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Rick Perry has been indicted on two felony counts for using his office as Governor to coerce a public official.
- defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas
- represent the State in litigation
- approve public bond issues
To fulfill these responsibilities, the Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government, issues legal opinions when requested by the Governor, heads of state agencies and other officials and agencies as provided by Texas statutes, sits as an ex-officio member of state committees and commissions, and defends challenges to state laws and suits against both state agencies and individual employees of the State.
The Office of the Attorney General has taken on numerous other roles through the years. Texas statutes contain nearly 2000 references to the Attorney General. In addition to its constitutionally prescribed duties, the Office of the Attorney General files civil suits upon referral by other state agencies. In some circumstances, the Attorney General has original jurisdiction to prosecute violations of the law, but in most cases, criminal prosecutions by the Attorney General are initiated only upon the request of a local prosecutor.
Thus,inTexas the very person charged with enforcing the law is charged with breaking the law.
Securities fraud violations above that amount are first-degree felonies under state law. If convicted, Paxton could face a sentence of five years to life in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000.
Ted Cruz has identified Paxton as his good friend.
“Ken Paxton is a direct result of Ted Cruz’s support and the broken ethical standards set by Greg Abbott,” said Texas Democratic strategist Matt Angle of the Lone Star Project, “Barely a year ago, Abbott and Cruz couldn’t hug Ken Paxton closely enough. Now they need to find the guts to explain why they backed Paxton and how they will clean up the mess they’ve made.”
As recently as a month ago, Cruz was standing by Paxton.
“Ken Paxton is a good man,” the senator said during a book signing stop at the Costco in Arlington. “I trust that the judicial and the criminal law system will proceed fairly and appropriately to investigate any allegations of criminal violations.”
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Thursday evening is the first official debate of the Republican contenders for President in 2016. However they are scheduled to “test their messages” tonight in New Hampshire. Tonight there will be a “Voters Issues Forum” at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. Fourteen of the 17 candidates for the Republican nomination will attend. One of the three who will NOT attend is the GOP front-runner, The Donald.
It seems that Trump has decided that he’s not going to participate because he is unlikely to get the New Hampshire Union Leader’s endorsement. It appears Trump wasn’t very happy with the editorial published by the Union Leader regarding Trump’s remarks suggesting that John McCain wasn’t a hero because he was captured.
It’s funny that Trump won’t appear tonight, as he has indicated he is unafraid of saying what he thinks. It appears he is unafraid to say what he thinks as long as there is nobody around to challenge him.
#trump, #gop, #republican, #debate, #union, #newhampshire
Given the fact that the majority of voters in the country are women, and they vote at higher rates than men, the women’s vote is THE most important demographic for any 2016 candidate for President. Republican women favor the Donald. However 6 in 10 women do not view him favorably. Hillary beats the Donald by 28%.
Thus Democrats hope that the Donald will be the GOP’s candidate in 2016. The real question is who will be crowned his VP running mate? (Stay tuned)
You must watch this video. This is the female lawyer involved in a deposition of Trump regarding a legal matter to attempt to collect a debt he never paid. The lawyer, who had a three month-old baby at home, asked to take a break at lunch time to pump her breasts. She wasn’t asking or suggesting that she would do it in front of him. She wasn’t asking for permission to take a special time out of the deposition. It was an agreed upon time. It was during a pre-arranged lunch break. Just as a person who had low blood sugar would need to eat, this mother needed a break. She was very upfront about why she needed a break. Trump yelled at her shaking his finger. “That is disgusting.” He used this as an excuse to leave the deposition.
To make matters worse, Trump was made aware of the report of the story today. He didn’t deny the facts of the story. He attacked the attorney personally. Instead of apologizing for his behavior and offensive remarks, he once again attacked the female attorney in a tweet:
.CNN & @CNNPolitics Lawyer Elizabeth Beck did a terrible job against me, she lost (I even got legal fees). I loved beating her,she was easy
It’s hard to imagine the Donald as a serious Presidential contender in 2016. Yet he’s ahead in the polls. His lead continues in spite of his disparaging remarks about Mexicans and his direct attack on John McCain.
The amazing thing is that Trump endorsed McCain in 2008. Now when it suits his purpose, he indicates that McCain is not a war hero. It is as if Trump feels that he is empowered to say anything about anyone with impunity. His recent remarks about Sarah Palin are the most outrageous yet.
Here are recent quotes of Trump regarding Palin:
1. “One of the things I most admire about her (Palin) is that she took so much nonsense, lies and disgusting lies. She handles it so well. She’s tough and smart and just a great woman so it’s an honor to be with you today,” Trump said. “I still have people saying, get Sarah’s support, get Sarah’s support, no matter where I go…everybody loves her.”
2. When asked whether he would seek out Palin’s counsel or might he bring her along in an “official capacity” in the event of a Trump administration, Trump said:
“I’d love that because she really is somebody that knows what’s happening.” He noted that her “following that is unbelievable,” calling those supporters a “tremendously loyal group of people out there for her. I think now maybe more so than ever.” He continued, “I’m looking at some of these candidates, they’re weak, they’re ineffective.”
3. Trump called Palin revered, saying she, “is somebody that people respect and admire and she speaks to so many people. I don’t think even think she knows how important she is and maybe that’s part of the beauty of Sarah Palin.”
The truth seems to allude the Donald. Here is the proof of my observations:
1. She’s smart.
2. She handles criticism well.
3. Everybody loves her.
4. Palin’s supporters are a tremendously loyal group.
5. People respect and admire her.
Given what so many know about the total lack of education, lack of judgment, lack of honesty and sheer stupidity of Sarah Palin it seems likely the quitter may never make it to the White House. However it is a nightmare that she is still part of the conversation 7 years after the 2008 election. Just as she seems to be falling out of the public eye, she becomes more extreme in her rhetoric, obviously to generate headlines. Palin quit her job as Goveror. Palin is no longer a commentator on Fox. Palin has closed down her television channel. PAC reporting reflects a dramatic decline in donations, and the SarahPAC spent more money than it took in during the 2010, 2012, and 2014 election cycles. Yet the Republican front runner is singing her praises. What a commentary on the state of politics in America, the caliber of the Republicans running for President, and the willingness of the Donald to say anything he can to generate headlines.