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Texas National Guard Soldiers rescue Texans in Flooded Areas

Hurricane Harvey highlights how Feds bungled flooding protections

HOUSTON — For decades, Houston’s Brays Bayou has presented a vexing flood threat that sucks up money and spits out water. It’s a fairly simple challenge...
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Announcing the ‘Living Large Index’ for the Texas Legislature

Readers who have followed The Texas Monitor’s series “Lifestyles of State Lawmakers” know that political contributions fuel more than just yard signs and mailers...
Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey to take major toll on Texas insurer of last...

State lawmakers would make lousy Weather Channel celebs. Three weeks before Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of Texas, 19 legislators sent a letter to...
Special Districts Conflict of Interests

Conflicts of interest abound in special districts as solutions fail

Call it a slip of honesty. During a trial in which a Montgomery County man was accused of illegal voting in a special utility...
Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey help or just “hogwash”

The rain is still falling in Southeast Texas, and a bevy of special interests are warning homeowners that legislation passed this year restricts the...

Politics behind conviction, imprisonment, Texas voter fraud target alleges

Adrian Heath will not be asking Gov. Greg Abbott for a pardon. “No, I would not go begging to him and allow him to look...
Chris Oliver - The Red Flags of a Bribery Scheme

Few raised questions about the many clues pointing to HCC Trustee’s...

HOUSTON — For years, the rumors persistently followed Houston Community College Trustee Chris Oliver. That he was dirty. On the take. That he traded for...

AG’s office shines spotlight on major law firm in voter fraud...

Mario Perez knew that his currency with the esteemed law firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson was his ability to persuade school board...
At the Texas Capitol: Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers

Will legislation stop union spigot? Texas teachers unions banked $200M since...

Teachers unions in Texas have collected at least $115.5 million so far this decade from educators and other school workers — and that figure...