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Jon Cassidy is the Houston-based reporter for Watchdog.org. He worked for six years as a reporter and editor for The Orange County Register after beginning his career at The Hill, broken up by a few years in South America working as a translator and English teacher. His work has been published by the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, City Journal, The American Spectator, Reason, The Federalist, Human Events, the Dallas Morning News, the San Antonio Express-News, and other publications. He was awarded the 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship. He is best known for his work in bringing to light a far-reaching admissions scandal at The University of Texas. You can reach him at [email protected]

HCC boss to visit Cuba on taxpayers’ dime

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Education, News, Texas  /  No Comments

The Hotel Saratoga in Old Havana offers suites to international travelers starting at $516 per night.

Chancellor Cesar Maldonado of HCC is taking a three-day junket to Cuba, with taxpayers covering the $6,000 bill.

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Houston mayor offers half-serious pension plan

By   /  September 19, 2016  /  Labor, News, Pensions, Texas  /  No Comments

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The pension plan that Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced this week is about as realistic as Houston can handle right now.

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Texas court mulls ‘magic words’ loophole for transparency law

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Judiciary, News, Open Records, State Government, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

Courtesy of the Supreme Court of Texas

The Supreme Court of Texas heard arguments Wednesday on whether to write a loophole into state public records law that would allow government agencies to avoid public scrutiny and disregard basic public records procedures simply by invoking “magic words.” The court could also decide to eliminate a previous loophole it created, but most of its public […]

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Austin sued over paying workers for union activities

By   /  September 8, 2016  /  Labor, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of the city of Austin

The Texas Public Policy Foundation filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Austin that raises questions about the nature of public sector unions.

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SEC’s case against Paxton is crumbling

By   /  September 2, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The Securities and Exchange Commission’s fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton could be dismissed within the next 30 days, after a federal judge subjected the commission’s attorneys to harsh questioning Friday morning.

“You’re basically asking me to create a new general rule” requiring disclosure of compensation, Federal District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III told SEC attorney Matt Gulde.

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SEC case against Texas AG Paxton faces hurdle

By   /  September 1, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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There’s no specific requirement in state or federal law that explicitly requires that disclosure; it is a new and untested theory formulated by the special prosecutors who are making millions bringing the case.

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