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Leading Off (3/15/19)

Winter returns.

AG’s Office Basically Allows Elected Officials to Quorum In Private. Dave Lieber has a heads up on the recent court decision that allows our public officials to meet in private prior to the meetings we all can attend and watch. Last month, the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals struck down criminal penalties for elected officials who do this.

Bundle Up This Weekend Before You Head to Lower Greenville. It’s 41 as I type this, and tomorrow it won’t be much warmer. This is technically the last weekend of winter, so I guess it’s not that weird. Some parts of the region will dip below freezing. Dallas has a low of 36.

Beto Does Iowa. WFAA sent a reporter to follow Beto O’Rourke around on his first presidential trek through Iowa. The DMN did too. I, meanwhile, have a strange anxiety about all the texts I’m going to receive from his team over the next six months. It’s like the last campaign never ended.

Sales Tax Hikes Likely For Property Tax Relief. You asked for it, you got it. The Legislature is considering a bill that would allow local governments to jump their sales tax by two cents to help shore up the revenue that it will lose from descending property tax increases, which pay for public school districts. 

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  • topham

    This post has the kind of mistake that shows up over and over in journalism. The court ruling mentioned in the first item was by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, not the Texas Supreme Court.

    It’s not a big deal in and of itself. It doesn’t affect the gist of the story. But it’s such a dumb mistake that it calls into question the rest of the reporting. And because these kinds of errors happen so often, they undermine peoples’ trust in journalists. They make you ask, “If they keep getting wrong little things that I know about, do they also get wrong big things that I don’t know about?”

    • Matt Goodman

      This is an aggregation post. I wrote it in a rush this morning and I messed up. I apologize. Thank you for pointing it out. And I wouldn’t even call this reporting. We do Leading Off to give people a quick drive-by of the previous day’s news, point you to stuff you may not have seen otherwise. And tell you about the weather. I don’t think it points to any broader failing in journalism. It points to me making a dumb mistake at 6:30 in the morning.