What’s he got to say? Kemper Project manager remains muzzled

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.

Hicks won’t stop UT’s backdoor admits

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

University of Texas President Bill Powers waves goodbye after answering questions regarding a months-long investigation of admissions practices at the university on Feb. 12.

Part 41 of 41 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
AUSTIN – A few Republican state senators demonstrated Thursday that they aren’t willing to ignore the admissions scandal at the University of Texas, even if Gov. Greg Abbott is.
The Senate Nominations Committee heard testimony Thursday from Abbott’s three nominees to join the UT […]

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Kroll report takes dig at Watchdog.org

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

It's called the McCombs School of Business for a reason. (Photo: UT-Austin)

There’s just one point in the 107 pages of the Kroll report on admissions favoritism at the University of Texas where its author expresses anything resembling outrage.

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Weak admissions to University of Texas Law increased after Sager’s ouster

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Kroll Associates found scores of underqualified candidates admitted to UT Law. Brandon Watts/Creative Commons

The number of subpar applicants admitted to the University of Texas School of Law surged after President Bill Powers forced Larry Sager to resign as dean of the law school in 2011, according to numbers from a recent report on admissions favoritism by Kroll Associates.

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Billionaire defends UT admissions privileges for ‘leaders’

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

This is not actually San Antonio billionaire Red McCombs. It's an ironic caricature of William Jennings Bryant as a plutocrat. Bryant was known to quote Thomas Jefferson's maxim:  “equal rights to all and special privileges to none.”

Part 38 of 41 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
The public response to the news that the wealthy and powerful have been exercising undue influence on admissions decisions at the University of Texas has left Red McCombs, the former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, feeling “surprised, shocked and dismayed.”
McCombs, who […]

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Kroll ignored hundreds of weak UT applications

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

POWERS-LESS: University of Texas President Bill Powers will resign in 2015

An important number from the Kroll Associates report on admissions favoritism at the University of Texas is popping up in news stories and editorials, from the Austin American-Statesman to the Washington Post and elsewhere. But almost everybody has misunderstood what it means.

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Report: University of Texas showed favoritism to thousands

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

AP file photo

Part 36 of 41 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
A new report at the University of Texas lays out one of the biggest admissions corruption scandals in U.S. history.
The Kroll Associates report outlines a secret affirmative action program for the advantaged that dwarfs prior scandals at the University of California-Los Angeles and […]

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