The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton’s suit seeking to overturn the presidential election results in four other states. “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” said the Court in an unsigned, one-page order (PDF).

Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas would have permitted the case to go forward because, in their view, the Court lacks the discretion to refuse to hear a case falling within its original jurisdiction. Alito and Thomas have taken this position in previous orders rejecting an original jurisdiction matter, and their dissent here has nothing to do with the issues raised by the case.

Election Day: Tomorrow (Saturday) is runoff Election Day for several local jurisdictions including Houston, El Paso, Baytown and Laredo. We will not be providing live coverage but will report the results.

HD132, HD142: A Harris Co. grand jury has indicted three people who “sought to illegally influence” two races for the Texas House.

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