Texas congressman boosts Trump deportation plan
Texas congressman boosts Trump deportation plan
Kenric Ward | January 09, 2017
Doubling down on President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to deport “bad hombres,” a Texas congressman wants to punish countries that refuse to re-admit them.
Judge weighs booting Paxton prosecutor from Bandidos case
Judge weighs booting Paxton prosecutor from Bandidos case
Jon Cassidy | January 06, 2017
Attorney Kent Schaffer, one of the court-appointed attorneys prosecuting Attorney General Ken Paxton in a securities fraud case, is running into trouble of his own in a racketeering and conspiracy case where he represents the former president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.
Texas governor pledges to sign anti-sanctuary bill
Texas governor pledges to sign anti-sanctuary bill
Kenric Ward | January 05, 2017
Weighing into the intensifying national immigration debate, the Republican governor pledged to sign Senate Bill 4, which would require municipalities to enforce immigration detainers at local jails and withhold state grants for noncompliance.
Texas school choice advocates seek funds to expand charters
John Bicknell | January 05, 2017
Houston has about 32,800 students are on waiting lists for three big charter school networks — KIPP, Harmony and YES Prep — and school choice advocates are hoping the state legislature will come up with some money to expand facilities once the one-every-two-years session starts Jan. 10. The 74 reports that “unlike traditional school districts […]
Alamo College controversies cloud bond election
Alamo College controversies cloud bond election
Kenric Ward | January 04, 2017
The Alamo Colleges in San Antonio want voters to approve $450 million in additional debt at a May 6 election. But new accreditation problems and growing concerns over spending spell trouble.
Scariest People of 2016: No. 4 Ron Nirenberg
Scariest People of 2016: No. 4 Ron Nirenberg
Kenric Ward | December 29, 2016
His philosophizing on government — including “fiscal objections” to a hard-fought police contract — has some convinced he’s a freedom-loving libertarian. Far from it. City Councilman Ron Nirenberg is the scariest person in San Antonio.
As year ends, more Texas schools are ‘unacceptable’
As year ends, more Texas schools are ‘unacceptable’
Kenric Ward | December 28, 2016
Texas families hope 2017 will be a good school year for their children. But the odds are against thousands of pupils stuck at failing campuses across the Lone Star State. Some 241 campuses and 39 school districts were designated “improvement required/academically unacceptable” by the Texas Education Agency in 2016.
Scariest People of 2016: No. 10-Dan Flynn
Scariest People of 2016: No. 10-Dan Flynn
John Bicknell | December 26, 2016
Part 1 of 1 in the series Scariest People of 2016 2016 might go down as one of the most unusual years in the history of American politics. Voters chose historic change, but in all too many ways, it was business as usual. Too many bureaucrats still put their own interests over the interests of […]
Tribune spreads myth of underfunded Texas schools
Tribune spreads myth of underfunded Texas schools
Jon Cassidy | December 22, 2016
For years the media have been telling Texans that they’re stingy with school funding. For some reason, Texans believe them, despite the evidence in front of their eyes, in the form of shiny palatial campuses, stadiums and gyms across the state.
Ethics complaint raises stakes in Google Fiber furor
Ethics complaint raises stakes in Google Fiber furor
Kenric Ward | December 22, 2016
The city of San Antonio is slow-jamming a public ethics complaint while trying to fast-track Google Fiber’s encroachment on public parklands. Meantime, the local newspaper is ignoring the story altogether.