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Friday, March 10, 2017 – Austin
Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: March 10, 2017
In every democracy, there is a risk that public passion will turn against the cause of liberty. Alexis de Tocqueville, when writing about a young America, put a name to this fear. He called it “the tyranny of the majority.” De Tocqueville observed that the United States, more than most, was able to fend off the tendrils of impatience that led to majority oppression. Not only did our Constitution divvy up power among the branches and between the states, but Americans were also quick to form associations, which could muster resources to fight illegal and corrupt conduct.

Friday, March 3, 2017 – Austin
Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: March 3, 2017
Freedom lovers, near and far, exhaled a big sigh of relief earlier this week. President Trump signed an executive order demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency reconsider its thinly-veiled land grab—what is sometimes also referred to as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. I bring this up for two reasons. The first is that WOTUS embodies the very worst of our political system, where unaccountable agencies break free from their statutes and tread on policies, which rightfully belong to the states. The second is because WOTUS highlights the need for the states to finally and decisively push back if Congress continues to slumber while on guard duty.

Friday, February 17, 2017 – Austin
Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: February 17, 2017
I wrote for Breitbart Texas last year, “Politics has a nasty habit of trumping good policy.” Recent events have made me want to add a postscript: politics makes for a terrible foundation on which to base a court opinion. It can cloud even the most routine of legal questions and turns an opportunity for the court to provide clarity into a morass of bad and often contradictory precedent.

Friday, February 10, 2017 – Austin
Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: February 10, 2017
President Trump recently announced that he is considering an executive order which will tackle the problem of voter fraud. The ensuing speculation has ignited a flurried back-and-forth among the national media, as political pundits debate whether voter fraud represents a genuine threat to American democracy or whether it is instead a shadow moving across a wall. Meanwhile, here in Texas, voters received a living reminder of just how easy it is for the enterprising few to manipulate the system and cast a ballot illegally.

Monday, February 6, 2017 – Austin
Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: February 3, 2017
Everyone should have a hero to whom they aspire—someone who drives them to be better, to succeed, to be stouthearted in their principles. When I was a young attorney, Justice Antonin Scalia occupied that role. He was the epitome of what a U.S. Supreme Court justice should be. He was intelligent, sharp-witted, compassionate, and joyful in his vocation. He all but singlehandedly brought the Constitution’s text back into the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence.

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