Today's Beaumont Enterprise publishes the editorial, "Texas must reveal source of execution drugs."
Attorney General Greg Abbott was right the first time: The state of Texas must reveal the source of the execution drugs it uses - just as it must identify virtually every company or individual it does business with. That's how open government works. You don't carve out exceptions, because if you do, pretty soon you don't have the transparency that taxpayers deserve when their tax dollars are involved.
Yet Abbott is wavering now because he's running for governor, and his legal opinion could slow or stop the politically popular death penalty - even though Abbott supports it, and that could cost him some votes.
The argument that manufacturers of lethal drugs could be subject to harassment or threats if their identity were revealed doesn't hold up. There's no indication that would happen.
Earlier coverage of Texas lethal injection issues begins at the link.