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Jef Rouner

Jef Rouner
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Jef Rouner is an award-winning freelance journalist, the author of The Rook Circle, and a member of The Black Math Experiment. He lives in Houston where he spends most of his time investigating corruption and strange happenings. Jef has written for Houston Press, Free Press Houston, and Houston Chronicle.
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It’s 4/20, Time for A Texas Marijuana Bill Update

Marijuana reform continues to gain ground in the Texas legislature. With only five weeks left in the session, how are those bills...

Sports Betting Gets Contentious Hearing

The House State Affairs Committee considered HB 2070 on Wednesday, a bill that would put a constitutional amendment legalizing sports gambling in...
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Bill Delaying Texas Primaries Sent From Senate to House

Texas has a clock problem in 2021 because the state is almost certainly going to have to redraw district lines based on...

Don’t Count on the Courts to Stop New Texas Voting Restrictions

After Georgia passed a slew of new voting rights restrictions, which President Joe Biden referred to as “new Jim Crow laws,” all...

Texas Medicaid Expansion Stalls After Lack of Speaker Support

Despite some promising bills that were filed in the 87th Texas Legislature, it looks like any efforts for the state expanding Medicaid under...

Leach’s Possibly Corrupt Bill Is Still Trucking (Also Still Possibly Corrupt)

State Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Allen) came under fire last month when he introduced House Bill 19. If passed into law, it would greatly benefit...

Texas’ Marijuana Efforts Blunted in the Legislature

Texas has a lot on its plate between trying to fix the electrical grid and considering some of the most onerous voting...

Texas House and Senate Gridlocked on Grid Bills

Voters are demanding change to the state’s electrical grid after the catastrophic failures during Winter Storm Uri, and lawmakers are promising change....

Expanding Healthcare in Texas: What’s on the Table, and Who’s Signed On?

One of Texas’ most heated debates has been its refusal to participate in the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Now,...

Push to Make Texas “Second Amendment Sanctuary” State Continues Amid Mass Shootings

Governor Greg Abbott has recommitted himself to having as little gun control in Texas as possible even as the nation is rocked...

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