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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.

Congress sends signal to debt-ridden cities by shrugging off Puerto Rico debt guarantee

By   /  May 25, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Federal Government, News  /  No Comments

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The first cracks have appeared on the dam that restrains a great lake of federal, state, and local debt from inundating the country.

Two conservatives tried to patch one of those cracks at a Congressional hearing Wednesday, but were overruled by colleagues who wanted to reduce the water level by a few buckets full.The first cracks have appeared on the dam that restrains a great lake of federal, state, and local debt from inundating the country. Two conservatives tried to patch one of those cracks at a Congressional hearing Wednesday, but were overruled by colleagues who wanted to reduce the water level by a few buckets full.

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Five Texas school districts asking voters to OK Detroit-level debt

By   /  May 6, 2016  /  Education, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Five school districts in Texas are seeking to put themselves into even deeper debt than Detroit at the ballot box on Saturday. It’s a measure of the disconnect between Texas and the rest of the country that those five ballot measures aren’t even the most extreme bonds this go-round.

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Do commissioners really oppose Paxton prosecutor fees?

By   /  May 5, 2016  /  Judiciary, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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An attorney who’s been trying to stop the payment of six-figure fees to the special prosecutors pursuing Attorney General Ken Paxton is calling out the Collin County Commissioners Court, and in particular, Judge Keith Self.

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State Fair’s expenses help explain Fair Park’s blight

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

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Fair officials have claimed that they’ve been splitting the proceeds, sinking around 60 percent into their own needs, and spending 40 percent on improvements for the 277-acre Fair Park, which it takes over every fall. Actually, the State Fair has spent $112.5 million on improvements since 1998, according to its own records, but a good 90 percent of those improvements are of little to no benefit to anyone but the State Fair, according to a Watchdog analysis.

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A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for the State Fair

By   /  April 22, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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In his last few months as president of the State Fair, Errol McKoy earned $1,425,000, according to tax filings that haven’t yet been made public.

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The foster-care fiasco in Texas

By   /  April 18, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Texas is in shock over two recent brutal homicides – the strangulation of 18-year-old University of Texas freshman Haruka Weiser on April 5, and the death of 4-year-old Leiliana Wright of McKinney on March 13, allegedly at the hands of her mother’s drug-addict boyfriend. The link between those crimes is Child Protective Services, a unit […]

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