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Bell County puts $50,000 price on PIA request for Temple mayor pro tem’s emails (TX)

Is $50,000 a reasonable price to learn what prompted Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales to tell one of her employees “delete, delete, delete” when emails and other computer files on equipment belonging to Bell County, Morales’ employer at the time, were sought in a Public Information Act request? That’s the price quoted in response Keep Reading…

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Realities of “affordable’ health care’s affordability (TX)

Score one for the free market in today’s “affordable” health care industry. A recent search for MRI options uncovered a near-90 percent price differential between a hospital private pay quoted price and what personal initiative found available within a three hour driving distance. Such a disparity illustrates how greater knowledge of health care pricing can Keep Reading…

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TPPF report: Education Service Centers have ‘need for clarity’ (TX)

Regional Education Service Centers are entities which provide support to Texas public schools, but in recent years – especially with the controversy surrounding CSCOPE, the controversial curriculum management system created at taxpayer expense but with no public oversight – their existence is attracting new, much-warranted attention. In a new report Regional Education Service Center Spending: Keep Reading…

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Is Battleground Texas the new ACORN?

The new ACORN? That’s what Battleground Texas is being called by Project Veritas, the group known for investigating numerous government-related illegalities – most notably, its 2008 exposé of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). Following the release of Project Veritas’ latest video, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, also currently a candidate for re-election, is Keep Reading…

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Houston abortion clinic closed, doctor’s license suspended (TX)

The state of Texas has shut down a Houston abortion provider for non-compliance with a new law requiring doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. Per the Houston Chronicle: The Department of State Health Services has revoked the abortion license of A Affordable Women’s Medical Center and the Texas Medical Board has Keep Reading…

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