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Wed Oct 8, 2014, 10:39 PM

Dallas Morning News endorses Sam Houston (D) for Texas attorney general over Paxton

Serious legal issues dogging Republican state Sen. Ken Paxton should rule him out for consideration to be the next attorney general of Texas. Itís fortunate for voters that thereís a solid alternative in a Houston attorney whose name isnít easy to forget.

Career litigator Sam Houston, a Democrat, is making his second run for office, having been on the ballot in 2008 in an unsuccessful run for the Supreme Court of Texas.

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Paxtonís impaired candidacy stems from his written admission that he broke state law by failing to register with the State Securities Board even though he solicited paying clients for a financial services firm that paid him a 30 percent cut. It wasnít a one-time slipup on Paxtonís part. The Securities Boardís civil complaint against him cites solicitations from 2004, 2005 and 2012.

As if to make the situation vanish, Paxton, 51, a veteran lawmaker from McKinney, declined to contest the disciplinary order and paid a $1,000 fine in May. But the matter lives on. A complaint has been filed with the Travis County district attorneyís office, which has postponed any decision on taking the matter to a grand jury until after the election. That raises the possibility of felony charges against a sitting attorney general, the stateís chief law enforcement officer. Voters should not invite that kind of embarrassment for Texas.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20141008-editorial-we-recommend-sam-houston-for-texas-attorney-general.ece

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 02:12 PM

1. Sam Houston has the best name in Texas politics

I have met Sam and he is a great man. Sam's opponent is a crook and is facing felony charges after the election

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 10:48 AM

2. So far, four Texas Newspapers have endorsed Sam Houston and Mike Collier, both Democrats.

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Response to DhhD (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 10:53 AM

3. Thanks for posting.

Hopefully voters will dig deeper into the issues and realize that the GOP candidates are not qualified for office.

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