Texas Pre-Roe Ban on All Abortions Temporarily Blocked by Judge

But a 2021 law that bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy is still valid in the state.

#abortion, #american-civil-liberties-union, #harris-county-tex, #paxton-ken, #texas, #whole-womans-health

What Texas Gains by Investigating Twitter’s Fake Accounts

For Ken Paxton, the state attorney general, there are positives. Aligning with Elon Musk? Check. Politically helpful? Check.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections-attorneys-general, #musk-elon, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #tesla-motors-inc, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

Supreme Court Blocks Texas Law Regulating Social Media Platforms

The law, prompted by conservative complaints about censorship, prohibits big technology companies like Facebook and Twitter from removing posts based on the views they express.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #paxton-ken, #social-media, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

Bush Dynasty, Its Influence Fading, Pins Hopes on One Last Stand in Texas

George P. Bush is running to unseat the incumbent attorney general. His family, once powerful in Texas, has become an albatross as well as an asset.

#bush-george-prescott, #content-type-personal-profile, #elections-attorneys-general, #endorsements, #paxton-ken, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #texas, #trump-donald-j

Top Texas Court Allows Abuse Inquiries of Parents of Transgender Children

But the court said Gov. Greg Abbott did not have the authority to order such investigations, acknowledging they could cause “irreparable harm.”

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Republicans Push Crackdown on Crime Wave That Doesn’t Exist: Voter Fraud

Election fraud is exceedingly rare and often accidental. Still, G.O.P. lawmakers and prosecutors are promoting tough new enforcement efforts.

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Republicans Push to Crackdown on Voter Fraud

Election fraud is exceedingly rare and often accidental. Still, G.O.P. lawmakers and prosecutors are promoting tough new enforcement efforts.

#desantis-ron, #elections-district-attorneys, #florida, #georgia, #la-crosse-wis, #memphis-tenn, #moses-pamela, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

How Medical Care for Transgender Youth Became ‘Child Abuse’ in Texas

A custody battle in the Dallas suburbs amplified a growing conservative cause and helped fuel a move to treat transgender medicine as abuse.

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Indicted. Under F.B.I. Investigation. And Still Popular With Texas Republicans.

Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney general, earned the most votes in Tuesday’s G.O.P. primary. His embrace of Trumpism has helped him weather a series of allegations.

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Texas Investigating Over Medical Treatments for Trans Youth, Lawsuit Says

The investigations by the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services started last week with an employee of the agency, according to the suit, after Gov. Greg Abbott called for such inquiries.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #american-civil-liberties-union, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #elections-governors, #lambda-legal-defense-and-education-fund, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #texas-department-of-family-and-protective-services, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Primary Day in Texas Will Offer Preview of Midterm Battles Ahead

Texas is holding the first primary election of 2022 on Tuesday. Some of the dynamics at play include the intensity of Donald Trump’s continued hold on the Republican electorate.

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Will Trump’s Nod Be Enough for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton?

Attorney General Ken Paxton is likely to end up in a runoff after the Republican primary on March 1. But it remains uncertain who among his big-name challengers will join him there.

#attorneys-general, #austin-tex, #bush-george-prescott, #elections-attorneys-general, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #gohmert-louis-b-jr, #paxton-ken, #republican-party, #texans-for-lawsuit-reform, #texas, #whistle-blowers

Gov. Abbott Pushes to Investigate Treatments for Trans Youth as ‘Child Abuse’

While it’s unclear whether the order could be enforced, medical providers and child welfare advocates condemned the move as dangerous.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #children-and-childhood, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #texas, #texas-department-of-family-and-protective-services, #transgender-and-transsexuals

When Will the Supreme Court Hear Arguments on the Texas Abortion Law?

The New York Times will be streaming the oral arguments and providing live coverage of the proceedings when they begin at 10 a.m. Eastern.

#abortion, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #law-and-legislation, #paxton-ken, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Briefs Draw Battle Lines as Texas Abortion Law Nears Supreme Court

The justices, who will hear arguments on Monday in two cases challenging the state’s near-total ban, required the parties to file their briefs with extraordinary speed.

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Texas Urges Supreme Court to Leave Its Restrictive Abortion Law in Place

The Biden administration had asked the court to block the law. State officials called the request procedurally flawed, saying the court was powerless to grant it.

#abortion, #appeals-courts-us, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #paxton-ken, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

When Will Texas Say Enough’s Enough to Greg Abbott?

Voters should take “personal responsibility” and find a better person to run Texas.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #census, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dallas-tex, #houston-tex, #masks, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas

Texas Has Broken My Heart

The natural optimism of some of my fellow Texans has fallen to deep cynicism.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #patrick-dan-1950, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Texas Leaders Are Having Problems. Time to Attack the Feds!

The state’s attorney general is trying to distract from his legal troubles by fomenting election-fraud rage.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #conservatism-us-politics, #federal-state-relations-us, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Texas Attorney General Is Being Investigated by State Bar Association

Attorney General Ken Paxton is accused of filing a frivolous lawsuit when he challenged President Biden’s victory.

#attorneys-general, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #paxton-ken, #texas

A Stanford Student Mocked the Federalist Society. It Jeopardized His Graduation.

The Stanford student sent a satirical flier that drew a complaint from the conservative group. The university then placed a hold on his diploma.

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The G.O.P. Won It All in Texas. Then It Turned on Itself.

The Republican Party trounced the Democrats at every level in Texas in November, only to see its politicians turn on one another over the pandemic and voter-fraud conspiracy theories.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #conservatism-us-politics, #miller-sid-1955, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Crystal Mason Was Sentenced to Five Years Behind Bars Because She Voted

The G.O.P.’s war on voting has human casualties. Here’s one.

#mason-crystal-1975, #paxton-ken, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Judge Blocks 100-Day Pause on Deportation, a Blow to Biden’s Immigration Agenda

A court in Texas issued a 14-day nationwide temporary restraining order sought by the state’s attorney general that would prevent carrying out the policy, which was issued within hours of the president’s inauguration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #deportation, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #paxton-ken, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

F.B.I. says there is no evidence antifa participated in storming the Capitol.

The unfounded rumor has been spread widely on social media.

#antifa-movement-us, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #gaetz-matt, #paxton-ken, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #washington-dc

The Antitrust Case Against Big Tech, Shaped by Tech Industry Exiles

Regulators are relying on insiders like Dina Srinivasan, who left her digital ad job after concluding that “Facebook and Google were going to win and everybody else is going to lose.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #james-letitia, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #paxton-ken, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

States Plan to Accuse Google of Illegal Monopoly in Online Ads

The Texas attorney general said a coming lawsuit would focus on the advertisements that generate the vast majority of the company’s profits.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #paxton-ken, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Republicans Find Themselves Speechless Following a Supreme Court Defeat

A ruling against President Trump appears to leave no avenue forward for the president, forcing Republicans to “play the hand we’re dealt.”

#attorneys-general, #collins-susan-m, #kinzinger-adam, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #texas

Republicans Faced Trump’s Loss by Embracing Nihilism

The Supreme Court thwarts the latest Trumpist attack on American democracy.

#attorneys-general, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Supreme Court Rejects Texas Lawsuit Challenging Biden’s Victory

The suit, filed directly in the Supreme Court, sought to bar Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin from casting their electoral votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j

The ‘Trump Won’ Farce Isn’t Funny Anymore

Republicans are now seriously arguing that elections are legitimate only when their side wins.

#conservatism-us-politics, #constitution-us, #elections-attorneys-general, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-and-voters

Two Reasons the Texas Election Case Is Faulty

Texas has asked the Supreme Court to reverse the election results, but the case’s legal argument is flawed and its statistical assertion that Joe Biden had a minuscule chance to win is “comical,” experts said.

#paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #statistics, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas

17 Republican Attorneys General Back Trump in Far-Fetched Election Lawsuit

The move is an attempt to bolster a baseless legal effort by Texas that seeks to delay certification of the presidential electors in four battleground states that Mr. Trump lost.

#attorneys-general, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #texas

Ken Paxton Fought Trump’s Legal Wars From Texas. Now He’s in Trouble.

The Texas attorney general, who fought against the Affordable Care Act and mail-in voting, has been accused of wrongdoing by his own aides amid calls for his resignation.

#attorneys-general, #paxton-ken, #texas

Texas Attorney General Is Accused by Top Aides of Abusing His Office

Ken Paxton, one of the most prominent conservative attorneys general, is already under indictment. The allegations of impropriety raised in a recent letter draw intense new scrutiny.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #attorneys-general, #democratic-attorneys-general-assn, #healey-maura-1971, #paxton-ken, #texas, #trump-donald-j

Supreme Court Stays Execution of Texas Inmate Over Issue of Spiritual Adviser

Ruben Gutierrez’s lawyers argued that he had the right to have a Christian chaplain present during his execution.

#alabama, #capital-punishment, #chaplains, #clergy, #coronavirus-reopenings, #discrimination, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #freedom-of-religion, #gutierrez-ruben-inmate, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #murphy-patrick-henry-jr, #paxton-ken, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #texas

Texas Allows Abortions to Resume During Coronavirus Pandemic

After weeks of wrangling in the courts, the state eased the restrictions on some surgical procedures, including abortion.

#abortion, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #paxton-ken, #texas