Texas fugitive-turned-mayor is turned out by West Virginia voters
Texas fugitive-turned-mayor is turned out by West Virginia voters
Kenric Ward | May 11, 2016|   61
A fugitive from Texas is out as mayor of Buckhannon, West Virginia. But he remains on the city payroll.
Austin charters fighting city hall
Amelia Hamilton | May 09, 2016|   1
Austin, Texas, charter schools are fighting back against a proposed ordinance that would mean an end to their site-plan exemptions. Austin Achieve Public Schools, Goodwill Central Texas, Harmony Public Schools, IDEA Public Schools, KIPP Austin Public Schools, Montessori for All, NYOS Charter School and Wayside Schools are working together to oppose the ordinance and the burden they […]
San Antonio ‘loo’ spells no relief
San Antonio ‘loo’ spells no relief
Kenric Ward | May 09, 2016|   32
San Antonio Councilman Roberto Trevino is plopping his pet project, a $100,000 toilet, onto a downtown plaza above the River Walk. If San Diego’s experience is any guide, tourists will stay away in droves.
Fracking fallout continues in Denton
Fracking fallout continues in Denton
Mark Lisheron | May 08, 2016|   2
Denton voters sent a mixed message to its city government Saturday, returning one city council member who had been the object of a recall and replacing another council veteran. Both Joey Hawkins, who fended off recall with 71 percent of the vote, and Greg Johnson, who narrowly lost to first-time challenger Sara Bagheri, had the […]
Cleburne ISD’s $130 million bond passes easily
Cleburne ISD’s $130 million bond passes easily
Mark Lisheron | May 08, 2016|   4
This time, the “outsiders” couldn’t stop voters from helping the Cleburne Independent School District south of Fort Worth take on a record $130 million in new debt. Taxpayers on Saturday voted more than two to one – 2,973 to 1,425 – for a bond to build a new high school, recast the old high school […]
Austin voters send Uber, Lyft packing
Austin voters send Uber, Lyft packing
Mark Lisheron | May 08, 2016|   4
By the time you read this, Uber and Lyft will have stopped providing rides in Austin. The ridesharing companies made good on their promises to pull out after less than 10 percent of registered voters in Austin cast ballots Saturday against Proposition 1 and in support of city regulators who demanded the companies have their […]
Tiny Anna ISD takes on $155 million in new debt
Tiny Anna ISD takes on $155 million in new debt
Mark Lisheron | May 08, 2016|   28
Four hundred and thirteen residents of the Anna Independent School District decided taxpayers in the district will shoulder the burden of $155 million in new school debt. In this district with more than 11,500 people 40 miles north of Dallas, just 585 voters cast ballots, 172 of them opposed to adding to the district’s current […]
Five Texas school districts asking voters to OK Detroit-level debt
Five Texas school districts asking voters to OK Detroit-level debt
Jon Cassidy | May 06, 2016|   61
Five school districts in Texas are seeking to put themselves into even deeper debt than Detroit at the ballot box on Saturday. It’s a measure of the disconnect between Texas and the rest of the country that those five ballot measures aren’t even the most extreme bonds this go-round.
Do commissioners really oppose Paxton prosecutor fees?
Do commissioners really oppose Paxton prosecutor fees?
Jon Cassidy | May 05, 2016|   2
An attorney who’s been trying to stop the payment of six-figure fees to the special prosecutors pursuing Attorney General Ken Paxton is calling out the Collin County Commissioners Court, and in particular, Judge Keith Self.
Low-info elections gin up government spending
Low-info elections gin up government spending
Kenric Ward | May 05, 2016|   83
Dozens of local races and $352 million in school bond referendums are on Bexar County ballots Saturday. But few voters know there’s an election, and big-government boosters like it that way.