The Back Mic: Texas GOP Decries Election Fraud Ruling, New Senate Finance Chair Tapped, Abbott Sheriff Endorsements Listed

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Texas Republican denounces Criminal Appeals Court ruling in election fraud trial

Texas Legislature From 2021, Election Integrity Act of 2021, At stake after Criminal Court of Appeals Rule Only district attorneys have the right to sue allegations of election fraud.

With some district attorneys across the state either hesitant or outright reluctant to prosecute election fraud, this leaves the bill’s future in question. The legislation gave the state attorney general specific authority to prosecute these allegations, but it was ruled a violation of the separation of powers by the court.

Being the highest judicial authority in criminal matters, the decision of the court is final.

This week, the Texas Republican Party released a brief statement criticizing the ruling and supporting the attorney general’s authority.

“This decision is bad for Texas. Now, Texas will have to rely on local prosecutors to investigate and prosecute election fraud.” “This likely means that large urban areas and a strong liberal hold will have no sanctuary to pursue electoral fraud.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has Requested The court should reconsider its ruling. The party reiterated the request, saying, “The Texas Republican Party supports the rehearing motion and hopes the court will overturn this radical decision that undermines years of precedent and the will of the legislature.”

Joan Hoffman, chair of the Senate Finance Committee

Governor Dan Patrick has chosen Senator Joan Hoffman (R-H) to take over the powerful Senate Finance Committee that will be vacant with incumbent Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) the retirement.

“When CFO Jane Nelson, R Flower Mound, decided not to run for re-election, I immediately began thinking about who I would name the next CFO,” Patrick said in a statement. The position of chief of finance is considered one of the most powerful positions in the Senate. This person, along with the Senate Finance Committee, oversees the budget of the ninth largest economy in the world.”

“After much thought and consideration, I have decided to appoint Senator Joan Hoffman to this position.”

Hoffman has been a Texas Senator since 2008, when she defeated Chris Bell in a special election.

“As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I will lead the effort, with the help of my Senate colleagues, to pass another county budget that meets the needs of our growing population, encourages economic growth, and provides public safety. Texas residents deserve no less,” Hoffman said of the appointment.

Hoffman took over the chair on Wednesday of this week.

In 2021, the Texas Legislature agreed A budget of $248.5 billion for the 2022-2023 biennium, along with a stronger ceiling for increased spending.

List of mayors who approved Abbott’s re-election

Last week, the back microphone was included Key Endorsements In the Texas race. This week, Governor Greg Abbott announced the approval of more than 50 of 254 mayors across the state. They are listed below:

  • David Sward – Atascosa County
  • Alden Southmead, 3rd – County Bee
  • Don Jackson – Blanco County
  • Jeff Neal – Boyce County
  • El Bo Stallman, II – Brazoria Province
  • Urbino “Penny” Martinez – Brooks County
  • Bobby Vickery – Calhoun County
  • Tam Terry – Carson County
  • Larry Row – Cass County
  • Brian Hawthorne – Chambers County
  • Michael Page – Childress County
  • Carl Bowen – DeWitt County
  • Mark Johnson – Fanning County
  • Ricky S Jones – Franklin County
  • Buddy Mills – Gillespie County
  • Donald Sowell – Grimes County
  • Roy Boyd – Goliad County
  • Keith Schmidt – Gonzalez County
  • Arnold Zwicky – Guadalupe Province
  • Pat Loughrey – Hardman County
  • Gary Cutler – Hayes County
  • Rodney Watson – Hill County
  • Irvine West – Hudspeth County
  • Brian Pevers – Kaufman County
  • Larry Leitha – Kerr County
  • Richard Kirkpatrick – Kleiberg County
  • Scott C. Cass – Lamar County
  • Jesus Ramos – Lampasas Province
  • Mika C Harmon – Lavaca County
  • Larry Busby – Live Oak County
  • David Capps – Marion County
  • Brad Ingram – Martin County
  • Emmett Shelton – McMullen County
  • David Crainer – Midland County
  • Clint Hammonds – Mills County
  • Rand Henderson – Montgomery County
  • Terry Bouchard – Ocheltree County
  • Brent Warden – County Oldham
  • Brian Thomas – Potter County
  • Pinky Gonzalez – County Sanctuary
  • Carl L. Squyres – Runnels County
  • Junwyn Valdez – Rusk County
  • Thomas in Maddox – Sabine County
  • Robert Cartwright – San Augustine County
  • Oscar Rivera – San Patricio
  • Trey Wilson – Scurry County
  • Larry Smith – Smith County
  • Bill Wyburn – Tarrant County
  • Doc Wiggington – Throckmorton County
  • Justin Marr – Victoria County
  • Shannon Srupar – Wharton County
  • Raimondo “Rey” del Bosque, Jr. – Zapata County
  • Osivio Salinas – Zavala Province

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