Week in Review: Voter fraud probes and a House Speaker challenge heating up

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The Texas Attorney General’s Office is setting its sights on a giant Texas law firm in a voter fraud investigation that centers in Tarrant County.

At issue: tens of thousands of mail-in ballots in elections are purported to have been signed by the same person in violation of state law.

AG’s office shines spotlight on major law firm in voter fraud probe

And that’s not the only voter fraud development this week.

The Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Office wants the Attorney General to open a criminal investigation into voting in three municipal utility districts in Montgomery County connected to their use of temporary voters.

Texas Elections Chief to AG: Criminal probe into “borrowed” voters needed

The Special Legislative Session is coming to an end, but a possible challenge to House Speaker Joe Straus might be just getting started.

The House Republican Caucus will meet this coming Thursday to discuss — and possibly adopt — a plan to pick the next Speaker.

Will Texas House Speaker showdown kick off next week?

With an Oct. 23 court date looming, a criminal defense attorney is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that disqualified him from representing State Sen. Carlos Uresti in a fraud case that some have likened to a Ponzi scheme.

Attorney Mikal Watts was disqualified by a judge last month, saying Watts had a conflict of interest because he previously represented a woman identified as a victim in the case against Uresti.

Carlos Uresti attorney fighting to represent the senator in fraud case

See something that should be in our week in review? Email Editor Trent Seibert at [email protected].

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Trent is an award-winning editor and reporter, who has previously worked The Denver Post, The (Nashville) Tennessean, and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Most recently, he was the investigative producer for Houston’s KTRK-TV ABC-13. He was also the editor and founder of Texas Watchdog, a ground-breaking news group that paved the way for this project. Trent is a teacher of journalism skills, and has shown hundreds of reporters and citizen-journalists how to use public records, databases and journalism tools to keep a watchful eye on their own local government.

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