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.

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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Can’t vote with a bus pass? TX voter ID law struck down over confusion

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, an appointee of President Obama who struck down Texas’ voter ID law Thursday, had plenty of reasons for what she did.

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Lawsuit: ACA navigators used as union recruiters

By   /  October 9, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments


A lawsuit filed by an organizer for Battleground Texas accuses a labor group established by ACORN founder Wade Rathke of instructing an Obamacare navigator to spend time recruiting union members.

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Texas legislator Fischer insists on role in UT investigation

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

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Two state lawmakers, whose demands to be included in an investigation into the University of Texas’ admissions practices were unanimously rejected by the Board of Regents earlier this month, are objecting to their rejection, although there’s little they can do about it.

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Is the conservative press legitimate? Texas speaker wants a rule

By   /  September 23, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus wants a committee of journalists to decide which reporters are “legitimate” so the Legislature can limit Capitol access to sufficiently apolitical reporters.

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Texas lawmaker failed to disclose his own clout letter in UT flap

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The co-chair of a legislative committee that investigated University of Texas regent Wallace Hall failed to disclose conflict of interest in his conduct of the investigation: he had written one of the clout letters at issue in the controversy.

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