August 2013 [PAGE: 2]

Lack Of Responsibility

Lack Of Responsibility

House and Senate GOP committee chairs had worse ratings than their caucus averages.It should come as no surprise to Texans that the Legislature exercised very little in the way of fiscal responsibility during the 83rd Session. With a record tax revenues, lawmakers...

Ethics Commission Suppresses Testimony

In a letter to the Texas Ethics Commission, attorneys for Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and Michael Quinn Sullivan are demanding that all documents, records and electronic files be preserved in the wrongful complaints filed against their clients. The Commission Has...
Trading Access?

Trading Access?

When the University of Texas defended itself in the Fisher lawsuit, they provided a list of criteria considered for admission. Not surprisingly, they failed to list what some say almost guarantees admission: a relationship to a powerful politician or big donor. More...
Do Local Elections Matter?

Do Local Elections Matter?

Yes, Texas, local elections do matter. As mentioned in a previous article highlighting Irving’s tax-payer funded giveaway, Texas has the second highest local debt per person ($7,500), more than California ($6,469), a state drunk on lavish public pensions and rock-star...
A Most Unethical Commission

A Most Unethical Commission

It went about how you would have expected. We were in front of a kangaroo court accustomed to operating far outside the sunlight of public review. Thursday night’s “hearing” by the Texas Ethics Commission on the abusive complaints filed as political vendettas by two...

TEA’s new school ratings “need improvement”

Today I detailed for listeners all the schools that did not meet the state’s new so-called accountability standards. It was easy to do in a half-hour because the “standards” are so low, and the new reporting system so vague, that few schools show up as not having “met...
Ethical Lapses

Ethical Lapses

About 15 months ago two of House Speaker Joe Straus’ committee chairs filed unfounded “ethics complaints” against me and my organization, seeking to silence us from keeping you informed about state government. This week we learned that the complaints were actually...