Jon Cassidy is the Texas bureau chief for Watchdog.org. 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.

Powers to get top salary at UT Law

By   /  July 29, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Bill Powers, the disgraced former president of the University of Texas, will be the highest paid faculty member at the School of Law this year, according to the terms of his contract.

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McRaven trolls Dallas Morning News

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

UT's board of regents don't want anyone to see the data investigators dug up/ Watchdog.org

Chancellor Bill McRaven is daring the paper to follow up on its coverage of the influence-peddling scandal at the University of Texas.

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Houston’s debt passes Detroit’s

By   /  July 22, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Houstonians know all about foundations that crack.

According to a key measure of fiscal health, Houston’s situation is nearly as bad as that of Chicago, which is starting to collapse under its debt burdens.

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UT admissions abuse is 10 times bigger than Kroll’s depiction

By   /  July 14, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

The leadership of the University of Texas at Austin has buried the school in scandal with a sweep-it-under-the-rug approach.

Part 56 of 58 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
At least 764 applicants initially denied admission to the University of Texas were admitted thanks to a backdoor program for the wealthy and politically connected administered by former president Bill Powers.
More than 200 of those applicants were admitted despite having their applications cancelled […]

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Cruz calls PolitiFact ‘noxious, yellow journalism’

By   /  July 6, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

That's Cruz: 11, PolitiFact: 1.

In his new book, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, calls out “a new, particularly noxious species of yellow journalism that is beginning to infect what passes for modern political discourse. It’s called ‘PolitiFact.’”

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Ready for the end of affirmative action?

By   /  June 29, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Photo by the Supreme Court of the United States

Part 55 of 58 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
When Watchdog.org set out to examine the admissions practices at the University of Texas two years ago, we weren’t trying to bring about the end of affirmative action in higher education.
But after a surprise U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear an affirmative […]

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