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Bexar County Party Elects New Conservative Republican Chair

The recent series of political earthquakes and aftershocks were felt again this past Monday (December 4th) night with the resignation of Bexar County Republican Party Chairman Robert Stovall and the election of Mark Dorazio to replace him.  With this change, a long era of establishment domination of the local party came to an end.  Mark Dorazio replaced Jeff Judson (me) on the State Republican Executive Committee in 2015 when I resigned from the SREC to run against Speaker Joe Straus.  Mark has long been involved in politics and state conventions, but with a worldview that places God and the Constitution…

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Bush Questioned Over ‘Convoluted’ Alamo Oversight

Questioning “confusing” and “convoluted” oversight of the Alamo, state lawmakers on Tuesday called on Land Commissioner George P. Bush to bring more transparency to his $450 million “Re-imagine” project. Bush took sharp criticism from Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee, which challenged Bush to explain the relationships and responsibilities of three nonprofit “partners” involved in the Alamo venture. The hearing was held in the wake of a series of reports by The Texas Monitor that showed conflicts-of-interest, opaque transparency, and other ethical problems surrounding the controversial Alamo plan. During the proceedings, legislators learned of a fourth group, the…

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“This is Armaggedon” Says Nancy Pelosi

On Monday night, the GOP tax bill took another step toward President Trump’s desk when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), named nine members to the conference committee, including Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas). The Senate is expected to name their negotiators later this week as the two chambers work to reconcile their respective versions of the bill. As the bill moves forward, Democrats are becoming increasingly frantic — and apocalyptic — in their efforts to derail tax reform. “[This bill] is the worst bill in the history of the United States Congress,” claimed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi…

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DiGiovanni Resigns Amid a Centro Investigation

Four years ago, Pat DiGiovanni, the former San Antonio Deputy City Manager and soon to be ex-CEO of Centro San Antonio, the public-private partnership that helps oversee downtown, received a “letter of admonition” from the city’s Ethics Review Board for “unknowingly” violating San Antonio’s code of ethics. Today, on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the Centro board of directors was scheduled to meet to accept the DiGiovanni’s resignation because there is a police investigation within the organization. A Centro staff accountant is being investigated for embezzling $175,000. While DiGiovanni has not been implicated directly in any illegal activity, a source with knowledge of…

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Legends of the Game

Residing in the small rural New York State village of Cooperstown, is the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. To be inducted by one’s peers into the same hallowed halls roamed by the games legends is considered the highest honor a player can receive. In the realm of presidential politics, all presidents leaving office want their finger prints on history to be enshrined in their own self-appointed Hall of Fame, aka a Presidential Library. Until 1941, there was no presidential halls of fame, but that changed in June of 1941, when President Franklin Roosevelt formally opened the first…

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