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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]

Paxton prosecutors’ bill hits $575,000

By   /  January 13, 2017  /  Accountability, News, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, Texas  /  No Comments

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The court-appointed prosecutors in the Ken Paxton case have submitted new invoices that bring their compensation to date to $575,105.99.
The new batch of invoices from Kent Schaffer, Brian Wice, and Nicole DeBorde covers the last year, with a total of $205,191.24 in new billing.

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High court hears arguments on whether UT can bury investigation

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  Accountability, Education, Judiciary, News, Open Records, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

There was no “you can’t handle the truth” moment, but there should have been, as UT’s case comes down to a similar premise: surely somebody gets to decide Hall can’t handle the truth.

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Report: Out-of-state greens push Texas anti-fracking laws

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Energy and Environment, News, Regulations, Texas  /  No Comments

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A group supported by four Texas energy producers is striking back at out-of-state environmentalist groups, arguing that the environmentalists have been hiding their extreme policy goals behind mild rhetoric.

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Judge weighs booting Paxton prosecutor from Bandidos case

By   /  January 6, 2017  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Attorney Kent Schaffer, one of the court-appointed attorneys prosecuting Attorney General Ken Paxton in a securities fraud case, is running into trouble of his own in a racketeering and conspiracy case where he represents the former president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

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Tribune spreads myth of underfunded Texas schools

By   /  December 22, 2016  /  Commentary, Education Blog, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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For years the media have been telling Texans that they’re stingy with school funding. For some reason, Texans believe them, despite the evidence in front of their eyes, in the form of shiny palatial campuses, stadiums and gyms across the state.

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UT-RGV put on probation; president’s bonus doubled

By   /  December 21, 2016  /  Education, News, Texas  /  No Comments

Courtesy of UT-RGV.

The president of the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley got his bonus for next year doubled just weeks before the school was put on probation for a year, putting its accreditation at risk.

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