What’s he got to say? Kemper Project manager remains muzzled

Hicks won’t stop UT’s backdoor admits

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

University of Texas President Bill Powers waves goodbye after answering questions regarding a months-long investigation of admissions practices at the university on Feb. 12.

Part 41 of 41 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
AUSTIN – A few Republican state senators demonstrated Thursday that they aren’t willing to ignore the admissions scandal at the University of Texas, even if Gov. Greg Abbott is.
The Senate Nominations Committee heard testimony Thursday from Abbott’s three nominees to join the UT […]

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Texas environment official says new EPA ozone rule just the first step

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Government Regulation, News, Regulations, Texas  /  No Comments

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An official with the Texas environment department says new EPA ozone guidelines are just the first step in regulations the agency wants to adopt.

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Rick Perry: 2016’s borderline candidate?

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Immigration, National, News, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

TOUGH TALKER: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his state acts while Washington talks.

Plying a third path to what could be another presidential run, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is blasting Democrats and Republicans alike over Washington’s dithering on border security.

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Kroll report takes dig at Watchdog.org

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

It's called the McCombs School of Business for a reason. (Photo: UT-Austin)

There’s just one point in the 107 pages of the Kroll report on admissions favoritism at the University of Texas where its author expresses anything resembling outrage.

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Weak admissions to University of Texas Law increased after Sager’s ouster

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Kroll Associates found scores of underqualified candidates admitted to UT Law. Brandon Watts/Creative Commons

The number of subpar applicants admitted to the University of Texas School of Law surged after President Bill Powers forced Larry Sager to resign as dean of the law school in 2011, according to numbers from a recent report on admissions favoritism by Kroll Associates.

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Billionaire defends UT admissions privileges for ‘leaders’

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

This is not actually San Antonio billionaire Red McCombs. It's an ironic caricature of William Jennings Bryant as a plutocrat. Bryant was known to quote Thomas Jefferson's maxim:  “equal rights to all and special privileges to none.”

Part 38 of 41 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
The public response to the news that the wealthy and powerful have been exercising undue influence on admissions decisions at the University of Texas has left Red McCombs, the former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, feeling “surprised, shocked and dismayed.”
McCombs, who […]

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