An appeals court justice serving Southeast Texas continues to sit on the bench as she suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, all while facing familial discord over the control of her $8 million estate, court records show.
Emma PlatoffThe sons of a 72 y/o justice on a Houston appeals court are fighting to become her legal guardians, arguing her "mental state has deteriorated to the point that she is no longer able to care for her own physical health or manage her own financial affairs"
During a legislative session focused on schools and taxes, Texas lawmakers did little to prepare for the possibility that Obamacare will be struck down in its entirety — even as the state leads the charge to have the law declared unconstitutional.
The lawsuit has the potential to upend the structure of the entity responsible for regulating Texas' legal profession. Critics suggest that Paxton's involvement may be politically motivated.
Emma PlatoffTexas AG @KenPaxtonTX has joined three conservative lawyers in arguing that the Texas Bar's dues structure violates the First Amendment, one of many such cases that emerged after a 2018 #SCOTUS case on union dues. Some are questioning his motivation
The U.S. Supreme Court last week halted the execution of Patrick Murphy because he wasn't given access to a Buddhist chaplain. Now, no chaplains will be allowed in the death chamber.
Emma PlatoffNEW: The U.S. Supreme Court told Texas it couldn't keep Christian and Muslim clerics in execution chambers if it wouldn't allow spiritual advisers from all faiths.
So Texas is banning all of them
Billed as a consumer protection effort, the proposal would allow approved individuals to serve as investment advisers without registering with the state board — a felony under Texas law that Ken Paxton was charged with in 2015.
It's unclear how serious the president is about the idea. "We'll take a look," he said.
Emma Platoff"The Lt. Governor told the President that if the federal government will reimburse the state for that money, we will build the wall in the areas where it is needed along our 1,254 mile border," spox tells me