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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]

SEIU Texas files for bankruptcy after losing suit

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Judiciary, Labor, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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SEIU Texas filed for bankruptcy over the weekend following a $7.8 million judgement in a lawsuit brought by a janitorial service company the union sought to destroy.

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Texas Rep. Byron Cook sued over fraud claim

By   /  November 21, 2016  /  Judiciary, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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“If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half-hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” -Rounders

State Rep. Byron Cook (R – Corsicana) is being sued personally by a former business associate who is accusing a Cook company of ripping him off for nearly a quarter-million dollars.

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State Fair facing sanctions for hiding finances

By   /  November 15, 2016  /  News, Open Records, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The State Fair of Texas is facing legal action and monetary sanctions for using the courts to stall an inquiry into its secret financial arrangements.

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Wife wins constable’s office her husband tarnished

By   /  November 9, 2016  /  Accountability, Criminal Justice, News, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

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Last night, two years after Victor Trevino, a Harris County constable, pleaded guilty to a public corruption charge amid accusations that he had spent charity funds on gambling trips with his wife, his wife won the job he had held for 26 years. With 76 percent of the vote, Silvia Trevino, a Democrat, was elected […]

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Friday night slights: Pearland ISD tramples anti-bond speech

By   /  November 4, 2016  /  Accountability, Education, First Amendment, News, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, Texas  /  No Comments

WE AIN'T TALKIN' 'BOUT THE GAME: Pearland ISD has considered using $24 million from the next bond issue to build indoor practice facilities that would rival those found in the Southeastern Conference. The Neyland-Thompson Center at the University of Tennessee, pictured here, cost $11 million to build, less than either of  the practice fields Pearland ISD has considered.

Twice now, Pearland residents opposed to a $220 million school bond have gone to high school football games to display a sign in the parking lot. And twice now, school district officials have kicked them out, while allowing the district’s own pro-bond “information table” to remain next to the entrance.

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Fair Park: Is the fix in?

By   /  November 1, 2016  /  Accountability, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Has anybody got a better idea for what to do with Fair Park than spending $7 million to fix up some pig pens? Dallas is officially open to new ideas. However, city records published Friday suggest that the new openness may be a formality, a bit of legal compliance. If you’ve got a bold vision, […]

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