Jon Cassidy is the Texas bureau chief for He also writes a weekly column on politics for The American Spectator. He was formerly a reporter and editor for The Orange County Register in California and a reporter at The Hill in Washington, D.C. His work has been published by Fox News, Reason, The Federalist, Human Events, and other publications. He is a 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and a graduate of the University of Southern California. He and his wife Michelle live just outside Houston with their two children.

Texas legislator Fischer insists on role in UT investigation

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Two state lawmakers, whose demands to be included in an investigation into the University of Texas’ admissions practices were unanimously rejected by the Board of Regents earlier this month, are objecting to their rejection, although there’s little they can do about it.

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Is the conservative press legitimate? Texas speaker wants a rule

By   /  September 23, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus wants a committee of journalists to decide which reporters are “legitimate” so the Legislature can limit Capitol access to sufficiently apolitical reporters.

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Texas lawmaker failed to disclose his own clout letter in UT flap

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Courtesy of the state of Texas.

The co-chair of a legislative committee that investigated University of Texas regent Wallace Hall failed to disclose conflict of interest in his conduct of the investigation: he had written one of the clout letters at issue in the controversy.

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New crime invented for Hall: assisted guesswork

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Rusty Hardin is guilty of the same thing he accuses Wallace Hall of doing.

The Rusty Hardin report on University of Texas regent Wallace Hall is 187 pages of relentless mendacity. It’s so dishonest, I wouldn’t even trust its commas. I had the displeasure of wading back into this half-million dollar pile of half-truths this week after the Travis County District Attorney’s office announced a grand jury would be presented the Hall affair, or some tendentious version of it resembling the one Hardin put together for a legislative committee that tried and failed to impeach Hall.

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Export ban the real reason for Eagle Ford gas flaring

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The San Antonio Express-News recently published a remarkable investigation into the vast quantity of natural gas from Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale that’s going to waste, as producers flare it off rather than store it and bring it to market.

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Parents under suspicion in son’s death apparently took own lives

By   /  September 4, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Courtesy of the I SUpport Pallavi Dhawan Facebook group.

A mother and father grieving the death of their son apparently committed suicide this week, although the Frisco Police Department had not confirmed their identities 24 hours after authorities were called to the family’s home by neighbors who saw a body floating in the pool.

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