Sources: Whistleblower Forcing Out UT President

AUSTIN, Texas–Two highly placed sources say University of Texas president Bill Powers has been given a choice: resign by the end of the day July 4, or be fired next week. The order comes as a whistleblower has allegedly stepped forward with information tying Powers directly to a growing admissions scandal. The sources tell Breitbart Texas that the decision to axe Powers came early Thursday, with the ultimatum handed down by UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents chairman Paul Foster.

A spokesman for the University of Texas told Breitbart via email that “Powers does not publicly discuss private conversations that may have occurred.”

Earlier this week, within days of an investigation being launched into allegations under-qualified students were being admitted into Texas’ flagship institution based on their political ties and relationships, the director of admissions announced she was leaving her job. This new investigation by Cigarroa comes on the heels of a cursory review by the UT System which found examples of  inappropriate swaying the admissions process at the Austin campus.

Those allegations have been at the center of an unprecedented impeachment effort — with lawmakers trying to silence the regent who first brought the problems to light. UT Regent Wallace Hall, an appointee of Gov. Rick Perry, has been under fire from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Speaker Straus and other lawmakers friendly with Powers. They are upset that he has been conducting an investigation into legislative clout being used to sway the admissions process and other issues with UT’s governance.

According to two sources familiar with the events, a whistleblower from within the university has stepped forward early this week with information that appears to have tipped the scales against Powers.

If Powers decides to resign, according to a source personally familiar with the unfolding situation, he would be allowed to remain on the job for several more months. Otherwise, according to Breitbart Texas’ sources, Powers would be terminated next week.

The UT Board of Regents is scheduled to meet next week. 

This would not be the first time Cigarroa has asked for Powers’ resignation. It was widely reported this spring that last summer the chancellor asked Powers to resign, only to have Powers stay put after marshaling support from a select group of moderate and liberal legislators and high-profile donors.

The UT president has had a rocky relationship with the Board of Regents, but has developed an extensive group of high-profile supporters through a public relations program known as the “Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education,” which has been spearheaded by Powers loyalists. Among those behind the group is Karen Hughes, a media strategist closely aligned with House Speaker Joe Straus.

Straus’ hand-picked committee, co-chaired by his allies Dan Flynn (R-Van) and Carol Alverado (D-Houston), spent the last six months investigating Hall rather than the financial and operational abuses he uncovered. Flynn, Alverado and their committee voted last month to proceed with developing impeachment charges, saying only that Hall should not have been investigating the issues as doggedly as he had been.

Perry has stood by Hall, saying the regent “should be commended,” not impeached, for “asking tough questions, gathering facts and searching for the truth.”

Even though the House committee has been dismissive of allegations that lawmakers were bullying the admissions process, a report by the UT System found undue influence may have been at work. A second, more comprehensive, investigation was announced by Chancellor Cigarroa earlier this week.

Up until now most of the public allegations of clout abuse have centered around admissions at the UT Law School (of which Powers was once the dean), yet Cigarroa’s call for a more expansive investigation would indicate a more wide-spread problem. 

Reporter Jon Cassidy of the non-profit news site watchdog.org has also done a great deal of original investigative reporting on the law school admissions. Cassidy has found that several children and staff of legislators were admitted to the law school but took three or more times to pass the state bar exam — a highly unusual circumstance.

Calls this morning to the offices of Cigarroa and Powers were not answered.

Michael Quinn Sullivan is a contributor and founding member of the Breitbart Texas team, and is the president of Empower Texans. 

This article was updated to include comments from a UT spokesman.




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Rove: Obama ‘Looks Like He Was in a High School Locker Room Slapping His Towel Around’

On Thursday’s “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel, former Bush campaign adviser Karl Rove reacted to a recent Quinnipiac poll showing that 45 percent of voters say America would be better off if Mitt Romney had won the election.

Rove decried President Barack Obama’s rhetoric from earlier in the week as he reacted to House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit and suggested that conduct had been a part of the low polling.

“Liberals are getting conflicted because they had such aspirational goals for him. They wanted him to be a certain kind of leader that he has turned out to be,” Rove said. “Look, the president’s ability to be a strong and effective leader has been diminished in large part by his own decisions and his own conduct. We saw it this week when he sort of looked like he was in a high school locker room slapping his towel around when he gave those remarks at the Key Bridge in Washington, D.C., in which he sort of taunted Speaker Boehner, “Sue me,” and called the Republicans unpatriotic, said it was time for them to get some economic patriotism, and where he defined his proposal for highway funding by saying it’s not socialist, you know, it’s not unconstitutional. I mean, the president’s tone is simply wrong. And it’s not only hurt him among conservatives and moderates, but also causing some liberals to say, is this the best we can do.”

“Well, I wrote about this today in my Wall Street Journal column,” he added. “Because this is mystifying to me. Just take the IRS scandal. When it first broke, the president’s rhetoric was improper, inappropriate. He said, this is inappropriate, it shouldn’t happen, the IRS needs to be completely unbiased and neutral, and we need to get to the bottom of this. And now he is dismissing it as a phony scandal. In the meantime, he had blown it off by saying, well, it was a couple of bureaucrats in Cincinnati trying to enforce the law and I don’t see the big deal about it. He started out in the right place. He is in a wrong place today because, like in the recent FOX poll, three quarters, 76 percent of Americans believe that Lois Lerner’s emails were deliberately destroyed. So the president is sitting there saying, don’t worry about it, nothing to it, nothing at all, when three quarters of the American people think there might have been a criminal act involved. This is not helping him. And these scandals have eroded, I think, the public confidence. His job approval now is about, I think, 40 percent in the latest Gallup. And that’s a pretty big drop from where he was not too long ago.”

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It’s the Border, Stupid: Key Step to Immigration Reform

Seth Lipsky, writing at the New York Post:

Shortly before Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president, I wrote a column suggesting we call off the inauguration — because the president-elect’s brother, Neil, had just disclosed that their Irish grandfather, Michael, had snuck into America.

“He was probably one of the early wetbacks, except that he came in from Canada instead of Mexico,” Neil told The Los Angeles Times.

What kind of signal, I asked, would we be sending if we swore in Reagan as president?

We’d be saying that no matter how you got into America, if you could find a wife and raise a family, you could become the grandfather to a president.

It was a humor column, supporting the radical, pro-immigration sentiments enshrined in the Statue of Liberty.

Read the rest of the story at the New York Post.




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Girlfriends Dump Love Rat Boyfriend With Joint Road Sign

Two women have broken up with their love rat boyfriend by making a sign telling him he was “dumped” and putting it on a major road. The sign on the A1 in the North-East of England read “Steve Frazer you’re dumped by both your girlfriends”, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.

The women are said to have met each other and compared notes on their partner. In the end they took the drastic action because they concluded he was cheating on them both. The sign has now been taken down but not before it was seen by thousands of commuters travelling on the A1’s northern carriageway close to the famous Angel of the North statue.

The sign featured pictures of both women and of Mr Frazer himself, it was brightly coloured to attract even more attention. Frazer is pictured wearing black North Face jacket, whereas the women have similar dark straight hair.

Mr Frazer and his female friends have not come forward so it is unclear if he is really guilty of two-timing, but either way the sign is likely to have caused him significant embarrassment. As they say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

The sign itself is likely to have been removed by the police, as they dislike anything that may distract drivers.




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Neel Kashkari Angling to Become a Radio Host?

Neel Kashkari has been spending some time on the airwaves, both co-hosting and guest hosting on several radio shows, which has some asking if the Republican gubernatorial candidate is considering a career in radio if he doesn’t succeed in unseating Governor Jerry Brown in November.

According to Bay Area-based political tracking blog ibabuzz, Kashkari did his third guest-hosting radio gig in three weeks on KABC 790, filling in for Jillian Barberie and co-hosting the show for three hours with John Phillips.

The day before, ibabuzz notes, he guest-hosted the Chris Daniel Show (on News/Talk 580 and FM 105.9 KMJ), and on June 20, the John & Ken Show (on KFI 640).

Ibabuzz writes, “There’s no question that Kashkari is using these appearances for electioneering” and follows that statement by referencing the Federal Communications Commission’s “equal-time rule.”

They draw attention to the regulation’s requirement that if one legally qualified political candidate uses a broadcast facility, then all other candidates for that same office shall be afforded the same opportunity to use the exact facility to promote their own cause as well – i.e., Jerry Brown.

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism attorney and associate professor Jonathan Kotler, who was interviewed by ibabuzz regarding the FCC’s equal-time rule – and Kashkari’s latest radio appearances – said that if he were the governor’s strategist, “I’d think the best strategy would be to ignore [Kashkari] because there must be a lot of people out there like me who have never heard of the guy.”

Kashkari’s name became well-known due to his involvement, as a treasury official, with the distribution of TARP bailout funds. He has gained a great deal of media attention, particularly following the release of a 30-second TV ad which targets Governor Brown’s approval of a $68 billion high-speed rail which he’s dubbed the “crazy train.” He also has a more personalized web ad which does the same.




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