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 >>
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 >>
Pearl Bar runs up a hefty tab with the comptroller's office as once-hot Washington Avenue sings the blues.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
He knows peopleHouston 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 >>
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 >>
HISDHarvin Moore puts the Lege on blastHouston 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 >>
Not one of the houses donated to HISDWhile 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 >>
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 >>
Russell Pearce and Other Illegal-Immigration Populists Rely on Misleading, Right-Wing Reports to Scapegoat Immigrants and Terrify Penny-Pinched Americans.
The head of the TFC is goneA 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 >>
Renovated courthouse to open in AugustHarris 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 >>
Aurora unleashes a rare concert film from the redheaded stranger
That paycheck ain't changing next yearThere 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo courtesy GHCVBIf 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
It’s a prominent national trend: sterile but affluent suburbs all over strip-mall and cul-de-sac America scramble to retro-fit with culture, fun, a municipal center. You know, one of them-there “downtown” thingies. The Woodlands has already done so. Lisa Gray at the Chronicle wrote about the ... More >>
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 HoustonTruth.org and RiotUSA.org gathered outside the post office to pass out pamphlets and DVDs, and to denounce taxes, the IRS and the ... More >>
Mayor White gets help from the appraisal district
Houston has a national rep for taking down buildings. So why are these eyesores still standing?
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 >>
Michael and Nandy Berry are world-class charmers. But what's really behind those two smiles?
A water district director wants police to protect him from Kemah's King
Previous tax bills and blighted properties haunt the city housing director
The commissioner's race that could break the county mold
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Lest tax payers forget about the rebate, U.S. Rep John Culberson drives the message home with $36,000 worth of mailings
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Tax Cut Chron-Style. Downtown's booming. So how does Hearst whack 40 percent off its property levy?
Judge to O'Quinn, O'Quinn to rehab and Bishop to Dock
Former Bellaire High School student shakes things up in the Capitol
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.