Andrew Wheat

Andrew Wheat is the research director for Texans for Public Justice.


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Andrew Wheat

A Homeowner Nails Bob Perry

A Homeowner Nails Bob Perry n extraordinary lemon-home case involving Texas’ most powerful homebuilder has homeowners and builders reversing their traditional roles in such disputes. A cornerstone of the homebuilding industry’s largely successful efforts to legally outmaneuver homebuyers is the … Read More

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Taylor-Made Election Law

Taylor-Made Election Law BY ANDREW WHEAT e’s the fastest hired gun in the West. Never in the history of “Austin’s oldest profession” had a lobbyist fulfilled his contract instantaneously. Yet by the end of his March 3 announcement that he … Read More

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Playing The House

Former Eagle Pass Representative Timoteo Garza craps out

Playing the House Timo, the Casino Politico, Craps Out BY ANDREW WHEAT he most striking aspect of the December indictment of then-Rep. Timoteo Garza, his parents, and three Kickapoo leaders for allegedly conspiring to steal $900,000 in tribal funds is … Read More

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Texas’ First Postmodern Lobbyist

Texas' First Postmodern Lobbyist

Future historians may single out the ongoing criminal probe of Tom DeLay’s Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC) as the catalyst that pushed the modern Texas lobby into postmodernism. Heretofore the time-honored way to join Texas’ lobby elite was to … Read More

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Indictment Heat Hits the Lobby

Tremors from the criminal investigation into Texans for a Republican Majority (TRM) PAC are reaching some top corporate lobbyists—a crowd that is to Tom DeLay’s power what hair follicles were to Samson’s fabled strength. Tom “the Hammer” DeLay forged his … Read More

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King's Court

The vested interests that bankrolled the Texas Supreme Court during much of retiring Chief Justice Tom Phillips’ 16-year reign could have left him alone last month to draft his resignation in peace. Instead they kept hammering the Phillips Court with … Read More

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Bush’s Bounty Hunters

Elite Texas Rangers pursue fortunes through team Bush

Three years later, it’s still hard to believe that the heavyweight political fundraising champ of the world had to win his POTUS title in a December 2000 split decision rather than a November knockout. George W. Bush could not have … Read More

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Radio Fraudcasting

How your local radio DJ got fat hawking skinny snake oil

Radio listeners tuning into Dallas DJ Jeff K on KKMR (now KDBN, “The Boneâ€) in late 2000 could hear him extolling a magical weight-loss remedy. “It helped me lose 36 pounds,†said the DJ, whose real name is Jeff Kovarsky. … Read More

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The Lobby Reinvents Government

Texas Republican leaders boldly began delivering on their promise to increase efficiency and cut waste just one week after they won control of every branch of Texas government. Rather than having corporations pay lobbyists millions of dollars to influence government, … Read More

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