Audit referendum fails, Reynolds wins election from jail cell

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The Texas Monitor Week in Review: 8.26.2018

Founder of The Texas Monitor passes away, Austin resists citizen's referenda, suspended Prosper administrator still on payroll, fraud in Travis County tax office.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Sunday, August 26, 2018

Unopposed and ensconced in a Montgomery County Jail cell, state Rep. Ron Reynolds still managed to haul in 47,305 votes Tuesday, for his election to a fifth term in the Texas House.

What began with a poll suggesting that more than 80 percent of Austinites supported an independent audit of city departments ended in a drubbing on election night.

Since 2010, it has been illegal under federal securities policy for investment companies to use campaign donations to curry favor with the politicians who oversee investment decisions on public funds.

Steve Stockman, who improbably made it to Congress for two single terms 18 years apart, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to repay more than $1 million taken in what federal prosecutors called a “white-collar crime spree.”

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