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Investigators probe mystery votes in Cook’s primary win

By   /  July 21, 2016  /  News, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

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Just one day after a federal appellate court dismissed voter fraud as an “almost nonexistent problem,” Texas is facing a potentially major election fraud case.
In a March 1 primary election in Hill County, there were some 1,743 more votes cast then there were voters in the election, according to a June 21 letter from state Director of Elections Keith Ingram referring an investigation to the Attorney General’s office.

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Richardson suspends red light camera program

By   /  July 20, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, News, Texas  /  No Comments

Reacting slowly to a judge's ruling, Richardson has suspended its red light camera ticket program.

The city of Richardson on Wednesday stopped issuing tickets to drivers caught on camera running a red light. The decision comes almost a month after a district judge in the city of 100,000 north of Dallas issued a summary judgment and $27,000 in attorney’s fees to Russell Bowman, a Keller attorney who challenged a four-year-old $75 […]

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Official vows to stop Lone Star Rail in its tracks

By   /  July 20, 2016  /  Accountability, News, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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Its designated route blocked, the faltering Lone Star Rail project could lose its funding lifeline next month. “To move forward is a waste of taxpayer money,” Hays County Commissioner Will Conley told Watchdog.org.

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State looks to curb tyranny of the local majority

By   /  July 20, 2016  /  Accountability, Immigration, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

Mayor Sylvester Turner could be setting himself up by looking into a municipal identification card program aimed at illegal immigrants.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner this week auditioned for a starring role in a conservative effort in the next legislative session to curb local government overreach. Turner said he is reviewing a call from immigration activists in Houston to create a municipal identification program, an effort to skirt a Supreme Court deadlock that sank President Barack Obama’s effort […]

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Transparency at issue as Fair Park privatization nears

By   /  July 18, 2016  /  News, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Tammy Johnston, one of nine people named last week as potential overseers of the new Fair Park Texas Foundation, is calling for the foundation to subject itself to the Texas Public Information Act.

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Hold on, Austin, relief is on its way

By   /  July 14, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Texas  /  No Comments

Battling what it says is a health and water quality scourge, Austin's City Council is spending $272,000 of your money on two public potties, like this one in Sacramento.

In its ongoing effort to follow as closely as possible the folkways of San Francisco and Portland, Austin will soon provide two nicely appointed and staffed toilets for those homeless, incontinent, over-served and otherwise in need. The cost to taxpayers for providing these facilities is $272,000 for a year. Many of the details — the […]

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