Author: East Texas Review

Texas Attorney General Vows to Continue Protecting the Unborn

Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed displeasure with a district court ruling today granting a temporary restraining order against a law protecting unborn human life from dismemberment abortions. The law, known as Senate Bill 8, was passed during the regular session of the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Abbott. It was set to take effect tomorrow, September 1. Abortion by dismemberment kills fetuses by tearing them limb from limb while they are still alive, causing the unborn victim to bleed to death. The U.S. Supreme Court holds that states have an interest in protecting and fostering respect...

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Smith County Adopts 2018 Budget, Tax Rate

The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, voted unanimously to adopt the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget and Tax Rate. Smith County officials have been working all year on the FY2018 Budget, which reflects the following priorities: road improvements; increased funding for law enforcement and jail operations; improved operational efficiency; continued improvement to facilities and technology; and hiring and retaining qualified employees who are providing the highest level of service to the citizens of Smith County. The Commissioners Court also adopted a Tax Rate of 33 cents per $100 valuation, which is the same as FY2017. By...

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Why Trump’s Wall Is Not Going to Happen

By Steve Chapman   Donald Trump has served one-seventh of his constitutionally allotted term of office, and given his talent for self-destruction, there is no guarantee he will get to serve the remaining six-sevenths. But whether he does or not, one thing is a safe bet: When he leaves the White House, there will not be a wall running the length of our southern border. This may come as a shock to his more devoted followers. They cheered madly, and still cheer madly, at his promises to build a wall that Mexico will pay for. “Believe me, one way...

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GAS PRICES WILL NOT GO UP

AG Paxton Warns Gas Stations Against Fraud in Wake of Hurricane Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a warning to gas stations against any attempt to take advantage of Texas consumers by fraudulent action in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general’s office received more than 500 complaints today, many of which involve allegations of high fuel prices in Dallas, including amounts ranging from $6-$8 dollars per gallon. “Texas law protects consumers from fraud in Dallas and other parts of Texas outside of the governor’s declared disaster areas,” said Marc Rylander, communications director for...

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Commissioner Ryan Sitton Addresses Fear of Gas Shortages

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton will address ongoing fears of gas shortages throughout Texas. While some refineries have shut down or are operating at reduced capacity due to Hurricane Harvey, plenty of refining capacity is still online and we have more than 230 million barrels of gasoline supply in Texas to meet needs. Citizens have no need to fear shortages even though prices could climb during the next few weeks until all refining capacity is back...

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