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.

Two UT regents pressed for records destruction

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Two regents of the University of Texas System pressed for the destruction of hundreds of thousands of records maintained by President Bill Powers’ office earlier this year.

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UT Law keeps open door for donors’ kids

By   /  August 11, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

HALL: The UT regent is on the hot seat for his investigations into law school admissions.

Rich lawyers write big checks to a foundation that stuffs the pockets of administrators making the admissions decisions at the University of Texas law school.

Is this charity or pay-to-play?

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Roe v. Wade is AG’s new pretext for blocking Texas law school investigation

By   /  August 1, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Attorney General Greg Abbott has done more to uphold Roe v. Wade than Wendy Davis, the abortion enthusiast running against him for governor.

When a pro-life strict constructionist such as Attorney General Greg Abbott interprets Roe v. Wade so broadly it applies to law school entrance exams, a reasonable person might conclude Abbott is engaged in motivated reasoning, to put it nicely.

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Shockingly expensive school electrician indicted for fraud

By   /  July 31, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Calvin Walker, the Beaumont electrician who kept on getting work with a school district long after he admitted submitting fake six-figure invoices, finally went to jail the week, although it was just a few hours before he posted bail.

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Texas AG Greg Abbott embraces Roe v. Wade

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Attorney General Greg Abbott has done more to uphold Roe v. Wade than Wendy Davis, the abortion enthusiast running against him for governor.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, presents himself as a pro-life strict constructionist.

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Public Safety ignores TX House vote, starts fingerprinting everyone

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

The Department of Public Safety wants everybody's fingerprints.

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
HOUSTON — Last month, the state Department of Public Safety started collecting full sets of fingerprints from every Texan who comes into their offices for a new drivers’ license or a renewal.
But the regulation that DPS adopted for this new policy didn’t take effect until July 6. The department may have jumped the [...]

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