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U.S. Supreme Court orders review of 2008 Robbie Tolan shooting (TX)

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the case involving the shooting of Robert (Robbie) Tolan, son of former major league baseball player Bobby Tolan, by a Bellaire police officer. The shooting On New Year’s Eve 2008, Tolan, then 23, was unarmed when shot outside his parents’ Keep Reading…

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Former Temple Mayor Pro Tem files to regain council seat in special election (TX)

Plot twist or just twisted? After the Temple City Council called a special election for July 19 to fill the vacancy created by former Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales’ council departure, Morales has filed to run for her old seat. The explanation Morales, a long-standing Bell County employee, was elected to the Temple City Council Keep Reading…

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Guilty plea in South Texas vote-buying operation

A former south Texas politiquera, Diana Balderas Castañeda, earlier this month pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of vote-buying in conjunction with campaign activities supporting the election of four Donna ISD school board candidates. In the criminal complaint, FBI Special Agent Brandon Cook defines a politiquera as “a person who works for a Keep Reading…

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Bond elections: Reality absent from entitlement epidemic (TX)

Texas voters approving much of the $6.5 billion ($9 billion with interest) sought by local governments in May bond elections prompts two interesting observations. First, an entitlement epidemic breeding a self-indulgent culture and mindset that living beyond one’s means will override basic economic principles is thriving. Second, the reality ahead will be fascinating when economic Keep Reading…

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New Pig Book: ground gained, lost in battle against federal earmarks

The 2014 Congressional Pig Book, Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) annual review of pork-barrel spending, is out with this year’s analysis illustrating ground both gained and lost in the effort to eliminate the congressional practice of directing funds to specific projects known as earmarks. In addition to no notable earmarks like past findings of “museums, Keep Reading…

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