Monday, May 12, 2014

"Transparency" Committee Meeting in Secret


Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity,
Psalm 64:2

John H. Reagan State Office Building -- In a moment of political courage worthy of Barack Obama, the Texas House committee investigating Wallace Hall met in public today...for ten minutes before going into "executive session."  Committee co-Chair Dan Flynn spoke briefly after commencing proceedings half an hour late.  He repeated his ongoing tantrum about Wallace Hall's refusal to participate in this fiasco.

Trey Martinez Fischer was the only other committee member to speak.  His discussed the need for the committee to "present a united face."  We have no idea what that means.

To be honest, the highlight of the morning was eavesdropping on a Texas Monthly's reporter discussing Summer camps with one of the U.T. administration people; no incestuous relationship there!!!

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Two more must reads related to the scandals at UT: Wall St. Journal here, Empower Texans here.

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UPDATE: They voted to impeach, we'll comment in the coming days, but TPPF released the following statement....
AUSTIN – Dr. Thomas Lindsay, Director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, issued this statement on today's 7-1 vote of the Texas House Special Committee on Transparency to recommend impeachment of University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall:
 
"Today’s vote by the House Special Committee on Transparency — which conducted its debate behind closed doors and with no public record — is a step backwards on transparency and accountability in Texas government. For exercising his right and duty to request information of one of the universities he is entrusted with overseeing, Wallace Hall now faces impeachment and possibly jail. The biggest losers in all this are Texas college students, their parents, and taxpayers. This vote is a powerful deterrent to future efforts to ensure transparency in government, and therefore directly contrary to the best interest of our public higher-education system."
 

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