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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.

Can Gambling Donors Save Dade Phelan?

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan is in the fight for his political life at the moment, but it looks like he may have a...

How Much Do Texas Teachers Actually Make?

Recently, we shared a graphic on social media from Raise Your Hand Texas that showed how poorly teachers are paid nationwide compared to other...
Property taxes, mones, taxes

Texans Increasingly See Housing Costs Out Of Reach

Buying a house in Texas is getting harder, not easier, looking at several economic factors. People who move to Texas hear the sales pitch over...

Republicans Cut Property Taxes, But Folks Still Struggle

When Texas had a $32.7 billion budget surplus in 2023, Republicans made it clear that they would prioritize a property tax cut. The House...

Republicans Push Back on Dem DAs Who Vowed to Not Prosecute Abortion

For a while, it looked like Texans in Democratically controlled areas would have some protections from prosecutions thanks to their local district attorneys refusing...

Republican Policies Make Texas Less Attractive to Young Talent

According to the latest CNBC and Generation Youth Lab survey of young adults in America, Republican policies in Texas make the state far less...

It Begins: Man Files Lawsuit Against Girlfriend For Out Of State Abortion

As Texas’s near-total ban on abortions drives many pregnant people out of state for necessary healthcare, one man is suing because his ex-partner terminated...

Data Center Boom Threatens Texas Power Grid

It’s not even summer yet, and the Texas power grid is already straining under demands because of high temperatures. One consistent worry is that...

Abbott Arrests Protesters After Championing Free Speech on College Campuses

Some free speech is freer than others in Texas. Four years after he signed a law enshrining greater protections for free speech in Texas...

Even Most Born Again Christians Oppose School Vouchers, Survey Says

According to a new survey from the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation, voters in the state overwhelmingly oppose school vouchers across almost all demographics, including...
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