Many short-term lenders receive government help even as their ultrahigh interest rates trap vulnerable customers in debt.
With state government more firmly in Republican hands, the next year will feature a return of the Republican civil war. Here are the skirmishes to watch for.
Can you help Texas's attorney general escape the long arm of the law?
Facing a bribery allegation and criminal fraud charges, the Texas attorney general is tossing his supporters fresh red meat by leading an attempt to overturn the will of American voters.
The Texas attorney general has called his 2015 indictment for securities fraud a “witch hunt.” Now, seven of his aides accuse him of corruption.
Facing down a potential Democrat-controlled Texas House, the governor has made a hard push to reframe the November election on his terms.
Unless the courts rule decisively, Texas voters could face a terrible choice: risk their health at the polls, or risk prosecution by using a mail-in ballot.
The question is making its way through the courts, after Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed a state judge’s ruling.
Governor Greg Abbott's order, closing abortion clinics through April 21, has sent many out of state to seek the procedure—in the middle of the pandemic.
In the event that millions lose their health insurance and protections for preexisting conditions disappear, the state has no real backup plan.
Two Texas Democrats are calling on Republican attorney general Ken Paxton to sue the feds for reimbursement of border security costs. But legal experts think it’s a bad idea.
The attorney general’s office says that Texas law supports the school.
The surprising pair has joined forces for a noble cause.
Despite Attorney General Ken Paxton’s advice, the agriculture commissioner won’t let go of barbecue scale enforcement.
Paxton incorrectly whipped up fear on Sean Hannity’s national television show.
The attorney general issued the opinion to provide legal options for improving church security in Texas.
Our favorite political reads of the week.
A few more tidbits on the controversial Texas attorney general.
It’s been a difficult two years in office for Texas’s attorney general. First came his indictment on multiple felonies, then an embarrassing series of missteps and staff shake-ups. Now, with his trial looming, he’s seeking salvation one live television interview at a time.
The embattled AG was charged by the SEC on Monday, which may have given casual observers déjà vu.
The SEC has added three more civil charges to Ken Paxton's tab.
He’s not wrong about that, but is this an opportunity to reconsider gambling laws?
According to the governor, local mayors aren’t allowed to ban firearms in their city halls, and religious charities can only help people he approves of.
What the scandal surrounding Attorney General Ken Paxton tells us about Texas politics.
The scandal isn’t Ken Paxton’s alleged crimes. It’s that he was elected in the first place.
The latest on our embattled attorney general. Plus: A Scoop!
First question: Who are the 38%?
The Attorney General of Texas doesn’t usually shy away from the spotlight, but after turning himself in for three felony charges Monday, the outspoken chief civil lawyer for the state has been shockingly reticent.
The latest “news” about the Texas attorney general.
On Monday, per WFAA, the state’s top law enforcement official will be charged with multiple felonies.
A look back at two other attorney-generals who ran into trouble.
Say what you will about her position, Joyce Lewis-Kugle displayed the courage of her conviction.
As bad as it is, it goes beyond any possible criminal wrongdoing.
Straight couples were forced to wait for licenses, Texas’s attorney general captured the world’s attention, and a lot of gay couples got married.
The recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court show how far Texas has fallen from the mainstream. The recent reactions by our leaders only make it worse.
The implications of the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling for the country are sweeping, but in Texas right now, there are still questions that need answering.
High dollar deer hunting is in the news, and so are some of the state’s political bad boys.
If the Collin County district attorney won’t investigate Attorney General Ken Paxton for securities violations, a rogue grand jury will.
This week’s Texas political scandal roundup.
What started as a small wedding ceremony outside a Travis County office resulted in a political storm that left the couple, and the rest of the state, confused.
The border surge, extended. Immigration action, executed. Hispanic voters, considered. And more!
Ken Paxton remains an alarmingly safe bet
The Texas Public Policy Foundation changes its view of state spending.
Texans are heading to the polls for this year's primary runoffs
Why moderate Republicans should run as moderate Republicans.
If this is the worst election season in recent memory, what does that mean for Texas in 2015?
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.
Republicans shouldn't pressure Dewhurst or Branch to drop out
Gromer Jeffers of the Dallas Morning News has written a story that is fascinating indeed: four Republican lawmakers–all Christian conservatives–have fallen prey to what they claim is a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by a McKinney businessman who once claimed to have discovered Noah’s Ark. The politicians involved (Ken Paxton,…
The next several days of Texas House budget debate may be as much about the culture wars as state spending. Pre-filed amendments to the three budget-related bills before the House contain limitations on private school vouchers, funding for Planned Parenthood and directives to higher education to fund centers for traditional family values if they provide funding for support centers for gay students. Debate is set to begin Thursday on House Bill 4 to erase a deficit in the current budget and on House Bill 275 to take $3.2 billion out of the state's so-called rainy day fund. Debate is set for Friday and into the weekend on House Bill 1, a bare bones spending plan for the next two years. Some of the pre-filed amendments may never be debated because there is a possibility that they are not procedurally proper for an appropriations bill. But they do show state spending is about more than just spending – or in this case cutting.