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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...
Brian Wice

Sealed brief: Paxton prosecutors ‘misled grand jury’ to secure indictment

The special prosecutors in the case against Attorney General Ken Paxton “fabricated” a date in order to secure an indictment, according to a sealed...
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...
Police

Police veterans seeking to unearth Texas corruption launch Government Crime Stoppers

A team of law enforcement veterans on Thursday launched Government Crime Stoppers, an organization which offers up to $10,000 in cash rewards for tips...
Trailer in a Vacant Field

‘Rent-a-voters’ sign off on hundreds of millions of dollars in public...

Seven voters in three special districts in Montgomery County approved $680 million in public bond sales Tuesday and elected five board members in one...
Chris Oliver

Is he singing like a bird? HCC trustee’s sentencing in bribery...

HOUSTON — Houston Community College Trustee Chris Oliver’s sentencing for his guilty plea in a bribery scheme has been postponed, the second time that...
The Texas Ethics Commission

GOP Chairman: Inquiry into Speaker pledge ‘laughable’

State Republican Party chairman James Dickey on Tuesday mocked an inquiry into a party pledge for House speaker. An anonymous legislator asked the state Ethics...
Live Oak Brewing in Austin

Pint-sized brewers outmatched by lege lobbyists

AUSTIN — Texas craft brewers will need more than a delicious pale ale to keep growing their business. They'll have to start paying politicians, too. That's...