Texas Senate rejects all motions to dismiss Ken Paxton impeachment charges (Texas Tribune)

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    Texas Senate rejects all motions to dismiss Ken Paxton impeachment charges – By Patrick Svitek and Zach Despart (Texas Tribune) / Sept 5, 2023

    The pretrial motions required a majority vote. The most support a motion to dismiss received was 10 out of 30 senators.

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    The Texas Senate on Tuesday rejected all of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s efforts to dismiss the articles of impeachment against him, moving forward with the first removal proceeding against a statewide elected official in more than a century.

    The rapid-fire series of votes on 16 pretrial motions made clear that senators want to at least hear the evidence against Paxton before deciding his fate. And the vote counts provided an early gauge of how willing GOP senators may be to remove a fellow Republican from statewide office.

    While the House vote to impeach Paxton was overwhelming and bipartisan, the Senate offers a different political landscape. Its Republican members are more in line with Paxton’s brand of conservatism, and he has more personal connections in the chamber where he once served and his wife remains a member.

    The pretrial motions required a majority vote, but the most support a motion to dismiss received was 10 out of 30 senators — all Republicans — and that motion sought to throw out a single article.

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