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Presidential candidates missed the most votes in Congress last year

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Federal government, Florida, Iowa, National, News, Politics & Elections, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The annual report card for the 114th Congress from congressional tracking website govtrack.us shows that the three U.S. senators who tried to move from the Capitol to the White House also missed the most votes in 2016.

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Size matters: Texas penalizes smaller school districts

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Education, Education Blog, Legislature, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Texas last year slapped a $244.7 million penalty on districts that had fewer than 1,600 students and spanned less than 300 square miles. In all, 467 independent school districts were penalized because they failed to consolidate into larger systems.

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Will A-F school ratings make the grade in Texas?

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Accountability, Education, Legislature, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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A new “A-F” grading system that rates Texas’ public schools is getting mixed reviews from education activists, with one skeptic likening it to putting lipstick on a pig.

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Texas lawmakers look to overhaul ridesharing regulations

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, News, Regulations, State Government, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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A pair of  state senators are pushing measures that would take the regulation of ridesharing companies out of the hands of Texas cities. One would hand the authority over to the state government. The other would effectively get the government out of the regulatory business. Transportation network companies (TNCs) vacated Austin in May 2016 after the failure […]

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Testimony by UT contradicts story fed high court

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  Campus Culture, Education, News, Texas  /  No Comments

Part 68 of 68 in the series Trouble in Texas AUSTIN – After oral arguments Jan. 11 before the Supreme Court of Texas on whether University of Texas Chancellor Bill McRaven may conceal investigatory records from UT Regent Wallace Hall, McRaven’s attorney threw up a Hail Mary in a letter to the court. Wallace Jefferson […]

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Paxton prosecutors’ bill hits $575,000

By   /  January 13, 2017  /  Accountability, News, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, Texas  /  No Comments

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The court-appointed prosecutors in the Ken Paxton case have submitted new invoices that bring their compensation to date to $575,105.99.
The new batch of invoices from Kent Schaffer, Brian Wice, and Nicole DeBorde covers the last year, with a total of $205,191.24 in new billing.

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