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Texas GOP Attorney General Threatens Schools For Taking Students To Polls On Election Day

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The Democratic surge in Texas has Republicans scrambling to contain what they see as a ‘blue tsunami’ approaching the Lone Star State.

Record turnout on Texas election day on Tuesday has apparently sent chills through Republicans in the state, which demographically looks more like a Blue State than you’d expect from election results.

Now, according to a report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is accusing local school districts of “electioneering,” by encouraging students to vote and bussing them to polls.

Paxton, who survived an indictment for securities fraud when a judge dismissed the case, has said that students cannot be bussed to the polls on election day and issued cease-and-desist letters to the school districts suggesting the districts “used taxpayer resources to distribute messages to their staff and the public advocating for or against certain political candidates and measures.”

The Dallas Morning News reports that Paxton has also tried to ferret out opponents in those schools by filing records requests for “all emails between superintendents and principals pertaining to voting,”

What makes the situation especially odd is that Texas has a unique law on its books which requires principals to register their students to vote. The law, which dates to the Civil Rights movement, is no longer enforced.

“I don’t know how it’s become such a crazy thing unless people have an agenda for not wanting people to vote,” one school board member told the Morning News.

MUST READ: Ted Cruz On The Brink Of Losing ‘Control’ As Huge Democratic Turn Out Could Turn Texas Blue.

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White House Press Sec. Clashes With Reporters Over Trump’s Joe Scarborough Murder Smear

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had a contentious briefing with reporters on Tuesday as she defiantly pushed back on criticism of President Donald Trump for pushing the conspiracy theory that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is guilty of murdering intern Lori Klausutis.

“The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus,” Trump wrote in a tweet, “about whether or not Joe could have done such a horrible thing? Maybe or maybe not, but I find Joe to be a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, far better than most. So many unanswered & obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?”

ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl asked McEnany if Trump would honor a request from Klausutis’ family to take down the tweet.

“Why is the president making these unfounded allegations?” Karl asked. “This is pretty nuts, isn’t it? The president is accusing somebody of possible murder. The family is pleading with the president to please stop unfounded conspiracy theories. Why is he doing this?”

“I do know that our hearts are with Lori’s family at this time,” McEnany said without answering the question.

Shen then glanced at her prepared remarks and accused Scarborough of “joking about killing an intern” years after Klausutis died.

“I’m sure that was hurtful to Lori’s family,” she added.

“He’s the president of the United States,” Karl pointed out, “and he’s accusing somebody of possibly murder. This is different. He’s not a private citizen. He’s the president.”

“Yeah,” McEnany said, returning to her notes. “Joe Scarborough, if we want to start talking about false accusations, we have quite a few we can go through.”

“I’m asking about the president’s allegations,” Karl pressed.

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McEnany then left the room without addressing the question.

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