John Whitmire

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    November 20, 2014

    Whitmire and Khator Make Up, Announce Wedding Campus Housing Scholarship

    When we last left University of Houston President Renu Khator and state Senator John Whitmire, the latter was chewing the former out over the University's plan to make it mandatory for most freshmen to live on campus. Whitmire gave Khator such a brutal text-lashing (he called it "one of the dumbes ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    Conservative PAC Calls Out Whitmire on Khator Texts (But Not Really)

    In a tongue-in-cheek letter to Travis County's Public Integrity Unit, a Houston lawyer for a conservative PAC has called for an investigation into Senator John Whitmire's "coercive" texts to UH President Renu Khator. Jerad Wayne Najvar told the Press that the August 29 letter to Travis County DA Ro ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Renu Khator: Media "Misled" on UH Housing Plan

    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 >>

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    August 19, 2014

    University of Houston Nixes Mandatory Campus Housing Plan From Agenda

    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 >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Michael Morton: Cleared Of Murder By DNA, Bill Would Extend Time He Could Sue Over Prosecutor Misconduct

    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 >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Legislators Propose Tax Districts To Fight School Crime, Guns & Violence

    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 >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Dean of Senate John Whitmire Praised for 40 Years of Service

    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 >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Michelle Lyons: TDCJ Flack Says Agency Retaliated After She Questioned Policies

    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 >>

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    September 22, 2011

    No More Last Meal Requests on Death Row Senator Says UPDATED

    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 >>

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    August 5, 2011

    No More Juveniles Isolated In Harris County Jail?

    Problem may be solved​Two 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 >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Texas Monthly's Best & Worst Legislators: Mostly Houston-Free

    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 >>

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    April 26, 2011

    One Texas State Senator Votes Against New Anti-Bullying Bill

    Say no to anti-bullying bills​Houston 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 >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Prison Pays

    Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.

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    December 10, 2010

    Richard Tabler: Sorry, Senator, For Threatening From Death Row To Kill You

    Richard Tabler can't catch a break from Sen. Whitmire​You 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 >>

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    November 18, 2009

    Turkeys Of The Past: 2003 Edition

    ​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 >>

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    October 20, 2008

    This Guy Gets Cell Phone Service On Death Row

    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 >>

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    September 17, 2008
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    April 13, 2007

    That’s Why You Should Stay up Late

    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 >>

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    March 6, 2007

    Whose Ball Is It Anyway?

    "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 >>

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    August 24, 2006

    Hog Wild

    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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    June 24, 2004

    Tax Cuts for Some

    Bugged about property taxes? Buy a skyscraper.

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    December 25, 2003

    Stocking Stuffers

    Homeless pols, rail guardian angels and drugs for City Council

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    November 27, 2003

    Turkeys of the Year

    The worst flock-ups of 2003, starting with Big Tom himself

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    September 11, 2003

    Return of the Boogie Man

    Can the Texas Ten "MoveOn" without him?

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    July 17, 2003

    Prison Break?

    Critics wonder if massive TDCJ cuts will be a prelude to privatization

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    August 22, 2002

    Hard on the Yard

    A law leaves some sex offenders banned from their own attorneys' offices

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    March 21, 2002

    Nice Guy, Wrong Color

    How Ken Bentsen got run over by a rainbow

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    April 19, 2001

    An Open Mike

    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.

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    October 5, 2000

    Fish Stories

    Will a whistle-blower suit snare John Whitmire?

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    December 18, 1997

    A Family Affair

    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

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    October 9, 1997
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    June 19, 1997
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    June 12, 1997
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    April 10, 1997
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    March 6, 1997
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    January 30, 1997
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    November 21, 1996
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    October 24, 1996
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    July 4, 1996
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    March 28, 1996
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    March 7, 1996
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    February 15, 1996

    Smoke and Mirrors (and more smoke)

    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.

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    August 17, 1995
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    July 20, 1995

    Center of Dispute

    A proposed facility for troubledyouth raises hackles, and ire, in Riverside Terrace

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    July 13, 1995
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    January 12, 1995

    Clunkers R Us

    Sell your jalopy, help an industry breathe easier

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    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

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    December 1, 1994
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    December 9, 1993

    Wearing Two Hats

    Gatesville warden Susan Cranford talks about the contradictory roles of running a prison for women

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    December 9, 1993

    A Visit to Gatesville

    A gray November day spent in the gray world of the inmates and staff of the Texas State prison for women

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