Jon Cassidy is the Texas bureau chief for 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.

Wisconsin prosecutors aim to shut down conservatives

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Commentary, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Part 112 of 113 in the series Wisconsin’s Secret War

By Jon Cassidy | From The American Spectator
Wisconsin has created a new type of political supervillain by combining the most reprehensible attributes of this nation’s two most infamous ogres of the last century — Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon.
Start with McCarthy’s reckless and unsubstantiated allegations against random [...]

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Walker ‘smoking gun’ story has tiny glaring flaw

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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It’s sometimes said journalism is the business of making mistakes in public. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel knows what that’s like, as it made a whopper of a mistake on its front page Tuesday

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John Doe prosecutors take desperate, unethical slap

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  Commentary, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Part 110 of 113 in the series Wisconsin’s Secret War

By Jon Cassidy |
Everybody in the media knows that if you want a story to die, you put it out late on a Friday afternoon.
The top editors already are gone for the weekend, and the reporters are all finishing something up and trying to get out [...]

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Perry’s not guilty of coercion, but I sure am

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Gov. Rick Perry could restore some credibility with conservatives by vetoing some spending measures.

Gov. Rick Perry is clearly not guilty of the charges in his indictment. I sure am, though. Anybody want to indict me?

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Two UT regents pressed for records destruction

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

Courtesy of UT System

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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