Uresti trial sex decision, Sam Johnson’s missed votes, and Houston’s open records problems


This week on The Texas Monitor:

Jurors in the trial of state Sen. Carlos Uresti say they will put aside allegations of extramarital sex in order to render a verdict on fraud charges against the Democratic lawmaker; U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson missed more votes than any other member of the Texas delegation on Capitol Hill last year — almost 20 percent, which makes the Republican the sixth most absent member of the House of Representatives; and Government Crime Stoppers has posted a $2,500 reward for tips that lead to the prosecution of anyone in Houston City Hall for violating open records laws.

Also this week:

School contractor boosts Granbury ISD superintendent’s House campaign

After embezzlement scandal, State Bar to create new policy on internal documents

Tarrant County JP drops out of re-election race amid forged signatures allegation

HCC Trustees debate campaign finance policy in wake of bribery scandal



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