AG: It took nearly six months, but the Court of Criminal Appeals declined the special prosecutors’ request to reconsider its November ruling striking down their fees. The judges did not explain their decision, although it seldom reconsiders any of its rulings. Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) was indicted by a Collin Co. grand jury on securities fraud and a related charge nearly four years ago, and the case has never gone to trial. The case has been delayed by proceedings to change venues, replace the presiding judge and dispute the attorneys’ fees. Paxton has repeatedly denied the charges, and a similar federal case against him was dismissed twice.
Bexar Co.: Sheriff Javier Salazar (D) announced he would seek re-election. Salazar was first elected in 2016.
Live Oak Co.: Sheriff Larry Busby (R) announced he would seek re-election. He was first elected in 1980 and has been re-elected nine times, mostly as a Democrat. He is the longest-tenured sheriff currently serving in Texas and has the fourth-longest tenure in state history.
Edinburg: A group seeking to recall Mayor Richard Molina fell about 350 signatures short of the 2,150 it needed. Meanwhile, arrest warrants were issued for Molina and his wife Dalia following their indictments earlier this month on voter fraud charges connected to his November 2017 election.
Port Arthur: Nearly 2,500 people voted early for the June 22 mayoral runoff as during the early voting period for the May 4 election. That corresponds to an early turnout of 8%. Mayor Derrick Freeman faces Thurman Bartie. We will have live coverage beginning Saturday at 7 p.m. CDT.
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