With a mixed record that places him in the bottom half of Republican legislators, Stephenson now encounters grassroots opposition.
Commentary: Why Voting Local Matters
In today’s political climate, where our leaders in Washington seem to place a higher priority on “made-for-TV drama” as opposed to collaboration and promotion of good public policy, I have come to realize one thing…
Hutto Homeowners Furious with Proposed City Tax Hike
Hutto residents could see a 33 percent increase in their city’s property tax rate, on top of rapidly rising appraisal values.
Fiscal Responsibility Index: Montgomery County
Montgomery County’s legislators performed better than their colleagues but earned lower scores than in past sessions.
Amarillo ISD Approves Renaming of Lee Elementary
Trustees vote unanimously to rename Lee Elementary School to Park Hills Elementary.
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State Sen. Sylvia Garcia Resigns, Special Election Called
The special election will take place on December 11.
Six More Texans Arrested in Edinburg Voter Fraud Case
Eleven people have now been arrested in connection with illegal voting in the November 2017 Edinburg city election.
Granbury Student Wins Seat on School Board
High school senior Chris Willis elected to school board.
Austin Welcomes Worse Affordability Crisis with Open Arms
Austinites are facing a crisis, and voters gladly made their own situation more perilous.
One Harris County Race Still Unsettled
Despite a narrow loss on Tuesday night, State Rep. Mike Schofield isn’t conceding until mail-in ballots are counted.
Taxpayers Face Fallout After Controversial Round Rock School Bond Passes
The contentious $508 million bond was driven by special interests.
Hidalgo County Approves $190 Million Drainage Bond
Residents voted in favor of $190 million drainage improvements across Hidalgo County.
Red Wave Sweeps Montgomery County
Republicans run up a large margin with 75 percent of the vote, while Democrats fail to make any headway in the suburban county.
Reformers Sweep Lone Star Groundwater Conservation Board
Grassroots conservatives won every single seat in the first ever election for the LSGCD board.
Republicans Keep Collin County Red
A “red wave” swept Collin County, where Republicans won every single race.
Taxpayer-Funded Skate Park and Gym in Austin and Tomball
On Tuesday, Austinites can attend a forum on the design of a new $1.25 million BMX/skate park that was approved by voters as part of a larger bond in 2006. Meanwhile, the town of Tomball is considering spending $4 to $12 million in taxpayer funds on a sports arena, which would have many features provided by private gyms like Liftetime Fitness at no cost to taxpayers.
DFW Could Be on Fast Track to Higher Taxes
A Dallas Morning News editorial today indicates that proposals for new taxes to fund rail expansion have gone beyond the 1 cent sales tax increase to include a bevy of additional options, such as significant increases in the fuel tax and vehicle registration fee, as well as a “new resident impact fee” that would add $100 to the vehicle registration fee for each new North Texas resident.
Tyroch the Taxer
Temple’s taxpayers must be looking forward to a Tyroch-free city council, with attendant possibility of lower taxes. But the rest of us still have cause for worry. As a member of the city council, she raised taxes and grew spending repeatedly, and unnecessarily. Any guesses what she’ll do in the Legislature if she wins next month’s special election?
Button-Babble: ‘Best Solutions Not In My Mind’
If nothing else, the House District 112 run-off race may prove to be entertaining. Conservative leader Randy Dunning is facing moderate-to-liberal Angie Button. And, it seems, Angie is hard at work demonstrating why she isn’t qualified for the post.
Yep, Haggerty Was Sunk
Liberal Republican Pat Haggerty is now a former state representative — thanks to his horrible record. He beat himself by constantly subjecting his constituency to higher taxes, more spending, and a host of bad ideas. Haggerty’s election-night party at the Titanic Ball Room proved to prophetic; his ship is sunk.
That Sinking Feeling…
In what we hope might be the most appropriate election night party imaginable, El Paso Republican Pat Haggerty is having his at the “Titanic Ballroom.” No, I’m not making this up. Brandi Grissom of the El Paso Times noted this little bit of irony up on her blog this afternoon.
If It Doesn’t Bankrupt Us First, This Train Could Kill
Unsettling, if not unexpected, news from the world of mass transit. It seems that not only is the Austin passenger train system costing more than expected, but it just might kill you.
Which Delwin Jones Is This?
There must be are two men named Delwin Jones. One campaigns in Lubbock as a conservative. The other legislates in Austin like a liberal.
Conventional Tactics Cost Taxpayers
Conventional waste is coming to Dallas, with the city council planning to purchase a plot of downtown land on which to build an attached Dallas Convention Center hotel. The purchase of land is estimated to set taxpayers back up to $41.3 million.
Reading, Writing & Spending
Austin school trustees have been up to their favorite extracurricular activity: spending your money. Next month voters will be asked to approve a $345 million bond package according to the Austin American Statesman.