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The campaign cash express: Mapping the travel of your legislator

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! But it’s not Superman. More likely it is your Texas state legislator jetting to an exotic locale. Last week The Texas...

Tapping campaign cash pays for lawmakers’ exotic trips, resort stays

For many couples, a sightseeing trip to Costa Rica would be a costly affair, with penny-pinching and coupon-cutting to save for the trip. But former...

Campaign coffers fund lavish lifestyles

Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series of Texas Monitor investigations into the way campaign funds are used to pad the...

Open records bills push back on court rulings

James Pinson is on a roll. The attorney for the city of Dallas is laying out his case for the Texas Supreme Court, explaining that...
Associated Press

Lawyer: SEIU could face racketeering suit

Houston -- The attorney for a janitorial company that won a multimillion-dollar defamation verdict against the Service Employees International Union of Texas said that...

New players in Legislature’s debate over rideshare drivers

It had been deadly quiet for nearly a month since three state senators filed bills that would wrest authority to regulate ridesharing companies from...

Taxpayer dollars for domestic violence hotline squandered

Austin -- Federal funds for the Austin-based National Domestic Violence Hotline were squandered on unauthorized contractors, personnel charges and other costs, according to an...

Proposed bill would weaken Texas open records laws

A state representative who has twice proposed a measure blocking open records requests from out-of-state requestors has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions...

Despite multimillion-dollar verdict against the union, Texas SEIU will continue organizing

Houston — The president of the Texas chapter of one of the nation’s most powerful unions said in a bankruptcy hearing Thursday that despite...