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Dallas County

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    March 12, 2009

    As Dallas County Attempts to Budget Books, One Boss Offers to Take a Pay Cut

    Dallas County Clerk Gary FitzsimmonsWick Allison's had some to say in recent days about Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins's battle with the county commissioners over a 10-percent across-the-board budget cut the commissioners demanded in order to deal with an expected $58 million shortfal ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009
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    February 3, 2009

    Why the Dallas County Sheriff's Department Is More or Less Straight Out of Office Space

    It's certainly not the most important item on the Dallas County Commissioners Court's agenda for today. No, that would probably be the commissioners' vote on whether or not to re-up for a third and final year in a pilot program that houses folks who've aged out of foster care, which has been done in ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    Today, the Rubbers Meet the Road in Dallas County Commissioners Court

    Right before Christmas, Dallas County revealed that it just might consider lifting the condom distribution ban enacted in 1995, when then-County Commissioner Jim Jackson told The New York Times, "Sodomy is still against the law in Texas. I hear people say the government shouldn't be in the bedroom. ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Thirteen Years Later, Dallas County May Finally Get Back its Condom Sense

    In the wake of this morning's news that Dallas County may, at long last, overturn its 13-year-old no-condom distribution policy due to the rise in number of AIDS and HIV cases, it's worth revisiting the ghosts of Christmas past. Because in April 1995, The New York Times came to town to question why ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Foster's Brook, or: The Dallas County Judge is Smarter Than He Lets On

    This should be said: One of the heroes in the otherwise ugly stupid saga of the inland port development in Southern Dallas has been Dallas County Judge Jim Foster.First of all: He figured it out. A very good source close to the county commissioners told me, "He's like a little detective. He's quiet, ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    Pauken Says New Leadership And Strategy Needed For GOP Progress In Dallas County

    In last week's paper version of Unfair Park, we took a look at the local GOP through the eyes of Dallas County Republican Party chair Jonathan Neerman. One of Neerman's critics, Texas Workforce Commission chair (and my former boss) Tom Pauken, says Barack Obama was an important reason why the Democr ... More >>

  • News

    December 4, 2008

    With Dallas Republicans in Pain, One Local Leader Believes He Has the Cure

    How County Chair Jonathan Neerman Plans to Ease the Dallas GOP's Woes

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    November 3, 2008

    The Day Before the Big Game, Bruce Sherbet's Pep Talk

    Bruce Sherbet, Dallas County's elections administrator, will leave his office this evening at about 5, 5:30, like any other day. He will grab dinner, do some reading and try to fall asleep by 11 p.m. But he fears he won't be so fortunate. Already, he has "night-before jitters," as he considers all t ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    Texas Watchdog Sees Dead People ... Voting in Dallas County

    A story in two parts today: "Dead voters cast ballots in Dallas County," in which Melvin Porter dies in January 2007, only to vote in the March 4, 2008, Democratic primary. And this follow: "Polling place books may hold clues in mystery of Dallas County’s dead voters," in which Danny Clayton, Dall ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    The Final Countdown

    Rock the vote and party in Dallas

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    October 7, 2008

    Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged GOP

    Hate to follow any news story, especially one from a pub I used to work for, but sometimes it can't be helped. Especially when someone like brother reporter John Council looks toward the sky and notices it's falling on the Dallas County Republican Party. In this week's Texas Lawyer, Council reports ... More >>

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    September 17, 2008

    Morning Announcements

    Two items of interest in the in-box this a.m. First, from the U.S. Attorney's office, an announcement concerning the gathering of the area's top cops at 11 a.m. today: "U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper and Special Agent in Charge James L. Capra of the Dallas DEA, will be joined by Dallas County Distri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    Craig Watkins, TV Star

    For those so interested, the agenda for today's Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting includes the county's contract with Touch Productions, which will produce a documentary series for the Discovery Channel about Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins and efforts to exonerate innocent pri ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008
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    June 3, 2008
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    May 2, 2008

    James Lee Woodard to 60 Minutes: Hope Is "All A Man Has"

    As noted yesterday, 60 Minutes on Sunday will profile Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins -- specifically, his office's partnering with the Innocence Project to free prisoners using DNA evidence. Moments ago, CBS News posted a sneak peek at this weekend's episode: The video clip below is f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2008

    John Wiley Price and Ken Mayfield and the Bullshit Over Overtime Pay

    KTVT-Channel 11 Oh, and Mavs lose, Stars win! KTVT-Channel 11's got the goods: video from Dallas County Commissioners Court today, where Item No. 6c on today's agenda was, simply, "Sheriff Overtime." Nothing simple about it, though, as John Wiley Price and Ken Mayfield went at it over the amount o ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008

    James Lee Woodard's Is a DNA Exoneration Like No Other in Dallas County History

    Mike Ware, head of the Dallas County District Attorney's Conviction Integrity Division Seventeen Dallas County men have been freed from prison following DNA tests that have cleared their names. And till today, those cases have been fairly cut and dry. But Jeff Blackburn, senior counsel for the Innoc ... More >>

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    April 23, 2008

    Craig Watkins "Doesn't Care About Good Press," Gets More

    No, Evan Smith, "exonerated" is not "too strong a word" when describing what happened last week to Thomas McGowan, the 16th Dallas County prisoner freed after DNA testing revealed he wasn't guilty of the crime for which he'd been convicted and sentenced to prison for 23 years. Smith, the editor of T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2008

    Playing Good "D" in Dallas County

    Once more, I'd like to comment the fine folks of the Fightin' 1117 for running such an orderly precinct convention. One of the few, turns out. Our Boy Merten spoke with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins for a piece running in next week's paper version of Unfair Park -- big doings, don't ... More >>

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    February 25, 2008
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    February 11, 2008

    Over The Weekend: Spoonfed Tribe, Wakarusa, Gazelles, Bob Dylan, Darkest Hour

    While our reviewer didn't have a great time at the Wakarusa Winter Festival, these ladies were having a great time. (Melanie Gomez) We hit up a couple decent shows (Gazelles, Darkest Hour), a lame one (Wakarusa Winter Festival) and heard some good news. Dive in: Wakarusa Winter Festival at Club Da ... More >>

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    February 10, 2008

    Dallas County Trio Goes Obama

    Gary Fitzsimmons and two Dallas County colleagues have come out for Obama. In case you were waiting to choose a presidential candidate till you found out who Dallas County District Clerk Gary Fitzsimmons, Dallas County Treasurer Joe Wells and Dallas County Clerk John Warren were voting for, well, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2008

    So, You Running for Office or Not?

    If you're looking to get on the primary election ballot, keep in mind today's your last day to file, so you'd better hop to. And if you're only curious about who's already filed, well, the Dallas County Democratic Party has its list available on the left side of the page, while the Dallas County Rep ... More >>

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    December 26, 2007

    The Picture of Henry Wade? What Picture of Henry Wade?

    A Friend of Unfair Park points our attention this morning to this Texas Lawyer profile of Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins -- the "Impact Player of the Year," which I thought was going to Tony Romo, but, anyway. The terrific piece, penned by our old pal Mark Donald, contains one nugget ... More >>

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    November 22, 2007

    Oooh, We Got the Innocence Blues

    A fine Project has Ball at the Lakewood

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    November 16, 2007
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    November 6, 2007

    Mayor Tom's Ahead. Again.

    The early numbers are in, and so far on this chilly November eve, things aren't looking good for the Angela Hunt TrinityVote gang. Dallas County elections officials report that 21,911 cast their lot in early voting, with 12,341 of them voting against Proposition 1 -- or, in other words, for the Trin ... More >>

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    November 6, 2007

    A Minor Update

    Matt reports that Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins has made an appearance at Gilley's -- guess everyone was waiting to see which way the wind blew? Not Angela Hunt's way so far: With 282 of 400 precincts reporting, the numbers are exactly the same as they were about half an hour ago, wi ... More >>

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    October 26, 2007
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    August 16, 2007
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    August 10, 2007

    Meet Unfair Park's Newest Contributor: Craig Watkins

    Mark Graham Craig Watkins would like a word with the Friends of Unfair Park. Wow, it must be Guest Contributor Day around Unfair Park. Because next up to the virtual podium is none other than Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, who sent Unfair Park this morning an "opinion editorial" con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2007

    A Scanner Dirty

    While we're waiting on more election result from Mr. Pulle over at Dallas County Elections HQ, here's a missive from a Friend of Unfair Park who says he too experienced voting problems this gloomy Saturday: I got the same story at the Reverchon Park Rec Center this morning. The ballots were going in ... More >>

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    March 22, 2007

    Not Your Average Joe

    The new county treasurer isn't too sure how he got here, but he's happy to help

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    March 5, 2007
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    February 21, 2007

    A Programming Note

    National Public Radio this afternoon called Schutze's cell to fact-check a story about Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, which is scheduled to air tomorrow morning on Morning Edition. Their question had something to do with the Citizens Council; Jim's answer was, "I'm all for it." (Mayb ... More >>

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    February 21, 2007

    Dallas County Kids Not Doing So Well, Says New Report

    Yesterday, Children's Medical Center, in conjunction with the Coalition for North Texas Children, released its biennial quality-of-life report on the nearly 700,000 children living in Dallas County, and so far, I can find only one story about it -- this piece from KTVT-Channel 11's Steve Pickett. Re ... More >>

  • News

    January 25, 2007

    Jailhouse Rocked

    The exonerations just keep on coming

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    January 3, 2007

    Justice For All? Well, Yeah, Sometimes. Sure, Why Not?

    We're a couple of days late on this, but Friend of Unfair Park Scott Henson, who runs the must-read Grits for Breakfast Web site, has posted his list of the Top Ten Texas Criminal Justice Stories of 2006. There are plenty of Dallas mentions on the list, naturally, among them the fact Dallas County h ... More >>

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    December 28, 2006

    Crystal Ball

    Buzz's predictions for newly elected Dems

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    December 13, 2006
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    December 12, 2006

    Tu Rock Es Votar

    Well, the numbers are in, and it seems that all the door-knocking and phone-calling may have paid off after all. A report due to be released tomorrow by the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project shows that more Latinos voted in Dallas County in November than in the last mid-term election. L ... More >>

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    December 11, 2006

    Exclusive: Feds Damn County Jail as "Grossly Inadequate"

    Department of Justice officials have concluded that conditions at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center amount to a house of horrors. It was even worse than anyone expected. Just more than a year after it launched its investigation of the Dallas County jail, the U.S. Department of Justice on Saturday sent ... More >>

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    November 16, 2006

    Slow Tide Rising

    Did the Latino vote push Democrats over the top?

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    August 4, 2006
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    August 3, 2006
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    July 28, 2006
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    July 3, 2006

    Life Imitating Fox

    Either some dude in Dallas County's jail was inspired by the Fox show Prison Break, filming around town, or just decided he'd better go elsewhere for medical treatment. Perhaps inspired by the Fox-TV show Prison Break, which is filming around town for the next few months, an inmate at the Dallas Cou ... More >>

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    June 28, 2006

    Pro Se Can You See How Sick They Are?

    With an ongoing federal investigation into the health care practices at the Dallas County Jail, numerous litigious inmates are, it seems, jumping on the bandwagon, alleging to be the victims of medical neglect. These are largely pro se federal lawsuits, with their scribbled allegations calling to mi ... More >>

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