Andrew Wheat

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


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Andrew Wheat

Loan Shark Anthropology

“I did all I can do and I can’t get along with you. I’m gonna take you to your mama, payday.” —Mississippi John Hurt Federal regulators are cracking down on banks that help pawn shops and check-cashing stores dodge state … Read More

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Stop Lawsuit Abuse—Or I'll Sue

In the gubernatorial primary debate, Tony Sanchez memorably remarked that Dan Morales, who took advantage of affirmative action to get into Harvard Law School, had “pulled the ladder up behind him” by failing to fight for affirmative action as Texas … Read More

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Bush's Corporate Scandal D?j? Vu

President Bush had to wield a double-bladed axe during his “working vacation” last month. Even as he felled unwanted cedar on his Craw-ford ranch he also fended off corporate scandals, which now encroach on his presidency like so much mesquite … Read More

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Privatizing Justice

Lemon homes–including many moldy ones–are sprouting up in subdivisions across Texas. Most new homeowners do not learn until after they have discovered major home defects that they cannot take their homebuilder to court. That’s because, under contracts becoming increasingly common … Read More

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Judging Prissy

A month after it torpedoed President Bush’s nomination of Mississippi Judge Charles Pickering to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Senate Judiciary Committee should carefully scrutinize–and then forcefully reject–another Bush pick for the Fifth Circuit: current Texas Supreme Court … Read More

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Ink, Inc.

CORPORATE PREDATORS:The Hunt for Mega-Profits and the Attack on Democracy. Common Courage Press. CORPORATION NATION: Two complementary recent books analyze the corrosive toll that excessive corporate powers have taken on democracy. One book contains dozens of snippets chronicling recurring incidents … Read More

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