Daniel Greer

Transparency in Government Victory

This week transparency in government won a major victory when a judge ruled Grapevine’s City Council violated the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) by hiring Fred Hill in a secret meeting. The Star-Telegram filed the lawsuit after they were denied a copy of the meeting...

City Office of Lobbyist?

The city of Grapevine has come under fire for hiring lobbyist Fred Hill and now they’re stoking the flame. Last month the city conducted contract negotiations behind closed doors, disregarding the Texas Open Meetings Act. The city is compounding its sins by creating...

Stripping Power Trip

Texas’ Public Utility Commission is considering a mandate on diversification of energy production, the net effect of which will be increased costs and lower consumption. Analyst Robert Michaels at MasterResource points out that this will stifle economic growth and...

Congress Sues Over FOIA

Congress is a small independent school district in Arizona tired of receiving and complying with open record requests. So, the district with a lousy track record of timely releasing information, is suing concerned taxpayer Jean Warren. The school has retained attorney...

White-washing the Economy?

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Bill White has lofty plans for Texas… but we have to wait for him to look “under the hood” to know how he will make them reality. I’ve got to look under the hood and see how the economy is at the time, and make sure that...

Par For Straus’ Course

As of last week Texans can take pride in a new select committee. Speaker Straus created the House Select Committee on Transportation to highlight the need for increased transparency and accountability in Texas transportation and to analyze current and future...

Commit the Crime Avoid the Time

Attention Dallas area thieves, drug dealers and murderers: now through Sunday you will have ample opportunity to perform your crime of choice. Law enforcement officials in Dallas will be undergoing another revenue enhancement, i.e. seat belt check, with a special...

Too Senior to Fail?

Some embattled Republicans are being labeled “too senior to fail” by the Austin Chronicle. In an article written about the power of seniority in the legislature the Chronicle muses over whether the party is best served by incumbents losing in the March...

Taxpayer Watchdog: Just My Two Cents

Texans have become increasingly sensitive to and concerned about government spending. Tracking and reporting frivolous expenditures is a void currently being filled by concerned citizens. Such a watchdog exists in Richardson where a small business owner has taken...