Public Safety ignores TX House vote, starts fingerprinting everyone

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

The Department of Public Safety wants everybody's fingerprints.

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
HOUSTON — Last month, the state Department of Public Safety started collecting full sets of fingerprints from every Texan who comes into their offices for a new drivers’ license or a renewal.
But the regulation that DPS adopted for this new policy didn’t take effect until July 6. The department may have jumped the [...]

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Hall impeachment crew is winding down

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Last fall, Ferdinand Frank Fischer, III said Wallace Hall's failure to tolerate accounting fraud is grounds for impeachment.

By William Murchison | Special to Watchdog.org
The surprise announcement of Bill Powers’ slow-motion, let’s call it leave-taking, from the University of Texas presidency finally may have broken the Austin heat, like a mid-summer thunderstorm.
Hardly anyone from the university itself, or the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operation, seemed worked up Wednesday over some [...]

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State police now fingerprinting every Texan

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The Texas Department of Public Safety has quietly embarked on a project to take the fingerprints of every Texan old enough to drive over the next 12 years, and add them to a statewide criminal history database.

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Academics condone the privilege they denounce

By   /  July 14, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 25 of 26 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
“He fondly loved, for instance, his position as a “persecuted” man and, so to speak, an “exile.” There is a sort of traditional glamour about those two little words that fascinated him once for all and, exalting him gradually in his own [...]

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Attacks strengthen UT board’s resolve

By   /  July 11, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

UT Austin Tower

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
AUSTIN — The supporters of University of Texas President Bill Powers won a Pyrrhic victory this week in getting their man a little more time in the job.
Their over-the-top campaign, which frequently degenerated into insult and abuse, has strengthened the resolve of the Board of Regents to install policies and leadership resistant [...]

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Voters’ rights face bipartisan backlash in Congress

By   /  July 10, 2014  /  Alabama, Congress, Federal Government, Georgia, Mississippi, National, News, North Carolina, Politics & Elections, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Patrick Leahy

Congressional attempts to “fix” the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court struck down an antiquated provision would extend the Justice Department’s reach while excluding “non-minorities” from protection.

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