Not long after, the affidavit stated, Paxton’s driver pulled up in a Chevy Tahoe, and the AG began walking out to the vehicle. Then Herrera called out his name. “As soon as he heard me call his name out, he turned around and RAN back inside the house through the same door in the garage.” A few minutes after that, Paxton’s wife ventured out and started the couple’s truck, which was also parked in the driveway. Then the attorney general “RAN from the door inside the garage towards the rear door behind the driver side.” Herrera attempted to serve the documents, again identifying himself, and eventually left them on the ground outside the vehicle.
Paxton responded angrily to the Texas Tribune’s write-up of the incident on Tuesday morning, framing the encounter as a precautionary maneuver at a time when elected officials are being subjected to violent threats.
“All across the country, conservatives have faced threats to their safety—many threats that received scant coverage or condemnation from the mainstream media,” he tweeted. “It’s clear that the media wants to drum up another controversy involving my work as Attorney General, so they’re attacking me for having the audacity to avoid a stranger lingering outside my home and showing concern about the safety and well-being of my family.” In a subsequent statement, Paxton invoked the Second Amendment and said that the server was lucky the situation didn’t “necessitate force.”
But if it was concern for the safety and well-being of his family that compelled Paxton to flee from a suspicious man with a manila envelope, it’s not really clear why his wife dealt with him. If anyone is familiar with what it’s like to be subpoenaed, it’s the scandal-plagued attorney general of Texas.
Source: Don’t Try Serving Ken Paxton With a Subpoena, Unless You Want to Get Shot – Mother Jones
…Pintado had long known about the phenomenon of babies stolen from hospitals in Spain. The thefts happened during the end of the regime of Francisco Franco, the right-wing dictator who ruled the country until 1975, and even today the disappearances remain a subject of mystery and debate among scholars. According to the birth mothers, nuns who worked in maternity wards took the infants shortly after they were delivered and told the women, who were often unwed or poor, that their children were stillborn. But the babies were not dead: They had been sold, discreetly, to well-off Catholic parents, many of whom could not have families of their own. Under a pile of forged papers, the adoptive families buried the secret of the crime they committed. The children who were taken were known in Spain simply as the “stolen babies.” No one knows exactly how many were kidnapped, but estimates suggest tens of thousands…
- A record 186 Indigenous candidates are running in Brazil’s general elections in October, up 40% from the 2018 elections.
- Candidates and activists say the surge is pushback against the increased attacks on Indigenous rights, lands and cultures under the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro.
- There’s currently only one Indigenous member in the 594-seat National Congress, a body whose lower House has overwhelmingly supported legislation considered detrimental to Indigenous rights and environmental protection.
- Only two Indigenous individuals have ever been elected to Congress, but Brazil’s main Indigenous coalition hopes to improve this representation with a coordinated campaign to support Indigenous candidates.
Source: With rights at risk, Indigenous Brazilians get on the ballot to fight back