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.

UT’s back door still open, but can’t stay secret, AG rules

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Attorney General Ken Paxton will have to decide whether UT has to share records uncovered during the Kroll investigation.

Part 52 of 52 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
The University of Texas may not keep secret the records of its ongoing backdoor admissions program, according to a new ruling by Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office.
Much of the public may be under the impression that UT closed that back door once […]

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Chancellor Bill McRaven’s UT cover-up has no defenders

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

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When Bill McRaven ran the Joint Special Operations Command, JSOC’s stated goal was simple: “know everything.”

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An open letter to Attorney General Ken Paxton on the UT cover-up

By   /  May 1, 2015  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Attorney General Ken Paxton will have to decide whether UT has to share records uncovered during the Kroll investigation.

Dear Attorney General Paxton,

Watchdog really needs your help. There is a great deal more than $38,000 riding on it.

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McRaven makes UT scandal his own

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 49 of 52 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
AUSTIN – The University of Texas Board of Regents Wednesday, in the most backhanded way possible, agreed to allow Wallace Hall to review documents from an investigation into corruption in the school’s admissions process.
A majority vote that actually went against Hall also made […]

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Lawmakers want UT applications shielded from scrutiny

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, a former co-chair of the committee to impeach Wallace Hall, wants to ensure sunshine laws don't apply to university applications.

Two Democratic lawmakers from Houston have a problem with the corruption of admissions at the University of Texas. Their problem is somebody found out about it.

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Politician on powdered booze: Won’t somebody think of the children?

By   /  April 6, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

courtesy of Palcohol

“The system is so corrupt that it cannot tolerate someone saying that the emperor has no clothes,” a commissioner named Howard Wolf said then. “They have been allowed to perpetuate a system that has used government at the expense of consumers.”

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