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Hunt family estate case fits probate abuse pattern, court history (TX)

An Aug. 24 Houston Chronicle article highlights already embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s role in an estate case involving the two young daughters of Tanner Hunt, the now-deceased son of Dallas oil billionaire Ray Hunt and grandson Haroldson Lafayette “H.L.” Hunt. While Paxton, the state’s top defender of Texas laws, faces no specific legal Keep Reading…

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Judge orders San Marcos to review petition signatures, add fluoride ban amendment to November ballot (TX)

City of San Marcos voters are closer to weighing in on a charter amendment seeking to ban the city’s fluoridation of its water supply.  Despite the city’s apparent commitment to disqualify a petition effort seeking this change, state Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Boyer late Friday ordered the city to review the petition signatures and, if Keep Reading…

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Clock ticking as San Marcos fights fluoride ban vote (TX)

The countdown to an Aug. 24 ballot placement deadline is on as the city of San Marcos continues action to disqualify a citizen-led petition effort seeking a spot on the Nov. 3 election ballot. At issue is if voters will be allowed to weigh in on a proposed charter amendment to ban fluoride use in Keep Reading…

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Will Uber’s new car-leasing pilot be the next frontier for regulators?

Uber recently rolled out a company-owned car-leasing program, Xchange Leasing, in select markets. This action, along with pending lawsuits against Uber, show that as the innovative transportation network company’s (TNC) business model continues to evolve, government remains a major player in how things will shake out. Uber Technologies, Inc. is head quartered in San Francisco. Keep Reading…

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Texas Supreme Court ruling could offer new boost to citizen-led petition efforts

The Texas Supreme Court ruling on Houston’s violation of petitioners’ rights who challenged the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance is seen as a potential boost to other citizen-led petition efforts in the state that have experienced similar government resistance. Whether initiatives which enable citizens to draft laws and charter amendments for placement on an upcoming election Keep Reading…

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Texas Supreme Court: petitioners’ rights ignored with Houston ‘equal rights ordinance’ challenge

A new Texas Supreme Court ruling found the city of Houston violated petitioners’ rights when it ignored a valid petition effort and, instead, passed a controversial equal rights ordinance. The city must now either repeal the ordinance or place it on the November ballot. In noting City Secretary Anna Russell’s certification of a 2014 petition Keep Reading…

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TEA Snapshot data offers view of Bell County ISDs (TX)

Newly released Texas Education Agency Snapshot: School District Profiles provide valuable district-generated data offering insight as to the performance and spending trends of our state’s 1,200+ school districts. These latest reports document the 2013-2014 school year. Their review can suggest to Bell County and other Texas parents, employers and engaged citizens just how much “bang” Keep Reading…

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Rest in Peace Latifa Ring

It is with sadness that we share news regarding the passing of elder and guardianship abuse activist Latifa Ring. From the Houston Chronicle: Latifa Sefiane Ring 1955-2015 Latifa Sefiane Ring, 59, of Houston went home to be with her Lord, Sunday, July 19, 2015. She was born December 23, 1955 in Morocco. She is preceded Keep Reading…

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Texas Ed Agency updates school district performance, spending ‘snapshots’

The Texas Education Agency has posted its Snapshot: School District Profiles data for the 2013-2014 school year. Not only does this district-generated data offer insight as to the performance and spending trends of the state’s 1,200+ school districts, but it can also help engaged taxpayers gauge their return on education dollars. A Snapshot summary gives Keep Reading…

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Texas cities offer immigration sanctuary

Sanctuary cities, along with select counties and even states, often shield criminal aliens from federal immigration law enforcement including deportation actions. They are the focus of new nationwide controversy as an alleged illegal alien suspect arrested in the murder of Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old woman shot dead July 1 in San Francisco, appears to have Keep Reading…

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State education proficiency gaps exposed

Proficiency gaps suggest an inflation of performance outcomes within today’s education industry. Sitting in a classroom doesn’t guarantee proficiency. Neither does a passing grade nor a diploma. From Watchdog Arena: Proficiency. It’s what makes an education useful. States track proficiency levels, but new research from Foundation for Excellence in Education shows how variances in state tests and Keep Reading…

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Texas financial health – a mixed bag

Some folks think government’s spending spree never has to end. And some folks just don’t think at all. Nonetheless, our latest drum-beating on the need for fiscal vigilance. From Watchdog Arena: Though problem areas bear watching, Texas’ financial health comes in at #19 among U.S. states according to a new Ranking the States by Fiscal Keep Reading…

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Will California vaccine mandate prompt action in Texas?

This is an issue to watch. Not like plenty of people haven’t been for many years, but it seems destined to ratchet up to new levels. From Watchdog Arena: An array of vaccination bills failed to gain traction in the recent Texas legislative session, but sentiments similar to California’s newly passed measure “designed to raise Keep Reading…

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School choice: The ‘missing link’ in Texas education freedom

The challenges Texas students face as they graduate high school, college or other post-K-12 educational pursuits once again reminds how school choice is the “missing link” when it comes to true education reform in the Lone Star State. The problem Many students are trapped in failing schools. Roughly one in four of today’s ninth-graders never Keep Reading…

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Summer hiatus ahead

July is here and so is the Estate of Denial® summer hiatus. A busy few months are ahead so while new columns will be posted over the upcoming weeks, archiving probate abuse articles won’t resume until shortly after Labor Day. Hope everyone has a great and safe summer!

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