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.

Ready for the end of affirmative action?

By   /  June 29, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 55 of 55 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
When Watchdog.org set out to examine the admissions practices at the University of Texas two years ago, we weren’t trying to bring about the end of affirmative action in higher education.
But after a surprise U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear an affirmative […]

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McRaven’s defense to Hall lawsuit refuted by own words

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Bill McRaven, the chancellor of the University of Texas System, finally offered his reason Tuesday for obstructing Regent Wallace Hall’s access to records of an investigation into admissions corruption.

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Report: Texas has $81 billion in hidden debt

By   /  June 17, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Texas has $81 billion in hidden debt that doesn’t show up on balance sheets, according to a new study by Truth in Accounting.

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Whitewash: Kroll left dozens of bad LSATs out of UT report

By   /  June 11, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

University of Texas President Bill Powers waves goodbye after answering questions regarding a months-long investigation of admissions practices at the university on Feb. 12.

An investigation into the corruption of admissions standards at the University of Texas School of Law confirmed Watchdog’s reports that dozens of applicants had been admitted to UT Law despite atrocious test scores.

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Rep. Cook’s ‘ethics’ bill imperils Texas journalists

By   /  May 29, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Is Mike Wallace a criminal?

All the bad guys the late “60 Minutes” newsman embarrassed over the years might say there ought to be a law against his signature ambush interviews, but Texas may well be the first state to try to actually pass one.

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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 55 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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