A cartoon of Texas with the words "Loon Star State" inside its outline. The "L" in "Loon" is wearing a hat that's part cowboy and part dunce cap.
Ben Sargent

Loon Star State: In Ken Paxton’s Bathroom

We don't want to know what he uses for toilet paper.


Ben Sargent, a bald, older white man with a bushy white beard is dressed in a suit and red bowtie, with his artistic tools, including pens, in front of him.

A version of this story ran in the September / October 2023 issue.

A cartoon image showing Ken Paxton in the Attorney General's private bathroom at the Texas legislature or similar governmenrt building. He whistles a cheerful tune as he dries his hands on shreds of paper labeled "The Law" as a substitute for paper towels from his bathroom's wall dispenser.
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Part of our coverage of the impeachment of Ken Paxton. To see more political cartoons from Ben Sargent, visit our Loon Star State section, or find Observer political reporting here.

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