Fighting for Transparency & Fiscal Responsibility in Local Government

Citizen Files to Have Dallas Elections Administrator Removed from Office.

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Earlier today Dallas attorney, J.J. Koch, filed a petition to have a jury hear the case on the removal of Dallas County Elections Administrator from her elected office. This comes on the heels of  WFAA breaking a story last week that Toni Pippins-Poole, the Dallas Elections Administrator, was shaking down the county’s vendors for cash. In that story, they share various communications where Pippins-Poole is pressuring vendors to “sponsor” various activities she is involved in. One vendor replied asking where to send the cash, in the past they simply gave it to Toni. Read More

Three Strikes for Tarrant County

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Tarrant County officials would like taxpayers to think they have had a run of bad luck with their audits. The truth is there is clearly a culture of disregard for the law in the offices of those that are sworn to uphold it.

Tarrant County Auditor, Renee Tidwell, has reported yet another failing grade to the Tarrant County Commissioners Court. The latest black mark on the County record was the August audit of Constable Michael Campbell, Precinct 8.

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The Democrats Are Coming! Oh No!

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I’m told the Democrats are coming.

I hear of fancy groups like InDivisible, BLM, and others targeting Tarrant County and Texas to turn them blue.

I see that every Tarrant County elected Republican has an announced Democrat opponent (except Glen Whitley and one might argue he is their candidate).

The bell has been rung. Indeed they are coming for each and every red county and state they can get, just as we should be going after each and every blue county we can….but we aren’t.

The prize for democrats is to take back SD10, currently held by rockstar Republican Konni Burton. That’s their crowning achievement goal, but they are running candidates in all the lower ballot races as well. We might lose some of those.

Make no mistake, however, if we lose SD10 or any of the lower ballot seats it is NOT because the Democrats are coming.

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Texas Attorney General Files Amicus Brief in Pressley Case to Texas Supreme Court

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The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court of Texas in support of the petitioner – Laura Pressley. At issue in the amicus is whether all ballots, including Direct Recording Electronic voting machines (DREs), must follow the Texas Constitution’s requirement to number each ballot.

In question is the language of the Texas Constitution Article VI, Sec. 4 which reads:  “in all elections by the people, the vote shall be by ballot, and the Legislature shall provide for the numbering of tickets and make such other regulations as may be necessary to detect and punish fraud and preserve the purity of the ballot box.”. Note that the term “tickets” here is interchangeable with ballot – in other words every ballot must be numbered. Read More

In Kaufman – It Pays To Be A Crony

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Property taxes are the largest and most onerous taxes Texans pay. But in Kaufman County, it pays to be well-connected.

Donald Trump’s election victory has been broadly viewed as retaliation by hard-working Americans to frustration with today’s political establishment and its close companion—cronyism. The politically connected receive special treatment, while the average taxpayer foots the bill for both the taxes and special interest handouts.

While we often consider cronyism to be relegated to the federal level in Washington D.C., it’s not. Cronyism is alive and well in Texas, particularly at the local level. Kaufman County provides an egregious example with inequities found in the state property tax system.

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