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Bill Blaydes

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    July 29, 2014

    Dallas Leaders Walked Arm-in-Arm with John Wiley Price in the Betrayal of Southern Dallas

    You could almost forget about the indictment last week of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, put it out of your mind's eye, not even think where it will end and better spend your time thinking about trucking. It's the more compelling story. Logistics is the business of taking cargo off sh ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Is Irving Ahead of Dallas in Preparing for Global Trade When the Panama Canal Expands?

    Time to read the tea leaves. Avi Selk at The Dallas Morning News is report-tweeting this morning that the Irving City Council has slapped its mayor by voting to pay transportation consultant David Dean all of the two hundred grand he billed the city after his contract with the city expired last Sept ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    October 5, 2011

    Rick Perry Says He's Mr. Grassroots, But His Trans-Texas Flop Suggests Otherwise

    Tea Party people say they hate Washington and its top-down style of governance. They're the political version of eat-local. Everything should be grassroots. Here in Texas the Tea Party loves Governor Rick Perry, but if you talk to people who've gone up against Perry on local issues, they will tell ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Jerry Allen and the Former Dallas City Council ... All-Stars? Sure. Go With That.

    Bill Blayes, Alan Walne and Donna Halstead -- The Ex-Council Members out of costume!Few days back we peeked at Carolyn Davis and Dwaine Caraway's what-updates as served up on Dallas Delivers, the city's riotous no-holds-barred talk show served up on Time Warner Cable Channel 16. Alas, some of us don ... More >>

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    August 3, 2007

    The China Syndrome

    The US-China Business Council yesterday released what it calls a "full analysis of US exports to China from all 435 districts in the US House of Representatives," which, of course, includes the good ol' 32nd Congressional District -- Pete Sessions country, natch. Overall, says the report, U.S. expo ... More >>

  • News

    June 21, 2007

    Moral Minority

    The wages of sin are a big fat bankroll for Trammell Crow, thanks to city council

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    June 14, 2007

    No 'Doze

    With Democrats like Ed Oakley, who needs the GOP?

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    June 12, 2007

    Gosh, Can't They Both Be Mayor?

    Um, is the answer "no," or is this a trick question? Some random mayoral musings this a.m... In the Houston Chronicle this morning, our old pal and colleague Tom Korosec blames all those "Ed Oakley is gay" articles on TIme magazine. He also discovers that Texas Eagle Forum's Cathie Adams and Interd ... More >>

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    June 12, 2007

    Schutze Tickles Everything But the Ivories

    Seriously, wasn't Jack Pierce the name of a popular local band in the early 1990s? Three people get that joke. If you happen to hear the new anti-Ed Oakley ad on the radio, featuring the guy I wrote about a couple weeks go whose land was almost zoned out from under him by the city council, I want yo ... More >>

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    June 7, 2007
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    June 1, 2007

    Playing Land Grab-Ass

    Ed Oakley was all for taking a man's land, till he realized, ya know, people aren't gonna react well to that. Which, come to think of it, is very mayoral. Well, well, well. I am getting quite a bit of response to my column in this week’s paper version of Unfair Park about Mayor Laura Miller and Ho ... More >>

  • News

    May 31, 2007

    The Good Laura

    Or, how Bill Blaydes locked up the Bastard of the Year award

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2007

    Why Don Hill Might Not Make Up More Ground Tonight

    Our Man Downtown says: Don Hill's done. Why? Because most of the Southern sector votes have been counted, and it's likely Hill will drop from here on out, especially as Lake Highlands and East Dallas precincts keep reporting in. For instance, Max Wells' former council district, which is now Bill Bla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2007

    Dallas May be "Dynamic," But Bill Blaydes Ain't

    Bill Blaydes, heretofore known as Mr. Excitement On Wednesday, Danielle McClelland, assistant director of the city's Public Information Office, posted to the Interwebs a video celebrating all that's swellerificamazing about this fine city. And, so far, 34 people have seen the danged thing on the You ... More >>

  • News

    April 19, 2007

    Don't You Wish Your Mayor Was Hot Like Me

    Dallas' mayoral wannabes are all nice guys. Where's the fun in that?

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    March 26, 2007

    Okpa Out, But Not Down

    The city's finding one way to narrow the mayoral wannabe field: by disqualifying all the interesting left-field candidates, including Edward Okpa. Edward Okpa, my favorite long-shot candidate for Dallas mayor, has been thrown off the ballot after the City Secretaty's office found he didn't submit en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2007

    No Homes for the Homeless, Again

    Though they have nothing to do with the homeless, a Craig Miller (at left) catchphrase has apparently entered the DPD lexicon. There's a piece in Dallas' Only Daily this a.m. about how Bill Blaydes helped kill a proposed homes-for-the-homeless complex in Lake Highlands, on the site where the Jules ... More >>

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    December 4, 2006

    Those City Credit Cards Are a Bit of a Gamble

    Here are two more interesting tidbits from the Allen Gwinn database: two $500-plus charges at Walt Disney Resorts. One dates from April 5 of this year: $531.87, purchased by Terry Freeman, a senior office assistant in the City Auditor's Office. The info is pretty incomplete: It doesn't say for whom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2006

    Dean Wins. Again.

    It's all over at City Hall, reports Jim Schutze. Score: David Dean, 1 (or one million, to be precise). Laura Miller, 0. Writes Jim: "Well, if you heard it just now [on WRR], the only thing you couldn't see was all the senior city staff members behind the big TV screen grinning, barely suppressing gi ... More >>

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    October 24, 2006

    Dean Writes Own Deal, Deal?

    Bill Blaydes was the only council member to get a peek at David Dean's contract before it went before the council. Tomorrow at city council, Mayor Laura Miller will try to get one of the seven council members who voted to approve Trans-Texas Corridor lobbyist David Dean's $515,000 contract on Octobe ... More >>

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    October 23, 2006
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    October 18, 2006
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    October 18, 2006

    The Mayor's Following the Money

    Shortly after we posted the item below concerning the mysterious $20 bill from David Dean that wound up in the city council horseshoe this morning, Mayor Laura Miller responded with her thoughts about what's turning into a nasty, messy situation. This is what she has to say in an e-mail sent to Unfa ... More >>

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    October 18, 2006

    Expenses Sure are Expensive

    That David Dean sure does know how to stick it to Mayor Laura Miller. First, the lobbyist who's gotten a cool mil from the city to lobby for the Trans-Texas Corridor since 2004 got his CPA to send an open records request at the end of last week in which Dean wants to see everything the mayor's done ... More >>

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    October 13, 2006

    Oh, David Dean is Mad at the Mayor

    David Dean, the lobbyist pushing the Trans-Texas Corridor on the city's behalf, ain't happy with the mayor--something to do with her having said on Wednesday, just before the council voted 7-6 to give him $515,000 plus additional expenses, that "Whatever David Dean dreams, he spends." Dean, who's no ... More >>

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    October 13, 2006

    Rasansky Wants a Do-Over

    Mitchell Rasansky wants the city to take back the 500 thou it gave David Dean on Wednesday. Good luck with all that. I just got off the phone with Mitchell Rasansky, and the council member had two things to say about David Dean, the lobbyist who's gotten about a million from the city to work on the ... More >>

  • News

    September 21, 2006

    Cash Money

    When we least expected it, a real opportunity in southern Dallas

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    September 18, 2006

    The Next Mayor of the City of Dallas Will Be...

    If this picture were at all legible, you could make out the four mayoral candidates gathered yesterday for small talk and lox yesterday at Temple Emanu-El. I wouldn't consider it an entirely wasted Sunday morning. There were free Einstein Bros. bagels, after all, and lox and cream cheese; hell, tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2006

    The Chosen People

    This sounds like just the thing to kick off your Sunday morning: having a nosh with Bill Blaydes, Gary Griffith, Darrell Jordan and Mitchell Rasansky. But all those announced and likely mayoral candidates will in fact be at Temple Emanu-El this very Sunday at 9 a.m. participating in a...what, round- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2006

    Port of Call

    Wanna know why three of your city council members--Ed Oakley, Bill Blaydes and Ron Natinsky--are in China at this very moment? (To beat the heat? For the food? To spend a small fortune of taxpayers' money on a summer vacation?) Well, Sarah Dodd of KTVT-Channel 11 will probably provide the answer whe ... More >>

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    July 17, 2006

    Darrell Jordan's Gonna Be Mayor

    At least, that's what Darrell Jordan and his people are saying this morning--probably said it yesterday and gonna say it tomorrow too, only they weren't issuing a press release touting his bulging campaign finance report as proof that he's the "leading candidate in the May 2007 Dallas mayoral electi ... More >>

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    June 27, 2006

    Trust the Trust Fund

    Leo Barron Hicks is the administrator of the embattled South Dallas/Fair Park Trust Fund that's getting its much-needed overhaul approved by the city council tomorrow. Seven months after Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans suggested substantive changes were on the way for the beleaguered 19-year-old S ... More >>

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    June 15, 2006

    The Bawl at City Hall

    Some final thoughts on yesterday's ForwardDallas! vote at City Hall...or, Where Was Laura? To that question, certainly the answer is she was tending to Wright Amendment negotiations, hashing out the final plan after hastily nixing her hastily called press conference. Yesterday evening, her absence f ... More >>

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    June 14, 2006

    Live from City Hall

    The council's talking now, and I think it's gonna be a sweep, damned near. "Dallas is the ninth-largest city in the country, and we've developed half of it," says Bill Blaydes, who looked like he was dozing during the naysayers' speeches. "There is a major need for what we are doing today." Now he's ... More >>

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    June 14, 2006

    Live from City Hall

    Jim and I have decided Laura is on a Southwest flight to Vegas, cause she sure as hell ain't here. One thing I did notice as Bill Blaydes was bemoaning the yay vote regarding the homeless shelter ("It will destroy the southeast corridor!"): He's kinda...unhinged. --Robert Wilonsky

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    April 25, 2006

    Observer Writer Seeks Can-Do-Over

    I have no idea how serious a mayoral candidate Zac Crain will be come next year's elections; Lord knows he's swimming in a crowded pool that will likely include not only Mayor Laura Miller, but also attorney and perennial candidate Darrell Jordan, council members Don Hill and Bill Blaydes (and, just ... More >>

  • News

    February 23, 2006

    Default

    City council could cost us $20 million by tanking the Merc deal

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    February 16, 2006

    Sugar Ray

    Why council members love Mr. Hunt so much

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    December 15, 2005

    Drunk Tellers

    Run down to the City Council Bank. They're giving money away!

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    November 17, 2005

    True truisms

    Hanging with a bad crowd

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    August 25, 2005

    The Ride, Stupid

    Instead of calling for riots, just say where you got your car

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    August 11, 2005

    Push poll

    Downtown a possible home for homeless shelter

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    January 27, 2005

    Sleight of Hand

    Can Dallas deal with the homeless where they choose to be?

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    November 25, 2004

    The Envelope, Please

    The Great Schutzkin predicts strife and disagreement on the city council

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    October 21, 2004

    P.U.!

    Who made a stink at City Hall?

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    September 30, 2004

    Up With Fascism!

    Maybe it's the only way to save downtown

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    September 9, 2004

    Laff in the Dark

    For Dallas, for the city council, for now, this was good

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    October 1, 1998

    Trust no one

    The City Plan Commission won't let Hillwood Development or city staff play them for saps

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    September 11, 1997

    Rumors of war

    A fight over rezoning has some northeast Dallas homeowners talking recall

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