Texas business group slams EPA water grab

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Government Regulation, News, Texas  /  No Comments

WATER WAR: Opponents say the EPA's "Waters of the United States" could even regulate cattle ponds like this one in Texas.

A state business alliance is accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of seeking to control “every pond, puddle and ditch in Texas.”

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Sports marketer refuses to cough up records for Texas A&M, risks losing deal

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  News, Open Records, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments


By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org
Secrecy goes before a fall in the world of open records.
When Learfield Sports signed a marketing deal in 2006 with Texas A&M, it included the provision that all information derived from the dealings between the two is “subject to the Texas Public Information Act.”
When a San Antonio newspaper came knocking at […]

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UT’s back door still open, but can’t stay secret, AG rules

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Attorney General Ken Paxton will have to decide whether UT has to share records uncovered during the Kroll investigation.

Part 52 of 52 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
The University of Texas may not keep secret the records of its ongoing backdoor admissions program, according to a new ruling by Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office.
Much of the public may be under the impression that UT closed that back door once […]

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Chancellor Bill McRaven’s UT cover-up has no defenders

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

AP file photo

When Bill McRaven ran the Joint Special Operations Command, JSOC’s stated goal was simple: “know everything.”

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Green power lines hogtie poorest Texans

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

TEXAS TURBINES: Getting wind power to consumers is proving a costly proposition for Texans.

“Green” power is smacking Texans with higher utility bills, but Democratic lawmakers in Austin, aided by wayward Republicans, don’t care. They’re stalling legislation that would reel in wind-energy costs.

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Brownsville bag fee money goes to heavy equipment – and a duck pond

By   /  May 20, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, News, Texas  /  No Comments


By March, Brownsville’s plastic bag fee fund had swelled to $1 million, fueled by a fee of up to $1 per grocery transaction on consumers that was to pay for recycling and clean-up initiatives.

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