While taxpayers were picking up the tab for intensive, outpatient care for mentally ill patients, those patients were playing games and watching movies.
By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org HOUSTON — State Sen. Kirk Watson says that if the University of Texas System Board of Regents wants “to hold someone accountable,” namely, UT President Bill Powers, the board must “assure that there are no external influences” on its decisions. Yet when the board met in executive session Dec. 12 to decide Powers’ [...]
By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org HOUSTON — A former chairman of the scandalous Harris County Housing Authority, Odysseus Lanier, has lost his position as a trustee of Alabama A&M University after reports of his role in the scandal reached the Alabama governor and state Senate.
HOUSTON — State Sen. Judith Zaffirini has made headlines twice in recent months for using her clout with University of Texas officials on behalf of well-connected applicants. Those stories reported e-mails that Zaffirini sent Dec. 3, 2010 and March 1, 2013.
By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org HOUSTON – Some 99 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the idea that the right to work for a living “is of the very essence of the personal freedom and opportunity” that the Constitution is meant to secure. Yet since then, the courts have generally granted the federal and state legislatures [...]
By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org HOUSTON — The lawyers doing the work for the so-called transparency committee of the Texas Legislature are failing to comply with the terms of their contract in order to avoid embarrassing headlines. In fact, their non-compliance would seem to be a far plainer violation than any of the accusations they’ve managed to cobble together [...]
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — A congressional crackdown on illegal immigrants getting checks from the IRS has some cracks in it. The proposed legislation doesn’t stop illegals from obtaining Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers and receiving more $1,000 child tax-credit checks. Last year, those “illegal” payouts totaled more than $4.2 billion. U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson and U.S. Sen. [...]
By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org Maybe you’ve got a draft of a report that was rewritten due to political pressure. Maybe you’ve got a key piece of evidence that prosecutors never turned over to the defense. Maybe you’ve got the financial records that would expose what some scoundrel is really up to, or the emails that [...]
Speaker Joe Straus is pushing to make it easier for government agencies to keep their records from the public.
Students gave a bilingual welcome Monday to the National School Choice Week whistle-stop tour as it arrived in San Antonio, Texas. Attending the celebration was state senator Donna Campbell. “There are quality educational options out there and parents have the right to choose what’s best for their children,” she said. “Who knows their children best? Their parents.”