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Texas Ethics Commission

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    September 9, 2014

    Does the Wendy Davis Book Tour Count As Campaigning? Does it Matter?

    State Sen. Wendy Davis stopped campaigning for governor this week. You'd think that her Republican opponent, Attorney Gen. Greg Abbott, would be thrilled, but Abbott is thoroughly unenthusiastic about the move. Why? Well, Davis is taking a break from her campaign to promote her new book, Forgetting ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Corruption in Texas Is Like a Cockroach Infestation

    Everything is bigger in Texas and corruption is no exception. Fraud, bribery, exploitation and plain old dishonesty are getting to be like a severe Texas case of cockroaches. For every one you see in the daylight, there are 800 or so hiding in the darkness. Cockroaches prefer the darkness and they ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    Perfect Timing: How Malcontent Wiseasses Tried to Prove a Point About Politics and Ended up Charged as Felons

    White conservatives who tweaked an election in The Woodlands were just what Greg Abbott needed to prove he doesn’t prosecute only minorities for voter fraud.

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    December 12, 2013

    Texas Gets an "F": Center for Public Integrity Issues New Report on State Judges

    State supreme courts don't get nearly the attention the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) does. State supreme courts decide more mundane issues related to contract, tort and state procedural law, while SCOTUS decides the hot-button/culture war issues surrounding abortion, guns, the death penalty ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Tom DeLay is Off the Hook...For Now

    The Texas court of appeals for the Austin area ruled today that the evidence the State mustered against Tom DeLay was "legally insufficient" and reversed the jury's verdict and ordered that DeLay be acquitted of money laundering. Without delving into the weeds too much, the State's case was essenti ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Dan Patrick, Pro-Lifer, Is An Accidental Pro-Abortion Supporter

    Houston's own State Sen. Dan Patrick has let it be known that he is, of course, against abortion in all forms, but it turns out the good senator -- who is taking a run at being becoming Texas lieutenant governor -- held stock in the company that makes Plan B, the "morning after" pill, one of the man ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Helena Brown

    One of Houston's Fifty Most Influential Women?

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    January 10, 2013

    Helena Brown: One of Houston's Fifty Most Influential Women?

    We had a major WTF moment when we saw that Houston Woman Magazine had named conspiracy theorist/elected leader Helena Brown as one of the city's "50 Most Influential Women" of 2012. According to a statement by publisher Beverly Denver, "Influential people are often charismatic individuals with a v ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Decider in Church Spat, Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan Paid Dad's Defunct Business $52,000 in Campaign Cash

    State District Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan, who's helping decide the search committee to find the next pastor of Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church, may not be quite the pristine moral authority parishioners have sought in state court. Though it's apparently not an outright violation of st ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Mario Gallegos, Champion of Ethical Behavior

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Jerry Eversole, County Commissioner, Indicted By Feds

    Jerry Eversole's long-awaited indictments: Today's the day, reportedly​Jerry Eversole, the longtime County Commissioner who's ruled his fiefdom with an exceedingly relaxed take on campaign-contribution laws and work ethics, has been indicted by the federal government, according to the Houston ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Michael Williams Is Running For Something Or Other

    Running for....something‚ÄčIf you've seen these signs around the Heights and were wondering who is Michael Williams and what is he running for, you're not alone.So far, we at Hair Balls have figured out the first of these two questions.The Michael Williams putting up campaign signs is better known a ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Gene Locke The Lobbyist

    If you missed last night's debate then you missed a good one. In fact, it was the best one to date. Check the live-blog coverage to catch up on the juicy details.Gene Locke's background and possible conflicts of interests were brought up midway through the debate via a question submitted by a viewer ... More >>

  • News

    July 21, 2005

    Doctor Nice

    Steven Hotze uses a warm, easygoing manner to peddle natural hormones to women, at thousands of dollars a pop. So who cares about credentials or documented results?

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    January 15, 2004

    Ties That Bind?

    The D.A. shares something with those he's supposed to be probing: campaign support

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    April 4, 2002

    Policing the Politicos

    Sunset report calls for an ethics commission with teeth

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    February 7, 2002

    Liar! Liar! Pants On Fire

    Ex-GOP chair's affidavit contradicts earlier slush-fund remarks

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    November 22, 2001

    Why This Hound Won't Hunt

    The Texas Ethics Commission lacks eyes, ears and teeth

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    September 6, 2001

    GOP Jitters

    While a party chair guards his rear, Vision America makes judges nervous

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    July 19, 2001

    Letters

    A Wave of Laughter, Strip Search Horrors, Fine Frye

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    June 21, 2001

    Does Not Compute

    Loopholes still hamper electronic reporting of campaign finances

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    October 26, 2000

    Smoke and Mirrors

    As part of the Bush legacy, a special law can hide polluting industries

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    October 19, 2000

    Blocking Shots

    We pay for the arena; they'll finance the campaign

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    March 16, 2000
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    December 30, 1999

    The Insider

    Rolling the Credits on Council's "B" Movie: The dynamic duo of Yarbrough, Johnson leave a legacy of campaign high jinks

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    November 11, 1999

    The Deal Busters

    GOP chair's super slush fund helps sink arena deal

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    October 14, 1999
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    May 20, 1999

    Calling the Shots

    In the Southwestern Bell and AT&T slugfest over supposed consumer savings, the biggest sucker punch of all is headed your way

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    March 11, 1999

    Contributing Factors

    Debra Danburg swears she'll defend your right to open government. But when it comes to Internet campaign finance reports, ignorance is bliss.

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    January 28, 1999
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    December 24, 1998
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    December 17, 1998
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    October 15, 1998
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    January 29, 1998

    Bush's Big Score

    Bank on it: The Rangers sale will haunt the governor's run for president in 2000

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    September 4, 1997
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    July 10, 1997

    Cozy Ties

    In the battle to privatize welfare services in Texas, corporate bidders have enlisted some inside help

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    June 12, 1997
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    May 15, 1997
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    May 8, 1997
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    October 24, 1996
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    October 17, 1996

    Get It in Writing

    ... at least before you lend any campaign funds to Buster Brown

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    October 3, 1996

    The Kingdom and the Power

    Money may be the root of all evil, but it's fueled Steven Hotze's rise from a fringe player on the religious right to kingmaker in the local Republican Party. Now he's trying to stretch his influence further afield.

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    October 3, 1996
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    August 8, 1996
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    August 1, 1996

    Among Friends

    Buster Brown's financial disclosure includes an interesting omission -- and addition

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    July 11, 1996
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    June 27, 1996
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    May 16, 1996
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    April 11, 1996

    Murky Water

    State Senator Buster Brown wants to make Lake Jackson safe for development. Guess who's one of the developers.

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