Paxton Recovers $26 Million for the State of Texas, Medicaid Program
AUSTIN, TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton resolved an enforcement action against pharmaceutical manufacturer Apotex for reporting inflated drug prices to the Texas Medicaid program. Under the agreement, Apotex will pay Texas $26 million to resolve claims against it.
This settlement is the latest recovery in price reporting cases the Attorney General has brought under the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act since 1999, resulting in a cumulative recovery for Texas taxpayers of over $2.3 billion.
“Thanks to our Civil Medicaid Fraud Division’s commitment to Texas taxpayers, identifying and preventing Medicaid fraud continues to be a top priority in my office,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We will not allow pharmaceutical companies to take advantage of vulnerable Texans, and we will continue to be vigilant in cracking down on any abuse of this important program.”
Pantene just released an online commercial that has resulted in backlash from Christians and non-Christians alike. Sawyer, a transgender girl, and Sawyer’s two moms are featured in the latest Pantene ad, which glamorizes the LGBTQ lifestyle.
“Just be yourself and don’t let anybody tell you who you are” is one of the extremely misleading taglines from the new Pantene ad. A feel-good nod to those who falsely believe gender can be chosen, the tagline sadly goes against the biblical truth that God created us and decided who we were before forming us in our mothers’ wombs.
The commercial is narrated almost entirely by one mom as the other mom quietly sits beside her, with a few added lines from Sawyer. But do not be deceived. Notice some of the misleading wording used within the ad to normalize the LGBTQ lifestyle:
Opening tagline: For LGBTQ kids, hair is more than how you look. It’s how you are seen.
Sawyer has always been super gender creative.
And hair has been a big part of her transition.
Once she told us that she identified as a girl, she immediately wanted to grow her hair out.
Sawyer said, “It made me feel good and confident, and it made my insides match my outsides.”
This was a kid who knew who she was from such a young age.
So, I’m always telling Sawyer to never hide who she is. Always be herself. Never be afraid to step out and exist as the person that she is.
Sawyer states, “My advice is just be yourself and don’t let anybody tell you who you are.
Closing tagline: Those who make us feel seen make us feel loved.
Final logo: Pantene/Family is #BEAUTIFULGBTQ/Proud to Support Transgender Visibility
Pantene Pro-V also tweeted:
“Hair is a large part of our identity. And for LGBTQ+ youth like Sawyer, who choose to express themselves, their style, & their creativity through their hairstyle, it can help them feel seen. Catch up with Sawyer and her mom Ashley & see how this family is #BeautifulLGBTQ.”
Procter & Gamble, Pantene’s parent company, also owns several other lines of products that conservatives should avoid purchasing and supporting. This ad is not the first time P&G has pushed the LGBTQ agenda in their commercials. In fact, 1Million Moms has launched campaigns and voiced our concern in the past regarding P&G’s transgender Gillette ad for Father’s Day, as well as their lesbian Head & Shoulders ad for prom.
But instead of ditching its politically-charged messages, P&G took their message to an even deeper level with this transgender Pantene ad. So let this serve as a warning from One Million Moms to P&G customers that do not want to support ideology that pediatricians actually call “child abuse.”
We wanted to let you know that, once again, P&G has decided to cater to homosexualsand their sinful lifestyle choice. And since a portion of each sale goes to help finance P&G’s social agenda that has nothing to do with hair care products, it’s time to find another, family-friendly brand and product line.After all, there are plenty of hair care products on the market for moms to buy for their families that do not support liberal causes. We have a choice.
Moms are aware that P&G manufactures a long list of popular products, but P&G needs to remember that other competitors make similar products. Moms also know that store brand products will help the grocery bill in this tough economy.
Have no fear! One Million Moms will continue to support companies in the future when we fully understand that they stand on principles and morality. Likewise, we will choose to stay away from those who do not support moral decency.
Pantene needs to hear from you.
Openly supporting the homosexual agenda versus remaining neutral in the cultural war is just bad business. If Christians cannot find corporate neutrality with Pantene, they will vote with their pocketbook and support companies that are neutral.
Pantene is irresponsible to air such a commercial, especially when families are likely to be watching. It is extremely destructive and damaging to impressionable children viewing the commercial. Everyone knows children mimic what they see and hear.
Democrats radical agenda to federalize state elections
The top legislative priority of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is to launch an assault against the First Amendment and against free and fair elections. Without these foundational freedoms, America will be unable to maintain her democratic republic.
Take action now before it’s too late and let your voice be heard. Tell your U.S. senators and representative to publicly oppose and vote against the expansion of government regulation and censorship of state elections.
The House version (H.R. 1) and Senate version (S. 1) of Pelosi’s and Schumer’s bills are deceptively named the “For the People Act.” Their bills are not about the citizenry but about Democrats preserving and cementing political power. They would remove the constitutional authority of the individual states to run federal elections and put that power into the hands of those in the U.S. Congress and the administrative state.
These deceptive and destructive bills would require non-profit organizations like American Family Association to publicly disclose financial donors’ names to the federal government. These names would then be made available to the public and searchable on government websites. Names of donors could then be used, for example, to publicly intimidate those whose religious convictions define marriage as being between one man and one woman, or those who believe that sex is a fixed biological reality established at conception. Such an act of intimidation of donors would harm the ability of non-profit organizations to advocate on behalf of their supporters. These bills would weaponize the Federal Election Commission against Americans and use the force of government as a way to silence dissenting opinion.
Pelosi’s and Schumer’s versions of the bill would also federalize state elections by imposing unconstitutional mandates and would expand federal government regulation of state elections. This agenda would violate the rights of states and their citizens to establish voter qualifications to ensure integrity at the polls by enforcing “progressive” laws on voter identification, absentee ballots, and mail-in voting.
Sincerely, Tim Wildmon, President American Family Association
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AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.
In Travis County, while working with the United States Marshal’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Christopher Michael Garcia in Austin on February 23. Garcia had an outstanding warrant for murder issued by the Austin Police Department.
In Ellis County, Brandon Douglas Wilder was arrested in Midlothian on February 23. Wilder had an outstanding warrant for Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact issued by the Midlothian Police Department.
In Smith County, while working with the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Jordan Syncere Hankins in Tyler on February 23. Hankins had an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Robbery issued by the Tyler Police Department.
The Texas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Unit made one arrest in relation to sexual assault of a child.
In San Patricio County, Gabriel Gonzales, 56, of Mathis was arrested on a sexual assault of a child warrant. This case was received as a tip from the Polaris National Hotline, as well as a request for assistance by the Mathis Police Department. During the investigation, it was determined that in 2020, Gonzales sexually assaulted a child in Mathis. Gonzales was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the San Patricio County Jail with a $40,000 bond.
AG Paxton: TX Lawsuit Results in Court Halting Biden Administration’s Unlawful Freeze of Deportations, Upholding Federal Law
AUSTIN, TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton today lauded the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas after it issued a nationwide preliminary injunction halting implementation of a portion of the Biden Administration’s unlawful memorandum to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The memorandum directed an almost complete freeze of deportations of illegal aliens, violating congressionally enacted immigration laws. The Court also found that the memorandum lacked “a rational explanation” and that the Biden Administration should have given Texas notice and an opportunity to comment on the freeze because it would have a “significant impact” on Texas. That impact would have been a significant financial cost to Texas and taxpayers.
“I fully support the Court’s decision to prevent implementation of the Biden Administration’s unlawful action and prioritize Texans’ safety and the rule of law. A freeze on deportations at this scale would undermine federal law, irreparably harm our great state, and directly endanger our citizens. Law and order must be upheld,” said Attorney General Paxton.
“I will continue to defend Texas against those who unlawfully ignore United States law in favor of their own policy preferences.”