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Who will be Houston’s next mayor? Early voting offers hints

(Photo: KHOU 11 News)

HOUSTON – Election Day isn’t the only election day anymore.

No longer are winners and losers decided by a flood of Texas voters gushing through polling places on a single day. Instead, a stream of citizens flows to the polls casting early ballots over the course of two weeks.

As a result, people in politics watch the voting play out in a sort of slow motion. So they study the turnout numbers, looking at who’s showing up at …… read more here.

Doug Miller, KHOU 11 News

 

Fighting Charges, Paxton Recuses Self from Some Duties

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton pleaded not guilty to felony charges in court in Fort Worth on Aug. 27.

The office of Attorney General Ken Paxton says he is recusing himself from some of his professional responsibilities as he fights an indictment on securities fraud charges.

Calling it a common procedure, a Paxton spokeswoman said Wednesday the office is working to remove him from “active participation in matters in which a ………… read more here.

by Patrick Svitek

Texas officials gave $270M in bonuses with few rules, little oversight

The top manager of the teacher’s pension fund received more than $2.2 million on top of his $504,000 a year salary.

A lawyer making $153,000 a year at the General Land Office took home an extra $147,000.

In September 2014, General Land Office General Counsel Matthew Chaplin was poised to received a $15,000 merit bonus. With a mark of the pen, it was doubled to $30,000.

In September 2014, General Land Office General Counsel Matthew Chaplin was poised to received a $15,000 merit bonus. With a mark of the pen, it was doubled to $30,000.

 

The Department of Public Safety’s chief auditor left the agency in Aug. 31, 2014; the next day, Texas wrote him a check for $54,000.

They’re just three of ……… read more here

By Andrew Chavez and J. David McSwane – American-Statesman Staff

Firm in cracked stadium debacle funds pro-bond propaganda

The original photo is a stock photo from 123RF.

‘The manipulation of adding “Deceptive” was by the Team Alvin PAC. Now we’re some sort of stock photo that an angry Team Alvin PAC wrote on.’

The original photo is a stock photo from 123RF. The manipulation of adding "Deceptive" was by the Team Alvin PAC.

At Watchdog, we’re used to all sorts of attacks. We’re shills, yellow journalists, flunkies doing the bidding of nefarious billionaires and political interests.

 

At Watchdog, we’re used to all sorts of attacks. We’re shills, yellow journalists, flunkies doing the bidding of nefarious billionaires and political interests.

Now, according to  Team Alvin PAC, we’re “Deceptive,” the Watchdog.

So ouch.

But I guess if you’re ……… read more here.

By Jon Cassidy

Appeal’s court upholds employee’s $1.4 million lawsuit for wrongful termination

Hilda Garza. Courtesy photo.

A U.S. court of appeals upheld a jury verdict Tuesday ordering Starr County to pay its employee, Hilda Garza, who is running for Starr County attorney, $1.4 million in damages related to a wrongful termination case from 2012.

In 2013 a federal jury sided with Garza, a Starr County assistant attorney, after she …….. read more here. 

KRISTIAN HERNANDEZ | STAFF WRITER

 

Rearguard fight: Butt and Straus block school choice in Texas

MONEY PLAYS: Billionaire grocery magnate Charles Butt rejects “privatization” of schools.

Two men are single-handedly blocking school choice in Texas, and propping up a faltering public monopoly.

House Speaker Joe Straus and H-E-B grocery magnate Charles Butt wield political and financial clout over the state Legislature to ensure the status-quo in education.

“Straus and Butt use a broad brush to keep choice at bay, calling everything a voucher or privatization,” says ………. read more here. 

by Kenric Ward

Analysis: Dancing With Those Who Brung Ya

TribFest 2014 Joe Straus interview with Ross Ramsey Conversation San Antonio event on May12th, 2014 with Speaker of the House John Boehner Credit: Bob Daemmrich/Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Splitting the majority party in the House of Representatives leaves a potential speaker with two routes to the top.

Lawmakers did it one way in Texas and another way in Washington, D.C. Right now, the Texas way seems to function better.

In the Texas House, Joe Straus, a Republican, built a ruling coalition that included the Democrats and limited the power of the ….. read more here

by Ross Ramsey

McNair’s Political Cowardice Restores His Good Standing With Chronicle Editorial Board But Eviscerates Personal Credibility With Stunning Level Of Political Hypocrisy To Save His Standing With The Elites

Photo: Matt Patterson via AP

The ‘bathroom ordinance’ – or HERO as it is known to its City of Houston advocates – was not going to be my battle for all kinds of reasons.

That was before Houston Texans’ owner Robert McNair’s stunning act of political cowardice reported in The Houston Chronicle today in ‘recalling’ his $10,000 contribution to those who believe there should be NO CHANCE AND NO WAY – implicit or explicit – for men to go into women’s restrooms in the City of Houston.

And, since I am diving into this issue editorially, let me state clearly: If I could vote in the City of Houston, I would …….. read more here. 

georgescottreports.com

Texas birth certificate rules for immigrants’ children stand for now: judge

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Texas officials do not have to make it easier for undocumented immigrants to get birth certificates for their children born in the state while a legal challenge proceeds in court, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman declined to grant a preliminary injunction on Friday in a civil rights lawsuit filed in May over how Texas is complying with the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which grants citizenship to any child born on U.S. soil, regardless of parentage.

The issue of U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants has become an issue in the November 2016 presidential campaign with ……. read more here.

 

Reporting by Fiona Ortiz in Chicago; Editing by Frank McGurty and Lisa Shumaker

 

 

Austin, Texas City Council Votes to Pay Lobbyists for Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

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At Thursday’s meeting of the Austin City Council, council members considered a controversial agenda item.  As reported earlier this week, Agenda Item 39 is a resolution that would force Austin taxpayers to foot the bill for de facto Planned Parenthood lobbyists at the state and federal levels.  The resolution went so far as to state explicitly that the city’s lobbying position would be to “support any legislation that would maintain or expand funding for Planned Parenthood” and ……….. read more here.

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