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    July 16, 2014

    Married, Sort Of: The Legal Limbo of Being Gay and Married in Texas

    Jenn and Lizzie Wigle are wandering the halls of a bridal expo, searching more for ideas than products or services. Eventually they visit three of the events, looking at dresses, invitations, cake decorators and all the other trappings of the $40-billion-a-year American wedding industry. Most of t ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    248 Dogs Face Uncertain Future, And Their Rescue Organization Won't Tell us Why

    Until last December, Hewitt-based Happy Endings Dog Rescue paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to board dogs at the Lavon-based Camp Diggy Bones kennel. But word went out among the animal rescue community that Happy Endings, run by a woman named Linda Robinson-Pardo, suddenly lost a major ... More >>

  • Music

    January 24, 2013

    The Taxman Cometh

    Pearl Bar runs up a hefty tab with the comptroller's office as once-hot Washington Avenue sings the blues.

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    January 18, 2013

    Texas Attorney General Wants New York Gun Lovers to Move to Texas

    Even for Texas this ranks about a 9.8 on the "YEE HAW, WE'RE FROM TEXAS" crazy shit-o-meter. Attorney General Greg Abbot has launched a quasi campaign to encourage people in commie states like New York, who feel like their liberties are being infringed upon because they can't own a garage full of as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Report: Texas Ranks Near the Bottom in Tobacco Settlement Spending

    Texas is only spending 2.4 percent of the tobacco settlement money it collects on tobacco prevention campaigns, placing the state near the bottom of the Centers for Disease Control's recommended state-spending list, according to a December report. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' report states t ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    No, George Washington Doesn't Want You Armed Against the Government: E-Mail Debunking Part II

    This little infographic has been making the rounds on Facebook among the more pro-gun people... especially a certain kind of pro-gun people. See, there are hunters, there are people who want to own guns for home protection, and there are people who want to own guns simply because they are adults who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Obama's Best Campaign Strategy: Keep Singing The Blues

    After President Obama crooning Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at a Harlem fundraiser became an unlikely iTunes sensation, even topping the ringtone chart, history is now repeating itself with his version of "Sweet Home Chicago" caught on an episode of PBS' In Performance at the White House Tuesd ... More >>

  • Music

    November 17, 2011
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    October 28, 2011

    Abraham Moses Fisch: Made A Million Convincing Defendants He Could Bribe Their Cases Away, Feds Say

    He knows people​Houston criminal defense attorney Abraham Moses Fisch is facing a slew of federal charges this morning: conspiracy, obstruction of justice, money laundering, conspiracy to commit money laundering and failure to file tax returns, They all stem from what the U.S. Attorney's Off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Rick Perry, Aggie Football Hero

    The closest Rick Perry ever got to playing football at Texas A&M was being a cheerleader -- sorry, a "yell leader," as the Aggies call them, because it's so much manlier. But once he started giving tax breaks to EA Sports to attract them to Texas, he's now a QB with a tight spiral and the ability ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    HISD's Harvin Moore: Nothing 'Heroic' About Gutting Education

    HISDHarvin Moore puts the Lege on blast​Houston ISD trustee Harvin Moore has just issued his third in a series of columns on the Texas education funding crisis, and this time he examines whether all the public funding woes can be laid at the feet of so-called inefficiencies. His column, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    HISD Says All Presents Aren't Good Ones, Rejects Deeds

    Not one of the houses donated to HISD​While going through their normal delinquent tax collections business, Houston ISD tax staff members discovered three separate property owners had gifted them with parcels of land. Wow, Hair Balls was thinking, isn't that nice? Nope. Or as Donald Boehm, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Social Security Tax Cut: How You Should Spend It

    It's Natty Light time!!!​You're getting a tax cut!!! You may even notice it. A cut in Social Security taxes in 2011 means you should be seeing more in your paycheck. Since it involves taxes, however, it is all incredibly complicated and makes our heads hurt. The "Making Work Pay" tax credit ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    FAIR-y Tales

    Russell Pearce and Other Illegal-Immigration Populists Rely on Misleading, Right-Wing Reports to Scapegoat Immigrants and Terrify Penny-Pinched Americans.

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    November 4, 2010

    Bob Hudgins Leaves Texas Film Commission, Unpleasantly

    The head of the TFC is gone​A couple of months ago, when we examined why there was so little fim and TV production in Houston as opposed to Dallas and Austin, some of the commenters blamed Bob Hudgins, who heads the Texas Film Commission. Well, they won't have him to kick around anymore -- he ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Harris County Tax Rate: Shockingly, No Increase In An Election Year

    Renovated courthouse to open in August​Harris County's mid-year budget review is out, and it recommends no change in the tax rate from what it has been since 2007.There will be a little juggling involved: the tax rates for the port and the flood control and hospital district will go up, while the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2010

    Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration

    Aurora unleashes a rare concert film from the redheaded stranger

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    No Raises For HISD Employees

    That paycheck ain't changing next year​There won't be any raises for employees of the Houston ISD the next school year.Houston ISD trustees adopted a 2010-11 budget totaling  $1.613 billion Thursday night that Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett termed  a "survival" budget, adding th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    The Big Secrets In Bill White's Tax Returns, Revealed

    ​You know things have gotten off on the wring foot challenging Rick Perry when the state's leading political writer compares your operation to Kay Bailey Hutchison's.Here's how things have gone in the Texas governor's race since the primaries: Rick Perry has been in Patton mode, ostentatiously "ac ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010
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    November 24, 2009

    A Bad Weekend For Gene Locke

    Who would have thought that after it was revealed that the "anti-gay" activist Dave Wilson donated $2,000 to the Gene Locke campaign that it would be the catalyst for a bad, bad weekend for the candidate?It didn't help that Locke forgot to attend the first highly anticipated debate since the Novembe ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Hotel Occupancy Dips, And Groups Who Depend On Those Tax Monies Keep A Wary Eye

    Photo courtesy GHCVB​If yesterday's Chron story on projected drops in hotel tax revenues  gave you the frightening impression that Minute Maid Park might shutter its doors, or at least make the entire Astros roster sweep the bleachers and maintain the field, you may exhale -- at le ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009

    T. Boone Pickens Names A New Holiday

    To celebrate the one year anniversary since launching the Pickens Plan, ol' T. Boone himself has declared today, July, 8, "Energy Independence Day." It nice to know that all it takes is befriending a few powerful congressmen and about $100 million to name your own national "independence" day honor ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Ron Paul, Crusading Against All Pork But His

    Of all the Republicans in the US House of Representatives, who do you think has the most earmarks in the omnibus spending bill? Some RINO from up north?Nah. It's our own Ron Paul, stalwart criticizer of government spending (that's not in his district.)Fox News is touting the story of Paul's $73 mill ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    All I want for Christmas is My ... Tax Receipt

    Do the arts community and the bottom line on your taxes some good with a contribution to one of Houston's non-profit arts organizations. Hurricane Ike really kicked some organizations in the pants; some are close to closing and others have all their plans on hold.The sluggish economy means corporate ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    Fic at NiteBoomsday

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    April 15, 2008

    Duck Season. Rabbit Season. Tax Season.

    Several organizations took advantage of the tax day rush at the downtown post office to promote their causes – anti-government sentiment and beer. Members of and gathered outside the post office to pass out pamphlets and DVDs, and to denounce taxes, the IRS and the ... More >>

  • News

    February 21, 2008

    Tax Break for the Rich; Roger Clemens at the Capitol; Green Sex

    Mayor White gets help from the appraisal district

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    This Blows!

    Houston has a national rep for taking down buildings. So why are these eyesores still standing?

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2006


    So the great news on December 20 was that President Bush signed into law an extension that allows Texas state residents (and residents of eight other states with no state income tax) to deduct sales tax from their federal taxes for the next two years. [Other renewed deductions were for higher tuitio ... More >>

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    May 4, 2006
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    September 25, 2003
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    September 25, 2003

    Best Activist

    Tom Bazan

  • News

    August 28, 2003

    Running Mates

    Michael and Nandy Berry are world-class charmers. But what's really behind those two smiles?

  • News

    August 14, 2003

    Menacing Mayor?

    A water district director wants police to protect him from Kemah's King

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    November 28, 2002

    Taxing Miss Daisy

    Previous tax bills and blighted properties haunt the city housing director

  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Bye to the Good Ol' Boys?

    The commissioner's race that could break the county mold

  • Music

    May 2, 2002
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    March 14, 2002

    Constant Billy

    Sunday, March 17

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Tax Rebate Waste?

    Lest tax payers forget about the rebate, U.S. Rep John Culberson drives the message home with $36,000 worth of mailings

  • News

    October 5, 2000

    NoDo Invades; Rebels Skirmish

    A downtown taxing zone flushes the Warehouse District from its quaint quarters

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    February 3, 2000


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    October 14, 1999


    Tax Cut Chron-Style. Downtown's booming. So how does Hearst whack 40 percent off its property levy?

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    July 29, 1999

    Trash Talk

    Condo groups want the mayor to pay up on a campaign promise

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    April 15, 1999

    Court Karma: What Goes Around Comes Around

    Judge to O'Quinn, O'Quinn to rehab and Bishop to Dock

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    January 14, 1999

    Raising a Red Flag

    Former Bellaire High School student shakes things up in the Capitol

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    December 18, 1997
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    June 26, 1997

    Besieged by the Bay

    Beset by skyrocketing tax assessments and wary of encroaching development, property owners in San Leon-Bacliff wonder if their "poor man's Riviera" may soon go the way of other waterfront zones along Galveston Bay.

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    April 18, 1996
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