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New Texas solicitor general named

By Chuck Lindell – American-Statesman Staff

Texas government has a new chief appellate lawyer, a job that has become a launching point for careers by establishing the conservative bona fides of Ted Cruz, now the state’s junior U.S. senator, and others.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that he had named Kyle Hawkins as solicitor general, replacing Scott Keller, who resigned to become a partner in a prominent Washington, D.C., law firm after arguing 11 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Texas.

Hawkins, 38, an assistant solicitor general in Paxton’s office since 2017, established a conservative pedigree early in his legal career by serving as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and for Judge Edith Jones, one of the most conservative members of one of the nation’s most conservative appellate courts, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Abbott, Valdez to finally face off in Sept. 28 debate


After weeks of back-and-forth, Lupe Valdez, the Democratic nominee for governor, agreed Thursday to debate Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 28 in Austin.

Although Abbott RSVP’d to the Austin debate in July, Valdez initially took issue with the debate’s timing – a Friday night during high school football season.

The timing of the debate has not changed, but per Valdez’s request, Telemundo, a Spanish-language media partner, will broadcast the debate live and provide a moderator and instantaneous Spanish translation for viewers.

“I’m glad to announce that after weeks of negotiations, we have succeeded in making our debate with Trump’s favorite puppet governor more inclusive, representative, and accessible to Texans across the state,” Valdez said in a statement.


Rep. Drew Darby files for Texas Speaker

SAN ANGELO, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Representative Drew Darby is throwing his name in the Speaker race.

Darby announced Friday he has officially filed to run for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

“After prayerful consideration, discussions with my family, and at the urging of my House colleagues, today I filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission to start a speaker campaign for the 86th Legislative Session.


Texas Woman Sent Back To Prison For Illegal Voting


It’s so hard to tell the fake news from the real stories these days, isn’t it? For example, we all know that there’s no voter fraud going on. We’re aware of this because Democrats and the mainstream media tell us so on a weekly basis. And yet a woman in Texas was just sent to federal prison for illegal voting. How could this possibly be the case? (CBS Dallas)

This case is a bit of an outlier from the usual voter fraud stories we cover. The woman in question wasn’t an illegal alien or non-citizen, nor was she underage, voting multiple times or using a fake identity. (All of which we’ve seen happen in the past.) She was a felon on supervised release during the 2016 election, having been convicted of fraud, serving part of her sentence and then being released.


TX DOT ReStarts Habitual Toll Offender Program

 – Local law enforcement teams are actively watching the tollways operated by TX DOT.

The toll runners they are looking for are those who owe thousands of dollars, according to TX DOT spokesperson Veronica Beyer.

“If they see them driving on the toll roads they are going to pull them over and possibly impound their cars,” said Beyer.

TX DOT recently released a list of top 9 drivers who are now prohibited to be on its tollways. Most of the alleged toll runners are from the Austin metro area.  Two are not from central Texas; Laredo and San Antonio. Beyer says the agency has reached out to them all.

“We have had numerous communications with these people, via snail mail, email phone calls, they know who they are, they know they’ve done the wrong thing its time for them to pay up,” said Beyer.


Texas Jazz Festival may be in the market for a new venue (VIDEO)

Emilio Reyes, President of the Texas Jazz Festival Society, said the city would require them to make changes that could cost them an estimated $40,000.

Author: Taylor Alanis

Corpus Christi (KIII News) — UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Tuesday: Event organizers have confirmed that this year’s Jazz Festival will be held at Heritage Park, but they are also looking at the future of the event.

On Monday organizers of the Texas Jazz Festival said they may have to look for a new venue after 17 years of hosting the longest running free jazz festival in the world at Heritage Park.

Organizers said additional security requested by the City of Corpus Christi could force them to find a new venue but as of Monday night, 3 News was told the group is negotiating with the city to try to come up with a solution.


Tatum ISD board OK’s deficit budget, staff raises

By: Longview News Journal

TATUM, Texas (LNJ) – Tatum ISD trustees have approved a budget that projects the district will spend more than it will receive during the 2018-19 school year.

According to our newspaper partners, the Longview News Journal, board members gave approval to a spending plan with $13.3 million in expenses and $10.96 million in revenue — a deficit of about $2.34 million.