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.

McRaven makes UT scandal his own

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

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Part 49 of 49 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

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“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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UT regent blasts speaker for ‘abuse of office’

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 44 of 49 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall accused the speaker of the Texas House and two other state lawmakers of abusing their offices Tuesday, hours after a Travis County grand jury decided it had no cause to indict Hall.
For the past two years, Hall’s […]

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Texas lawmakers show ignorance of political speech law

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
Two state lawmakers trying to make new laws regulating political speech in Texas aren’t all that clear about the laws that already exist.
A hearing last week by the House State Affairs Committee on four new bills to regulate political speech confirmed the authors of those bills don’t have a firm grasp of […]

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Supreme Court asked to look at UT’s backdoor admissions program

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 47 of 49 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
The University of Texas practices two forms of discrimination in admissions.
Its practice of racial discrimination has gone before the U.S. Supreme Court, which huffed and puffed two years ago in the well-known case of Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas, but didn’t […]

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