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Joe Straus

Straus censured in home county over ‘abuse,’ ‘obstruction’

Republican leaders in Joe Straus’ home county voted to censure the retiring Texas House speaker, saying he “abused the power of his office and...
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Week in Review: Alamo secrecy and Houston recycling ‘bid-rigging’

This week on The Texas Monitor: the Senate Finance Committee challenges Bush to explain the relationships and responsibilities of three nonprofit “partners” involved in...
Dolcefino Press Conference

Recycling firm: Delay Houston council vote until bid rigging allegations resolved

HOUSTON — In the wake of the recycling firm EcoHub winning an open records court battle against City Hall, the firm’s CEO called on...

Recycling company clinches court win in open records case against Houston

HOUSTON — A company that has long claimed it was prevented from bidding on the chance to run the city’s recycling program won an open...
Robert E. Lee Elementary School

Charge: Confederate school renaming discussed in secret, violating law

The Denton Independent School District school board is accused of violating the state’s Open Meetings Act after it emerged from an executive session, which...
Texas State Capitol: North side by night

As deadline approaches, Republican Caucus pledge short on signatures

Fewer than half the Republicans running for House seats in 2018 have signed a party pledge form that would commit them to supporting the...
Denise Cantu

Sexy texts surface in senator’s corruption case

SAN ANTONIO — Lawyers for indicted state Sen. Carlos Uresti say sexy texts between one of his co-defendants and Denise Cantu of Harlingen undermine...
Paul Pressler

Lawsuit alleges decades-long molestation by former Texas lawmaker

Former Texas state judge and lawmaker Paul Pressler has been hit with a lawsuit that alleges he molested a man over the course of...
Anadarko Tower in The Woodlands, TX

Before Hurricane Harvey, developers “gerrymandered” flood maps

Developers in the Woodlands worked around federal flood risk mapping to create “gerrymandered maps of risk,” allowing them to build homes on floodplains. The New...