Toward the end of a thorough ass-chewing via text with Senator John Whitmire over a student housing proposal, UH President Renu Khator did what public officials who screw up have done from time immemorial: she blamed the messenger. You see, according to Khator's text, the media "misled" people by r ... More >>
University of Houston officials have suspended their plan requiring freshmen to live on campus after some blowback from Texas Senator John Whitmire. University officials pulled the proposal from a Board of Regents meeting agenda this week after Whitmire voiced his concern Monday to UH Chancellor an ... More >>
Imagine being accused and convicted of killing your wife and being stuck in a jail cell and missing out on Michael Jordan, Y2K and Avatar. It must suck, especially when you didn't do it and there are others driving around in their white broncos and writing books on if they did it, how they would (Bu ... More >>
Three Houston lawmakers are proposing the creation of school district crime control districts, new taxing entities that can fund additional security measures or free up dollars for other expenditures. The "Texas School District Security Act" would give taxpayers the right to approve this new taxin ... More >>
Colleagues spent Monday afternoon lauding Sen. John Whitmire, known as the Dean of the Senate, for his 40 years of service in Texas elected office. The Texas Senate, more than any other elected body in Texas, knows how to do pomp and circumstances. It's often a slower and frequently a more polite v ... More >>
A veteran Texas Department of Criminal Justice press officer has resigned, accusing officials of retaliating against her for questioning department policies, and copying Senator John Whitmire's office on e-mails detailing her concerns. Michelle Lyons, who had been with TDCJ for eleven years, was on ... More >>
The last meal should be whatever TDCJ wants, Whitmire says.Houston State Senator John Whitmire, who wields great influence on prison issues, says he wants to do away with granting last meal requests for inmates about to be executed. The over-the-top meal of Lawrence Brewer, executed last nig ... More >>
Problem may be solvedTwo years ago we wrote about how Harris County incarcerates juveniles who have been certified as adults for trial while they are waiting their day in court. It wasn't pretty -- they were kept in the county jail, but left in isolation for 23 hours a day. Legislators, par ... More >>
John Whitmire named one of the best.Texas Monthly has released its always-anticipated reckoning of the 10 Best and 10 Worst Legislators, and Houston seems largely absent from either list. The best includes Senator John Whitmire, and that's it -- although technically the easternmost portions ... More >>
Say no to anti-bullying billsHouston State Senator John Whitmire's anti-bullying bill passed by a 30-1 vote today. SB 205 defines cyberbullying and sets out -- say what now? Someone voted in favor of bullying? Not exactly. Jane Nelson, a republican from the Dallas suburb of Flower Mound, di ... More >>
Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.
Richard Tabler can't catch a break from Sen. WhitmireYou may remember Richard Tabler, the Death Row inmate who really, really likes his smuggled cell phones. He called State Senator John Whitmire of Houston from his cell on the thing, which is either the ballsiest or stupidest move ever. Whe ... More >>
We're about a week away from the always highly anticipated Turkey of the Year award issue. There's absolutely no telling who will walk away with the coveted honor this year, because for the love of Christ there have been a ton of worthy nominees.It's our seventh annual list; in the days leading u ... More >>
Can you hear me now? Even though I'm calling from Death Row? You can if you are Richard Tabler, currently waiting to be executed for killing two people. TDCJ investigators are looking into how Tabler got a cell phone and "use it to call a Houston senator, among others," as the agency's statement s ... More >>
Our own Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, cut quite a swashbuckling image in the wee hours of last night and this morning in the Texas Senate. As deftly recounted by a number of media outlets, including Robert T. Garrett of the Dallas Morning News, Patrick broke all sort of club rules: the conservative f ... More >>
"That guy, the one over there. No, not him, the other one. Yeah, him. Well, anyway, it's his fault." According to this story in today's Chron, Sen. John Whitmire, chair of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, was told of sexual abuse at one TYC facility in 2005. When asked why he didn't follo ... More >>
Feral pigs are ugly, destructive and mean. Some people in Texas just love to trap, stab or shoot them. Or put them in rodeos. With dogs.
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A law leaves some sex offenders banned from their own attorneys' offices
How Ken Bentsen got run over by a rainbow
He wants to castrate pedophiles and purge the courts of politics. He has assailed fellow jurists, lawyers and lawmakers. He's maverick Mike McSpadden, a tennis ace with a tomahawk tongue.
Will a whistle-blower suit snare John Whitmire?
Roland Garcia has the political backing to be the U.S. Attorney for South Texas. He also has a brother imprisoned for murder and drug trafficking -- a fact he somehow forgot to tell his congressional sponsors. That may not be enough to disqualify him, but
It's called "Motorist's Choice." But the new emissions testing program for Houston may not offer much of a choice after all. And it won't do much for cleaning the city's air, either.
A proposed facility for troubledyouth raises hackles, and ire, in Riverside Terrace
Sell your jalopy, help an industry breathe easier
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Funding is down. Faculty is fleeing. And 50 professors are in semi-open revolt. Is the University of Houston on an irrovocable slide toward mediocrity?
Gatesville warden Susan Cranford talks about the contradictory roles of running a prison for women
A gray November day spent in the gray world of the inmates and staff of the Texas State prison for women