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May 1, 2014

Texas Attorney General candidate Sam Houston makes stop in Palestine


Texas Attorney General candidate Sam Houston was in town recently, shaking hands and sharing views with folks who turned out for the meet-and-greet held Wednesday at Jerry Hanson's Law Office in Palestine.

During the event, hosted by the Anderson County Democratic Party, Houston discussed education finance reform, federal lawsuits and voter suppression, noting that the attorney general's office has been “used to advance a purely partisan agenda.”

“I’m an attorney for about 26 years in Houston, Texas, and what I pride myself on is solving disputes,” Houston said. “Who you are is what you care about and how you’ve conducted your business, and that’s what we need in our state government, and that’s what we need in our attorney general’s office, and that’s why I’m running.

“The attorney general probably has as much power as any state office; it is an extremely important position… What has happened the last 20 years, it has just been run over by the Republican Party,” he added.

Houston then referenced the current attorney general, Greg Abbott, who is running for governor on a campaign underscoring “how many lawsuits we’ve filed against the federal government.”

“We shouldn’t be running government acting like we’re at war with the United States of America, to use that as a campaign statement,” Houston said.

What’s more, he said the Republicans are “spending your tax dollars to sue the United States government” — 27 cases, he noted.

“It ought to be worked out short of a lawsuit. That’s wrong, that needs to change, and that’s why I’m running for attorney general.”

Additionally, Houston said he wanted to get the ball rolling for education finance reform, which in turn would bolster Texas' future. With the state being rich in natural resources, it’s appealing to enterprise, Houston said.

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