to Cancel GOP Convention Contract, Call for Further Action to Protect Workers’ Health

HOUSTON  – Houston-area unions representing workers at the George R Brown Convention Center applauded the decision by Houston Mayor Sylvester to cancel the contract with the Texas GOP to host the Texas Republican Party convention. Lacy Wolf, President of the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, said: “We all want to go back to work, but we need to go back to work the right way. The plans for the GOP convention, with potentially thousands […]

Texas Game Wardens Wrap up Busy July 4th Weekend Boating Safety Effort

AUSTIN – Thousands of Texans headed out to lakes, rivers and coastal bays to celebrate July 4th weekend, and Texas Game Wardens were out in force to ensure everyone stayed safe on the water. Game wardens conducted safety checks on more than 11,000 vessels across the state between Friday and Sunday. In addition to issuing 1,061 citations and 1,348 warnings for various boating safety law violations, wardens arrested 42 individuals for Boating While Intoxicated and […]

AG Paxton Files Brief in Support of Free Speech for Texas Attorneys

AUSTIN – Attorney General Paxton filed an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in defense of First Amendment rights for members of the State Bar of Texas. The state requires every attorney to join the State Bar of Texas in order to receive and maintain a law license, and every attorney is then compelled to support political and ideological activities involving divisive issues through membership dues. “Compelled political speech […]

AG Paxton Applauds SCOTUS for Protecting Religious Liberty of Faith-Based Organizations

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended the United States Supreme Court for upholding religious liberties for faith-based organizations and their employees by defending the constitutional rights of both Our Lady of Guadalupe, a private Catholic school, and the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Catholic nuns who care for the elderly poor. “Today’s rulings correctly protect the independence of religious institutions from government interference and uphold the religious liberties enshrined in our Constitution. I strongly commend the Supreme Court for recognizing that the First Amendment does not tolerate judicial review of […]