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$20 million on iPads from district suing state

What if your school district had joined a lawsuit against the state, arguing that it was receiving insufficient funding under the current school finance system...and then announced that it would provide iPod Touches and iPads to students at the stunning cost of $20...

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Knock-Off Design & Over Budget

Well, you gotta hand it to Dallas politicians and the team at TxDOT: they not only paid a premium for an artsy, one-of-a-kind bridge that's coming in far over budget, but it turns out the bridge isn't all that original, either. And neither is the wasteful hit to the...

In defense of outsourcing entertainment

Small-town America, the collective memory that is often embellished, had a unique function that some believe should be carried over as governments grow ever larger and more intrusive.  Providing entertainment, or beauty, or other aesthetic pleasure could be a viable...

New school lawsuit doesn’t assume money is the only issue

Now this is more like it.  A lawsuit about Texas schools that focuses on what’s wrong, instead of how to throw more money at the system: The lawsuit represents a new angle on the funding issue — one that focuses not on whether the state adequately pays for schools but...

Todd Smith’s Electoral Limbo

State Representative Todd Smith appears to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. After deciding not to run for the Texas Senate against one or more conservative colleagues, Smith’s re-election outlook for his current position in the Texas House doesn’t look so...

Campus carry ban is immoral, creates victims

KFYO radio reported the following last week: “Oklahoma police now have a confession from a man that he had sexually assaulted more than a dozen women from four different states. One was a student at Texas Tech. Robert Bruce told police last month that he raped women...

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iWaste in Fort Bend ISD

The Fort Bend ISD School Board recently announced plans spend an appalling $18 million to give 2nd through 8th graders iPads in lieu of traditional textbooks. Do they expect taxpayers to ignore their role as lead plaintiff in one of the school finance lawsuits?...

Bring out your dead….voters, that is

Today, the Pew Center released a new report stating that nationwide, approximately 1.8 million dead people are registered to vote.  In addition, 24 million registrations are said to be invalid or inaccurate.  This is the tip of the iceberg with regards to the problems...

Brownsville: More municipal waste, WOW!

Well here is another in a long line of examples of feel-good, waste of taxpayer money by a municipal Visitor and Convention Bureau: Brownsville now wants to make you say "WOW!" The Brownsville Herald reports that Mariano Ayala, the CEO of the Brownsville CVB “wants...