The Bastrop Independent Experiment

When we asked the Commissioner’s Court to appoint independent minded Democrat and longtime community volunteer, Pati Jacobs, as Interim County Judge (the position vacated by Ronnie McDonald), the court composed of two Democrats and two Republicans, instead circled the wagons.  They unanimously appointed Jim Wither (no offense to Mr. Wither who served as County Auditor […]

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Where Our School Tax Dollars Really Went: The Texas Growth Machine

        The recent “Save Our Schools” rally at the Capitol, with 12,000 attendees from across Texas, was a different kind of education rally. First, Texas Association of Business’ Bill Hammond, a Rick Perry ally lent his support.  More importantly, the rally organizers turned from the typical “no cuts” ballyhoo to focus on one […]

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Pati Leads But Loses, the People Win…The Local Story

            The great news about Pati Jacobs is that though she lost this election for State Representative House District 17, her candidacy played a critical role in putting a really bad water deal for Bastrop and Lee counties on the back-burner and thoroughly embarrassing her opponent, Reppublican Tim Kleinschmidt.  Whether the […]

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