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.

Patrick may decide fate of Texas, tea party

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

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By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
In a few years, if there’s any reason to look back on the 2014 election here in Texas, I think it’s likely that state Sen. Dan Patrick will be that reason.
Patrick has a chance to shape the fortunes of Texas and the tea party for years to come.
Greg Abbott may be […]

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Hutchison pulled strings for friends’ kids and grandkids at UT

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

WORTH IT: Hutchison says NASA must be supported by the taxpayers.

Former U.S. senator Kay Bailey Hutchison sits on a committee tasked with finding the next president of the University of Texas, after Bill Powers submitted his resignation in July amid a scandal over favoritism shown to lawmakers in the admissions process.

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UNC scandal holds lessons for UT investigation

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The University of North Carolina has uncovered a massive academic scandal stretching back two decades and involving more than 3,000 students, half of them athletes in the school’s premier sports programs.

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Brits mock Texan’s whine of racism over voter ID

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

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A columnist for the lefty Texas Observer got an op-ed into the U.K.’s favorite lefty rag, The Guardian, Tuesday decrying the state’s voter ID laws with all the rhetorical effect she could muster.

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Serial killer suspect got 5 years prison in plea deal

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Darren Vann, courtesy of the Texas Department of Public Safety

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
An Austin man who has confessed to the murder of at least seven Indiana women, according to police, had been arrested and convicted for sexually assaulting a Texas woman in 2008.
However, Darren Vann served just five years in prison after Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s office agreed to a plea […]

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Davis wheelchair ad goes way over the line

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

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My opponent wishes to rape women, but he cannot, because he is crippled.

That’s the gist of Wendy Davis’s argument for why she should be elected governor of Texas over her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott.

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