Fighting for Transparency & Fiscal Responsibility in Local Government

The Gloves Come Off in Tax Assessor-Collector Race

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A Tax Assessor-Collector’s race doesn’t usually get much notice, but this year’s Tarrant County four-way match up is attracting a lot of attention as Election Day nears and the gloves come off.

Over the last few days a poll has been running asking voters who they might choose in that race. Those who selected “Mike Snyder” as their candidate were directed to the following question “Would you change your vote if you knew that Mike Snyder does not pay his taxes?” It’s not a new accusation, but who is making it via a push poll? What is the real story?

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How Many Strikes Does Jacqueline Wright Get?

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There seems to be something in the water this election cycle with Tarrant County Justices of the Peace. Tarrant has three troubled JPs, Russ Casey, Gary Ritchie, and Jacqueline Wright. Direct Action Texas broke the stories on Russ Casey and Gary Ritchie. Ritchie’s court coordinator was indicted on 7 counts and we expect criminal indictments against Russ Casey soon. Now Jacqueline Wright enters the spotlight.

Wright has a long history of problems, but Saturday February 3rd, her latest problem was caught on video. The video is from the surveillance of the very courthouse where she works. In the video you see Wright being dropped off at the courthouse by her husband, Ross Ladart. Later, Ladart returns to pick her up. He stops, gets out, and proceeds to rip out and discard two signs promoting Chris Gregory, Wright’s opponent. The actions of Ladart are brazen and shocking. He has no hesitation, committing his crime in clear daylight. It’s hard to catch, but in the lower right corner you can actually see Wright wait for Ladart to finish vandalizing the signs, then she comes out to the car and leaves with him. Outrageous!

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Election Conversion

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Henderson County Judge Candidate Jeff Weinstein has apparently converted from Democrat to Republican just in time for his placement on the Republican Primary ballot. In conservative counties like Henderson, liberals know they won’t win as Democrats, so they suddenly switch parties. Weinstein may have donated to President Trump in 2017, but in 2015 and 2016 his donations went to Hillary Clinton, and before that he gave to Obama and Edwards.

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Desperate Times, Desperate Measures.

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Transparency won a small victory in the 141st District Court. Charlie Geren’s 2016 campaign operative, David Sorenson, will not be able to continue his delay tactics. David Sorenson must now appear in court before the March Primary, according to a February 2nd Motion to Compel. He will finally be on the record and under oath about his alleged attempt to sabotage the Bo French campaign with a false child abuse accusation. Sorenson’s testimony could reveal some very dirty politics sanctioned by the Geren campaign to destroy his opponent.

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A Costly Contribution

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Probate Court 1 candidate Catherine Goodman exceeded the amount for a contribution by twice the legal limit. Now that contribution may cost her up to $55,000 plus legal fees, should her opponents decide to pursue the violation.

Judicial candidates have to follow stricter guidelines than other candidates for office. For instance, they have limits on how much money they may accept from an individual. This fact is well known among judicial candidates. According to Election Code 253.155, in a county-wide judicial race in Tarrant County, the contribution limit is $5,000 per individual. A recent Campaign Finance Report (CFR) shows that one candidate exceeded that limit. Catherine Goodman, candidate for Judge in Tarrant County’s Probate Court 1, accepted a contribution twice that of the legal limit!

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