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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-TX) ran for his life as if he was being chased by a mob with pitchforks and torches. In fact, it was nothing more than a lowly process server trying to hand the chief Texas lawman a subpoena.
Speaking on MSNBC to Stephanie Ruhle explained the lawsuit was brought by health groups looking to help women access legal abortions in states outside of Texas.
"The process server said [Paxton] fled his home to avoid the subpoena. His wife, a state senator, then quote got inside the truck and started it, leaving the rear door behind the driver's side open. A few moments later, I saw Mr. Paxton run toward the driver's side. I loudly called him by his name and stated I had documents for him. Mr. Paxton ignored me and headed towards the truck," Ruhle read aloud.
The process server was not wearing a GoPro camera or any other recording device to capture the moment on film, though the description of someone whose supposed to be a tough guy hiding behind his wife drew mockery from the political world. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram even went so far as to say that every time Ken Paxton was in the news, it humiliates the state of Texas.
Paxton claimed that the media was trying to drum up another controversy and a "stranger" was lingering outside of his home leading to fears for his safety. Typically when lawmakers fear for their own safety, they have security officials outside of their homes. Paxton didn't
"This coming from a man who has reportedly gone to court to defend a Texas law that allows perfect strangers to sue women on the suspicion they might have had an abortion," Ruhle said.
Former federal prosecutor and Alabama University School of Law Professor Joyce White Vance said she was "speechless" because as the chief lawman of a state he shouldn't be afraid for his life due to a process server.
"Paxton, the attorney general of the state of Texas, understands and appreciates how this works," she said. "So, what this boils down to is that Paxton, the attorney general, the person who's supposed to be in charge and gauge in oversight of Texas' criminal justice system, was afraid of facing the courts himself. If that's not a perfect way of capturing what's going on in Texas on this abortion issue, I don't know what is."
It's possible Paxton didn't know that it was a process server when he fled his home after diving into a car. If that was true, however, it's unclear why he would force his wife to go outside and face the process server. Since scurrying away, Paxton hasn't accepted the service of the subpoena.
Former Republican lawmaker David Jolly questioned why exactly Paxton would run scared.
"Paxton is one of the more disreputable figures in American politics today," Jolly said, not holding back. "The only thing you didn't mention is that he spoke and participated in the Jan. 6th rally. I think it's that final piece that led him to re-election over George P. Bush, one of the younger Bush family members in Texas. Paxton labeled Bush an establishment legacy Republican and said he was the true Trump Republican and so Texans elected him by a margin of about two to one. This little episode kind of leaves you questioning a lot, but I think it's clear of the person we're speaking about."
Jolly explained that a person could accept a subpoena and not testify. Paxton didn't need to jump into a moving vehicle like a bank robber fleeing the scene.
"You can petition this is out of bounds and ultimately, that's what he asked the court to do is [quash] the subpoena and he was victorious in doing that," said Jolly. "But to run from a process server raises a couple of questions. One, did he think it was about something else? Did he know it was about this matter or did he think he was being approached about something else or why did he feel threatened? Someone that participated in the Jan. 6th rally with a largely white crowd trying to topple democracy being approached by a process server who appears to be Hispanic or not white? Why doesn't he say I'm the top lawyer in the state? I'm smart enough to handle this. Paxton, he's a bad guy. Let's just be honest. He's under indictment. He's been accused of bribery by people within his own office. He participated in Jan. 6th and ran from a process server. He's a bad guy."
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The National Hurricane Center reports that Ian is strengthening in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, raising concerns for residents that it could become a Category 4 storm, potentially overnight or early morning Wednesday.
Tuesday, Ian has been considered a Category 3 storm.
And with Ian headed toward south of Tampa Bay, in Sarasota County, officials are urging certain residents to evacuate and take their pets with them. In addition, county emergency management officials will be turning off water in some areas of the county, such as Siesta Key, and encouraging families to develop communication plans.
“I think if you go back 48 hours, and you look at where that track was going, even though we said, ‘don’t get wedded to where that eye is,’ they had the eye of the storm arriving some place’ in Northern Florida,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “When we went to bed last night, the anticipation was landfall in the Tampa Bay area. And now models this morning… all have it coming into the Sarasota region.”
DeSantis held his second press conference Tuesday at the Sarasota County Emergency Operation Center to go over what he called the “final stages of preparations for what will be a really, really significant hurricane.”
He noted that the trajectory of the storm has changed drastically over the last few days due to the unpredictability of hurricanes such as Ian.
The storm is expected to linger over the initial landfall area, according to DeSantis.
“Another factor that they’re forecasting now is that, when it makes landfall, let’s say somewhere in Sarasota County, most of the forecasts have it slowing down to almost a crawl. And what that means is it’s going to dump an inordinate amount of rain,” DeSantis said. “So that could be Sarasota, it could be a little bit inland…there’s still time for it to wobble.”
He also urged Floridians to listen to local officials and heed evacuation orders, saying that evacuation orders have been issued “up and down the Gulf Coast of Florida, including here in Sarasota County.”
“The issue with this, if you’re in one of these low-lying areas, and you have the potential for 10, 15 feet of storm surge, that can absolutely be life threatening. Those orders, I think, are not taken lightly.”
He clarified that evacuating may not mean doing hours of travel up north.
“You don’t need to evacuate to another state. You don’t need to evacuate hundreds of miles away. The key is to get to high ground and be in a safe structure. I know here in Sarasota, they have shelters that are open that can do friends and family in the area,” DeSantis said.
“In Florida have structures that can deal with hurricanes, it’s hard to deal with 10 feet of water,” he added. “And that is really what is underlying these evacuation notices.
Kevin Guthrie, director of the Division of Emergency Management, gave some advice to the residents of Sarasota and other impacted areas, such as ensuring that residents take their pets if they evacuate.
Ed McCrane with the Sarasota County Emergency Operations gave some specific advice for Sarasota residents:
“Utilities will be shut up will be shutting off water service to all residents and businesses located on Siesta Key after 5:00 o’clock this evening. The City of Sarasota maybe doing the same on Lido in that area, so keep that in mind. Solid waste collection services have been cancelled. The landfill is closed. We asked our community to continue to be smart, make their preparations now and follow evacuation notices when issued,” he said.
As for those seeking evacuation, he added:
“If you go into an evacuation center, eat before you go. Bring your emergency kit, including bedding and bring a flashlight, toiletries — you’re gonna get 20 square feet of space there…You can bring a pet. Every single evacuation center in Sarasota county is pet friendly.”
He also encouraged Floridians to keep their gas tank “half-full” to keep lines at the pump down.
“That shortens the amount of time at the lines at the gas stations…same thing goes to electrical cars, keep those batteries at 50 percent or more.”
Guthrie also urged people to have cash on hand in case ATMs lose power and electricity goes down.
Plants and yard furniture should be secured or brought inside, he noted.
According to a 2 p.m. public advisory update from the National Hurricane Center, “Ian is moving toward the north near 10 mph (17 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the north-northeast with a reduction in forward speed is forecast tonight and Wednesday,” the early afternoon advisory said.
“On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico today, pass west of the Florida Keys later tonight, and approach the west coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area on Wednesday and Wednesday night,” the advisory continued.
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Television Dr. Mehmet Oz's U.S. Senate campaign is struggling with its conspiracy theories, according to a new Washington Post analysis.
"By now, hearing Republicans say their opponents have a secret plan to destroy America has become so common, it’s background noise. Donald Trump has turned his Truth Social account into a vehicle for full-blown QAnon lunacy, and even supposedly sane Republicans say President Biden is intentionally laying waste to our nation," Paul Waldman wrote. "But this might have become a trap that Republicans can’t break out of."
He noted a recent interview with Oz complaining about how his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, dresses.
Oz said, "It turns out that if you’re a far-left radical, with the belief that this country is irredeemably stained, you just want to break it apart. Just bust America, crack it to its base, break it asunder, and rebuild it with your toxic ideology. That’s what he stands for. When he dresses like that, it’s not an accident. He’s kicking authority in the balls."
Waldman had harsh criticism for the attack.
"There’s not much reason to believe this attack actually works. It is, however, what the Republican base has been taught to expect — and to apply to every Democrat, no matter who they are," he explained. "Not only have Republican candidates come to rely on conspiracy theories in every context, but they’ve lost all creativity about them. Rather than fitting the conspiracy theory to the candidate they’re opposing, they now fit the candidate to the conspiracy theory."
Read the full analysis.