Tag: Ken Paxton

Eleven States Sue Obama: Transgender Demands Unconstitutional

Eleven states—led by Texas—filed a federal lawsuit today, arguing that the Obama administration’s redefining “sex” to include gender identity—and threatening to sue and strip funding from states and schools that refuse to go along—violates both federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

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Texas AG Stands for ExxonMobil’s Speech Rights in Climate Inquisition

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, in conjunction with Alabama AG Luther Strange filed a motion to intervene Monday on the side of Irving-based ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) in a growing fight to criminalize certain public opinions held on the matter of climate change. The attorneys general hope to push back against “radical environmentalists’” recent “abuse” of subpoena powers instigated by the U.S. Virgin Islands on behalf of private parties.

Texas AG Fires Off Letter to Fort Worth ISD Over Transgender Bathroom Policy

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has fired off a letter to the president of Fort Worth Independent School District (ISD) saying he has a “strong concern” that the school district’s “Transgender Student Guidelines” violates parents rights to information. He also said the policies are motivated by a misguided view of federal law.

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Texas AG to Target: Show Me Your Safety Policies

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the chairman of the Target Corporation asking him for “the full text of Target’s safety policies.” The AG wrote, “As chief lawyer and law enforcement officer for the State of Texas, I ask that you provide the full text of Target’s safety policies regarding the protection of women and children from those who would use the cover of Target’s restroom policy for nefarious purposes.”

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Texas Attorney General Wins Another 90 Days at SCOTUS for Voter-ID Law

WASHINGTON—On April 29, the Supreme Court issued an unusual order denying the relief requested by challengers to Texas’s voter-ID law, but also sending a signal to the appeals court currently examining the law, informing the lower court that it only has until July 20 to make a final decision, so that the Supreme Court would have time to act if necessary before the 2016 election.

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Texas Leads Nation in Refugee Resettlement

Texas leads the nation in refugee resettlement despite objections from the governor and a lawsuit from the state. The Lone Star State is now home to 2,677 refugees who have been settled in the state since October 2015. While Texas is followed closely by California, who has resettled 2,654 refugees, the next closest state is Washington with about half that resettled in Texas, according to information obtained from the U.S. Department of State by Breitbart Texas.

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Texas Attorney General Fires Back on Employee Resignation Issues

As the Director of Human Resources for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas for the past nine years, I lead a department that provides human resources support to over 4000 employees throughout the State of Texas and strategic guidance and consultation to the Attorney General and the agency’s executive administration.

Fate of Obama’s Amnesty Uncertain at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON—Justices on the Supreme Court were sharply divided on several aspects of President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, but it’s very likely that the 26 states challenging Obama’s program will prevail, ending the president’s gambit to grant legal status to 4.5 million illegal aliens.

Opponents Call Texas Arabic Immersion Magnet School ‘Civilizational Jihad’

Opponents of a Texas Arabic Immersion Magnet School (AIMS) call the pre-K and kindergarten program “civilizational jihad.” The program was imposed by the largest school district in the state, and the seventh largest school district in the United States. Opponents say that Americans simply do not know what is happening in this school, and in America.

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Texas Drops Request for Restraining Order in Syrian Refugee Resettlement Lawsuit

The Attorney General of Texas has withdrawn his request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the federal government to block them from placing a group of Syrian refugees in Texas. The move comes after Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed the federal government provided as yet unspecified information about the refugees who are set to arrive in Texas.

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Jerry Brown Blasts Texas, West Virginia on Climate

Governor Jerry Brown of California has publicly ripped Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for daring to challenge President Barack Obama’s agenda on climate change ahead of a UN conference in Paris.

Mexican Citizen Arrested for Voter Fraud in Texas

The Tarrant County District Attorney in Fort Worth, Texas, has teamed up with the Texas Attorney General to make an arrest in a felony voter fraud case. The case involves a Mexican citizen who allegedly voted illegally in at least two Texas elections.

Texas AG Pleads Not Guilty, Attorney Withdraws

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stood before Judge George Gallagher in a state district court in Tarrant County and the AG pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges leveled against him. Moments later, Paxton’s criminal defense attorney, Joe Kendall, filed a motion to withdraw from representing Paxton in the proceedings.

Republican Voters Say Texas AG Should Resign, Says Poll

Nearly two-thirds of Texas Republican voters polled say that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton should resign. The poll comes in the wake of three indictments related to securities fraud that were handed down against the State’s current top law enforcement officer.

Texas AG Vows ‘Aggressive Investigation’ of Planned Parenthood

The Attorney General of Texas testified today before a state senate committee and promised an “aggressive investigation” of Planned Parenthood. The committee investigates the business practices of the abortion provider. Texas officials have called for an investigation after the recent release of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood executives discussing the harvesting and sale of baby body parts.

Texas AG: Obama Amnesty Would Prompt Massive Changes to Immigration Law Without Congressional Approval

“President Obama’s executive amnesty program would prompt some of the most massive changes to national immigration law in history, all without any input from Congress or the American people. Federal lawyers today even acknowledged several times that this action constitutes a ‘significant policy enactment,’” Paxton, whose state of Texas is leading the coalition, said in a statement Friday.

BP to Pay Texas $780M Over Oil Spill

Texas will receive more than $780 million from BP as part of a $20.2 billion settlement agreement with Gulf states in connection with the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill. The settlement agreement follows a federal judge ruling that found BP at fault for gross negligence in the spill, which released nearly 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

SCOTUS Approves Same-Sex Marriage: Texas Leaders React

The Supreme Court of the United States, in a 5-4 decision on Friday, declared that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right. Almost immediately, various count clerks’ offices around Texas began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Texas elected officials quickly responded to the high court’s decision.

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Texas Leaders React to SCOTUS Decision on Obamacare Subsidies

In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the subsidies received by people who live in states with no state exchanges are constitutional. The ruling in King v. Burwell, a second Obama victory before the Supreme Court, ensures that those receiving these subsidies will be able to continue on the program.

17 Alleged Child Predators Busted Across Texas

The Texas attorney general’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) joined with the national ICAC task force in “Operation Broken Heart II.” The operation, which included federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrest of 17 alleged child predators.

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SCOTUS Agrees, Texas Can Bar Confederate Flag License Plates

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the State of Texas was within its rights to reject an application for a vehicle specialty license plate depicting the Confederate Battle Flag. The 5-4 decision by the nation’s highest court was announced Thursday morning.

Texas Attorney General: DOJ Brazenly Disregarded Judge’s Order in Executive Amnesty Case

The Texas Attorney General has accused Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers of committing a “brazen disregard for a legal order” in the case filed against President Obama’s executive amnesty plan. This comes after a judge issued government lawyers a scathing written rebuke and ordered the Federal Government to produce documents showing who was responsible for making misrepresentations to the Court during the litigation.

Judge Appoints Criminal DA to Investigate Texas Attorney General

HOUSTON, Texas– Houston attorneys Kent Schaffer and Brian Wice were appointed today to serve as Collin County Criminal District Attorneys Pro Tem (Latin for temporary) to “assist in the investigation and, if warranted, the prosecution of Ken Paxton for the securities law complaints currently under investigation by the Texas Rangers.” Texas State District Court Judge Scott J. Becker, Local Administrative Judge for Collin County, Texas made this appointment pursuant to the authority of Article 2.07 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

Texas AG Reacts to Court Ruling Continuing Stay on Obama Executive Action

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement on Federal Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to deny the Obama Administration’s request to withdraw the stay he granted in February. The judge also denied the Administration’s request to immediately implement executive amnesty and granted limited discovery in the case.

Federal Court Grants Stay Against Obama Admin on Family Medical & Leave Act

Federal District Court Judge Reed O’Connor granted the State of Texas’ request for a stay against the Obama Administration in a lawsuit regarding regulations pertaining to the Family and Medical Leave Act. The Court’s action blocks the Administration from implementing a new rule requiring businesses to give same-sex couples access to the Act’s benefits even if they live in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages.

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Texas Leaders Seek Investigation into Obama Admin’s Misrepresentation in Federal Court

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion for discovery on Thursday to investigate whether the Obama Administration misrepresented actions taken under President Obama’s executive orders granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick quickly issued statements of support of the call for an investigation. The issue revolves around admissions by the Administration that tens of thousands of work permits have already been issued to illegal immigrants, a direct contradiction to facts presented in federal court.