Big Brother is Watching You: Montgomery County among state leaders in “Government Intrusion Index”

Conroe, June 19 – Montgomery County, Texas, is one of the leading counties in Texas in the “Government Intrusion Index,” the number of local government taxing authorities per 100,000 population. Montgomery County’s “Government Intrusion Index” is 22.95. That means that Montgomery County has 22.95 local government taxing entities per 100,000 population. The Government Intrusion Index […]

As Committee on Finance struggles, County Commissioners Court needs to end the County’s misery and appoint a “chief budget officer” independent of politics

Conroe, June 18 – Reports are coming out from inside the Montgomery County Courthouse that the three-member Committee on Finance is struggling. 435th District Judge Patty Maginnis appointed three full-time accountants – James Wiggins, Brenda Webb, and Landon Estay – to conduct a full examination audit of Montgomery County. Chapter 111 of the Texas Local […]

BREAKING NEWS: Courier blog releases shameful garbage article on Tx-249, fails to check facts, interview credible sources

Conroe, June 17 – At 9:31 p.m., this evening, the Courier blog released a shameful garbage article on the $73 million, 3.6-mile, Tx-249 tollway, better known as the Decimation of Hope Highway, in which blog writer Catherine Dominguez, as is her practice, permitted Montgomery County vendors Halff Associates, Inc., and Muller & Associates to provide […]

“The Golden Hammer Award” given to “anonymous” for first time to demonstrate Commissioners Court ignorance concerning County “internal service funds”; questioning employee retiree health benefits

Conroe, June 17 – The Golden Hammer Award went to “anonymous” for the first time at the Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting, because, when the Publisher of The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, asked the members of the Commissioners Court what “internal services funds” were, only one member of the Commissioners Court […]

Doyal, Riley failed to round up any citizens – without ties to special interests – for their “249 Partnership” presentation at Commissioners Court (part 1 of 2-part series)

Conroe, June 16 – The “citizens” whom Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley rounded up to speak in favor of their beloved $73 million 3.6-mile 249 tollway, also known as the Decimation of Hope Highway, all had special interests and ties to the so-called “249 Partnership,” a lobbying group established […]

Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal hammering taxpayers with gamesmanship with his own Departmental budget proposal

Conroe, June 15 – After two-and-a-half weeks of delay, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal finally relented and produced his proposed budget for his County Judge Department for Fiscal Year 2018 to The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, in response to an Open Records Act request. Doyal’s proposal hammers the taxpayers and explains why […]

BREAKING NEWS! Court of Criminal Appeals upholds reversal of Jenkins’ RUD conviction

BREAKING NEWS! Austin, June 14 – The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the opinion of Houston’s 14th Court of Appeals in reversing the conviction of Jim Jenkins of The Woodlands. The Court of Criminal Appeals issued its opinion and ruling this morning. The Court of Criminal Appeals, which is the highest appellate court in […]

Texas Ethics Commission assesses $500 civil penalty against former Township Board member Mike Bass

The Woodlands, June 14 – The Texas Ethics Commission assessed a $500 civil penalty against former Woodlands Township Board member Mike Bass for violating several provisions of Texas election law. Long time Republican Precinct Chairman Jim Doyle filed the complaint against Bass. Doyle filed the complaint against Bass during the summer of 2016. Bass was […]

Tuesday June 13 Commissioners Court agenda: Decimation of Hope Highway (Tx-249 tollroad), 14 pages of secretive consent agenda, Gann case, and settlement of Precinct 4 overtime claims

Conroe, June 12 – The Commissioners Court will hold what promises to be a lengthy meeting on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., with an agenda where the Decimation of Hope Highway (Tx-249 tollroad), settlement of the Ricky Gann lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office, and settlement the Precinct 4 Senior Center employees for their […]