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Senate big spender #5: Robert Nichols

In a district where the per-capita income is just $22,224, few people could afford rent of $1,629 per month. But that’s what state Sen....

House big spender #5: Rene Oliveira

From his campaign coffers to his valued associates, Rep. Rene Oliveira likes to keep the alcohol flowing. An examination of campaign fund expenditure by The...

Campaign funds: The gift that keeps on giving

If you’re thinking of opening a new business in Austin, forget flowers. The market is pretty sewn up, bound by the habits of state legislators,...

Lawmakers ride in luxury on donor funds

State Sen. Craig Estes doesn’t mess around when it comes to being transported around the state. The Republican from Wichita Falls has spent $317,000 on...

Pastor sues State Rep. Byron Cook, alleging fraud

HOUSTON – The executive pastor at one of the largest megachurches in the United States is accusing state Rep. Byron Cook of defrauding him...

High rent, lavish meals remain the norm for many state lawmakers

State Sen. Joan Huffman was freshly re-elected at the end of 2014 when she came to Austin for a series of meetings. It was...

Opponents of bill to stop collection of union dues doing ‘distraction...

A recent town hall meeting at a community center in Alief, a booming suburb in Harris County lodged in between the Sam Houston Tollway...

Indicted State Rep. Dukes remained Austin ISD contractor despite revoked business...

  The business license of a company owned by state Rep. Dawnna Dukes was revoked in January 2016 for failure to file franchise tax returns,...

$5B in debt before Texas voters; some asks raise questions

The Peaster Greyhounds need a stadium to play football in and the district is rolling the dice that taxpayers will sign off on $9.5...