Transparency USA | 09/17/2021

The latest campaign finance reports reveal that the Texas Democrats who broke quorum collected $491,000 between their July 12 departure and the end of the first special session. Over 25 percent of that money came from out-of-state donors. The Quorum-Breaking Backstory A majority of Democratic Texas legislators refused to show up to the special legislative …

Transparency USA | 06/08/2021

On June 5, voters in Fort Worth elected Mattie Parker, former chief of staff to Mayor Betsy Price, to replace outgoing Price as the city’s top elected official. In a runoff election that saw over 88,000 voters cast ballots, Parker took 54 percent of the votes to win this expensive and closely-watched contest against Deborah …

Transparency USA | 05/20/2021

This article is Part 4 of a four-part series demonstrating how the money in a lobby sector can impact state politics and legislation. Read the first three articles here, here, and here. When it comes to the money in Texas politics, individual donors typically snag all the flashy headlines. Deep pockets writing big checks is …

Transparency USA | 05/17/2021

On May 1, voters in Lubbock passed Proposition A, a local ordinance that designated the city as a “sanctuary for the unborn,” with 62 percent of voters voting in favor. The election, which made Lubbock the largest city in the United States to establish such a designation, attracted heavy campaign spending by both sides as …

Tracy Marshall | 04/27/2021

On May 1, 10 candidates will be on the ballot in Fort Worth, each hoping to replace retiring Mayor Betsy Price. With a field that includes two members of the Fort Worth City Council and several other notable individuals, it is certain that the race in the Metroplex will be one to watch this spring. …