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Senator Robert Nichols

Bill prohibiting union payroll deduction passes committee — with a twist

Legislation that would prohibit state and local government from collecting dues for public unions passed the Texas Senate Business & Commerce Committee Sunday and...
The Texas State Capitol

Ethics loophole looms large during special session

It’s illegal for lawmakers and statewide elected officials to accept campaign cash during the regular legislative session in Austin — but it’s no holds...
Mayor Sylvester Turner

Houston mayor reverses course on recycling deal

HOUSTON — Mayor Sylvester Turner abruptly changed course Friday on his administration’s pick for a recycling company, tossing out the winning bidder and allowing...
Jane Nelson

Senate big spender #1: Jane Nelson

Sen. Jane Nelson pays top dollar for rent for her time in Austin. Since 2015, the Flower Mound Republican has been paying $5,000 a month...
HCC System Chancellor Cesar Maldonado

HCC hires attorneys to probe vendor hires, finances after bribery scandal

Houston Community College Chancellor Cesar Maldonado has moved on the hiring of special counsel to probe the way the college system hires vendors and...

Houston trash deal vote delayed amid questions over transparency, pricing

HOUSTON — The vote to approve a controversial $48.4 million recycling proposal was delayed by the Houston City Council on Wednesday amid questions over...

Houston housing bond cash sits idle as need balloons

At the same time the need for affordable housing has been skyrocketing in Houston, city officials have been sitting on tens of millions of...

Texas mail-in voter fraud common, solutions to it less so

Hardeman County Commissioner Johnny Akers was convicted in 2005 of handling six ballots for people not related to him during a primary election the...
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Texas Monitor Week In Review — July 16, 2017

This week, The Texas Monitor unveiled the number one House big spender featured in our “Lifestyles of State Lawmakers” series. Our research team has been...