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Rick Perry Goes Donor-, Er, Job-Poaching

JIMMY FOWLER
With today’s announcement that Rick Perry will return to New York to woo business owners down to Texas, I trust that the governor will try very hard to represent himself well. No yammering about states’ rights, no mention o...


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Drug War Victims: Taxpayers

DAVE McNEELY
A rare political collision is occurring in Texas: The left and the right have backed into each other, both deciding that long sentences for most drug offenders are inhumane, ineffective, and expensive. Progressives think such s...



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The Other Obamacare Embarrassment

DAVE McNEELY
There is broad agreement that the glitch-filled rollout of Affordable Care Act enrollment was awful. Some have compared it to the botched response to Hurricane Katrina by the administration of President Obama’s predecessor, R...


Ross Fischer will help the Tarrant Regional Water District with open-records requests and ethics consultations. Courtesy Ross Fischer

More Open or More Obstructive?

Kelleher has questions about an ethics official hired by the water board.
JEFF PRINCE AND ERIC GRIFFEY
Accusations of being secretive and working behind closed doors have dogged the Tarrant Regional Water District and its board of directors ever since they began overseeing the controversial Trinity River Vision project 10 years ...



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Turkey Awards 2013

This year’s flock of pavos: pedaling into infamy.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
You know what they say about bright lights and big cities. In this case, how are you going to keep the turkeys down on the farm when they’ve seen Austin and Washington, D.C.? Yes folks, the current Turkey Awards flock leans a...


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Rick Perry Takes Bold Stands Against Reality

JIMMY FOWLER
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to worry about Rick Perry. For a long time, his states’ rights/secessionist shtick looked loony, but you could explain it as playing to the rabid Texas Republican base. His hillbil...



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Abbott: Keep Talking

DAVE McNEELY
We predicted several weeks ago that Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott’s request for a special session to rubber-stamp a court’s interim redistricting maps would backfire. It already seems to be doing so. Abbott asked Gov. Rick Perry t...


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Parsing That Extra Year

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Tarrant Regional Water District board member Jim Lane doesn’t believe in politicians granting themselves extra time on their terms without voter approval. That’s why he voted no in 2012 when the board was considering cancel...



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Making Laws and Money

DAVE McNEELY
The special session that Gov. Rick Perry called on redistricting and other matters got some publicity because most legislators were collecting their $150 per diem — even though they were back home in their districts, or somew...


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Redistricting: Hamster Wheel

Governor decrees, legislature disagrees, parties sue, judges rule. Repeat ad infinitum.
DAVE McNEELY
Redistricting in Texas is like grabbing a tar baby. Once you pick it up, it’s very difficult to put down. And it sticks on everyone’s hands for years. No matter. Republican Gov. Rick Perry, acting at the behest of Republica...