Missouri City wants you to trim your bush

Businesses in Missouri City, Texas planting shrubbery to screen their parking lots could run afoul of a new Missouri City ordinance regulating minimum and maximum shrubbery heights. The new ordinance also creates a new class of criminal in Missouri City and imposes a fine of up to $500 per day. From MissouriCityTx.gov (emphasis mine): SECTION […]

There is no race for Speaker of the Texas House

Those are the words of Texas State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, a Republican from the north Dallas area. From Scott Braddock reporting in the QuorumReport: Some Tea Party supporters in Tarrant County got a wakeup call overnight as one of the lawmakers they have supported over establishment Republican figures told them late Monday that there is no race for […]

SREC Member/Prospective Lege Candidate Becky Berger Agrees to Pay $100,000 to Settle Claims of Financial Wrongdoing

Back in September, I wrote a piece here on Big Jolly Politics about the checkered past of State Republican Executive Committeewoman Becky Berger, who was appointed by Republican Party of Texas State Chairman Steve Munisteri to the Party’s “Officials Committee.” In that piece, I discussed how Berger has been ordered to pay $179,500 in sanctions […]

Texas election quick thoughts

Wow. R’s rule! A few thoughts on the results in the Texas election. But first, I have to give thanks to the election workers in my precinct, the mighty 377 in Harris County! As a precinct chair, you always wonder if the workers you ask are actually going to show up. Fortunately, we had a […]

Galveston Democrat Susan Criss not proud of her party

One of the hottest state representative races in Texas is in Galveston County’s District 23. Republican Wayne Faircloth and Democrat Susan Criss are vying to replace Craig Eiland. Apparently Criss knows that her party affiliation is not helpful and is hiding from it. So much so that if you search her campaign website for the […]

State Rep. Zerwas, Fort Bend Chambers– Key Advocates for Special Tax Incentives

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce were two key advocates for the Greens at Brentford housing development application submitted to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs by Greens at Brentford LP, according to documents received in response to an open records request. The proposed development, as […]

Open records request reveals Lamar CISD concerns with apartment complexes

An open records request revealed the Lamar CISD’s Superintendent concerns with a Texas program to finance proposed multi-family residential developments using tax exempt bonds. In his February 5, 2014 letter to the Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs, Lamar CISD’s Superintendent Thomas Randle expressed three major concerns with funding proposed rental housing applications, one […]

Fort Bend “Excellence in Education for Everyone Committee” signs purchased from not-so-excellent former District 132 candidates’ store?

Did the “Excellence in Education for Everyone” committee really purchase their Vote YES for Fort Bend ISD Proposition 1 bond signs from the TexasGOPStore.com? Dude.   Here’s a close-up of the TexasGOPStore.com logo from the lower right corner of the sign: According to Texas Secretary of State filings, the entity “Texas GOP Store Inc.” is […]