Gregory Parker, Guest Editorial: Corruption, cronyism continues in Montgomery County government

Gregory Parker, Guest Editorialist to The Golden Hammer “There are no necessary evils in government; Its evils exist only in its abuses.” ~ President Andrew Jackson. Previously I wrote an article entitled “Why the Worst Rise to the Top?” In it, I identified three factors that aid the worst individuals in their rise to the top: […]

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 […]

Montgomery County Commissioners Court learns CB&I example of how tax abatements are little more than political cronyism but are ineffective to spur economic activity

Conroe, November 15 – Tax abatements to attract companies to come into localities generally fail to spur economic development, although they do serve as an effective means to line the campaign coffers of the politicians, such as Precinct 1 Montgomery County Commissioner Mike Meador, who approve them. Meador has consistently proffered the most tax abatements […]

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 […]

With issuance of $88 million of debt to pay for 3 mile TX 249 Tollway, it’s time for this corrupt, crony-driven project to get a permanent name: “The Marc Lawrence Davenport Tollroad”

With issuance of $88 million of debt to pay for 3 mile TX 249 Tollway, it’s time for this corrupt, crony-driven project to get a permanent name: “The Marc Lawrence Davenport Tollroad”

Image: The namesake of The Marc Lawrence Davenport Tollroad (left) and lame duck Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal (right). Conroe and Tomball, June 8 – With the issuance on Wednesday of $87.68 million of debt to pay for the 3 mile TX 249 T0llway, previously known as the Decimation of Hope Highway, it is now […]

Noack to challenge Doyal’s, Riley’s TX 249 Tollway cronyism at April 24 Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Noack to challenge Doyal’s, Riley’s TX 249 Tollway cronyism at April 24 Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Image: Left to right, Montgomery County Toll Road Authority members Charlie Riley and Craig Doyal, along with Sugar Land tollroad lawyer Rich Muller. Muller is willing to say just about anything to continue the legal fees flowing in his direction with the construction of the TX 249 Tollway project. Conroe, April 22 – Precinct 3 […]

Representative and GOP County Judge Nominee Keough affirms support for non-tolled TX 249 Extension

BREAKING NEWS! Conroe, April 12 – State Representative Mark Keough, who is the Republican nominee for Montgomery County Judge after a landslide win over lame duck incumbent Craig Doyal, expressed his support for a non-tolled TX 249 Extension. The tolled version, which Doyal and Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley have attempted to force […]

Why Charlie Riley had to get Deanne a job: the full story

Why Charlie Riley had to get Deanne a job: the full story

Image: Some personnel from Precinct 5 Constable David Hill’s office, June 28, 2017, left to right: Deanne Riley (receptionist), Chris Jones (Chief Deputy), Billy Masden (Captain), and Rebecca Stauth (receptionist). Magnolia and Conroe, October 31 – Before the end of the year in 2016, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley realized he had to get […]

Mark Keough declares war on corruption, cronyism, and malfeasance, opposes Montgomery County government funding of $73 million, 3.6 mile, Tx-249 tollway, also known as Decimation of Hope Highway

Mark Keough declares war on corruption, cronyism, and malfeasance, opposes Montgomery County government funding of $73 million, 3.6 mile, Tx-249 tollway, also known as Decimation of Hope Highway

Image: The face of reform in Montgomery County, State Representative Mark Keough, who is running for County Judge in the 2018 Republican Primary Election. Keough announced that he will oppose Montgomery County funding and constructing the project, which Tx-DOT has made clear they’d do anyway. Conroe, June 13 – A new reformer has come to […]