With Texas voters heading to the polls again in May for primary runoff elections, transparency and open accountability should be top of mind for voters and a top priority for our elected officials.

That’s especially true in the election of the state’s top lawyer and law enforcer, our state attorney general.

Jon Smiley is a board member of Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse and president of iON Constructors LLC.

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Gary Scoggin

Gee, I’m shocked Indicted felon Ken Paxton won’t sign this.

Carlos Ponce

Gary Scoggin, Ken Paxton is not a felon. An indictment does not make him a felon. With this post do you get Democrat Party Brownie Points?

Ed Buckner

Gary Scoggin--correct: "indicted felon." Not--yet, anyway--"convicted felon."

Carlos Ponce

I stand by my statement since Ken Paxton is not a felon. The closest one can say is Ken Paxton is facing a "felony indictment", not the same as "indicted felon". Ask your English teacher.

Charlotte O'rourke

“transparency and open accountability should be top of mind for voters and a top priority for our elected officials.”

Absolutely.

Carlos Ponce

And those who indict or impeach for purely political reasons, Charlotte?

Charlotte O'rourke

Carlos, unfortunately, for some, politics is always in play. I look at the issue and not political party. Should government be open and transparent? Absolutely.

Failure to follow transparency concepts is the one issue that I will never compromise on, and is why I’m always on the port’s case. It’s why I will not let up until someone (the city council) makes the port comply with the city charter.

How does someone obtain records and agreements that are “oral”? You can’t. How does someone lodge protest prior to implementation when the first time you hear about a topic or rule is in the newspaper? You can’t.

I don’t know how many of the GDN’s posters actually do their own research into public records, but I use it and depend on an AG office that believes in open government. I depend on the city council to hold discussions in public unless there is a very specific reason not to do so, and to appoint individuals to boards and committees that understand open records and meeting laws and refuse to participate in closed meetings on process or policy discussions. We can agree or disagree on the actual policy decisions, (e.g. golf carts) but there should be no controversy as to whether we get to hear the discussion and how the rules came into being (how the sausage was made).

Let the light shine on government decisions and records.

Carlos Ponce

Does Charlotte remember the "SCIF -Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility" hearings held in the bowels of the Capitol. Transparent? Not at all. Democrats running the hearings never did release all the minutes from those hearings - only what they wanted you to know......

Charlotte O'rourke

Carlos, back to political party again? ….. That was my point. I don’t care if Democrats are withholding the information or the Republicans or the Independents … we need an AG that is for sunshine laws and releasing of records.

Charlotte O'rourke

As a fyi, I haven’t read the pledge being referred to in this editorial, and I was only endorsing the concept of transparency. I’m voting for change for the AG.

Ed Buckner

Charlotte O'Rourke--correct and reasonable, as usual.

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