The Golden Hammer rates 87th Texas Legislature: The “Big Five” Votes in both Senate, House

The Golden Hammer rates 87th Texas Legislature: The “Big Five” Votes in both Senate, House

Image: Only six (6) of the one hundred and eighty-one (181) members of the Texas Legislature received perfect scores for the “Big Five” votes during the Texas Legislature. All of them were members of the Texas House of Representatives, including Steve Toth, Republican of The Woodlands, who enjoyed a remarkably productive and successful sesssion despite […]

Splendora ISD Superintendent Jeff Burke gives self $60K per year pay raise to $230248 annual salary in midst of community’s China Virus economic hardship

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Splendora, March 11 – Splendora Independent School District Superintendent Jeff Burke directed the Splendora school board to give him a $60,000 per year pay raise this past week, so that his salary is $230,248, an exorbitant level of compensation for 4A school. Burke and the top-level administrators of Splendora ISD […]

Editorial: The Golden Hammer’s ratings of Commissioners Court meetings about to begin again; beware because they’ll be brutal

Kelli Ann Cook, Publisher, The Golden Hammer The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, will continue its popular ratings of Commissioners Court meetings over the next few days. We will continue the ratings for Fiscal Year 2020, which began on October 1, 2019. Our last article providing ratings published on December 17, 2019, concerning the […]

Riley’s defensiveness about unpopular thoroughfare projects he put on Major Thoroughfare Plan casts negative pall over Commissioners Court meeting

Riley’s defensiveness about unpopular thoroughfare projects he put on Major Thoroughfare Plan casts negative pall over Commissioners Court meeting

Image: Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley exhibited shame over his terrible work on mobility projects to create the mess in his Commissioners Precinct 2. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, December 17 – Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley continued to display his lack of diligence and lack of knowledge concerning Montgomery […]

Passage of Ethics Commission marks positive first Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting for Fiscal Year 2020

Passage of Ethics Commission marks positive first Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting for Fiscal Year 2020

Image: With Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley absent, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, at its first regular meeting during Fiscal Year 2020 on October 8, 2019, acted decisively and unanimously in approving an Ethics Commission to take advantage of the provisions of the JD Lambright Local Government Reform Act, which the Texas Legislature […]

OCA’s Jensen’s resignation, oversight failure cast pall over final Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting of Fiscal Year 2019

Conroe, October 14 – Montgomery County Office of Court Administration (OCA) Director Nathan Jensen resigned on Monday, September 23, 2019, as a result of criticism he received from Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack for Jensen’s failure to warn the Commissioners Court and the Board of District Judges of major cost overruns in the […]

Montgomery County Commissioners Court squanders contingency fund despite hurricane, tropical storm season

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, September 20 – A hour of citizen comments against and for the Montgomery County Commissioners Court squandering $474,608.50 on nonprofit organizations for which state law prohibits such payments seemed to make no difference. By a 3 to 2 vote, Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley, Precinct 1 County […]

Lightning strikes Montgomery County Commissioners Court, as all five members receive perfect scores on most important vote of year

Lightning strikes Montgomery County Commissioners Court, as all five members receive perfect scores on most important vote of year

Image: The Montgomery County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to adopt a Fiscal Year 2020 Budget at the “effective tax rate,” meaning that the Court would not raise property taxes on the citizens of Montgomery County. From left to right, Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack, Montgomery County Judge Mark […]

Metts and his allies’ stand against ethics, encouragement of anti-ethics stand overwhelms June 25 Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Metts and his allies’ stand against ethics, encouragement of anti-ethics stand overwhelms June 25 Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Image: Precinct 4 Montgomery County Constable Rowdy Hayden (right) faces a 6-month suspension for submitting false government records to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. At the June 25, 2019, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner James Metts (left) moved to throw Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed off […]

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