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.

Lehmberg’s rape case screw-up to stay secret

By   /  January 27, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

A still from a 2004 Gary, Ind. police video captures Darren Vann holding a jerry can and threatening to set his girlfriend on fire. (Chicago Sun-Times)

By Jon Cassidy |
The state attorney general’s office is allowing Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to keep secret the details of a botched prosecution of a rapist who has admitted killing seven women in Indiana since his release from prison in Texas.
In October, police in Gary, Ind., arrested Darren Deon Vann on suspicion of […]

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Abbott’s UT picks are pro-affirmative action

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

AP file photo

The two people nominated by Gov. Greg Abbott to join the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System support affirmative action.

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Texas welfare agency lets crack pipe vendor take food stamps

By   /  January 19, 2015  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Crack pipes and 'water dogs' are among the utensils you could pick up at this Dallas market, which accepts the Lone Star card.

By Jon Cassidy |
DALLAS – Anybody want to buy a crack pipe with food stamps?
I know a place in South Dallas we could try. It’s a little market off Bonnie View Road with a case full of glass pipes for various vices up front, and it’s been authorized by the state to accept payment […]

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Ex-UT Law dean’s credit card bill: $400k in four years

By   /  January 17, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of the University of Texas

Part 34 of 34 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy |
For years before a forgivable loan scandal forced him to resign as dean of the University of Texas Law School in 2011, Lawrence Sager was running up annual six-figure bills on a credit card paid for by the UT Law School Foundation.
From […]

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May the many choose to be one?

By   /  December 30, 2014  /  Florida, National, News, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

AP Photo/Tribune Review, Sidney Davis

Part 6 of 6 in the series A License to Speak: The Dark Money Deception

By Jon Cassidy |
Campaign finance regulation has always been a threat to free speech. Dark money regulation is a different kind of danger.
For the zealots, ridding the world of dark money means sunlight and transparency, a block on billionaires buying […]

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Insiders craft speech rules to trap outsiders

By   /  December 29, 2014  /  Free Speech, National, News, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

AP file photo

Part 5 of 6 in the series A License to Speak: The Dark Money Deception

By Jon Cassidy |
The Texas Ethics Commission recently approved new political speech regulations aimed at “dark money.”
The commission and the media have presented the new rules as a corrective by sensible moderates forcing shady political extremists to operate in the light […]

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