Senate report on Biden son makes conflict of interest clear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a report Wednesday that the work Joe Biden’s son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president. The report did not implicate Biden in wrongdoing, focusing instead on his son […]

AG Paxton ruling begs question why taxing entity governing officers allowed to serve on appraisal district boards

AG Paxton ruling begs question why taxing entity governing officers allowed to serve on appraisal district boards

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, August 27 – On Wednesday, August 25, 2020, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ruled that “Section 6.054 of the Tax Code prohibits an individual who is an officer of a taxing unit that participates in an appraisal district from being employed by the appraisal district. The position of school board […]

Montgomery County Ethics Commission to hold historic first meeting Monday, January 6, 2 p.m.

BREAKING NEWS! The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, January 6 – The Montgomery County Ethics Commission, established under the JD Lambright Local Government Ethics Reform Act, which Governor Greg Abbott signed into law in June, 2019, will hold its historic first meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020, at 2 p.m., in the Montgomery County Commissioners […]

“It’s Hammer Time” to address “Conflicts of Interest” in Monologue, host great Crime Stoppers Coordinator Squier

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Montgomery County, September 27 – “It’s Hammer Time,” the popular Facebook Live and YouTube show at MCP.TV airing at 12 noon today, Friday, October 4, 2019, will feature Crime Stoppers Coordinator and Specialist Steve Squier of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The theme of the show will be “Conflicts of Interest.” […]

Editorial: Golfer Ben Hogan’s secret doesn’t work for you, Leslie Pettit, you can’t ignore half of the reality in the Montgomery County Republican Party

Kelli Cook, The Golden Hammer Leslie Pettit is the angry wife of attorney John Pettit who lost the Rule 8(k) hearing for Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Wally Wilkerson before the Republican Party of Texas Officials Committee, which, as a result, found that Wilkerson engaged in behavior to “disgrace” the Republican Party. On Tuesday, September 17, […]

In campaign where ethics dominates as issue, Walker’s Campaign Finance Report starkly different from opponents in Precinct 1 Commissioner’s race

In campaign where ethics dominates as issue, Walker’s Campaign Finance Report starkly different from opponents in Precinct 1 Commissioner’s race

Image: Robert Walker (right), Precinct 1 Montgomery County Commissioner Mike Meador’s (left) first cousin, is running to replace the retiring Meador. It’s business as usual for Montgomery County vendors who are treating Walker as though he were the incumbent. Conroe and Willis, July 24 – Given the importance of ethics as an issue in the […]

Senator Huffman: “Senator Creighton, thank you for bringing our attention to such an important [ethics reform ]bill and to the work of your hero [Montgomery County Attorney JD Lambright]”

Austin and Conroe, March 19 – After Texas Senator Brandon Creighton, Republican of Conroe, presented two ethics bills during a public hearing before the Texas Senate’s Committee on State Affairs in Austin on Monday morning, March 18, 2019, the Committee Chair, Senator Joan Huffman, Republican of Houston, said, “Senator Creighton, thank you for bringing our […]

Keough, Noack stand against Metts’ nepotism, cronyism in payout vote; Keough: “It’s not an emergency; it’s a management issue”

Keough, Noack stand against Metts’ nepotism, cronyism in payout vote; Keough: “It’s not an emergency; it’s a management issue”

Image: Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough spoke against the use of the taxpayers’ contingency funds for a “management issue” during the January 8, 2019, Commissioners Court meeting. Conroe, January 21 – In the good old days of disgraced former Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, covering up for the problems arising from Precinct 4 County Commissioner James […]

Editorial: Way to go, Mark! (Sunday after noon should be “Mark Keough Day” in Montgomery County.)

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer Way to go, Mark Keough, Montgomery County Judge! Thank you for having the courage and integrity to reduce your government salary by more than 12% at the first Commissioners Court meeting, as you promised during the political campaign you would. Thanks also for voting against an inappropriate spending proposal and for […]