Secrecy, intransigence mar Eissler lobbying contract

Conroe, July 24 – Secrecy and intransigence have marred what could have been a positive opportunity for the Montgomery County government in the consideration of hiring seasoned lobbyist W. Robert Eissler as a lobbyist during the 86th Legislative Session that will begin in January, 2019. On July 5, this newspaper broke the story that the […]

As Montgomery County Commissioners Court begins “budget workshop” closed to citizen participation, County Judge Doyal forms loophole to allow his political favorites to participate anyway; expect bad things to happen

Conroe, July 24 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has bent over backwards to ensure that citizen participation will be minimal during his budget process. While the citizens are at the top of the organizational chart in the American system of government, Doyal has removed their participation altogether. Only County bureaucrats may speak to the […]

Montgomery County Commissioners Court’s July 24 meeting to engage all seven of the deadly sins

Montgomery County Commissioners Court’s July 24 meeting to engage all seven of the deadly sins

Conroe, July 24 – Wouldn’t fourth-century monk Evagrius Ponticus find the agenda for the July 24, 2018, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court stunning? Ponticus was the first modern theologian to recognize the “seven deadly sins” of Christian theology and he’d recognize all seven of them occurring among Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and […]

Editorial: Historical Commission folly illustrates principle that government does badly whatever government does (other than 2 exceptions)

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer The Montgomery County Historical Commission illustrates the principle that government does badly whatever government does (besides law enforcement and national defense). Sorry, all of the accolades the government-run local historical commission has received from other state-sponsored organizations doesn’t impress. The Soviet Historical Commission bragged about the same honors as it reported […]

Doyal negotiates terrible deal, commits County taxpayers to pay more for flood study than San Jacinto River Authority that has statutory duty “to provide flood control”

Conroe, July 23 – The deal Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has negotiated to the County government to pay a share of a San Jacinto River Regional Watershed Study simply could not be more stupid. The San Jacinto River Authority has has unrestricted cash (not required for any allocation to protect the Authority’s bond investors) of […]

Citizens Budget Committee issues final report, calls for $17 million in spending reductions, 8.66% tax rate reduction!

Citizens Budget Committee issues final report, calls for $17 million in spending reductions, 8.66% tax rate reduction!

Image: The Citizens Budget Committee appeared before the July 10, 2018, Montgomery County Commissioners Court to provide its preliminary report, which such presentation County Judge Craig Doyal would not permit to occur, even though the presentation was on the officially-approved Agenda for the meeting. The Citizens Budget Committee released its Final Report on Monday, July […]

Houston Mayor Turner’s former press secretary’s indictment for violating Texas Open Records Act sends message to Doyal, Montgomery County government to start complying

Houston and Conroe, July 22 – In light of the July 19, 2018, indictment of Darian Eve Ward, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s former press secretary, for illegally withholding public information requested under the Texas Public Information Act/Open Records Act, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and the Montgomery County government generally should take heed that at […]

Some Saturday afternoon fun with the lemming-like democrats

Conroe, July 21 – Just as State Republican Executive Committeeman Walter West, II, explained on “It’s Hammer Time,” the “Beto!” campaign as a democrat for the United States Senate is doing some pretty odd things. Of course, you’d expect that he’d be odd, since he’s running against United States Senator Ted Cruz, probably the most […]

Citizen oversight of financial action of Board of District Judges set to begin on Friday, August 10, at 12 noon, when they finally address County Auditor’s salary, budget

Conroe, July 21 – The Board of District Judges will finally have the long-awaited opportunity to make their financial mark on the Montgomery County government when they meet on Friday, August 10, 2018, at 12 noon, in the Overflow Courtroom (the old 410th) in the southeast corner of the Main Courthouse, Second Floor. The Board […]