The Texas Tribune: James Barragánhttps://www.texastribune.org/about/staff/james-barragan/The latest news by James Barragán.enTue, 11 Jun 2024 12:03:54 -0500Four Texas House Republicans censured for campaigning against incumbentshttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/11/texas-house-republicans-censured/The censured members said they had been punished for campaigning against “liberal incumbents” alongside statewide elected officials like Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton.By James BarragánTue, 11 Jun 2024 12:03:54 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/11/texas-house-republicans-censured/A silhouette of the state of Texas near the stage at the 2024 Texas GOP Convention in San Antonio, on May 23, 2024.A silhouette of the state of Texas near the stage at the 2024 Texas GOP Convention in San Antonio, on May 23, 2024.Eddie Gaspar/The Texas TribuneWith new rules, the Texas GOP seeks to keep its elected officials in linehttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/10/texas-republican-closed-primaries-rule-changes/The state party plans to limit primaries to registered Republicans and keep elected officials it censured off the ballot. It’s unclear if it can without legislative approval.By James BarragánMon, 10 Jun 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/10/texas-republican-closed-primaries-rule-changes/The Texas GOP passed a pair of new rules aimed at enforcing ideological purity at its May 2024 convention.Texas GOP Party Chair Matt Rinaldi speaks on stage along with convention leadership during the 2024 Texas GOP Convention in San Antonio on May 24, 2024.Eddie Gaspar/The Texas TribuneHere’s how Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial will operatehttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/09/04/ken-paxton-impeachment-trial-operate/Under rules previously adopted by the Texas Senate, the trial will feature crucial votes on dismissing articles of impeachment as well as testimony under oath, private deliberations by senator-jurors and votes conducted without debate or discussion.By Yuriko Schumacher and James BarragánMon, 04 Sep 2023 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/09/04/ken-paxton-impeachment-trial-operate/The Senate gallery as technical staff prepares communications for the impeachment trial of Ken Paxton. Paxton is accused of several ethics violations during his three terms as Texas Attorney General.The Texas Senate gallery as technical staff prepares communications for next week's start in the impeachment trial of Ken Paxton on September 5th. Paxton is accused of several ethics violations during his three terms as Texas Attorney General.Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneHere are the 16 articles of impeachment Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is facinghttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/09/01/ken-paxton-impeachment-articles/The articles — including bribery, dereliction of duty and disregard of official duty — do not include four accusations originally adopted by the Texas House.By Chuck Lindell and James BarragánFri, 01 Sep 2023 15:33:42 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/09/01/ken-paxton-impeachment-articles/State Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference at the Houston Recovery Center on Oct. 26, 2021.State Attorney General Ken Paxton holds a press conference at the Houston Recovery Center on October 26, 2021.Mark Felix for The Texas TribuneWho’s who in the Ken Paxton impeachment trial, from key participants to potential witnesseshttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/09/01/ken-paxton-impeachment-witnesses-parties/The suspended attorney general has been ordered to appear in the Texas Senate chamber to answer to 16 allegations of misconduct that were approved by the House in May.By Yuriko Schumacher and James BarragánFri, 01 Sep 2023 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/09/01/ken-paxton-impeachment-witnesses-parties/Texas National Guard disbanded intelligence wing after members used WhatsApp to spy on migrantshttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/08/29/texas-national-guard-migrants-whatsapp-intelligence/Four members of the unit working on Gov. Greg Abbott’s border mission have been punished after whistleblowers reported the surveillance operation violated long-standing rules against state-run spy operations.By Davis Winkie, Military Times, and James Barragán, The Texas TribuneTue, 29 Aug 2023 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/08/29/texas-national-guard-migrants-whatsapp-intelligence/Aaron Provost for Military TimesSuspended Texas A&M professor denies saying Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick believes overdose victims “deserve to die”https://www.texastribune.org/2023/08/02/texas-dan-patrick-tamu-professor/Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham alleged Wednesday that opioids expert Joy Alonzo told students in a guest lecture that “Your Lt. Governor says those kids deserve to die.” Alonzo denied the claims.By Kate McGee and James BarragánWed, 02 Aug 2023 18:06:57 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/08/02/texas-dan-patrick-tamu-professor/Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham on Wednesday accused Texas A&M University professor Joy Alonzo of telling students during a March lecture, “Your Lt. Governor says those kids deserve to die,” referring to Hays County students who have overdosed. Buckingham shared the claim against Alonzo with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, sparking an internal university investigation.State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 23, 2017.Kelly West for The Texas TribuneTexas A&M suspended professor accused of criticizing Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in lecturehttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/07/25/texas-a-m-professor-opioids-dan-patrick/The professor, an expert on the opioids crisis, was placed on paid administrative leave and investigated, raising questions about the extent of political interference in higher education, particularly in health-related matters.By Kate McGee and James BarragánTue, 25 Jul 2023 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/07/25/texas-a-m-professor-opioids-dan-patrick/Joy Alonzo is an expert on the opioid epidemic and a professor in Texas A&M University’s Department of Pharmacy Practice.Joy Alonzo is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy.Texas A&M University Health Science Center2021 statements about role of outside lawyer could play a part in Ken Paxton impeachment trialhttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/07/21/ken-paxton-impeachment-brent-webster/Paxton’s top aide told senators that an agency-hired lawyer worked with the Travis County district attorney’s office to investigate a complaint by Nate Paul. County prosecutors dispute that.By James BarragánFri, 21 Jul 2023 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/07/21/ken-paxton-impeachment-brent-webster/Statements before a Senate committee in 2021 by First Assistant Attorney General Brent Webster, shown speaking at a June 2022 news conference, could play a role in the impeachment trial of suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton.First Assistant Attorney General Brent Webster speaks during a press conference in the William Clements Building in Austin on June 9, 2022.Kylie Cooper/The Texas TribuneHarriet O’Neill, former GOP justice on Texas Supreme Court, joins impeachment prosecutors against Ken Paxtonhttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/07/13/harriet-oneill-ken-paxton-impeachment/After 18 years as a district and appellate judge, O’Neill returned to private practice in 2010. She called the case against Paxton “clear, compelling and decisive.”By James BarragánThu, 13 Jul 2023 14:51:42 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/07/13/harriet-oneill-ken-paxton-impeachment/Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Harriet O’Neill in a 2010 interview with The Texas Tribune.Former Texas Supreme court Justice Harriet ONeill in a 2010 interview with The Texas TribuneJustin Dehn/The Texas TribuneFormer Texas Sen. Carlos Uresti, convicted for his role in Ponzi scheme, released from prisonhttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/30/carlos-uresti-prison-release-senator/The Democrat from San Antonio was initially sentenced in 2018 to 12 years in federal prison. His sentence was later reduced, and he will stay in a halfway house until December 2024.By James BarragánFri, 30 Jun 2023 12:32:29 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/30/carlos-uresti-prison-release-senator/Carlos Uresti talks with the media after his sentencing in federal court on June 26, 2018. The former state senator was released from federal prison Friday, his lawyer said.Carlos Uresti talks with the media following his sentencing in Federal Court on June 26, 2018. The former state senator will be released today from federal prison after serving more than 4 years of a 12-year sentence.Robin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneWith second special session underway, Texas lawmakers offer opening property tax-cut proposalshttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/28/texas-legislature-tax-cut-plan/A stalemate among Texas’ top Republicans has dragged on for months. Tax-cut proponents in the House and Senate made their first pitches to end the impasse Wednesday.By Joshua Fechter, Karen Brooks Harper and James BarragánWed, 28 Jun 2023 15:35:22 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/28/texas-legislature-tax-cut-plan/Residents put up flags for the Fourth of July in a neighborhood on the south side of Pasadena on July 1, 2017.Residents put up flags for the Fourth of July in a neighborhood on the south side of Pasadena on July 1, 2017.Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneFirst special session ends with no new laws, Texas lawmakers still deadlocked on property taxeshttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/27/texas-legislature-special-session-ends/Gov. Greg Abbott quickly called lawmakers back to the Capitol for round two, hoping to break an impasse that has outlasted the regular session and one overtime period.By James Barragán and Patrick SvitekTue, 27 Jun 2023 13:08:04 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/27/texas-legislature-special-session-ends/The Texas Capitol seen from a parking garage at sunrise on June 6.The Texas Capitol seen from a parking garage at sunrise on June 6, 2023 in Austin.Joe Timmerman/The Texas TribuneTexas Senate’s handling of Angela Paxton’s role gives small boost to her husband in pending impeachment trialhttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/22/ken-angela-paxton-impeach-recuse/Sen. Angela Paxton will have no say in deliberations to convict or acquit impeached Attorney General Ken Paxton, but she will sit on the Senate court of impeachment. That means 21, not 20, votes will be needed to convict.By James BarragánThu, 22 Jun 2023 18:36:16 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/22/ken-angela-paxton-impeach-recuse/Ken Paxton takes the oath of office to begin his third term as attorney general from Gov. Greg Abbott, as his wife, state Sen. Sen. Angela Paxton, R-McKinney, holds the Sam Houston Bible.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton takes the oath of office for the third time from Gov. Greg Abbott, as his wife, state Sen. Sen. Angela Paxton, R-McKinney, holds the Sam Houston bible Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneKen Paxton’s impeachment trial will begin Sept. 5, with his attendance requiredhttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/20/ken-paxton-impeachment-trial-senate-rules/Senators, who will sit as a court of impeachment for the suspended attorney general, spent two days drafting rules that were adopted late Wednesday.By James Barragán and Patrick SvitekTue, 20 Jun 2023 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/20/ken-paxton-impeachment-trial-senate-rules/Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference at the Houston Recovery Center on October 26, 2021. Paxton was temporarily suspended from office after the House voted last month to impeach him.State Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a press conference at the Houston Recovery Center on Oct. 26, 2021.Mark Felix for The Texas TribuneMeet the 4 whistleblowers behind most of the impeachment allegations against Ken Paxtonhttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/16/ken-paxton-impeachment-whistleblowers/Once high-ranking officials in the attorney general’s office, the four were fired after reporting concerns about Paxton’s behavior to law enforcement.By James BarragánFri, 16 Jun 2023 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/16/ken-paxton-impeachment-whistleblowers/Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton steps to the podium to make a statement to the press on May 26, 2023, a day before an impeachment vote in the Texas House.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton steps to the podium to make a statement to the press on May 26, 2023, a day before a scheduled impeachment vote. Behind him, from left: Tommy Tran, executive assistant; James R. Lloyd, associate deputy attorney general for civil litigation; Austin A. Kinghorn, associate deputy attorney general for legal counsel; Ryan Fisher, director of government relations; Joshua Reno, deputy attorney general for criminal justice; and Suzanna Hupp, special adviser.Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneHere are the top allegations that led to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeachmenthttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/16/ken-paxton-impeachment-allegations/In 2020, deputies in the attorney general’s office met with FBI agents to accuse their boss of misconduct. Their accusations would form the backbone of articles of impeachment against one of the state’s most powerful officials.By James BarragánFri, 16 Jun 2023 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/16/ken-paxton-impeachment-allegations/Attorney General Ken Paxton attends the inauguration ceremony for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Michelle Slaughter at the Capitol in Austin on Jan. 11, 2019.Ken Paxton at the inauguration ceremony of Judge Michelle Slaughter at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 11, 2019.Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneKen Paxton’s securities fraud trial will remain in Houston, court ruleshttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/14/ken-paxton-securities-fraud-houston/The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling overturns lower-court decisions that had moved the case back to Collin County, where the suspended attorney general lives.By James BarragánWed, 14 Jun 2023 09:52:56 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/14/ken-paxton-securities-fraud-houston/Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton gives a speech in the Senate chamber during his swearing-in ceremony in January.Opening Day action of the 88th Texas Legislature at the Texas Capitol showing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton giving a speech in the Senate chamber during his swearing-in ceremony.Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneNate Paul, Austin developer at center of Ken Paxton impeachment, arrested in Travis Countyhttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/08/nate-paul-arrested-ken-paxton-impeachment/It is not immediately clear what Paul was charged with, but Travis County officials confirmed he was being held in the jail at the request of the FBI. Paxton’s deputies accused Paul of bribing the now-suspended attorney general in 2020.By James Barragán, William Melhado and Patrick SvitekThu, 08 Jun 2023 19:22:10 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/08/nate-paul-arrested-ken-paxton-impeachment/Nate Paul, the Austin real estate developer central to allegations of illegal conduct by Ken Paxton, Texas’ now-suspended attorney general, was booked into Travis County Jail on Thursday afternoon.Nate Paul is the CEO of World Class, a real estate holding company.World Class website“These allegations are completely untrue”: Paxton attorney Tony Buzbee promises vigorous defense in Senate trialhttps://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/06/ken-paxton-impeach-tony-buzbee/The boisterous and outspoken attorney will be matched against two legal icons who will prosecute the attorney general in his upcoming trial before the Texas Senate.By Robert Downen and James BarragánTue, 06 Jun 2023 21:39:03 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/06/ken-paxton-impeach-tony-buzbee/Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton, speaks during a press conference at the Travis County Republican Party suite in Austin on June 7, 2023. Dan Cogdell, right, is another prominent Houston-based attorney who specializes in criminal defense and is a member of Paxton’s legal team.Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton, speaks during a press conference at the Travis County Republican Party suite in Austin on June 7, 2023.Joe Timmerman/The Texas Tribune