Texas lawmaker failed to disclose his own clout letter in UT flap

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The co-chair of a legislative committee that investigated University of Texas regent Wallace Hall failed to disclose conflict of interest in his conduct of the investigation: he had written one of the clout letters at issue in the controversy.

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Don’t drink the water, but not because of fracking

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Pennsylvania, Texas, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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A new study made up of water samples from Texas and Pennsylvania shows water was contaminated as a result of faulty well construction, not fracking.

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Sheriffs in the Southwest: The border is ‘spiraling out of control’

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Arizona, California, Federal Government, Immigration, National, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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A coalition of sheriffs in the Southwest will call on Congress for tougher and better coordinated programs to address the border crisis.

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Want cheaper gas and economic growth? Lift crude oil exports ban, study says

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, New Mexico, News, North Dakota, Texas  /  No Comments

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A study claims lifting the U.S. crude oil export ban would cut prices at the pump, reduce unemployment by 200,000 a year and boost the U.S. economy by up to $1.8 trillion.

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New crime invented for Hall: assisted guesswork

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Rusty Hardin is guilty of the same thing he accuses Wallace Hall of doing.

The Rusty Hardin report on University of Texas regent Wallace Hall is 187 pages of relentless mendacity. It’s so dishonest, I wouldn’t even trust its commas. I had the displeasure of wading back into this half-million dollar pile of half-truths this week after the Travis County District Attorney’s office announced a grand jury would be presented the Hall affair, or some tendentious version of it resembling the one Hardin put together for a legislative committee that tried and failed to impeach Hall.

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Election monitor argues strict photo ID laws won’t oppress transgender voters

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Alabama, Elections, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, National, News, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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A voter integrity watchdog says a study arguing transgender voters could be disenfranchised by strict voter ID laws is overblown.

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