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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton draws first Democratic challenger for 2018

A Susman Godfrey partner is running against Ken Paxton. https://www.texastribune.org/2017/11/08/paxton-draws-first-democratic-challenger-2018/

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is getting his first Democratic opponent for re-election.

Attorney Justin Nelson is entering the race to be the state's top lawyer with just over a month until the candidate filing deadline for the 2018 primaries.

"Justice is for all. Nobody is above the law," Nelson said in a news release. "Texans can do better than our indicted Attorney General who is charged with criminal fraud."

Susman is one of the top firms in the state for litigation. I do not know Justin (he is in Susman's Ausint office) but that firm is a strong firm

GOP congresscritter Ted Poe is retiring

My son lives in his district


Laughing at Jeff Sessions, previously deemed criminal by his prosecutors, is now officially OK again


I just voted

Texas Partisan Redistricting-Court Filing

Here is the e-mail that I received today from one of these attorneys in the Texas Redistricting case.


I wanted to make you aware of the filing we made today in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Texas Democratic Party, attached. You will note from the brief that Texas voters suffer under one of the worst partisan gerrymanders in the country.

The Supreme Court is currently considering the Whitford v. Gil case from Wisconsin. Based on the oral arguments in that case, which I witnessed, there seems to be a decent chance that the Court will start to reign in this practice which, unfortunately, both parties use to harm voting rights. The filing we made in Texas will allow our state to seek reform of political boundaries in Texas in the event Whitford comes out in our favor.

As always, thank you for your support.

Chad Dunn

The court in that case rejected all claims based on partisan gerrymandering and the court ruled that there was cases of racial gerrymandering. This filing is to take advantage of any ruling in the Wisconsin case.

Press Conference - SNL

Houston Astros on SNL-Altuve and Leslie Jones

This made me smile

Sam Clovis withdraws from consideration for Agriculture post after his name surfaced in Russia probe

Source: Washington Post

The nomination of Sam Clovis to be the Agriculture Department’s chief scientist was controversial both because of questions about his lack of relevant experience and news this week that he was one of the top officials on the Trump campaign aware of efforts by foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to broker a relationship between the campaign and Russian officials.

Clovis, who now serves as the department’s senior White House adviser, informed President Trump of his decision in a letter dated Nov. 1.

“The political climate inside Washington has made it impossible for me to receive balanced and fair consideration for this position,” Clovis wrote in the letter. “The relentless assaults on you and your team seem to be a blood sport that only increases in intensity each day. As I am focused on your success and the success of this Administration, I do not want to be a distraction or negative influence, particularly with so much important work left to do for the American people.”

Clovis was tentatively slated to have a hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee on Nov. 9.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/11/02/sam-clovis-withdraws-from-consideration-for-agriculture-post-after-his-name-surfaced-in-russia-probe/?pushid=59fb3776de29211d00000001&tid=notifi_push_breaking-news&utm_term=.7bfee1d974bf

Russian content on Facebook may have reached 126 million users far more than first disclosed, inte

Source: Washington Post

Facebook plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday that 126 million of its users may have seen content produced and circulated by Russian operatives, many times more than what the company previously disclosed about the reach of the disinformation campaign during the 2016 presidential election, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post.

Google on Tuesday is expected to acknowledge for the first time that its platforms were also compromised, revealing that Russian trolls uploaded over a thousand videos to YouTube on 18 different channels.

The disclosures, contained in draft testimonies obtained by The Washington Post ahead of three Capitol Hill hearings this week, come as tech giants face mounting pressure to more fully investigate how Russians used their platforms to influence American voters and reveal more of their findings to the public.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/2017/10/30/4509587e-bd84-11e7-97d9-bdab5a0ab381_story.html?pushid=59f7a1634069751d0000002f&tid=notifi_push_breaking-news&utm_term=.83755ce894d0
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