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 […]

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 […]

Doyal’s pro-government funding of universal health care proclamation raises question why Hospital District spends $5.8 million on indigent care program to cover 440 patients

Conroe, July 23 – At the Tuesday, July 24, 2018, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioner’s Court, ultra-liberal lame duck County Judge Craig Doyal will introduce and advocate a resolution to celebrate National Health Center Week. Community health centers have become a key component of the Obama/Clinton-era health care system. The Kaiser Family Foundation released […]

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 […]

Doyal’s sentence at the end of his criminal brief reveals fundamental problem with him as elected servant

Doyal’s sentence at the end of his criminal brief reveals fundamental problem with him as elected servant

Image: Craig Doyal, man of “privilege.” Austin and Conroe, July 18 – One sentence at the end of criminally-indicted Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s brief to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in the criminal case against him for allegedly conspiring to violate the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) reveals the fundamental problem in Doyal’s […]

Montgomery County Commissioners Court’s secret nepotistic hiring of Stewart as Building Maintenance Director comes to fruition

Conroe, July 16 – The Montgomery County government completed a new nepotistic hire on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, when the Montgomery County Commissioners Court secretly hired Tim Stewart as the new Director of the Building Maintenance Department. Stewart is the husband of Jeanie Stewart, the director of the South County Community Center and an employee […]

Montgomery County budget process implodes with enormous proposed budget, but it’s about to get worse

Montgomery County budget process implodes with enormous proposed budget, but it’s about to get worse

Image: Analogy to the current state of the Montgomery County government’s so-called “budget process.” Conroe, July 16 – For the taxpayers, it’s a disaster. For anyone who cares about government spending, it’s a joke. Under the direction of Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin, who is not the budget officer ostensibly for the Montgomery County government […]