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Jon Cassidy is a reporter for Watchdog.org. He used to report for The Orange County Register and The Hill, and his work has been published by Fox News, Reason, The American Spectator, The Federalist, Human Events, and other publications.

Blue ribbon panel solves world’s problems

By   /  February 9, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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In a recent official statement, this commission has reached a state of bureaucratic zen that achieves togetherness with all other commissions.

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Will Texas fit more foster kids in urine-soaked trailers?

By   /  February 8, 2016  /  Accountability, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

Orphans by Thomas Kennington/public domain

“I do not understand how anyone can read that decision, let alone live with the case for years, and not conclude that a part of the solution is finding ways to keep more children out of this foster care horror show in the first place,” Wexler said.

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Harris County leads nation in clearing wrongful convictions

By   /  February 3, 2016  /  Judiciary, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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One defendant had been sentenced to death for murder, and the other 42 had been convicted of possessing drugs that lab tests later proved were not drugs.

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$100 million hipsters: El Paso gets old-timey streetcars

By   /  February 2, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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When the project is completed by late 2018, if all goes well, El Paso residents will be able to ride back and forth along a two-mile corridor from the border crossing at Stanton Street downtown to the University of Texas at El Paso, at speeds slightly faster than walking.

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Texas police turning into mobile debt collectors, group warns

By   /  January 27, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The company’s contracts with Guadalupe County and the City of Kyle call for a 25 percent service charge, most of it payable to Vigilant, to be tacked onto the outstanding fines, putting a detained driver into bind: either pay all outstanding debts plus the service charge, or go to jail.

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Midland tests notion that rich schools are always better

By   /  January 26, 2016  /  Education, News, Texas  /  No Comments

photo via PWSD

Midland ISD is among the top 2 percent of school districts in the state with regard to wealth, thanks to the oil and gas industry, yet its academic results are poor by almost every measure.

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