Commissioner Noack’s letter to Government Abbott about the 3.6 mile Tx-249 “Taxway” (tollroad) raises major Republican issues

June 23, 2017 – Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack’s June 20, 2017, letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott out the “249 Toll Road” raises some major Republican and conservative philosophical issues. The letter follows: “Dear Governor Abbott, “As you know, the Texas Department of Transportation has plans to build SH 249 from FM 1774 […]

County’s conflicts of interest “disclosures” lack transparency

Conroe, June 20 – Montgomery County’s Judge, Craig Doyal, and Commissioners have provided conflict of interest disclosures which are woefully inadequate. The disclosures, which appear under the “Transparency” tab on the County’s beleaguered website, raise more questions than provide any answers, especially with respect to Doyal. State law of conflict of interest disclosures Chapter 176 […]

Montgomery County’s Appraisal District gorging itself on its own high appraisals, seeks massive budget increase

Montgomery County’s Appraisal District gorging itself on its own high appraisals, seeks massive budget increase

Image: Montgomery Central Appraisal District Board of Directors member and County Commissioner Charlie Riley. Conroe, June 20 – Enjoying the fruits of its own massive appraisal increases, the Montgomery Central Appraisal District (MCAD) plans a massive spending increase of $1,838,375, or 15.93%, for Fiscal Year 2018 over its 2017 operating budget. MCAD’s Board of Directors […]

Decimation of Hope Highway (Part 2 of 2-part series): real citizens appear before Commissioners Court to oppose $73 million, 3.6-mile, Tx-249 tollway

Decimation of Hope Highway (Part 2 of 2-part series): real citizens appear before Commissioners Court to oppose $73 million, 3.6-mile, Tx-249 tollway

Image: In foreground, State Representative Mark Keough who is running for Montgomery County Judge in the 2018 Republican Primary Election, and Governor Greg Abbott. In back, left to right, Keough Chief of Staff Jason Millsaps, Ruth Mesta, and Kurt Jones. Conroe, June 18 – Genuine citizens appeared before the Montgomery County Commissioners Court to explain […]

Doyal’s, Riley’s, Meador’s fragile egos dominate June 13 Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Doyal’s, Riley’s, Meador’s fragile egos dominate June 13 Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Conroe, June 17 – The fragility of County Judge Craig Doyal’s, Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador’s, and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley’s egos dominated the June 13, 2017, Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting. Doyal carefully channeled all discussion in a manner so it would sound positive to himself and his two allies. After […]

Charlie Riley Slams Citizen Interests With His Proposed Commissioner Precinct 2 Budget

Charlie Riley Slams Citizen Interests With His Proposed Commissioner Precinct 2 Budget

Image: Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley embracing major political contributor (and County vendor) Jeff Cannon, President of LJA Engineers, February 28, 2017. Magnolia, June 16 – Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley has submitted a proposed budget for his Commissioner Precinct that is against citizen interests, because it’s anti-roads, anti-spending reduction, and anti-law enforcement. Riley is very […]

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 […]

BREAKING NEWS! County political establishment converges on county vendor LJA Engineers’ weekend fishing trip

BREAKING NEWS! County political establishment converges on county vendor LJA Engineers’ weekend fishing trip

Image: The itinerary for the Montgomery County political establishment’s fishing, gambling, and hunting trip kindly provided by County vendor LJA Engineering, Inc. UPDATE, June 16, 2017, 2:29 p.m. After this story broke yesterday in The Golden Hammer, County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner canceled their participation in this trip. Commissioner Mike Meador […]

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 […]

Doyal’s, Riley’s Decimation of Hope Highway back on Tuesday Commissioners Court agenda for special interest group show

Conroe, June 11 – After a bit of shuffling around within the agenda, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley have placed an agenda item to “consider, discuss and take appropriate action on resolution in support of the Montgomery County portion of the 249 tollway.” In the original draft agenda, […]

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