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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...

Freewheeling permit-issuing abounds in Texas; legislative fix in the works

In the weeks leading up to the January opening of the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, the city scheduled one of its last...

Texas Monitor anchor, ‘TV Superstar’ Chris Marrou recognized by Express-News

We were thrilled to see the write-up in the San Antonio Express-News about long time San Antonio anchor and viewer favorite Chris Marrou in...

Judge changes Paxton venue in rare call; move may hurt Paxton...

Judge George Gallagher ruled Thursday that the trial of Attorney General Ken Paxton should be moved out of Collin County. The move was an extraordinarily...

Paxton ruling set for Thursday; judge claims “ethical problems” with fundraiser

The judge overseeing the prosecution of Attorney General Ken Paxton on charges of securities fraud said today that he will issue a ruling by...

Action in Texas legislature to prevent inept, criminals from running hospitals

In the wake of an investigation showing how felons and inept businessmen have taken over hospitals in rural Texas, the state Senate last week...

$1 million wasted in alleged DISD bid-skirting scheme

Some Dallas Independent School District employees deserve an ‘F’ for apparently skirting the district’s bidding rules and costing taxpayers at least $1 million. Some DISD...

Former Texas Congressman facing prison, six-figure fines

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman was investigated by the House of Representatives Ethics Committee in 2014 for possibly violating campaign finance reporting requirements. That...

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...