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Civil asset forfeiture: political will, not reforms are the challenge (TX)

Civil asset forfeiture has long been a favorite issue addressed here at Estate of Denial®. With that, we were glad to see PolicyMic.com feature a post on this topic, a post specifically highlighting property rights abuses here in Texas. This description of Tarrant County forfeitures was of particular interest: The District Attorney’s office in Texas’ Keep Reading…

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Texas VA hospitals top longest wait time rankings

Texas Veterans Affairs facilities have some of the nation’s longest wait times with four centers at which patients seek mental health care ranking in the top 10, according to newly-released federal data. Per the Associated Press, a national audit at 731 VA hospitals and large clinics found that though veterans are supposed to wait no Keep Reading…

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Texas State Auditor releases CSCOPE report

The office of Texas State Auditor John Keel has released an audit report on CSCOPE, the curriculum management system at one point used by approximately 875 public, private and charter schools in Texas. This report comes 18 months after public scrutiny of the previously secretive program revealed a troubling picture of this taxpayer-funded curriculum operating Keep Reading…

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Illegal immigration bringing increased unaccompanied minors, contagious diseases (TX)

In the wake of the Bowe Bergdahl release, the VA scandal and even now President Barack Obama’s executive order to extend the cap student loan payments, the handling of a new wave of illegal immigrant children isn’t making prominent headlines though disturbing stories of detention camps housing unaccompanied minor detainees, some with contagious diseases or Keep Reading…

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Bell County: Double-talking to hide double-standard? (TX)

In an article headlined Strategies for negotiating open records requests, Temple Daily Telegram reporter Alex Wukman used one of my recent Bell County public information inquiries as a basis for county officials to detail their take on how governments can and cannot respond. Fulfillment of the request related to former Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Keep Reading…

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