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Darrell Jordan

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Either Tom Leppert's Gearing Up for a U.S. Senate Run or He Just Wasted 75,000 Bucks

    Sam MertenTom Leppert​Mayor Tom Leppert hasn't formally announced his candidacy for Kay Bailey Hutchison's gig just yet, but he hired Republican fund-raiser Shelly Carson last year as his finance director and paid her nearly $75,000, according to campaign finance reports. Carson has yet to ret ... More >>

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    June 15, 2007

    As In, "He Feels Awful"

    Since we couldn't find a photo of Phillip Offill, we just went with the next best thing. We revealed his clandestine scheming and scamming of an Addison-based sports company back in March. Dallas’ Only Daily painted him with a broad brush a few days earlier. But yesterday, the Securities and Excha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2007

    All's Quiet on the Northwestern Front

    The missus and I just concluded a morning tour of the Northwest Dallas polling places, and so far, no drama -- or voters, for that matter. At 9:32, we were Nos. 53 and 54 at Leonides Cigarroa Elementary School on Webb Chapel Road and Walnut Hill Lane (our third polling place in three elections, come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2007

    And the (Early) Winner Is...

    Matt Pulle's Our Man Downtown tonight with the results from early voting, which are as follows: Your early clubhouse leader is Tom Leppert, with 29 percent of the early vote (7,403 votes). Ed Oakley comes in at second, with 19 percent (4,957). Don Hill comes in third with 14 percent (3,583). Max We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2007

    What Do Darrell Jordan and Jennifer Gale Have in Common?

    I wrote earlier that the candidates who finished fifth or lower will have to pull rabbits out of their hat to make the runoff. I stand corrected: Even if they possess incredible magical abilities, the likes of which would make David Blaine bury himself under the sidewalk in a block of ice with envy, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2007

    At This Point, Feel Free to Write In "Unfair Park" on Your Ballot Tomorrow

    So, Jennifer Gale, who probably had to get a ride, showed to the final mayoral forum, but Don Hill, Ed Oakley and Max Wells couldn't be bothered. That's nice. More than two months ago, I attended a mayoral forum hosted by the Dallas Police Association and left thoroughly confused about how the top s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2007

    Tomorrow's Forecast: Gloomy, with a Slight Chance of Disaster and Late-Evening Sunshine

    I have nothing but ambiguity, confusion and darkness to offer you, Friends of Unfair Park, on the eve of tomorrow’s mayoral election. There are no certainties, only wild cards. Here are just a few:

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2007

    Mayoral Candidates to Tear This Mother Down Tonight, Unless They're All For Historic Preservation

    Tonight you can go ask Ed Oakley about the 2,000 apartments he wants to tear down -- to stop the crime, of course. A note to all our Friends concerned about the future of Deep Ellum (and the rest of Dallas, for that matter): You should attend tonight’s Dallas Mayoral Leadership Forum, scheduled to ... More >>

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    May 4, 2007
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    May 1, 2007

    Griffith Says "Cheese," Again, While Coats Gets Around

    Tom Leppert's got those scintillating ads that look more staged than the Mars landing (sorry, no Capricorn One fans in the room?). Gary Griffith's still saying "cheese" in order to scare voters to the polls, and the other mayoral candidates, well, they're not yet there with their TV spots -- that, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2007

    And Your Next Mayor Is...

    Either Gary Griffith is more popular than we think he is, or he has three interns who figured out how to cast 1,638 votes for him. The results of The Highly Unofficial Unfair Park Mayoral Poll are in, and the new mayor of Dallas is...Gary Griffith. Seriously? Yes, 6,723 of our Friends voted -- eithe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2007

    Get Polled

    Ed Oakley, Jim Schutze may not be a fan, but the Friends of Unfair Park like you just fine...so far. Just a reminder that the Highly Unofficial Unfair Park Mayoral Poll's up and running till 5 p.m. tomorrow. Thus far, it's been a fascinating 24 hours, with nearly 2,200 votes cast as of 8:50 this mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2007

    Darrell Jordan Has "100 Hour Plan." After That, Well, You're On Your Own. Just Kidding.

    They don't call Darrell Jordan the "100 Hour Man" for nothing. For those who think we only publish Sam Coats press releases verbatim, here's one from Darrell Jordan, who today released his "100 Hour Plan," which would involve a lot of talking -- about crime. Says the release, Jordan's "first 100 hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2007

    Sam Coats, You're Movin' On Up

    Ed, couldn't you have found a mayor people actually voted for? And one they remember? C'mon -- you're loaded. Only a political reporter would ever say this: Sam Coats is super hot. This week, the afterthought candidate became the rage of the local blog world after he debuted two pitch-perfect comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007

    Matt Pulle Still Doesn't Give Jennifer Gale a Chance. That's a Shame.

    We took this off Sam Coats' Web site, because, damn it, it just makes us giggle. Just don't let Dr. Seuss' people see this. Well, it's time, once again, for your end-of-the-week rankings of the top eight mayoral candidates. Usually when I do this I make it clear there is a very distinct chance I don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2007

    Mayoral Candidates Like to Ac-cent-thcu-ate the Positive. If Only We Could Vote For All of Them!

    That's right, Don Hill. You are No. 1 on our hit parade this week. Hey, pal, you earned the right. I have a bit of a confession: I really like the candidates running for Dallas mayor. If I were 60 years older, I might even like to play shuffleboard with some of them. Just about all of them are intel ... More >>

  • News

    April 5, 2007

    MYOB

    Too bad DISD isn't any of the mayor's business

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2007

    Wherein We Declare Don Hill the Current Frontrunner and Sam Coats...Wait, This Can't Be Right...Hip?

    We're not saying Matt Pulle has a man-crush on Sam Coats. We would never say it. Not outloud. Nope. Welcome to the second installment of Unfair Park's weekly round-up of the top eight mayoral candidates. We shuffled part of the list around a little bit, not so much because anything interesting happe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2007

    Darrell Jordan's Law Firm is Being Sued. His Sworn Response: "I Know Nothing."

    Darrell Jordan seems like a swell guy. In his pursuit to become Laura Miller's successor as ruler of our fair burg, he's raised lots of money and received plenty of support from influential Dallasites such as SMU booster Gerald J. Ford, Republican National Committee bigwig and EDS Byron Nelson Champ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2007

    The Elite Eight, or: Get Your Mayoral Brackets Ready!

    Edward Okpa: If you aren't gonna take him seriously as a mayoral candidate, then we will. Of course, look what happened to the last guy bestowed that particular honor. On Tuesday the Northwood Republican Women's Club hosted a mayoral debate at a Luby's on Hampton Road. OK, not so much. Actually, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2007

    Zac Crain Misses Mayoral Ballot; We're Now Eligible For Write-in Consideration

    At least this is a better photo than the one The News used today. When did Zac turn into a zombie, anyway? About an hour ago, Dave Levinthal over at The Dallas Morning News broke the news that former Dallas Observer music editor Zac Crain has been removed from the mayoral ballot because he didn't co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2007

    Wherein Dave Levinthal Catches Darrell Jordan Plagiarizing -- From Two (No, Make That Three) Different Sources!

    We also think Darrell Jordan stole his haircut from 1924. A Friend of Unfair Park last night begged us -- well, gently nudged, anyway -- to link to Dave Levinthal's kinda-like-wow revelation yesterday that mayoral candidate Darrell Jordan is a plagiarist. We just figured something that astounding wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2007
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    March 9, 2007

    Zzzzz...Huh? Oh Yeah. That Mayor Thingy.

    Have you heard? Tom Leppert is a businessman. There is the glamourous and consequential side of journalism: Covering a presidential race, writing about a war, detailing the side effects of a new cancer drug, profiling Maggie Gyllenhaal. And there is this: Attending a debate for Dallas mayor at 7:30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2007

    Fear-Mongering Amongst the Mayoral Candidates. And Don Hill Has a Economic Plan. Didn't Say it Was a Good One.

    Say "cheese." Actually, could ya stop? Yeah, that would be swell. A few mayoral-race notes this a.m.: First, in this morning's in-box was a missive from a Friend of Unfair Park instructing me to look at Allen Gwinn's Web site, specifically yesterday's item titled "Mayor Candidate Gary Griffith: Trut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2007

    Wherein Max Wells Calls Himself "Max Wells" and Ed Oakley Says He's Already the Mayor

    We love this photo of Max Wells, because it suggests Max Wells already believes he's mayor. Actually, Ed Oakley already has the job of pretend mayor. They made the WaMu Banker's Pen look like the cast of Lost. We're talking about the top-tier candidates for mayor, who last night gathered at a Dallas ... More >>

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    February 27, 2007
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    February 23, 2007
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    February 5, 2007

    Hill and Heinbaugh: Issue-Makers

    Either Don Hill really is No. 1, or he just shot you with his finger pistol. Here's some sausage-making for your Monday morning. On Friday, WFAA-Channel 8 sent reporter Chris Heinbaugh to City Hall to ask mayor pro tem and mayoral candidate Don Hill about the segregation taking place at the Dallas C ... More >>

  • News

    December 21, 2006

    Mitchell Says No

    So what about the dogfight on the Trinity River Project?

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2006

    It was D.J.'s Idea, Dome It

    I see the city has OK'd a $30,000 study to "investigate options for covering the Cotton Bowl with a permanent roof or something semi-permanent, such as an inflatable, retractable or removable dome." Lemme say it before Darrell Jordan does: Are you fucking kidding me? --Robert Wilonsky

  • Blogs

    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 19, 2006

    Crain: The Candidate of Pocket Change

    Since I've seen that one serious photo of Zac on his Web site a million times, I am using this one taken (by Aden Holt, I think) when Zac appears to have been 24. Or 8. Hard to say. Not 10 minutes after a helpful city employee faxed over my old pal Zac Crain's campaign finance report late yesterday, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2006

    Heir Jordan?

    Darrell Jordan wants to be mayor. And he has the wallet to prove it. Darrell Jordan insists that, at long last, it's his turn to be the mayor. He lost in 1995 to Ron Kirk, but Jordan has always figured he was the right guy in the right place at the wrong time; when Dallas wanted and needed an Africa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2006

    The Mayor's Moolah

    Already the suggestions for what Mayor Laura could do with her leftover hundred thou are coming in. To wit: "Her Honor could buy the architectural models of the Calatrava bridges, which I understand cost quite a bit, and use them for her kids' play and school projects. Imagine a science fair showi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2006

    Save it for a Rainy Day (As If)

    Since Mayor Laura isn't running for re-election, last we checked, we wondered what exactly she can she do with the $96,146.54 sitting in her campaign war chest. (That's how much she has left, according to her campaign finance report filed today with the city's elections manager, Brooks Love, who I h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2006

    Gary Griffith Opens the Books. Has To, Really.

    Why is this man smiling (he is smiling, isn't he)? Because he's already got $103,000 to spend on running for mayor, and the race is still almost a year away. Just got back from City Hall, where I snagged copies of Gary Griffith and Laura Miller's campaign finance reports, which are due to the city's ... More >>

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    July 17, 2006

    Dough to Go

    I just checked in with Brooks Love, the city's election manager, who reports he has yet to actually receive Darrell Jordan's campaign finance report, which is due today; when it shows, we'll grab a copy and see who's betting $200,000-plus on the local lawyer, per Pat Cotton's press release this morn ... 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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    July 6, 2006

    Fourteen Against One, or: Who'd Want That Lousy Gig, Anyway?

    Would you have rather looked at this for four more years or, oh, Darrell Jordan or Don Hill or Gary Griffith? Last time I watched Mayor Laura Miller in action was at a recent briefing on the bond issue (topic of my column in the current Dallas Observer). She and City Manager Mary Suhm had agreed tha ... More >>

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    May 23, 2006

    Re: Cotton Comes to Unfair Park

    Lorlee Bartos, well-regarded local political consultant (she managed Harriet Miers' sole political campaign, for a Dallas city council seat), sends this response to this morning's post about Pat Cotton's comments regarding Darrell Jordan's mayoral bid. Bartos and Cotton worked with Jordan when he ra ... More >>

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    May 23, 2006

    Cotton Comes to Unfair Park

    Pat Cotton called yesterday to correct yesterday's look back at Darrell Jordan and his mothballed plan from way back in '98 to dome the Cotton Bowl. Turns out I was right to call him a former mayoral candidate...and also wrong: Cotton, among the city's best and best-known political consultants, want ... More >>

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    May 22, 2006

    Ode to a Cotton-Pickin' Good Idea

    Darrell Jordan once wanted to dome the Cotton Bowl. Doesn't seem so crazy anymore, really. Eight years ago, which is an eternity in a town where yesterday's landmarks are tomorrow's parking lots, attorney and one-time mayoral candidate Darrell Jordan had an idea. He wanted to dome the Cotton Bowl. P ... More >>

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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

    March 5, 1998
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    February 19, 1998

    Not as dome as you think

    Dallas attorney Darrell Jordan wants to cover the Cotton Bowl--anyone got $150 million to spare?

  • News

    January 2, 1997

    Grateful Dead

    Holly Mullen explains how a massive paupers' graveyard barely survived greedy landowners and a stealth real-estate deal

  • News

    May 18, 1995

    The Kirk connection

    How Dallas' new mayor pulled it off

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    April 20, 1995
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