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Red River Land Grab.

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The BLM has taken a huge new step forward in its land grabbing agenda. The latest victim is a cattle rancher and farmer from the Red River area of Texas. Ken Aderholt’s family has owned some of these contested lands for generations. Unlike the Bundy’s and the Finicum’s this dispute is not about public lands but rather deeded private land.

Ken Aderholt is a family man who is married with 2 kids. He is one of the few still living the American dream, for now. Ken and his family farms and ranches are along the Red River in Texas. His Grandfather bought the property in 1941 and Ken grew up on the land, building fences and working the cows as any ranching family does. After his grandfather died in 1989 the land then went to …….. read more here.

Texas Gov. Abbott wants state law against ‘sanctuary cities’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday embraced cracking down on local governments that ban police from asking about a person’s immigration status, after previously saying little about contentious “sanctuary city” policies since taking office.

His support follows conservative activists criticizing the Republican governor for not prioritizing get-tough immigration measures early in his term. It also follows the Dallas County jail recently deciding it would no longer honor all detainer requests from federal immigration agents in the ………. read more here

– Associated Press

 

Ring accused of taking bribes for TX driver’s licenses

AP File Photo/Brandon Wade

Federal and state authorities on Friday arrested a Texas Department of Public Safety employee as part of an investigation targeting a ring accused of providing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Jose A. Ytuarte, who worked at the DPS driver’s license offices in Hondo, was indicted in federal court Wednesday with two to three other suspects with conspiracy to transfer false identification documents, transfer of false ID documents and use of …… read more here.

By Guillermo Contreras

TEXAS UNIVERSITIES USE FABRICATED EXPENSES TO CAST DOUBT ON CAMPUS CARRY

(AP Photo/John Miller, File)

Austin, TX – February 22 – During the 2011 Texas Legislative Session, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) announced on the Senate floor that, according to the administrators of colleges in his district, then-pending legislation to legalize the licensed concealed carry of handguns on Texas college campuses would cost those institutions millions of dollars in increased insurance premiums. That claim was quickly refuted (http://is.gd/t3CvDt) but not before the fabricated specter of an “unfunded mandate” succeeded in derailing the bill in question. In light of this history, it’s no surprise that college administrators, again aided by ……….. read more here.

by ZACHARY ZALNERAITIS

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

Fighting Charges, Paxton Recuses Self from Some Duties

 

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 conflict may exist.” Those areas specifically relate to the State Securities Board and the Texas Ethics Commission, according to the spokeswoman, Cynthia Meyer.

Paxton was indicted earlier this year on charges of misleading investors in a technology company before he was attorney general. Paxton, who has pleaded not guilty to three felony charges, recently scored a victory in the case, winning access to information his lawyers had subpoenaed related to the makeup of the Collin County grand jury that indicted him in July.

Paxton has insisted the charges would not interfere with his ability to do his job. In an email to supporters the day after he was indicted, he said he refused “to be distracted or deterred from my commitment to the people of Texas to fight for the rule of law.”

Paxton’s critics reiterated their belief that he should step down following…Continued here:http://www.texastribune.org/2015/10/21/fighting-charges-paxton-recuses-self-some-duties/

Planned Parenthood to stop controversial practice

Photo: John Sleezer, MBI / Associated Press

People participate in a rally to show support for Planned Parenthood, organized by MoveOn and called “Pink Out Kansas City,” at the Country Club Plaza, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

People participate in a ……….. read more here.

By sanantonionewspost.com

 

State tax collection forecast down $4.6 billion

(JESSICA ONSUREZ — CURRENT-ARGUS.)

Oil prices have staggering effect on state spending, highway funding

AUSTIN – Transportation funding could take a hit under new revenue projections by State Comptroller Glenn Hegar, who on Tuesday lowered his forecast of state tax collections by $4.6 billion in the face of a volatile oil and gas industry.
Hegar’s new forecast still leaves more than enough money to pay for the overall spending plan approved by lawmakers for the two-year budget period that began Sept. 1. Legislators left funds on the ……… read more here.