As leaders both in the Republican Party and across the world begin to acknowledge Biden as the President-elect following the Electoral College’s vote, District 19 Representative Jodey Arrington says he wants resolution in the courts before declaring a winner in the 2020 Presidential election.
In a filing to the high court Tuesday, Paxton claims the four battleground states broke the law by instituting pandemic-related changes to election policies, whether “through executive fiat or friendly lawsuits, thereby weakening ballot integrity.”
A bipartisan group of 68 Texas House representatives signed a letter calling on the Texas Education Agency to cancel the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exam or at minimum not use student scores to rate schools or districts this school year.
The FBI is investigating Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the Associated Press reported Tuesday evening, the first public confirmation that law enforcement is vetting allegations made by eight of Paxton’s former top aides that he illegally used the power of his office to benefit a political donor.
David Maxwell and Mark Penley, then two top aides to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, reported separately to the agency’s offices, where, they claim, they were subjected to hours of “irregularities, harassment and retaliation.” Then, they say, when pressured to resign, they refused.
“As much as the country would like to move on from this election, it would be unwise to accept any outcome before recounts are final and it has been examined by the courts and determined to be fair and accurate,” Arrington said.
The abrupt change, interviews and internal agency documents show, came after seven senior aides and whistleblowers in the attorney general’s office— Brickman, Bangert and Mase among them — reported Paxton to law enforcement on Sept. 30, alleging criminal violations.
State Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, announced Wednesday he has the votes needed to become the next speaker of the Texas House and soon after released a bipartisan list of 83 members supporting his candidacy.
But 2020 proved another disappointment for the state’s minority party as Republicans remained dominant in Texas, appearing poised to maintain victories in all statewide offices and both chambers of the Legislature.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into a Friday incident in which a group of Trump supporters, driving trucks and waving Trump flags, surrounded and followed a Biden campaign bus as it drove up I-35 in Hays County, a law enforcement official confirmed to The Texas Tribune Saturday.
Lubbock County easily exceeded the early vote total for 2016 this year as more than half of Lubbock voters cast their ballots early. If you haven’t voted yet, here’s where you can go on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The bus is touring Texas, having previously made stops in Amarillo and Abilene earlier this week. Democrats gathered to discuss the upcoming election, distribute campaign signs, and show support for their candidate
Blake Brickman, who had served as deputy attorney general for policy and strategy initiatives for less than a year, was fired Tuesday, the official said. Lacey Mase, the deputy attorney general for administration, was also fired Tuesday, The Texas Tribune reported earlier this week.
The Lubbock Elections Office reported as of polls closing on Tuesday evening, 10,473 voters checked in. This report shatters 2016 totals for the first day of early voting by more than 2,000 people. In that year, 8,248 voters checked in at the polls.
Texas counties are currently blocked from setting up multiple drop-off locations for absentee ballots heading into the Nov. 3 general election due to a temporary order from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Seven senior officials said in a letter obtained by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE that they have reason to believe Paxton should be investigated for "abuse of office, bribery and other potential criminal offenses."
Tuesday’s first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was watched by tens of millions of Americans, including members from both parties in Lubbock, who were confident about the stance of their candidates.
The Texas Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the Republican Party of Texas seeking to host its in-person convention this week in Houston. Justices also denied a similar petition spearheaded by other party officials and Houston activist Steve Hotze.
A federal judge on Tuesday opened a path for a massive expansion in absentee voting in Texas by ordering that all state voters regardless of age qualify for a mail-in ballot during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins released his response to the Attorney General’s letter, saying the public health guidelines were based on Governor Abbott’s recommendations; “never imagining he did not want his own guidelines followed,” he said.
A Dallas salon owner is garnering attention from state and local leaders after she defied the shutdown order imposed on businesses including nail and hair salons, and was fined and jailed by a Dallas judge.
The event will present four questions on statewide public education issues such as school funding, high-stakes testing, teaching, and vouchers, as well as questions crafted by community members on the issues they believe to be most relevant to their districts.
The state of Texas will not accept refugees after Gov. Greg Abbott informed the U.S. State Department it will not participate in refugee resettlement this fiscal year. This story from the Texas Tribune.
Scot Mayfield has represented District 5 on the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees since May of 2016 and will announce his re-election campaign on Monday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Coronado High School Library.
The House General Investigating Committee on Friday unanimously adopted a report from its legal advisers that said House Speaker Dennis Bonnen “likely violated” state law during a June meeting with a fellow member and a hardline conservative activist — but the committee took no other action and said
The Lubbock County Democratic Party Executive committee delivered a release, urging representative Jodey Arrington, as well as Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
A proposal for a $569 million bond to build two new high school buildings in Midland failed by 25 votes in the November election, a margin slim enough it set off calls for a recount. But last week, a Midland elections staffer found a box on the bottom of a shelf in the office containing 836 ballots.
Ronny Jackson, a Levelland-native and the former White House doctor and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee to be secretary of veterans affairs, is running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon. This from the Texas Tribune
About two months before Democrat state Rep. Poncho Nevárez announced he was retiring from the Texas House, he was caught on surveillance footage dropping an envelope stuffed with cocaine as he was leaving the Austin airport, according to an affidavit filed by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Texas registered voters are evenly divided — and strongly partisan — about whether Trump ought to be removed from office before the end of his term, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
The office of Governor Greg Abbott says today they announced $61.2 million in Homeland Security Grant Program funding to support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and prepare for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of Texas and its citizens.