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Jon Cassidy is the Houston-based reporter for 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]

High-dollar Paxton prosecution puts Collin County judge on hot seat

By   /  October 25, 2016  /  Judiciary, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The Collin County Commissioners Court voted 5-0 Monday in support of a resolution to challenge excessive payments to the special prosecutors in the securities fraud case pending against Attorney General Ken Paxton.

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Federal court tosses SEC’s case against Texas attorney general

By   /  October 7, 2016  /  Federal Government, Judiciary, News, Texas  /  No Comments


Attorney General Ken Paxton won a sweeping victory in court this afternoon, as Federal District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III dismissed a securities fraud case that the Securities and Exchange Commission had brought against him.

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High schools with SEC-level practice fields? Pearland says maybe

By   /  October 3, 2016  /  Education, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

The Neyland-Thompson Center at the University of Tennessee cost $11 million to build, less than either of  the practice fields Pearland ISD has considered.

What if the best thing you could say about a big, fat Texas school bond was that it might “waste” $24 million on the sort of football practice facilities that most college programs don’t have?

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High court to decide if University of Texas can deep-six investigation

By   /  September 29, 2016  /  Education, News, State Government, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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University of Texas Chancellor Bill McRaven’s decision to cover up for high-ranking lawmakers and corrupt members of his own board is headed to the Supreme Court of Texas for a final decision, which Hall’s attorneys believe will have “massive implications for state governance.”

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HCC boss to visit Cuba on taxpayers’ dime

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Education, News, Texas  /  No Comments

The Hotel Saratoga in Old Havana offers suites to international travelers starting at $516 per night.

Chancellor Cesar Maldonado of HCC is taking a three-day junket to Cuba, with taxpayers covering the $6,000 bill.

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Houston mayor offers half-serious pension plan

By   /  September 19, 2016  /  Labor, News, Pensions, Texas  /  No Comments

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The pension plan that Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced this week is about as realistic as Houston can handle right now.

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