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Emma Platoff covers the law and its intersections with politics for The Texas Tribune.
Paxton Hearing

Paxton Fought $300 Hourly Rate For Attorneys Prosecuting Him, But OKs It For “Rookie”...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has argued that $300 an hour is too much to pay the two special prosecutors appointed to take him...

Across Texas and the Nation, the Novel Coronavirus Is Deadlier for People of Color

Texas’ southernmost county, Cameron, is home to just 1.5% of the state’s population, but it accounts for nearly 5% of its known...

As Coronavirus Cases Surged, Texas’ Contact Tracing Workforce Shrunk

As Texas becomes a national hot spot for the new coronavirus, the state is still falling short on the governor’s months-old goal to employ...

Years After a Judge Ordered Fixes, Texas’ Child Welfare System Continues to Expose Children...

On an April morning just two months shy of his fourth birthday, A.B., a toddler, was found unresponsive on the floor of...
Texas Supreme Court on Jan. 15, 2020. Photo credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Rejecting appeal, Texas Supreme Court blocks Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance

The high court let stand a lower court's ruling that Austin's paid sick leave ordinance is unconstitutional because it conflicts with the Texas Minimum Wage Act.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Warns Austin, San Antonio, Dallas to Loosen Coronavirus Restrictions

Escalating tensions between Texas state officials and the leaders of some of the state’s biggest cities, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office warned...

Speaking statistically, this GOP donor wants to convince you that money buys justice in...

Salem Abraham in his office on Dec. 19, 2019. David Bowser for The Texas Tribune. CANADIAN — To tell...

Criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton remains threatened after court upholds prosecutor...

After mulling the question for nearly six months, the nine Republican judges on Texas’ highest criminal court will not reconsider their 2018...

Dan Patrick threatens to use "nuclear option" to skirt Senate tradition and bring property...

Faced with a stalemate on his priority property tax proposal, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Friday that if no deal materializes over the weekend,...

Texas Senate approves occupational licensing law LGBTQ advocates call a "license to discriminate"

Texas business leaders and Texas Welcomes All holds a press conference to speak out against discriminatory legislation on March 27, 2019.  Emree Weaver / The...

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