Attorney General

The Paxton Problem

May 5, 2014 By Erica Grieder

Ken Paxton's record suggests that he's either surprisingly uninformed about state law, or surprisingly unconcerned about how those laws might apply to him. 

Dan Branch Responds

Jul 29, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

Last week I wrote a post regarding Dan Branch’s announcement for attorney general, in which I lamented whether candidates will ever again run for higher office by explaining how they will execute the specific duties of that office. Branch took exception to my analysis and has sent in…

As Attorney General, I Promise to . . .

Jul 25, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

When I read about Dan Branch’s announcement of why he is running for attorney general — “I’m running to fight against an overreaching federal government, to fight for open and accountable government, and to preserve limited government in Texas” — it caused me to wonder whether anyone will…

The Outsider

Jan 20, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

In the post-Washington game, former attorney general Alberto Gonzales has fared worse than any other member of the Bush administration. Why?

The Client

Jan 20, 2013 By Kelsey Crow

Mimi Swartz talks about researching stories, asking the right questions, and writing about former attorney general Alberto Gonzales, who may have put his loyalty to the president before his duty to the American people.

Watson decides to run for reelection to the Senate

Aug 14, 2009 By Paul Burka

The significance of his decision is not only that he has passed on the governor’s race. It is that he will not be a candidate for attorney general — the office he sought in 2002 and was said to have been considering this year. This increases the likelihood that the…

Abbott for Senate?

Dec 18, 2008 By Paul Burka

The Quorum Report today reports that the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call has a story saying that John Cornyn is encouraging Greg Abbott to join the Senate race to serve out the remainder of Kay Bailey Hutchison’s term. I was surprised to see this. Abbott supposedly has ruled out a…