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.

Texas: Med Board lets DEA sneak peeks at patient records

By   /  September 4, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Courtesy of U.S. Department of Justice.

Does the DEA need a reason, or a warrant, to go rummaging through private medical records in search of pill mills and prescription drug abusers? The DEA doesn’t think so.

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El Paso GOP to defy ban on Constitution giveaway

By   /  August 28, 2015  /  Immigration, News, Texas  /  No Comments

A detail of the preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America.

The El Paso Republican Party has been told to stop handing out copies of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence outside of naturalization ceremonies at the city’s Civic Center.
However, the local party chairman, Adolpho Telles, said Thursday that the group was planning to defy that order and continue distributing the materials this morning.

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Chronicle botches kneecapping of Texas AG

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Ken Paxton is Attorney General of Texas.

Paxton sold the girls short, the Chronicle says, on a multi-million dollar inheritance. The truth is that the two girls stood to inherit little more than a $100,000 life insurance policy and a pickup truck when a court appointed Paxton to represent them. Paxton turned that meager inheritance into a deal for two college funds and three-quarters of a million dollars.

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UT approves ‘Spinal Tap’ policy for backdoor admissions

By   /  August 20, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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To understand McRaven’s position that nobody is displaced by special admissions favors, think of the classic scene from Spinal Tap, where the guitarist insists his amps “go to 11.” The regular admissions class gets the dial to 10. If UT needs room for a few more, it just turns the dial up to 11.

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Case against associate of Texas AG collapsing

By   /  August 20, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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“The evidence did not show any actual harm to clients” of Texas AG’s associate, judges find.

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UT sues to block Watchdog access to admissions investigation

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

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The University of Texas System has filed two lawsuits to keep anyone from learning what investigators found in a probe to get to the bottom of its corrupt admissions practices.

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