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Ryan E. Poppe

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office hired several people from his campaign and elsewhere, before they submitted applications or the jobs were posted publicly, as required by state law.

Fourteen people who worked on Paxton’s campaign or for former Gov. Rick Perry or U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz were given administrative jobs in the new attorney general’s office, the Austin American-Statesman.

Only one of those jobs was advertised, and records obtained by the newspaper show that Paxton’s office had chosen someone for it the day before the posting went online. The hires highlight ethics laws that are often ignored and have no enforcement mechanisms behind them.

Several Perry hires were found last year to have received their positions without any competition, the newspaper reported.

New Hampshire Republicans Not Ruling Perry Out

Jul 4, 2015
Ryan E. Poppe


DERRY, N.H. — If Rick Perry has a base in New Hampshire, it’s made up of women and veterans.

At a Friday night campaign event, an adoring crowd ate up every word from the Texas governor. Perry playfully referred to each female supporter he met as "girl," no matter her age. And when the party’s hostess presented him with a New Hampshire-shaped pin, he said, “Pin me.”

Ryan E. Poppe

The Employees Retirement System of Texas has announced that beginning this month, employee spouses would be entitled to all employment benefits including health coverage and spousal retirement benefits.  According to the agency’s website, that applies to all state agencies and to those who have retired from the state.  It also applies to the employees of state colleges and universities.

Ryan E. Poppe

The plaintiff in the US Supreme Court same-sex marriage case helps rally support against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s legal opinion concerning religious freedom and same-sex marriage licenses.   

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

County clerks in Texas who have religious objections to same-sex marriage can opt out of issuing such licenses — but they should be prepared to face fines or legal challenges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a written opinion on Sunday.