Longtime Bexar Co. Comm. Paul Elizondo, 83, passed away earlier today (Thursday). He served two terms in the House of Representatives from 1979-83 before being elected to the Commissioners Court. He unsuccessfully ran for Bexar County Judge in 1984 before returning to the Commissioners Court in 1986. He has been re-elected eight times since, including in November, when he defeated Republican challenger Theresa Connolly, 67%-33%. In March, Elizondo was forced into a primary runoff for the first time in his career by county veterans’ services officer Queta Rodriguez. Elizondo won the runoff by 4 points.

Under Section 202.002, Election Code, an appointed successor would serve until the 2020 general election, at which point the voters will decide who serves the remaining two years of Elizondo’s unexpired term.

AG: Prosecutors pursuing state criminal charges against Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton have asked the Court of Criminal Appeals to reconsider a decision it made last month because it created “a patently absurd result.” On the Friday after Thanksgiving, the court ruled 6-3 to overturn a lower court decision approving the special prosecutors’ legal fees. The court concluded that the lower court had no discretion to approve an hourly fee that differed from the fixed fee approved by local judges. The court ordered the lower court to approve a new fee based on that locally approved fee schedule.

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