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  • VicAd: Port Politics

    When disgraced former Congressman Blake Farenthold resurfaced as the Calhoun Port Authority's first full-time lobbyist at an annual salary of $160,000, the public was outraged. Farenthold later said in a deposition that he and the port board thought they could weather this initial storm and continue to do business as they always had outside the public view. All other state and national media quickly moved on from the story, but the Victoria Advocate kept digging and found that the public had a lot more to be outraged about.
  • Goliad's $1 Million Mess

    A six-month Victoria Advocate investigation revealed a program started to promote economic development has instead been riddled with poor record-keeping, questionable loan practices, missing documents and virtually no accountability. The newspaper's investigation prompted the state's top law enforcement agency, the Texas Rangers, to investigate the town. That investigation is ongoing. The Advocate's investigation learned: • Since 2008, the development board has collected $525,624 in sales tax. It spent more than $1 million during those same five years, but the city does not accurately record the money. • Few on the board received economic development training. No one kept accurate records. No one accepts responsibility. • Three City Council members had loans while on the council. All three defaulted.
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    The Victoria Advocate investigates the derailment of four Southern Pacific train tank cars containing more than 15,000 gallons of toxic chlorine. Although there were no spills, the article finds that Southern Pacific rail lines are rife with splintered rails, rotting crossties and loose or missing spikes.