Governor Greg Abbott has been hammering officials recently in Austin and Dallas, accusing them of creating sanctuary cities that don’t comply with federal immigration law. But a draft memo written by national Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly—and made public on Friday by the Associated Press—could put Abbott in an awkward political position on immigration. The memo calls for border states to use National Guard troops to find and detain undocumented immigrants. That would include the National Guard troops of Texas and the Texas State Guard, of which Abbott is the commander in chief. The memo, which the Trump Administration dismissed as nothing more than a draft, suggested the federal government should negotiate with Texas and other states to use the Guard as immigration enforcement officers.…View Original Post
Beyond here, there be dragons—or at least the most interesting articles I’ve read this week by other writers. There are some terrific pieces out there this week. If you hit a paywall, please pay the piper. How the crusade against sex trafficking in Texas has left child victims behind By Morgan Smith, Edgar Walters and Neena Satija Texas Tribune A form of slavery still exists in Texas. It just isn’t legal and lives in the shadows. The state in recent years has begun to crack down on sex trafficking, but as this series by the Tribune makes clear, there’s still much to be done: The day after her 23rd birthday, Yvette sat in in a Bexar County courtroom, facing up to 99 years in prison for…View Original Post
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If things come in threes, the FBI raid on state Senator Carlos Uresti’s San Antonio law office might make our suite of allegations of possible crimes involving state officials. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was in court Thursday, fighting securities fraud charges against him. And Democratic state Representative Dawnna Dukes of Austin is facing two misdemeanor charges and thirteen counts of felony corruption. We don’t yet have many details about the FBI raid on Uresti’s office, but it’s reportedly related to work the San Antonio Democrat did for a defunct oil field services company, according to the San Antonio Express-News: About 10 months after a legal team including state Sen. Carlos Uresti secured a substantial settlement for Denise Cantu in a wrongful-death lawsuit, she invested $900,000…View Original Post
Beyond here, there be dragons—or at least the most interesting articles I’ve read this week by other writers. How blind is this Texas oil regulator’s blind trust? by Steve Thompson The Dallas Morning News Texas law allows politicians to set up “blind trusts” that really are more what I call winky-blinky trusts—often not really blind or managed by a disinterested party. The generally accepted idea of a brother-in-law deal is one that is not arms-length, and the Morning News tells us of a literal brother-in-law deal involving a state oil regulator. “With millions of dollars at stake, an Exxon Mobil unit went before Texas regulators to argue against a restriction on its operations. One member of the Railroad Commission, Ryan Sitton, took the lead on…View Original Post
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It was a good day for Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. A media report over the weekend had seemingly undermined one of the main arguments against his transgender bathroom bill, and Patrick wasn’t going to let it pass without some gloating. He convened a press conference on Monday to highlight the PolitiFact Texas report that labeled as “mostly false” a study by the Texas Association of Business that found the bathroom bill could cost Texas as much as $8.5 billion economic activity and up to 185,000 in potential job losses. “I hope all the media sources who printed that bogus TAB report will at least do a story now that TAB report has been shown not to be valid,” Patrick said. The TAB in a news…View Original Post