Investigators probe mystery votes in Cook’s primary win
Investigators probe mystery votes in Cook’s primary win
Jon Cassidy | July 21, 2016|   30
Just one day after a federal appellate court dismissed voter fraud as an “almost nonexistent problem,” Texas is facing a potentially major election fraud case. In a March 1 primary election in Hill County, there were some 1,743 more votes cast then there were voters in the election, according to a June 21 letter from state Director of Elections Keith Ingram referring an investigation to the Attorney General's office.
Richardson suspends red light camera program
Richardson suspends red light camera program
Mark Lisheron | July 20, 2016|   15
The city of Richardson on Wednesday stopped issuing tickets to drivers caught on camera running a red light. The decision comes almost a month after a district judge in the city of 100,000 north of Dallas issued a summary judgment and $27,000 in attorney’s fees to Russell Bowman, a Keller attorney who challenged a four-year-old $75 […]
Official vows to stop Lone Star Rail in its tracks
Official vows to stop Lone Star Rail in its tracks
Kenric Ward | July 20, 2016|   26
Its designated route blocked, the faltering Lone Star Rail project could lose its funding lifeline next month. "To move forward is a waste of taxpayer money," Hays County Commissioner Will Conley told Watchdog.org.
State looks to curb tyranny of the local majority
State looks to curb tyranny of the local majority
Mark Lisheron | July 20, 2016|   19
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner this week auditioned for a starring role in a conservative effort in the next legislative session to curb local government overreach. Turner said he is reviewing a call from immigration activists in Houston to create a municipal identification program, an effort to skirt a Supreme Court deadlock that sank President Barack Obama’s effort […]
Transparency at issue as Fair Park privatization nears
Transparency at issue as Fair Park privatization nears
Jon Cassidy | July 18, 2016|   216
Tammy Johnston, one of nine people named last week as potential overseers of the new Fair Park Texas Foundation, is calling for the foundation to subject itself to the Texas Public Information Act.
Hold on, Austin, relief is on its way
Hold on, Austin, relief is on its way
Mark Lisheron | July 14, 2016|   4
In its ongoing effort to follow as closely as possible the folkways of San Francisco and Portland, Austin will soon provide two nicely appointed and staffed toilets for those homeless, incontinent, over-served and otherwise in need. The cost to taxpayers for providing these facilities is $272,000 for a year. Many of the details — the […]
Illegal SNAP: Food stamp formula biased in favor of immigrants?
Illegal SNAP: Food stamp formula biased in favor of immigrants?
Kenric Ward | July 14, 2016|   46
Texas issues food stamps to households with illegal immigrants, but the state cannot say how much or how many. Nationally, a new report charges that families housing illegals get preferential treatment.
Red light cameras, kicking and screaming
Red light cameras, kicking and screaming
Mark Lisheron | July 13, 2016|   451
Red light cameras are in trouble in Texas, but don’t expect cities hooked on the revenue they generate to give up without a fight. A district judge in Richardson last week awarded more than $27,000 in attorney’s fees and a summary judgment to a Keller man who argued the ticket he received in 2012 and […]
Housing prices rise as city plays the ‘market’
Housing prices rise as city plays the ‘market’
Kenric Ward | July 11, 2016|   21
Free-market advocates say San Antonio’s “market rent” program is boosting consumer costs and amounts to a “subsidy for the rich.”
Watchdog Podcast: Accountability, deception and Hillary Clinton
Eric Boehm | July 08, 2016|   32
The FBI says Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges despite a long history of reckless behavior with sensitive and classified government information.