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The Watchdog: Keep fighting for a life without robocalls
No, it's not your imagination. Robocalls to your home phone and cellphone are getting worse, not better.
The Watchdog: Roofer arrested, congressman gets a sign and other sequels
The Watchdog: Don't pay your property taxes without a protest
The Watchdog: Feds fine government fine-collecting bully
This is the story of how a bully got stopped. After years of intimidating others with false threats, the bully got called out and punished in a humiliating way.
The Watchdog: Roofer's claims on deductible are all wet
The roofer control bill is dead in Austin. That means at least two more years of confusion, cut corners and criminality in the roofing industry. With near-zero regulation, anything — roof or robbery — can happen in the crime spree that makes up today's world of tar and shingles. Pray you don't need a new roof sometime soon. If you do, you might already be one of the 49,855 viewers who've seen a viral Facebook video from Allen roofer James Delagarza.
The Watchdog: Don't believe big lie about tax-limit bill
Today I unveil the biggest lie of the 2017 Texas Legislature. The lie being told in Austin is that the big property tax bill under consideration, Senate Bill 2, takes away local control from city and county governments back home. They say the bill also limits growth in budgets for cities, counties, community colleges and hospital districts. Truth is, SB 2 does the opposite.
The Watchdog: Texas lawmaker reads aloud a horrible Yelp review to quiet his roofer critic
In the annals of the Texas Legislature, what happened this week might be a first. A North Texas lawmaker answered one of his critics by reading aloud a negative Yelp review of him at a public hearing. Dismayed that a slew of Austin-area roofers came to the state Capitol to slam his roofer regulation bill, state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, fought back.
The Watchdog: Frontier lost 600,000 new Verizon customers in a year
A year ago, on April Fools' Day, many of us were victims of a terrible joke. Frontier Communications took over Verizon's nonwireless services. Immediately, hundreds of thousands of new customers in Texas, Florida and California complained about service problems of every possible kind. The Watchdog was bombarded, too. Three weeks after the takeover, I wrote: "Not since the Dallas Cowboys debuted in 1960 with an 0-11-1 record has a new franchise bombed so badly in its North Texas debut."