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  • Presidential Hopeful — Gov. Scott Walker to Address Harris County GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in Texas

    03/20/2015 8:18:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-20-15 | Bob Price
    HOUSTON, Texas – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) will cap off a star-studded evening with a keynote address at the Harris County GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on March 28. The event is expected to be the largest in the history of the Harris County GOP and will be attended by many statewide elected officials, Harris County officials, and grassroots activists. For the third year in a row, the keynote address will be delivered by a 2016 Republican presidential hopeful. Governor Walker will deliver this year’s keynote address to what is expected to be a crowd of at least eight hundred people,...
  • Son shoots, kills alleged intruder in Hockley-area home

    10/04/2014 12:56:21 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    KHOU ^ | 10/4
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- A man opened fire on a group of home invaders inside his family's northwest Harris County home early Friday, deputies said. One of the suspects died at the scene while the other two fled in a getaway vehicle. It all happened around 4:30 a.m. in the 23000 block of Botkins Road in the Hockley area. Family members told deputies that their mother was in the kitchen cooking breakfast with three young granddaughters when the armed men broke in. The woman's adult son heard the commotion from his bedroom and grabbed his gun. "… and when he...
  • Muslim Killer on Disability and Food Stamps had Diamonds and 200 Credit Cards

    06/21/2014 6:36:15 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 28 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 6/20/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Muslim Killer on Disability and Food Stamps had Diamonds and 200 Credit Cards Posted By Daniel Greenfield On June 20, 2014 @ 11:16 am In The Point This sort of thing is surprisingly common. The only reason it has come to light is because the Muslim settler committed two murders, one of which he actually got away with. The Point has discussed the murder of Gelareh Bagherzadeh before. Gelareh Bagherzadeh was an Iranian Christian who came to this country only to be murdered by a Muslim because she encouraged his daughter to marry the man she loved. He was too...
  • Soldier’s Target Practice With Air Rifle at His Home Results in School Lockdowns, Arrest at Gunpoint

    02/22/2014 6:44:46 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 84 replies
    Guns Save ^ | Feb 21, 2014 | Dan Cannon
    [Video] Soldier’s Target Practice With Air Rifle at His Home Results in School Lockdowns, Arrest at Gunpoint February 21 2014 by Dan Cannon Share This Post A current active duty soldier and Iraq War veteran’s target practice with an air rifle landed him in hot water this week. The soldier was shooting at a target he setup on the side of his home with an air rifle. One of the projectiles (likely a BB or pellet) struck the glass at an under construction home nearby. It’s unclear if a ricochet was to blame or if it was a bad miss....
  • 2014 Texas Primary: 1st Day Early Voting Totals for Harris County [breakdown by party]

    02/19/2014 5:01:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    February 19, 2014
    Note that there are 3 charts listing totals for 1st day [February 18, 2014] early voting in Harris County Texas for the March 4, 2014 Texas primary. The 1st chart combines Republican party and Democratic party numbers for the day. The 2nd chart is the Democratic party totals. The 3rd chart is the Republican party totals. Each chart lists totals for individual voting locations. Totals for early voters (person) and early voters (mail-ins) are tallied. Potential number of mail-ins (from total ballots requested and mailed to voters) is also shown. Harris County Texas [a large swath of the Houston metro...
  • Contractor who stole property gets 30 years ["smear campaign" imprisons another African American]

    09/15/2012 4:54:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 14, 2012 | Lise Olsen
    Despite an unusual plea for leniency from Houston's city controller, five-time felon and swindler Dwayne Jordon was handed a 30-year sentence Friday after admitting to stealing 23 properties from rightful owners by forging deeds and building new homes on pilfered land. He then resold the properties to unsuspecting victims. Harris County District Judge David Mendoza said he weighed competing factors to find a "sentence that fit the crime." He said he considered Jordon's construction work on stolen and legitimate lots in a blighted neighborhood, evidence of his continuing scams while free on bond and Jordon's role as a father and...
  • Truck owner wants DEA to pay up after botched sting

    07/30/2012 6:11:01 PM PDT · by Altariel · 15 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2012 | Dane Schiller
    The phone rang before sunrise. It woke Craig Patty, owner of a tiny North Texas trucking company, to vexing news about Truck 793 - a big red semi supposedly getting repairs in Houston. "Your driver was shot in your truck," said the caller, a business colleague. "Your truck was loaded with marijuana. He was shot eight times while sitting in the cab. Do you know anything about your driver hauling marijuana?" "What did you say?" Patty recalled asking. "Could you please repeat that?" The truck, it turned out, had been everywhere but in the repair shop. Commandeered by one of...
  • Prehistoric human remains found along Hwy 99 (Harris County in Texas)

    07/26/2012 4:53:28 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    ABC News KTRK Channel 13 Houston ^ | July 26, 2012 | Deborah Wrigley
    Work crews clearing the land for the Grand Parkway expansion have made a surprising discovery -- human remains which are being described as 'prehistoric.' The remains were found in the stretch of land known as Grand Parkway segment E. The Grand Parkway segment between I-10 and Highway 290 has been under construction for nearly a year. Last month, in advance of bulldozers moving in, a state archeologist working on the project found something not unexpected for those who seek out the past -- a handful of bones dating back to prehistory. "I know it's a rare find, but knowing this...
  • 'No refusal' initiative to become more common in Harris County

    12/30/2010 12:49:32 PM PST · by RikaStrom · 113 replies · 44+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 22, 2010 | ANITA HASSAN
    Harris County law enforcement agencies will again crack down on drunken drivers during Christmas and New Year's, but the expanded operations no will longer be limited to holiday weekends. The "no refusal" initiative — a countywide program that expedites search warrants for blood samples from drunken driving suspects who refuse breath tests — now will be in effect every weekend for the next three years due in large part to a grant recently issued by the Texas Department of Transportation to the Harris County District Attorney's Office. The initiative, which also includes funds from the District Attorney's Office, will total...
  • Local Tea Party group may have uncovered massive vote fraud in Texas

    09/27/2010 5:18:30 AM PDT · by safetysign · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/26/2010 | Mark Tapscott
    The Examiner’s Mark Tapscott wrote about this story over a week ago, but now Fox News is reporting on Tea Party activists in Texas uncovering vote fraud: When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more. So when the 2008 election came around, “about 50” of her friends volunteered to work at Houston’s polling places. “What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs, judges would vote for people that asked for help. It was fraud, and we...
  • Citizen groups unmasking Dem voter fraud

    09/26/2010 9:54:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 83 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 26, 2010 | Ed Lasky
    We do the job because the government and media lackeys will not. Massive alleged voter fraud is uncovered by a group of concerned citizens down in Texas. The culprit? The Democrats and Barack Obama's favorite "union" - the thugs at the Service Employees International Union. A group of people took it upon themselves to work at polling places in 2008 and observed - and were shocked - by what they perceived to be voter fraud. Their next step was to create a citizen-based grassroots group to collect publicly available voting data and analyze what they found (with the help of...
  • Citizens' Group Helps Uncover Alleged Rampant Voter Fraud in Houston

    09/25/2010 7:52:45 AM PDT · by Bringbackthedraft · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 25, 2010 | Ed Barnes
    “The first thing we started to do was look at houses with more than six voters in them" Engelbrecht said, because those houses were the most likely to have fraudulent registrations attached to them. "Most voting districts had 1,800 if they were Republican and 2,400 of these houses if they were Democratic . . .
  • Massive, nationwide vote fraud is the among the most rotten fruit of ACORN-type activism (Video)

    09/18/2010 10:48:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 18, 2010 | Mark Tapscott
    Every two years for the past decade and more, reports of voter fraud have been on the increase during election campaigns around the country. That is not coincidental.Since passage in 1993 of the National Voter Registration Act - aka "Motor Voter" - by the Democratic Congress that led to the 1994 GOP takeover, ACORN and a bunch of other radical liberal activists groups, many financed by George Soros, have been steadily growing their ability to increase vote counts for their candidates by stuffing ballot boxes with illegal votes on election day.To get just a taste of how deeply devious...
  • Warehouse Fire Destroyed Houston Ballot Machines, Raising the Possibility of Voter Fraud

    09/09/2010 6:38:50 AM PDT · by Marcus · 20 replies
    Associated Content ^ | September 8th, 2010 | Mark R. Whittington
    Pajama Media's Bryan Preston is reporting that there are fears that a campaign of voter fraud, coupled with the lost of ten thousand voting machines in a warehouse fire, may be threatening the integrity of the 2010 elections in Houston.
  • It’s Time to Worry About Houston (Voter fraud)

    09/07/2010 12:24:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 7, 2010 | Bryan Preston
    Voter fraud and a suspicious fire threaten the November elections in Texas’ largest city. I could’ve gone with the “Houston, we have a problem” headline but that’s so … cliché. Nevertheless, the fact is that Houston has a major election problem, one which threatens the integrity of elections in Houston and across the Lone Star State. And when you work in the fact that Texas stands as the nation’s largest solidly Republican state, well, what happens in Houston will not stay in Houston — with next year’s redistricting, it won’t even stay in Texas. The problem centers on a massive...
  • Mysterious Fire Destroys Voting Machines in Texas County with ACORN-like Voter Fraud

    09/04/2010 7:41:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Emerging Corruption ^ | 8/27/10 | Anita MonCrief
    Mysterious Fire Destroys Voting Machines in Texas County with ACORN-like Voter FraudAugust 27, 2010 By Anita MonCrief Another blow has been dealt to voters in Harris County, Texas just days after the Harris County Voter Registrar Leo Vasquez released a 72 page PowerPoint on voting irregularities from a local group similar to the infamous ACORN. “The integrity of the voting rolls in Harris County, Texas, appears to be under an organized and systematic attack by the group operating under the name Houston Votes,” Vasquez said at a 2 p.m. press conference at his office, where he also released copies of...
  • Democrats again sue tax office over voter registrations

    09/03/2010 5:16:47 AM PDT · by humblegunner · 2 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 2, 2010 | CHRIS MORAN
    For the second time in as many years, the Texas Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit against the Harris County tax assessor-collector, accusing the Republican-led voter registration office with illegally rejecting voter applications and with sharing information with political allies that it did not share with Democrats last year. Leo Vasquez, who in his capacity as tax assessor-collector is the county's voter registrar, said the lawsuit has no merit. "They're just trying to throw stuff up against the wall and see if it sticks," Vasquez said. The Democratic Party made similar accusations about what it said were improperly rejected voter...
  • WATCH LIVE: 3-alarm fire in NE Houston

    08/27/2010 5:49:52 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 17 replies ^ | 8-27-2010 | Unknown
  • Green Party may challenge for county clerk (Harris County - Texas 2010)

    06/08/2010 10:27:34 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies · 18+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 07, 2010 | Chris Moran
    The Green Party may field a county clerk candidate against Democrat Ann Harris Bennett and Republican Stan Stanart. Don Cook ran for Houston City Council at-large position 1 in November, finishing fifth. His platform included opposition to police officers doing checks on immigration status, support for single-payer health insurance and a call to use the seat as a bully pulpit to speak out on global warming, foreign wars and poverty. Cook is one of 18 candidates statewide who may benefit from a signature-gathering drive to qualify Green Party candidates for ballots statewide that apparently was neither solicited nor funded by...

    12/03/2009 1:01:33 PM PST · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies · 390+ views ^ | 12/03/2009 | Staff
    He now will be challenging the 8-year incumbent party chair, who is seeking a fifth term in the wake of the defeat suffered by the local GOP in the 2008 elections, and amid lingering questions about the recent management of the county party.
  • Texas man found asleep with corpse inside closet

    10/12/2009 6:58:24 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 34 replies · 1,312+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Oct 12, 2009 | N/A
    A Houston man found asleep with a corpse inside a closet of a vacant home has been charged with misdemeanor drug offenses, authorities said Monday. Cody Jean Plant, 21, was discovered Sunday after the owner of the house reported hearing voices and seeing signs of forced entry at the home in Cypress, about 25 miles northwest of Houston, according to a Harris County Precinct 4 Constable official. Authorities did not immediately release the dead man's identity. "There were two guys in the closet. They appeared to be sleeping, one was snoring and the other was deceased," said Assistant Chief Deputy...
  • Houston taking a look at ACORN grant

    09/20/2009 3:12:19 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 23 replies · 1,113+ views
    Mayor orders probe after group comes under fire The brewing national controversy over questionable practices by the community activist group ACORN is spilling into the organization's Houston operations, with calls for reviews of its past government contracts and prohibition of any future taxpayer funding. “It's unfortunate there have been problems with ACORN thousands of miles away from Houston,” said Ginny Goldman, who heads Texas ACORN and is based in Houston. “But I would be shocked to find anything irregular happening here. I stand 100 percent behind my staff. I know how they are trained.” Houston Mayor Bill White expressed concern...
  • Republicans entering Century 21 (50 at a time?)

    07/21/2009 5:07:51 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 13 replies · 378+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/21/2009 | LISA FALKENBERG
    "It's the wave of the future!” Jared Woodfill tells a brave, mostly gray crowd squeezed into a Greenway-area office space amid paraphernalia ranging from life-size cutouts of Ronald Reagan and the Presidents Bush, a Goldwater campaign poster and an Ann Coulter action figure. They drove from Kingwood and from Clear Lake and from just down the street. Armed with legal pads, they came to learn how to effectively penetrate what's become, at least in politics, the domain of mostly whippersnapper Obamaphiles. Welcome to Facebook 101, Harris County Republican Party-style. Upon arrival, the more than 50 attendees receive a how-to packet...
  • Harris County deputy accidentally shoots herself in the leg

    HOUSTON—A Harris County deputy accidentally shot herself in the leg at a gun range Thursday.
  • Nacogdoches County will fight TTC as new member of regional planning commission

    05/01/2008 5:34:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 372+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | April 29, 2008 | Michael Rodden
    County commissioners reaffirmed their stance against the Trans-Texas Corridor, and they took another step toward keeping county government transparent when they met Tuesday. First up on the court's agenda, commissioners heard a presentation by Connie Fogle on behalf of the newly formed Pineywoods Sub-Regional Planning Commission. According to Fogle, the Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 391, requires state agencies to coordinate with local commissions to "ensure effective and orderly implementation of state programs at the regional level." "Critical in the code is the word 'coordinate,'" she said. "This does not mean the commission has to cooperate. The intent is to...
  • McLennan County awaiting plans for Trans Texas Corridor

    04/09/2008 5:10:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 420+ views
    The Lariat Online (Baylor University) ^ | April 9, 2008 | Victoria Mgbemena
    As the state's population continues to grow in its urban centers, expansion plans for the highway system continue to be the focus for transportation improvements. The Trans Texas Corridor proposal is aimed to alleviate traffic congestion, improve air quality and provide safer traveling for drivers, among other goals. In 2002, Texas Governor Rick Perry released the plan to create the passageway, which spans northeast from Laredo to Oklahoma and is set to total 4,000 miles in the next 50 years. The $140 billion project calls for the incorporation of new toll roads, commuter railways, power lines and gas pipelines, while...
  • TxDOT makes $1 billion error

    03/12/2008 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 852+ views
    The Cherokeean Herald ^ | March 12, 2008 | Leland Acker
    In the midst of inflation, funding difficulties and halted expansion projects, a budget error on the part of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) may have exacerbated their challenges. "TxDOT does some mysterious accounting," said Rep. Chuck Hopson (D-Jacksonville). "They had close to $1 billion counted in their budget twice." "That was a serious error on our part and we have made changes to try to prevent that type of error from occurring again," said TxDOT Spokesman Chris Lippincott, adding that the amount added twice in their financial statement was unrelated to the $1.2 billion in federal rescissions, which are...
  • High-Speed Solutions: The idea of passenger rail travel to major Texas cities picks up speed.

    03/05/2008 1:47:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies · 465+ views
    Fort Worth Weekly ^ | March 5, 2008 | Dan McGraw
    Driving down to Austin lately has become a real trip. I-35 is usually packed for most of the 185 miles, and what used to take three or four hours now can take five or six. Flying down can take almost as long, when you figure in airline security delays, more flight delays, and the time it takes getting into and out of crowded airports. But what if it took 45 minutes to travel from the Metroplex to Austin by train or an hour to make a trip to Houston? Advocates of high-speed rail lines are floating these ideas once again...
  • Texans ponder where superhighway might take them

    03/04/2008 1:28:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 415+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 4, 2008 | Peter Canellos
    REFUGIO, Texas - With an abandoned Wild West-vintage town of storefronts slumbering just a block from old US 77, tiny Refugio is a place where myth and reality coexist in a ghostly silence. more stories like this Obama faces heat over aide's NAFTA remarks to Canadians Texas, Ohio could decide Dem nomination Canada says didn't misrepresent Obama over NAFTA McCain tags Dems on trade treaty NAFTA seen differently in Ohio, Texas And now this South Texas outpost is swept up in one of the more intriguing tests of myth vs. reality in today's political life: the battle over the so-called...
  • Corridor: All in favor? None

    02/26/2008 1:49:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 430+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | February 26, 2008 | Stephen Palkot
    A handful of Kendleton residents were among several dozen to speak out against the Trans-Texas Corridor at a public hearing Monday night in Rosenberg. “I personally think it's a slap in the face for Texas to take the land for pennies on the dollar, to put a road on it and to make you pay a toll for it,” said Jeremy West, one of the speakers from Kendleton. The Trans-Texas Corridor is a proposal for a network of highways, rail lines and utilities throughout Texas that would be financed by private interests who would seek to profit through tolls and...
  • Taxes or Tolls on the TTC

    02/25/2008 5:18:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 281+ views ^ | February 25, 2008 | Col. George W.
    One major concern I discussed a few weeks ago regarding the Trans Texas Corridor is where the land will come from. Another concern is where the money will come from. Official government websites for the TTC assure that public-private partnerships will shield the taxpayer from bearing too much of the cost burden, but a careful reading shows the door is definitely open to public funding sources, while at the same time there is no doubt of the intention to charge tolls on the road. Taxpayers already pay for their transportation system through hefty gasoline taxes, vehicle registration fees, and other...
  • (Houston) Council delays vote on land for sports complex

    01/23/2008 2:18:47 PM PST · by weegee · 4 replies · 141+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 23, 2008, 3:39PM | By CAROLYN FEIBEL
    The city council considered a plan today to buy 80 acres in south Houston for an amateur sports complex, but delayed the vote for one week. The complex, a long-awaited home for youth and adult soccer teams, will probably include 18 playing fields, Mayor Bill White said. The council will need to approve the land purchase for $6.42 million. Councilwomen Anne Clutterbuck and Melissa Noriega placed a one-week hold on the item, a parliamentary move known as a "tag." Clutterbuck said the administration did not give council members enough time before today's vote to review the documents and details of...
  • Rosenthal won't run, but who will?

    01/02/2008 4:29:34 PM PST · by i_dont_chat · 72+ views
    KTRK-TV, Houston, TX ^ | 01/02/08 | Cynthia Cisneros
    HOUSTON -- We learned Wednesday night that Chuck Rosenthal has decided not to run for re-election as Harris County district attorney. But who the Republicans will back to run in his place is still uncertain. More at link.
  • For whom the toll bills

    09/12/2007 7:09:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 537+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 11, 2007 | Rick Casey
    With all the madness in the world, I meditated Tuesday on two matters of great gratitude. One is that through vigilance and good fortune we have, so far, gone six years without another major attack on U.S. soil. The other is that I wasn't one of the Texas officials who was forced to attend a workshop in Austin in which PR flacks would try (under a $20,000 contract) to teach me techniques for selling Gov. Perry's massive toll road boondoggle. It was a small part of a $7 million to $9 million campaign that will include feel-good ads pushing Perry's...
  • Dream Of High-Speed Rail Taking Shape

    08/13/2007 12:32:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 114 replies · 1,879+ views
    Hillsboro Reporter ^ | August 13, 2007 | Hillsboro Reporter
    Could high-speed rail service with a stop in the Hillsboro area be a reality by 2020? That is the goal set by the Texas High-Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation (THSRTC) following the final planning and design charrette in Fort Worth. The charrette preceded the 10th annual Transportation Summit held in Irving Tuesday through Friday, August 7-10. THSRTC board members met in Houston in May at the Continental Airlines headquarters for the first of the charrettes. Attending were eight international suppliers of high-speed rail for nine different systems in France, Germany, Korea and Spain. In addition, 14 consulting firms of varying...
  • Perry signs toll road bill

    06/13/2007 7:17:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 819+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | June 12, 2007 | Stephen Palkot
    A bill that places a two-year moratorium on private toll road agreements in Texas was signed by Gov. Rick Perry on Monday. The bill, Senate Bill 792, was pushed by opponents of the Trans Texas Corridor, which is a proposed set of privately-funded toll roads throughout Texas. The final version of the bill represents a compromise between opponents of the TTC and Perry, its main backer. Specifically, the bill prevents the Texas Department of Transportation from entering what are called comprehensive development agreements, or CDAs, which are contracts for private companies to build and profit from toll roads in Texas....
  • Perry signs compromise bill slowing toll road projects

    06/12/2007 8:11:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 594+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 12, 2007 | R. G. Ratcliffe
    But compromise doesn't affect six projects slated for Harris County AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry on Monday signed legislation that slows down his ambitious plans for building toll roads but does not halt them completely. Perry and the Legislature got into a stare-down last month when lawmakers sent him a bill that put serious restrictions on building toll roads in Texas and constrained policy set by the Texas Transportation Commission, which is run by the governor's appointees. Perry said he would veto the bill and threatened to call a special legislative session if lawmakers did not send him compromise legislation....
  • County not happy with I-69's direction

    05/31/2007 8:18:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 756+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | May 28, 2007 | Stephen Palkot
    For years, Fort Bend County officials enthusiastically supported the proposed I-69 highway, which would replace what is now U.S. 59. A promise of added lanes to the highway - and international trade - has been the driving force behind this initiative. Growing discontent over the direction of the project, however, led the county last year to decide against renewing membership with the non-profit, intergovernmental group that is pushing Interstate 69. And recently that same group was dealt a major blow with Harris County's decision to withdraw. County Judge Bob Hebert said the county pulled out not because of disagreement over...
  • Authorities shift focus to ‘super corridor’

    05/30/2007 6:22:13 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 231 replies · 2,586+ views
    In-Forum News ^ | May 30, 2007 | Jonathan Knutson and Melinda Rogers
    A proposed North American “super corridor” would relieve overburdened highways and promote economic growth in three countries, supporters say. But others wonder whether the proposal might bring in cheap exports and put unsafe Mexican trucks on U.S. roads. The issue takes center stage at a three-day conference that begins today in Fort Worth, Texas. More than 350 transportation, logistics and economic development specialists from the United States, Canada and Mexico are meeting. The conference is sponsored by Dallas-based North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition. The nonprofit coalition, whose members include public- and private-sector organizations, wants to develop an integrated transportation system linking...
  • Iffy interstate: Harris County pulls out of I-69 Alliance

    05/28/2007 1:14:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 695+ views
    Victoria Advocate ^ | May 28, 2007 | Rebecca Holm
    The future of an interstate planned to run through Victoria appears murkier than ever. Harris County, a key point along the proposed Interstate 69 route, pulled out of the I-69 Alliance in mid-May. In an article in the May 15 Houston Chronicle, Bill Murphy and Rad Sallee wrote that Harris County pulled out of the I-69 Alliance after county commissioners decided too much was spent annually in membership costs. The county hopes that a bill in legislation right now is passed, because it would give them access to build a toll road as part of the Trans-Texas Corridor parallel to...
  • Architect of toll road freeze is credited for her tenacity

    05/26/2007 6:07:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 701+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 26, 2007 | Jake Batsell
    Those persuasion skills were key to Ms. Kolkhorst marshaling support for a partial two-year moratorium on private toll roads. The bill could get lawmakers' final blessing today. The Brenham Republican has emerged as a central figure in the Legislature's efforts to slow down the privatization of Texas roads. She has persuaded nearly all of her 149 House colleagues to back the moratorium, which excludes most North Texas toll projects. Ms. Kolkhorst, 42, has parlayed a blend of persistence, fearlessness, smarts and country charm into a more visible role in Austin. In addition to leading the toll road freeze, she has...
  • Toll road agreement reached

    05/25/2007 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 663+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 25, 2007 | Ben Wear
    House, Senate passage seem likely The careening vehicle that has been this legislative session's toll road overhaul appeared to pull into the garage about 4:35 p.m. Thursday. At that moment, Republican state Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville, after spending several moments huddling on the floor with Sen. Tommy Williams, sponsor of Senate Bill 792, affixed his signature to a compromise version of the bill, and the two shook hands. "We've got a deal now," Williams, R-The Woodlands, said about an hour later. "This is really going to move transportation issues forward, particularly in large metropolitan areas." The deal was among...
  • Report: Private Sector Investment Key to Ports-to-Plains Corridor

    05/16/2007 8:27:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 328+ views
    NewsChannel 11 ( ^ | May 15, 2007 | NewsChannel 11 (
    The state's ability to develop public-private partnerships - as envisioned with the Trans-Texas Corridor - is critical to complete long-sought transportation improvements and economic development from Laredo to north of Amarillo, according to the Ports-to-Plains Corridor Coalition. "Partnerships that pool federal, state, local and private sector resources will be needed to make Ports-to-Plains a reality and there are several opportunities for that to occur," said Michael Reeves, president of the Lubbock-based coalition. A new study prepared by Cambridge Systematics, Inc. for the Texas Department of Transportation concludes that enhancements to rail, electric transmission lines and highways would improve mobility, safety...
  • Farm Bureau urges governor support of TTC Funding Moratorium

    05/07/2007 6:06:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 343+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | May 7, 2007 | Southwest Farm Press
    Waco - Governor Rick Perry should sign a bill that would establish a two-year moratorium on the controversial Trans Texas Corridor (TTC), according to the board of directors of the state's largest farm organization. A letter requesting the governor's approval of House Bill 1892, signed by the 14 members of the Texas Farm Bureau board, including TFB President Kenneth Dierschke, urges a moratorium on the use of private equity comprehensive development agreements, including the TTC. The letter was delivered to Governor Perry today. It said in part, "We believe the moratorium envisioned in HB 1892 will give all Texans the...
  • County Uncovers Voter Fraud Plot

    05/04/2007 7:04:00 AM PDT · by Cracker Jack · 9 replies · 684+ views ^ | 5/3/07 |
    HOUSTON -- A plot to steal dozens of votes with a non-existent address has been uncovered, officials told KPRC Local 2 Wednesday. Harris County Tax Assessor Paul Bettencourt said it was obvious to him that several voter registration applications were fraudulent. "We know because all the handwriting is the same," Bettencourt said. The applications all had the last names Williams or Johnson. They also had the address of 2519 Dashwood Drive, which does not exist. Bettencourt said the applications were mailed from El Paso. The tax assessor's office has received 51 applications so far and more keep coming in.
  • Bumpy ride for tollway plans

    04/28/2007 1:54:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 587+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | April 28, 2007 | Aman Batheja
    AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate passed its second bill this session creating a two-year moratorium on privately funded toll roads Friday, a sharp rebuke of Gov. Rick Perry's plan to solve the state's transportation problems. Senators voted 27-4 to approve the bill, which would prevent the creation of toll roads made by public entities contracting with private companies. The Senate passed a similar bill earlier, but that version appears dead in the House. The version approved Friday easily passed the House this month by a vote of 137-2. The bill's Senate sponsor, Republican Tommy Williams of The Woodlands, said he...
  • Radio ad asks Houstonians to arm themselves against evacuees

    09/22/2006 1:06:05 PM PDT · by weegee · 33 replies · 1,420+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 22, 2006, 1:47AM | By JUAN A. LOZANO
    A radio commercial for a local gun shop advises Houstonians to arm themselves against "Katricians," adding to the growing tension between Houstonians and the Katrina evacuees who have been blamed for a rising crime rate. Gun shop owner and radio talk-show host Jim Pruett said Thursday he started running the ad a few weeks ago after hearing a local television interview with a Katrina evacuee living in Houston who implied he would have to turn to crime if his government assistance ran out. "There are many evacuees here who are working," said Pruett, who has owned Jim Pruett's Guns &...
  • Red-light cameras allow lucky turns - ~300 citations are thrown out because of "loophole"

    09/21/2006 2:41:54 PM PDT · by weegee · 37 replies · 1,322+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 21, 2006, 12:57AM | By ALEXIS GRANT
    Sept. 21, 2006, 12:57AM Red-light cameras allow lucky turns About 300 citations are thrown out because of a loophole in the ordinance Hundreds of drivers who ran red lights while making turns at intersections newly monitored by cameras have not been issued tickets because of a loophole in the photo-enforcement ordinance. "The way the current city ordinance is written, turns are excluded, even if they are illegal turns," said Houston police Sgt. Michael Muench. Traffic officers reviewed more than 1,000 violations caught on camera during the first two weeks of the program, the police department reported. A third were thrown...
  • Red light tickets now in the mail (HPD doesn't have manpower or plans in place to fight them)

    09/07/2006 8:34:57 AM PDT · by weegee · 83 replies · 1,770+ views
    KHOU-TV Channel 11 Houston ^ | 08:35 AM CDT on Thursday, September 7, 2006 | By Jeremy Desel / 11 News
    ...“Administrative officer says here are the photos. You are the registered owner. Can you give us someone else who was driving the car? If you can’t then pay me,” said Kubosh. At the municipal courthouse, initially two administrative officers will be reviewing contested violations. (potentially...) “You are talking about a 100,000 people a year going to that Municipal Court, in a place that is already rampant with overcrowding, “Kubosh said . ...“I will issue a subpoena for the police officer in every case. And I will have him testify that he actually is the person who reviewed that and he...
  • Houston marchers keep immigration debate alive

    09/04/2006 12:25:30 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 19 replies · 619+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9-4-06 | JENNIFER RADCLIFFE
    About 400 people marched in downtown Houston today in support of immigrant rights, part of a nationwide Labor Day effort in advance of this month's congressional debate on immigration legislation. Marchers said they don't want top politicians to think they've forgotten the cause since the rallies last spring that drew tens of thousands of people to the streets. This time, they carried American flags and signs that said "Today we march. Tomorrow we vote." Leaders said the demonstrators advocate permanent legal residency for immigrants who cross the border illegally, as well as a higher minimum wage and bans on racial...