Montgomery County Government “For Sale” Part 5: Phonoscope corruption requires secrecy

Montgomery County Government “For Sale” Part 5: Phonoscope corruption requires secrecy

Image: Montgomery County government record produced, after redaction, in response to an Open Records Act request concerning fiber optic cable company Phonoscope’s business relationship with the County government, corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport, and others. At Phonoscope’s and Davenport’s demand, the County government only produced that information on September 26, 2017, and claimed that […]

San Jacinto River Authority intentionally obtuse when citizens, County Commissioners ask the pointed questions (has obfuscation become the new form of government?)

San Jacinto River Authority intentionally obtuse when citizens, County Commissioners ask the pointed questions (has obfuscation become the new form of government?)

Image: On October 12, 2017, Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley asked precisely the right question to engineer Sam Hinojosa of Halff Associates, Inc., the engineering firm doing a $2 million study for the San Jacinto River Authority, which many hold responsible for much of the flooding downstream from the Lake Conroe Dam during […]

Mike Meador takes the gifts (of taxes) from you: after delays, Commissioner finally releases proposed budget with tiny cuts in bloated Precinct department

Mike Meador takes the gifts (of taxes) from you: after delays, Commissioner finally releases proposed budget with tiny cuts in bloated Precinct department

Image: County Judge Craig Doyal looks at Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador with admiration while likely thinking, “Wow, that guy really knows how to spend and tax!” Willis, June 24 – Montgomery County Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador finally released his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget almost a month after The Golden Hammer sought the […]

While Meador, Martin fight for secrecy, County Attorney Lambright fights to bring transparency to County budget process

While Meador, Martin fight for secrecy, County Attorney Lambright fights to bring transparency to County budget process

Image: Right to left, County Attorney J.D. Lambright, County Attorney’s Administrative Manager Natalie Laurent, December, 2016. Conroe, June 21 – As taxpayers are highly focused on the upcoming budget discussions for the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for the Montgomery County government, County Attorney J.D. Lambright has become a hero for the cause of transparency, while […]

After a rough start, a “feel good” story about pockets of transparency in the Montgomery County government

After a rough start, a “feel good” story about pockets of transparency in the Montgomery County government

Conroe, June 10 – After a rough start to a mundane Open Records Act/Public Information Act request, certain departments within the Montgomery County government showed a serious commitment to “open government” by responding much faster to a subsequent request than Texas law would ordinarily require. The rapid responses from several County departments reveal a commitment […]