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Week in Review: Legislative ‘Bribery,’ HCC Bribery, and Centro Embezzlement

This week on The Texas Monitor: the Texas House Republican Caucus unanimously approves a process for pre-selecting the next Speaker of the House; HCC...
Oscar Elizondo

Ex-city commissioner convicted in Valley insurance scam

A former Rio Grande Valley official faces up to 10 years in prison after his conviction in a scheme to defraud Blue Cross Blue...
Centro Groundbreaking

Embezzlement probe rocks Centro San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — A taxpayer-funded nonprofit tasked with building "a more prosperous downtown" is under investigation over an elaborate embezzlement scheme. Centro San Antonio president...
Rep. John Zerwas

Conservative coalition blasts House ‘obstructionists’

Momentum is building for Republicans to vote as a bloc for Texas House speaker. Eighty-one conservative leaders from around the state on Monday called on...
Hurricane Harvey Texas Coastline damage

Federal flood payouts drag taxpayers through the mud

HOUSTON — It’s no surprise to anyone living in Harris County that the area is prone to flooding — even in years when the region isn’t...
Denise Cantu

Witness in Uresti fraud trial arrested for assault, robbery

In a runup to the fraud trial of state Sen. Carlos Uresti that has already had plenty of twists and turns, there is now...
Texas Capitol

Texas GOP seeks source of legislative ‘bribery’ inquiry

Questions alleging legislative “bribery” against the Republican Party of Texas have prompted the state GOP to send public records requests to all Texas House...
Rep. Kyle Biedermann

State Rep was behind secret Facebook push against local bond

The man behind a secret group with a passionate anti-soccer-field bond Facebook page is hometown state Rep. Kyle Biedermann, the local paper reported. A Republican...
Joe Straus

Speaker’s parting shot: Straus arms his House loyalists

Lame duck Speaker Joe Straus isn’t going quietly. The retiring House leader and his chief strategist, Gordon Johnson, are persuading deep-pocketed lobbyists to bankroll like-minded...