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Texas Tribune: California Retirees Have Carona's Company in Crosshairs
- by Jay Root, The Texas Tribune
This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature. It was produced in partnership with Texas Monthly.
INDIO, Calif. — The slick brochure advertising homes in the Sun City Shadow Hills neighborhood near Palm Springs has escapist senior fantasy written all over it.
“Get Ready For The Next Great Chapter Of Your Life,” it says.
ProPublica: How the IRS's Nonprofit Division Got So Dysfunctional
Saturday, 18 May 2013 05:43 | Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 06:56 | Written by George Schwarz | | |
by Kim Barker and Justin Elliott ProPublica, May 17, 2013, 5:14 p.m.
The IRS division responsible for flagging Tea Party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement, financial constraints and an unwillingness to spell out just what it expects from social welfare nonprofits, former officials and experts say.
Weak journalists equal a weaker country
Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:29 | Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 19:45 | Written by George Schwarz | | |
The recent government snooping scandals — and that is what they are — make clear that the news industry has visited these government intrusions on itself. In other words, the IRS’ unbalanced look at nonprofit organizations and the so-called Justice Department’s looking at phone records are, in part, a harvest of what I like to call the Pogo dictum: We have met the enemy and he is us. Somehow it’s fitting this is from a comic strip.
Texas Tribune: Questions of Contradiction in Ethics Bills
Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:32 | Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 06:57 | Written by Texas Tribune | | |
This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.
All session long, freshman state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione has been clamoring for greater transparency, trying to force lawmakers and their relatives to disclose their contracts with government agencies and shine a light on closely held state pension benefits. When his first transparency bill got a committee hearing, his senior House colleagues effectively showed him the door.
City Commission hears complaints about Atmos, water
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:27 | Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:40 | Written by George Schwarz | | |
The three city commissioners in attendence Tuesday hear complaints about Atmos taxation and water in anotherwise routine meeting. See the short video below and see the full meeting and work session by clicking Read More.
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