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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Austin
Shut the Spigot, Seal the Leak
Skepticism towards the president often signals a healthy republic. But there comes a point when mechanical opposition stops being about the law and starts being about the man himself. At that moment, what we risk is not an imperial presidency but an impotent one. President Donald Trump made the decision yesterday to reissue an executive order, which temporarily halts immigration from a small group of terror-prone countries. As with its predecessor, the order takes careful steps to minimize its impact on innocent parties. Only this time, federal officers have clearer instructions on how to avoid overbroad enforcement, which is where the first order noticeably struggled.

Monday, January 30, 2017 – Austin
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: Lawlessness is Obama's Real Legacy
When President Obama spoke at his first inauguration, his words were buoyed by promises of hope and change. Eight years later, I can attest that the president was at least half right. The path America journeys down has indeed veered from what came before. The destination, however, is no promised land.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – Austin
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: Obama's Concerns About Poor Americans Losing Their Health Care is Suspiciously One-sided
It seems disingenuous that an honest disagreement over how to best deliver healthcare warrants Democrats’ censure, yet bludgeoning the states with ultimatums that endanger their social safety net elicits praise.

Monday, December 5, 2016 – Austin
Sanctuary Cities Ignore the Rule of Law
Even here in Texas, where sanctuary cities have yet to gain full traction, residents have suffered from repeat offenders able to exploit holes in our immigration laws. Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez was deported multiple times, only to return and commit a series of rapes in the Austin area. He’s a prime example of the criminal element which will be emboldened by the sheriff-elect’s renegade policies. We cannot allow individuals to avoid justice and accountability. We cannot allow sanctuary cities to harbor these criminals. We cannot allow city officials to skirt the law at their whim.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Ken Paxton: Union Deal Breaks Public Trust
The Texas Supreme Court has specifically stressed the need for the public to retain control over monetary grants. Its absence here sends a strong signal that the “common good” was never really the policy’s target. Release time instead is about benefiting the union and its members—any gains made by the public are merely a happy coincidence.

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