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Courage and Decency in Dallas County

Regardless of your party affiliation, every Texan, and particularly those living in Dallas County, can be proud of the representation of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.  Judge Jenkins’ media appe

On at least SIX occasions, Greg Abbott has withheld public information in violation of Texas law

On January 31, 2014, The Lone Star Project filed an open records request with the Office of the Attorney General asking for the names of cases, and the persons involved, arising from the Child Support Enforcement Division in which the Attorney General claimed “sovereign immunity.”

Greg Abbott’s office responded on February 14, 2014 that there were “no responsive documents” – an assertion that is now proven to be untrue.

Texas woman asks chemical plants what they're storing

Media run-down on Greg Abbott’s Greg’s “Do It Yourself” approach to uncovering dangerous chemicals:

Dallas Morning News | Editorial: Abbott steps in it on chemicals issue

Austin American-Statesman | Want to find out what chemical plants are storing inside? You must ask

Tips on “Driving Around” and "Asking Questions" at Chemical Facilities Near You

Now that Greg Abbott has told Texas families the only way to find out if there are dangerous chemicals near their homes is to

Greg Abbott surrendering leadership on controversy to Joe Straus

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Republican Legislators Champion New Taxes & School Cuts Democrats Vote NO

Contrary to public and media perception, since gaining control of both the Governor’s mansion and the Texas State House, Texas Republican leaders have relentlessly championed one new tax increase after another.

Republican’s scheme will leave TX-22 unrepresented more than four months

Teddy Roosevelt was President, Butch Cassidy was alive and Lyndon Johnson had not yet been born the last time a Texas congressional district was forced to go 130 days without knowing who represented them in Congress.

Lone Star Project Forecast Proves Accurate

As the Lone Star Project predicted in January, questionable official actions by Congressman Pete Sessions are now the subject of a formal request for investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.

Chapter 1: Avoiding a Special Election and Hand Picking Your Candidate

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Lone Star Project Sorts through Texas Election Code Regarding DeLay Replacement

“It's just so contrary to what Texas is all about, to turn tail and run and not fight for what you believe in.”-Tom DeLay, (El Paso Times, May 14, 2003) in a now ironic comment criticizing Texas House members who broke quorum to block his redistricting scheme.

Media hungry AG had no appetite to prosecute TYC sex abusers last year

Attorney General Greg Abbott sent out a press release minutes after a Ward County Grand Jury indicted TYC officials Ray Brookins and John Hernandez for sexual abuse of juveniles. Abbott's release, however, failed to mention that his office was notified of the widespread abuse more than a year ago. Abbott's office made no effort to prosecute the sexual offenders or to bring their offenses to the attention of the media or the State Legislature. The Lone Star Project detailed Abbott’s negligence in a recent report.

Strayhorn’s Task Harder and Bell’s Chances Better than Assumed

The unusual multi-candidate gubernatorial field in Texas has created an environment that may defy current conventional wisdom.

Texas Payments to Lobbyist with Ties to Strayhorn and DeLay Continue

Texas Comptroller Carol Strayhorn’s decision to suspend payments to the Washington lobby firm of Cassidy and Associates may, on first blush, seem like a timely and responsible act.

DeLay/Craddick Faction Attempts to Punish Five GOP Education Moderates While Working to Save Endangered Voucher Proponent

National political reporters have understandably focused on today’s hot Texas congressional primaries involving Bush Administration allies Tom DeLay in Houston and Henry Cuellar in South Texas.

Thousands in State Qualified "Officeholder" Funds Spent on Airplane and Fundraising Staff Later used in Federal Campaign

Official documents filed with the Texas Ethics Commission show that in 2001, Henry Cuellar spent over $18,000 in State qualified "officeholder" funds to upgrade and maintain his corporation's airplane and to pay for fundraising staff that worked on his 2002 federal campaign for Congress.

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