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Monday, February 12, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on President Trump’s Nomination of Former Texas Deputy Solicitor General Andrew Oldham to the 5th Circuit
“Along with being one of the brightest legal minds around, Andy Oldham has a proven and distinguished record of excellence, professionalism and public service,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Judges who adhere to the Constitution and rule of law are desperately needed today, and I’m confident that Andy will faithfully fulfill that duty when his nomination to the 5th Circuit is confirmed.”

Friday, February 9, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Brief to Defend Arizona Law Keeping Taxpayer Money from Firms that Boycott Israel
“The movement to boycott companies and citizens based on nothing more than the Israeli nationality listed on their articles of incorporation or passports is an attempt to cause economic isolation and injury to a key ally and trading partner of Texas and the rest of the United States,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Arizona’s law, which is similar to those in Texas, Nevada and many other states, simply supports a long-established principle of non-discrimination and is wholly constitutional.”

Monday, February 5, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces Significant Voter Fraud Initiative and Offers Assistance in Addressing Starr County Voter Fraud
“It is an honor that District Attorney Escobar invited my office to assist him with both enforcement and education. We will do everything within our abilities and resources to solidify trust in the voting process, and we hope that Chairman Hughes will consider important legal remedies to this state-wide issue,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Voting for our elected leaders is a solemn right the American people hold. We must protect the integrity of that process.”

Friday, February 2, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Halts Sale of Illegal Synthetic Drugs in $2.5 Million Settlement with Houston Smoke Shop
Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office, in coordination with Harris County and the city of Houston, obtained a permanent injunction to shut down Fantasy Smoking and Accessories, which sold synthetic cannabinoids without disclosing that the substances are illegal and potentially dangerous. Store owners Glenn and Judy Cohen will pay more than $2.5 million in a final settlement.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Austin
AG Ken Paxton: Texas Prevails Over the Obama Administration’s Unlawful Felon Hiring Rule
“The Obama Administration overreached its legal authority by imposing EEOC hiring directives that preempt state law and ignore the very real risks to public safety,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has the sovereign right to impose categorical bans on the hiring of criminals for such jobs as state troopers, school teachers and jailers, and the EEOC has no authority to say otherwise. Requiring Texas to issue badges and guns to felons is bad policy and unlawful.”

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