I had forgotten that AG Ken Paxton of Texas (America’s Lab for Bad Policy) was in Washington DC on Jan. 6 and addressed the insurgents at the rally before the Stupid Coup commenced. So many idiots were there blubbering about their feeeeeeeelings how could I keep track of all the paste-eaters? My regrets.
And I was not aware that Texas has a sunshine law (The Texas Public Information Act ) that “guarantees the public’s right to government records — even if those records are stored on personal devices or online accounts of public officials.”
So imagine my surprise to learn that Paxton is refusing to release any messages he sent or received while there, and is being sued by multiple news outlets:
The Texas attorney general’s office is attempting to withhold all messages Ken Paxton sent or received while in Washington for the pro-Donald Trump rally that devolved into a riot at the U.S. Capitol.
So the AG of Texas is officially refusing to enforce a Sunshine Law that, uh, he is supposed to enforce?
A spokesperson for the Office of the Attorney General said the agency follows the Texas Administrative Code, which specifies how long agencies have to hold on to records but is distinct from the open records law. He did not answer reporters’ questions about whether Paxton is given free rein to determine which of his communications are public and which are confidential under these rules.
So they will hold onto the records, just not release them. Got it.