Texas sues Pfizer with COVID anti-vax argument that is pure stupid - Enlarge / Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. (credit: Getty | Brett Coo... - https://arstechnica.com/?p=1988507 #vaccineeffectiveness #clinicaltrial #absoluterisk #relativerisk #kenpaxton #covid-19 #science #lawsuit #health #pfizer #texas
From the Magazine: #Texas, where we (almost) build parks in flood plains, the sun goes dark and snakes rain from the sky ... Dispatches from our far-flung state. https://www.texasobserver.org/strangest-state-november-december-2023?utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=audience
A 13-year old covered the Ken Paxton #impeachment trial on his typewriter. A snake falls from the sky, followed closely by a hawk. Dispatches from far-flung #Texas: https://www.texasobserver.org/strangest-state-november-december-2023?utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=audience
Texas' abortion case made quite clear
The state's efforts to life seemed unclear
It was Paxton's message
That made me aggrieved
So disregard for life made quite clear
"Isn’t it a coincidence that Musk chose to sue Media Matters in Texas on the same day that Texas Attorney General Paxton announced an investigation into Media Matters? A cynical person might conclude that Musk and Paxton were working in concert!
We can learn a lot about Musk by the company he keeps—and Ken Paxton is bad company."
~ Robert B. Hubbell
Twitter follows through with Media Matters lawsuit
It is extraordinary how quickly we have seen the weaponization of state attorney general offices for partisan political purposes. To expect anything else from #KenPaxton would be foolishness. The #Texas legislature however, had the opportunity to remove him from office, but opted otherwise
The Hill: Texas attorney general opens probe into Media Matters over report on X ads
Ken Paxton announces investigation of media group following Elon Musk’s lawsuit
After a report from Media Matters showed advertisements from major brands appeared next to antisemitic posts on X, the company sued the media watchdog group and its reporter. The Texas Attorney General’s Office plans to investigate the nonprofit for potential fraud.
Clearly a WitchHunt with this scumbag involved.
“Under the #Texas Business Organizations Code and the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, the OAG will vigorously enforce against nonprofits who commit fraudulent acts in or affecting the state of Texas.”
Angelo Carusone, president of #MediaMatters, said in a statement, “This is a #FrivolousLawsuit meant to bully #X’s critics into silence.” He added that his org “stands behind its #reporting & looks forward to winning in court.”
"A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."—Vito Corleone
The latest from Texas Observer Political Cartoonist Ben Sargent, in our magazine: https://www.texasobserver.org/lone-star-state-whacked?utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=audience
One final look at the Ken Paxton #impeachment saga, this time a study of the outsized influence held by Dan Patrick over the proceedings. From #Politics Reporter @justinmiller in our magazine:
The businessman at the center of Ken Paxton’s impeachment charged with new federal crimes https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2023/11/8/2204501/-The-businessman-at-the-center-of-Ken-Paxton-s-impeachment-charged-with-new-federal-crimes
Attorney General Ken Paxton’s securities fraud trial set for April 15
The charges stem from accusations that in 2011 Paxton tried to solicit investors in a McKinney technology company without disclosing that it was paying him to promote its stock. The attorney general has pleaded not guilty.
The chickens are coming home to roost, as MAGA politicians increasingly face legal consequences for their crimes, even as they skirt political accountability in a party which is fine with criming.
This time it's #KenPaxton who will face a criminal trial in Houston in April 2024, after being indicted *8 years* ago. Hard to believe how slowly justice can move sometimes.
#Johnson signed, along w/126 other #Republicans, an amicus brief in support of the BS #KenPaxton #SCOTUS case Texas v. Pennsylvania challenging President Joe #Biden’s victory (the Supreme Court declined to even hear the case).
Jezebel: Sex. Celebrity. Politics. With Teeth: Notorious Judge Sets Trial Date for 'Sham' Lawsuit That Could Bankrupt Planned Parenthood https://jezebel.com/notorious-right-wing-judge-will-decide-fate-of-sham-law-1850742861 #Jezebel #abortionintheunitedstates #centerformedicalprogress #healthmedicalpharma #plannedparenthood #healthcareintexas #matthewjkacsmaryk #matthewkacsmaryk #womenshealth #susanmanning #socialissues #jacobelberg #kenpaxton #lawcrime #alexdoe
Criminal attacks other criminals...
Ken Paxton to file criminal complaints against Texas House impeachment managers https://www.rawstory.com/ken-paxton-to-file-criminal-complaints-against-texas-house-impeachment-managers/
When #Texas #Republican legisl moved 2 impeach/remove #KenPaxton, it wasn’t out o goodnss o their hearts. It was because they were attemptng 2 get rid of Paxton, & insulate themselves frm his scandals, b4 he could get criminally indicted by #DOJ.
Removal process failed, bcuz Tex Reps r as #corrupt as Paxton. But while #impeachment could have cost Paxton job, indictment could cost him his freedom. Sure enough, federal #GrandJury is making major steps in that direction.
"On Sept. 26, U.S. District Judge David Hittner ruled in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union that S.B. 12 was “an unconstitutional restriction on speech.” His 56-page decision enjoined the state from enforcing the law as it “impermissibly infringes on the #FirstAmendment.” Two days later, Texas AG [multiple criminally indicted] #KenPaxton (R) filed notice that the state will appeal."
‘We’re going to put him under oath’: Texas AG Ken Paxton dodged impeachment but can’t dodge whistleblower suit any longer, high court rules..#KenPaxton..#GOP..#Texas..#whitenationalism..https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/we-re-going-to-put-him-under-oath-texas-ag-ken-paxton-dodged-impeachment-but-can-t-dodge-whistleblower-suit-any-longer-high-court-rules/ar-AA1hstWt?cvid=81bfbc979bbe4256da0400c198352814&ocid=winp2fptaskbar&ei=7
Jezebel: Sex. Celebrity. Politics. With Teeth: Texas, Yelp Sue Each Other Over Anti-Abortion Crisis Pregnancy Centers https://jezebel.com/texas-yelp-sue-each-other-over-anti-abortion-crisis-pr-1850887118 #Jezebel #abortionintheunitedstates #abortionrightsmovements #antiabortionmovements #crisispregnancycenter #abortionintexas #shireenshakouri #socialissues #gregabbott #kenpaxton #abortion #roevwade #google #wade #roe
Jezebel: Sex. Celebrity. Politics. With Teeth: Anti-Abortion Lawyer Wants Names of People Who Donated to 9 Texas Abortion Funds https://jezebel.com/texas-abortion-fund-donor-names-lawsuit-1850884550 #Jezebel #abortionintheunitedstates #antiabortionmovements #texasheartbeatact #jonathanmitchell #ghazalehmoayedi #fundtexaschoice #farahdiaztello #abortionfund #socialissues #annarupani #diaztello #kenpaxton #henryhyde #abortion #roevwade #jezebel #diaz #wade #roe
Fresh off his #impeachment trial, #Texas AG #KenPaxton opts to #sue #Yelp re #PregnancyCenter #labels
The #lawsuit argues Yelp used “#misleading” notices on the facilities, which aim to dissuade women from having #abortions
The channel, Rossiya 24, had recently been teasing a new show “#Tucker,” & the first episode aired over the weekend. But rather than a voiced-over ensemble of #Carlson’s greatest hits against #Ukraine — effectively throwing raw meat to the pro-war hawks in its audience — the show turned out to be a puzzling, roughly 20-minute excerpt of his recent interview of embattled #Texas #AttorneyGeneral #KenPaxton, an official virtually unknown to Russian viewers.
It has a week since the Texas Senate voted to acquit Attorney General Ken Paxton in his impeachment trial — and the recriminations are still flying among Republicans.
Ken Paxton's critics pile on — calling impeachment trial rigged..#KenPaxton..#GOP..#whitenationalism..#Texas https://www.alternet.org/paxton-critics-pile-on-calling-impeachment-trial-rigged/
The Many Times Ken Paxton Refused to Defend #Texas Agencies in Court
The Texas attorney general said he’s “back to work” after his recent acquittal, but his office has repeatedly declined to fulfill one of its key duties: representing state agencies who are being sued.
Criminals Flood Into Texas After Learning How Easy It Is to Get Acquitted https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/criminals-flood-into-texas-after-learning-how-easy-it-is-to-get-acquitted
Remember: a seditious group of Republican Attorneys General sent robocalls spreading election lies and urging Republican voters to attend Trump’s January 6th rally at the Capitol. They also threatened to nullify 2020 election results.
Those highlighted in yellow are STILL HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE, waiting to undermine democracy once again.
@ifilljustice response:🎯 👉🏼 And so the question really is whether we understand that we are living in the waning days of a democracy heading for the cliff’s edge unless we get serious about political power and institutional overhaul.
Editorial: Paxton is acquitted, and Texans and good government are the losers
"While Patrick was blasting the House, he never mentioned that he and Paxton remain interconnected financially by a series of political donations and loans tied to Paxton's political future."
I cannot overstate how much I enjoy seeing #Christofascists trying to eat each other face's off.
The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's problem, may they fuck each other up royally.
Of course, the only ones who suffer are the marginalized people in Texas, and that is no laughing matter.
Just in: The #Texas Senate sided with Attorney General Ken Paxton on all 16 charges, letting him slip free of consequences yet again.
But there's still more trouble to come for K-Pax, writes our #Politics Reporter @justinmiller in his wrap-up of the #impeachment trial ...
@glennf Organized crime.
“Trump won by 620,000 votes in Texas. Harris County mail-in ballots that they wanted to send out were 2.5 million. Those were all illegal and we were able to stop every one of them,” Paxton said on the podcast.
“Had we not done that … we would’ve been one of those battleground states that they were counting votes in Harris County for three days and Donald Trump would’ve lost the election,” Paxton continued.
#RuleOfLaw #AccountabilityNow #JusticeMatters #Texas #KenPaxton #RAGA #2020Election #Insurrection #Overthrow OrganizedCrime #CriminalNetwork #VoterSuppression #Disenfranchisement #ConspiracyAgainstRights #ConspiracyAgainstTheUS #ElectoralFraud
Only two of 19 Republican Senators voted in favor of convicting for any article — a stark contrast to the more than 70% of House Republicans who impeached the attorney general in May.
Honestly doesn’t matter too much what the verdict is in the final Paxton impeachment. Texas Republicans on Paxton’s side are violent, sociopathic extremists. The Texas Republicans on the prosecuting side are also violent, sociopathic extremists.
The best we can do is hope their intraparty spat distracts them enough to slow down the suffering they are all trying to inflict on regular Texans.
Yet again, #Texas:
Do not allow this and #RemovePaxton.
And likewise for Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick.
QT Joaquin Castro @JoaquinCastrotx
2023 September 16
Texas Republicans are in the process of letting indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton off the hook for years of blatant corruption.
From yesterday: This may be the final week of the Ken Paxton #impeachment hearings, but there's still a lot of juicy dirt to uncover about the Attorney General’s abuse of power. https://www.texasobserver.org/after-a-week-on-defense-ken-paxton-gets-the-floor/
One of #Texas Attorney General #KenPaxton‘s former staffers testified Monday that the #Republican’s extramarital affair took a toll on employees who had to work long and odd hours because of the secret relationship that is now a factor in his impeachment trial.
The Ken Paxton #impeachment hearings are expected to wrap this week, but there's still a lot of ground to cover.
In this new update, our #Politics Reporter @justinmiller gets into the #corruption, the abuse of power, and a bible owned by Sam Houston: https://www.texasobserver.org/after-a-week-on-defense-ken-paxton-gets-the-floor/
Just to reinforce: The Texas Attorney General who was the frontman for the lawsuit was Ken Paxton — who, even then, was in legal hot water and, starting last week, is being impeached by his own party. #kenpaxton
"“It was not a mutiny”: Senior staff had no choice but to report Ken Paxton to the FBI, whistleblower testifies: Ryan Bangert, a former top official under the attorney general, said Paxton allowed a friend and political donor to hijack the state agency, diverting it from its mission to help all Texans."
#TexasTribune update on AG impeachment #KenPaxton trial:
From yesterday: More dirt on Ken Paxton—the Attorney General loves to go to court, as long as he's suing the Biden administration. When it comes to doing his job—defending state agencies—that's another matter, and a bill for the taxpayers to cover ... https://www.texasobserver.org/ken-paxton-state-agency-court-cases/
While Ken Paxton has become infamous for his lawsuits against the federal government, he's simultaneously been overlooking a key part of his job: defending #Texas state agencies in court. Instead, according to this investigation by @ProPublica and @texastribune, he's repeatedly forced taxpayers to pay the bill.
Top story: Ken and Angela Paxton took time out of their busy schedule to promote a lobbyist-friend's tech shell company in Kosovo. Politics reporter Justin Miller gets to the bottom of the grift ... https://www.texasobserver.org/angela-ken-paxton-frinzi-multiband/
Featured story: If Ken Paxton falls to his #impeachment, could his wife, state Senator Angela Paxton prosper in his place? History suggests it's more likely than you think, according to Senior Writer and Editor Lise Olsen ...
Did you know ... more #Republicans have NO opinion on whether or not the impeachment is justified than think it is not?
That two-thirds of those polled (D, R, I) who had an opinion thought it was justified?
Remind you of anything?
Also, if you have questions I've not answered ... ask!
Earlier: Senior #Politics Writer @justinmiller dug into 4.000 pages of evidence released in the Ken Paxton #impeachment trial, which began today. He found more evidence of #corruption and misuse of power:
Good morning, happy M̶o̶n̶d̶a̶y̶ Tuesday! It's predicted to reach 100 degrees today in Austin, #Texas.
The #impeachment trial of Attorney General Ken Paxton begins today. Read all our coverage, so far, here: https://www.texasobserver.org/tag/ken-paxton-impeachment/
Why Did #Texas AG Ken Paxton Refuse to Represent State Agencies Dozens of Times?
Records obtained by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune give deeper insight into how Paxton’s representation denials often pushed agencies to look for outside legal counsel that was ultimately funded by #taxpayers.
Top story: The inside story of Angela Paxton's board director position of a now-troubled 5G company owned by one of Ken Paxton's best friends, a Kosovo trip, campaign finance, and a bankruptcy case, via Senior #Politics Writer @justinmiller ...
#news #USpol #Texas #KenPaxton #impeachment #corruption #GOP
SCOOP: In July 2022, #Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife, state Senator Angela Paxton, took a mysterious multi-country trip with a protective detail from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Now, in this exclusive story, #Politics Reporter @justinmiller reveals the Paxtons' ties to an obscure shell-company run by their friend James Frinzi, a lobbyist-turned-businessman: https://www.texasobserver.org/angela-ken-paxton-frinzi-multiband/
The Ken Paxton #impeachment trial is coming up! Read @justinmiller's deep dive into the 4.000 pages of evidence that show more signs of #corruption, collusion and misuse of power:
Our full coverage of the impeachment, more to come soon: https://www.texasobserver.org/tag/ken-paxton-impeachment/
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All about the Ken Paxton #impeachment:
Will #history repeat itself with Angela Paxton? https://www.texasobserver.org/impeachment-texas-ken-paxton-history/
Justin Miller digs into the 4,000 pages of evidence against the Attorney General ... https://www.texasobserver.org/impeachment-ken-paxton-documents-evidence/
Nancy Goldstein asks, has accountability finally come to #Texas? https://www.texasobserver.org/impeachment-ken-paxton-documents-evidence/