Entire Commissioners Court (sans Doyal) receives Golden Hammer Award for more than $13 million of “slush fund” spending

Conroe, May 25 – All four of the Montgomery County Commissioners (without County Judge Doyal) received the Golden Hammer Award on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, for spending more than $13 million in “slush funds” during Fiscal Year 2017 so far. The “slush funds” are dollars that Doyal and the Commissioners have hidden from outside of […]

County Judge, Halff’s Baker, Stuckey put on nicely-staged production to support their beloved Decimation of Hope Highway

County Judge, Halff’s Baker, Stuckey put on nicely-staged production to support their beloved Decimation of Hope Highway

Image: Troy Stuckey, the “citizen” who didn’t identify his connection to Commissioner Charlie Riley, County Judge Craig Doyal, or the paid vendors of the Decimation of Hope Highway, when he spoke on May 23 to the Commissioners Court in favor of the $73 million 3.6 mile Tx-249 extension spending debacle. Conroe, May 24 – Montgomery […]

Decimation of Hope Highway funding back on Commissioners Court agenda

Conroe, May 20 – In a desperate, gasping move, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley have put the expenditure of $46,350 for the Tx-249 3.6 mile Decimation of Hope Highway extension back on the Agenda for the May 23, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting. The measure went down to defeat […]

“A million here, a million there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money”: where the Montgomery County Commissioners Court goes completely awry

“A million here, a million there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money”: where the Montgomery County Commissioners Court goes completely awry

Image: United States Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen (right), the Senate Republican Leader, arguing with Senator Mike Mansfield (left), the democrat leader, in 1967, a time when Republicans actually against too much government spending. Conroe, May 18 – Arguing about too much government spending, United States Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen once said, “A million here, a […]

Noack’s Precinct 3 budget numbers boring (with two exceptions) (Part 3 in a 4-part series)

Noack’s Precinct 3 budget numbers boring (with two exceptions) (Part 3 in a 4-part series)

ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer The Woodlands, May 16 – Well-run government should be boring and should stay out of the headlines. Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack’s budget numbers are pretty boring with two exceptions. This article is the third of a 4-part series on each of the Commissioner Precincts based upon the documents The Golden […]

May 9 Commissioners Court ratings: a horror show with the good guys (taxpayers) winning in the end; Clark gets highest rating (!)

May 9 Commissioners Court ratings: a horror show with the good guys (taxpayers) winning in the end; Clark gets highest rating (!)

Image: The 1968 horror film “Night of the Living Dead” was less scary than this past Tuesday’s Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting. Conroe, May 11 – The May 9, 2017, County Commissioners Court was a horror show of spending, disorganization, and lack of preparation with one small happy ending. Points are good. COMMISSIONERS COURT MEETING […]

BREAKING NEWS: County Commissioners Court defeats spending on Decimation of Hope Highway project for first time ever, Doyal breaches protocol but still comes up short

BREAKING NEWS: County Commissioners Court defeats spending on Decimation of Hope Highway project for first time ever, Doyal breaches protocol but still comes up short

Image: A depiction of what the fiscal future of Montgomery County will look like, if County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley will get away with proceeding on their hare-brained scheme to spend $73 million on a 3.6 mile toll road at the far southwest edge of Montgomery County, which concerned […]

Editorial: The Golden Hammer endorses County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport for re-election on March 6, 2018

THE GOLDEN HAMMER EDITORIAL BOARD The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, endorses Stephanne Davenport for re-election as Montgomery County’s Treasurer in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election. So far, Davenport runs unopposed for this position. The Golden Hammer hopes and respectfully suggests that no one should file to challenge Davenport for the Treasurer’s […]

Doyal telling County Department heads they don’t need to worry about cutting spending; Judge Laird jumps into fray

Conroe, May 6 – If you have imagined that the Montgomery County government is actually intending to cut spending, you need to jump into the real world. Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has made clear to County Department Directors behind-the-scenes in private meetings that he doesn’t have any intention whatsoever of cutting any Department budgets. […]

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