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Posts for Charles Blain

Reynolds' Case Declared A Mistrial

Ron Reynolds, the embattled State Representative, has been given another opportunity today when the judge presiding over his solicitation case declared it a mistrial. Last Tuesday Representative Reynolds won his election against Republican opponent David Hamilton, but the following morning he was in court facing ten felony counts of barratry, also known as ambulance chasing. […]

By |November 10, 2014
Lyft and Uber Costing Houston's Taxpayers

After the all-out war that began last February, and spanned six months ending with a city council vote in favor of allowing Lyft and Uber to legally operate within Houston city limits, city hall will now tell Houston’s taxpayers to pay up. An inter-office memo obtained by the Houston Republican Liberty Caucus explains that after […]

By |November 6, 2014
Lone Star College: Vote Until You Get It Right

Citing its fast growth, the Lone Star College system is asking the taxpayers of Montgomery and parts of Harris County to approve a $485 million bond package on November 4th. If approved, taxpayers can expect the bond’s total cost to be roughly $630 million after interest payments are considered. This may seem like déjà vu; […]

By |October 29, 2014
Freedom to Preach

In an unjustified move, the city of Houston has issued subpoenas to a number of Houston-area religious leaders. The subpoenas come in response to the pastors challenging a new city ordinance which, among other things, would make it legal for members of the opposite sex to enter the other’s restroom. The sweeping request calls for […]

By |October 15, 2014
Houston Property Taxes On The Rise

In a swift proceeding on Thursday, Houston ISD’s trustees voted on a 1-cent tax hike for property owners.  This comes on top of a 3-cent increase in 2013. These tax hikes are in response to the $1.89 billion voter-approved bond two years ago. According to Trustee Harvin Moore, “By approving the bond, taxpayers approved of […]

By |October 11, 2014
If We Build It, Will They Come?

Students, parents and other taxpayers living in Houston’s Third Ward are loudly voicing their grievances with Houston ISD (HISD), and the person they elected to represent them over a costly, yet seemingly unstoppable, project. The project, which will lead to the rebuilding of historical Yates High School, doesn’t satisfy the neighborhood’s qualms about it being […]

By |September 26, 2014