UT regent blasts speaker for ‘abuse of office’

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 44 of 44 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall accused the speaker of the Texas House and two other state lawmakers of abusing their offices Tuesday, hours after a Travis County grand jury decided it had no cause to indict Hall.
For the past two years, Hall’s […]

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Texas lawmakers show ignorance of political speech law

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
Two state lawmakers trying to make new laws regulating political speech in Texas aren’t all that clear about the laws that already exist.
A hearing last week by the House State Affairs Committee on four new bills to regulate political speech confirmed the authors of those bills don’t have a firm grasp of […]

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Conservative efforts draw applause at Criminal Justice Reform Summit

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  Kentucky, National, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Democratic leaders at a summit of unique sponsors for criminal justice reform praised the work Republicans are doing on the issue.

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Supreme Court asked to look at UT’s backdoor admissions program

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

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By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
The University of Texas practices two forms of discrimination in admissions.
Its practice of racial discrimination has gone before the U.S. Supreme Court, which huffed and puffed two years ago in the well-known case of Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas, but didn’t quite blow it down.
The university also discriminates against everyone […]

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Campaign call rises: Abolish Virginia income taxes

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Florida, News, State Government, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

BREAKING FROM THE FIELD: Vince Haley stands out in the crowded 12th Senate District race with his plan to abolish Virginia's income taxes.

Seeking to stand out in a four-way state Senate race to succeed retiring Walter Stosch, Republican Vince Haley wants to abolish Virginia’s income tax.

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Reported debt doubles at two Texas pension funds

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
Government pension funds are infamous for misrepresenting the depths of their troubles, but two Texas pension funds have been among the worst, according to a new study.
New accounting rules are starting to bring some of these troubles to light.
Governing magazine reviewed 80 state and local pension systems across the country to […]

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