Our daily digest is a mid-day update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re watching:


SB4 Hearing:

For the second time this week, the issue of the state’s new anti-sanctuary cities law was before a federal judge. This time in Austin.

US District Judge Sam Sparks questioned why his court should decide whether the law is constitutional before it takes effect in September. The attorney general’s office sued Travis County and Austin last month, seeking a ruling that the bill is constitutional. But the state’s four largest cities, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, are already suing in a separate San Antonio court. The state wants that case moved to Austin.

Sparks didn’t immediately rule on those efforts Thursday.


Hear from the attorneys involved in the case tonight at 7pm. Plus State Reps. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, and Paul Workman, R-Austin, weigh in.


Ken Paxton Securities Fraud Hearing:

Thursday marks the first time Attorney General Ken Paxton will meet Judge Robert Johnson. Johnson is the newly-elected judge assigned to oversee Paxton’s securities fraud trial. The trial date has changed twice in recent months amid legal wrangling. The original judge overseeing the case was removed after losing jurisdiction to continue presiding over it.


Watch Capital Tonight at 7pm on Spectrum News Austin/San Antonio for these stories and more.


Posted by Karina Kling