AG: After a district judge ordered the whistleblower lawsuit against Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) to proceed, Paxton’s team filed an appeal, further stalling the case. A three-judge panel of the Third Court of Appeals has set oral arguments for September 22. The order, signed by District Judge Amy Clark Meachum (D) on Tuesday afternoon, followed an earlier effort by Paxton’s legal team to appeal an earlier procedural move by Meachum in March. Paxton has denied any wrongdoing, blaming “rogue employees” who were either fired or resigned last year.

SD7: Houston author Misty Bishop established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), likely as a Democrat based on social media activity.

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