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Jon Cassidy was a former Houston-based reporter for Watchdog.org.

Houston pension bill moves ahead, despite flaws

By   /  March 21, 2017  /  News, Pensions, Texas  /  No Comments

Photo by Traci Patterson/Creative Commons

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner went to Austin Monday to convince lawmakers that he has hit upon a solution to Houston’s $8.1 billion pension problem. His answer is math — really complicated but ultimately pointless math.

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Election voided over free glowsticks at Texas A&M

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Campus Culture, Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Facebook campaign page for McIntosh

Some bureaucrats-in-training at Texas A&M have revoked the results of the election for student body president over some orange, pink, yellow and purple glowsticks.

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Paxton prosecutors mocked for threatening to quit

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

The special prosecutors pursuing Attorney General Ken Paxton threatened to withdraw if the upcoming trial is not postponed until they get paid.

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Commentary: How to steal from a school district and not get caught

By   /  March 7, 2017  /  Accountability, Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

The Texas Supreme Court says a school board has the authority to sideline its own dissenters.

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Lawmaker’s image takes a hit in Beaumont bond scandal

By   /  March 6, 2017  /  Accountability, Crony Capitalism, Education, News, Texas  /  No Comments

Beaumont ISD turned over a multi-million dollar project to a couple of “dumb asses” who “did lousy work and produced lousy designs,” an audit found.

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In tossing SEC’s Paxton case, judge gives sneak peek at criminal case

By   /  March 2, 2017  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Attorney General's Office

Even with new facts from the SEC, a federal judge still found there was no case to be made any law had been broken.

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