David Kunkle

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    February 16, 2012

    Dallas PD Loses Assistant Chief Floyd Simpson to Corpus Christi, Where He'll Be Top Cop

    ​A couple of years back Scott Goldstein wrote quite the flattering profile of Dallas Police Assistant Chief Floyd Simpson -- as in, "In a profession that demands toughness, Simpson embodies compassion." Simpson was former Chief David Kunkle's right-hand man -- the man Kunkle put in charge of the P ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    CNN Pits Dallas Versus Dallas

    ​Julia Barton, with an assist from Schutze, covered much the same territory earlier this year in her American Icons piece about Dallas for Studio 360. But now that TNT's given the green light to that next-gen Dallas, CNN, as part of its Defining America series, takes a look at how the city stacks ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Got Some Questions About Next Fiscal Year's Budget? Well, Mary Suhm's Got Some Answers.

    ​This Friday, shortly before the council goes on summer vacation, we'll get our latest peek at City Manager Mary Suhm's FY2011-12 budget "snapshot," following the mid-May look-see that said she's still around $60 million short of funding the need-to's. Speaking of: Last Friday Suhm sent to council ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Can Facebook Predict Dallas's Next Mayor? A Social Media "Psychic" Works His Magic.

    One of these men will be the next Dallas mayor -- but will the polls validate a Facebook-based preditcion?​Not surprisingly, all four of Dallas's mayoral candidates have Facebook fan pages, some (David Kunkle) more active than others (Edward Okpa). But what, if anything, do Facebook numbers mean? ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Rawlings, Kunkle Say They'd Ban Political Consultants From Lobbying City Hall

    ​If Mike Rawlings is serious, the political consultants running his campaign will have a hard time making a living with him in office. At last night's GLBT Chamber mayoral forum, candidates David Kunkle and Mike Rawlings agreed that political consultants who run campaigns and raise campaign money ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Do You Have Faith in Candidates' Responses to Question About Faith-Based Initiatives?

    In recent weeks, the YouPlusDallas gang has been out recording some of the more intriguing mayoral debates and forums, like the arts-and-crafts showdown at the Nasher last week and the Faith and Public Policy Forum held Monday at the Gospel Lighthouse Church on W. Illinois. That event was sponsored ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    It's Time For Another Mike Rawlings Ad

    Like Sam said: Mike Rawlings has raised more than $1 million in his quest to become the next mayor of Dallas -- or "nearly three times the combined haul of Ron Natinksy and David Kunkle." And he's determined to spend that dough: Moments ago his campaign posted Rawlings's latest ad (the theme: "It's ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Do Other "Truly Great American Cities" Talk About Being "Truly Great" As Often as Dallas?

    Over here you'll find the highlights from last night's mayoral debate held in front of dozens on the SMU campus; KTVT-Channel 11 was kind enough to cut it up into little pieces, lest we choke on the whole thing. But let's begin the morning at the end of affair -- after all the talk of budgets and br ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    "Leveraging Our Resources," or: If You Read One Council Briefing All Day, Make It This One

    The Dallas skyline circa 1982, as depicted in this morning's economic development council briefing​At the end of February, city and council officials explained Dallas's meager 0.8 percent population growth over the last decade thusly: "The third-largest city in Texas is simply built out." Which le ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Cop Talk With the Mayoral Foursome

    On Monday KERA's BJ Austin asked the four candidates for Dallas mayor: Why you? At which point Mike Rawlings whipped out his wallet, David Kunkle flashed his badge, Ron Natinsky cued up an eight-track cassette and Edward Okpa offered his campaign's catchy catchphrase, "Busboy to Mayor." Today Austin ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011
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    March 28, 2011

    GOP Hispanics Not Only Group Trying to Keep Okpa From Having His Say in Mayor's Race

    It's gonna be hard for Edward Okpa to get much traction in the mayor's race when he's being ignored by The News and several groups sponsoring forums.​Turns out the Dallas Chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly isn't the only organization minimizing the mayoral candidacy of Edward ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Rawlings Nabs Top Spot as Mayoral and City Council Candidates Pick Ballot Positions

    Photos by Sam MertenThe selection of the top spot by mayoral candidate Mike Rawlings turned out to be anticlimactic because it was the only envelope left.​City Secretary Deborah Watkins and her staff oversaw the selection of ballot positions this morning in the Flag Room at City Hall, as mayor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Rawlings, Kunkle Dispute Cause of Domestic Violence During Food Bank Debate

    Okpa, Kunkle, Natinsky and Rawlings at North Texas Food Bank debate this morning​There was a rather interesting exchange between mayoral candidates Mike Rawlings and David Kunkle at this morning's mayoral debate at the North Texas Food Bank. And it began with a question posed to all four candidate ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Will Angela Hunt's Endorsement Decide Who's the Next Mayor of Dallas?

    ​The shoe hanging over the Dallas mayoral election right now is Angela Hunt's endorsement. Depending on which way she goes, Hunt will either give David Kunkle a serious shot at winning or hand Michael Rawlings a cakewalk. Several weeks ago, before Hunt announced she was not going to run for m ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Kunkle Says As Mayor, He Wouldn't Hike Taxes

    ​Last week, Ron Natinsky made it official, taking the missus down to City Hall on Valentine's Day to file his petition to run for Dallas mayor. This morning at 10 a.m., David Kunkle will follow in his footsteps, filing his paperwork with the city secretary after gathering enough signatures to get ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Mayoral Circus 2011: Not the Greatest Show on Earth, but Pretty Fun Anyway

    ​I gotta say: The coming mayoral election season already smells like a holiday for mediatoids. Things are rockin' and rollin' early. Looks to me like the money just tilted way away from North Dallas city council member Ron Natinsky, who thought he had the money. Meanwhile the campaign of for ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Much More From Angela Hunt, Who Says Tom Leppert Hasn't Been a Good Mayor

    Will Hunt back Kunkle? Find out after the jump.​Earlier this afternoon, we broke the news that Angela Hunt won't be running for mayor. She told us that she believes she can accomplish more as a council member and doesn't think the next mayor should be anyone who's on the current council. As it ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Dallas Cops Drag, Crawl and Shoot It Out for the Department's Top Gun Title

    Photos by Patrick MichelsDPD officer Clarence Chapman signs off on his Top Gun score sheet after detective Pam Starr judged his run through the course. Points off for shooting the reporter.Not saying I know something you don't, but: if Dallas gets hit with a bioterrorism attack, and the only vaccine ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Targeting Crime (Stats)

    ​This morning the city council's Public Safety Committee will take a longer, harder look at the 2009 crime stats. At most meetings, they're just tallied up and dropped into the chart you see up above. But this morning council members will be briefed on the rise and fall of crimes committed within ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Former HP Mayor Collapsed During Chief Kunkle's Retirement Press Conference

    Jack Hammack​Sam sends news that moments ago, in the middle of Police Chief David Kunkle's farewell press conference, Jack Hammack, who was standing behind Kunkle, collapsed. Those standing around him, including former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, tried to help him up, while officers called for a de ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    NY Times Takes on DPD's "Noxious Practice" of Ticketing Non-English Speaking Drivers

    ​This morning, The New York Times' editorial page insists the tale of Ernestina Mondragon, the first of 39 drivers ticketed by Dallas police for not speaking English to speak up, is merely a symptom of a larger issue: "how local police departments should deal with recent immigrants." (And, no, the ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    Third Time's Not a Charm for Fired Dallas Cop. Also: Bolton Won His Suit Against Dallas?

    Kimberly ThorpeDPD Chief David Kunkle testifying today at Fernando Perez's administrative reinstatement hearingThe hearing for once, twice, three-times-a-fired-Dallas cop Fernando Perez just wrapped -- and Administrative Law Judge Willie Crowder upheld the termination. And thus ends the tale of Fern ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009
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    June 4, 2009
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    June 3, 2009

    Race for the Prize: In March, Dallas Will Get Its Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon On

    Megan FeldmanMarathoner and reality TV star Josh Cox was at City Hall for today's announcement.So the "major announcement" at Dallas City Hall this afternoon was the unveiling of a new annual running event: the Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon. It's set for March 14, 2010, and organizers -- which ... More >>

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    December 1, 2008

    You Really Might Wanna Get Auto Insurance Before January 1

    This just in from City Hall, a reminder: In exactly one month, drivers stopped for traffic violations who can't prove they have insurance will find their rides getting a free trip to the Dallas Auto Pound. (The return trip will, of course, cost ya. And them some.) Right now, the city tows only cars ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008

    Oh, We Thought Operation Oasis Involved Some Kind of Wonderwall

    From the sheriff to the police commissioner, who really, really likes his gig. But that's not the question. This is quite the star-studded infomercial and fund-raiser for Operation Oasis, the local nonprofit that, among other things, works to integrate ex-offenders back into society. There's Dallas ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008

    Weight of Evidence

    Police detective alleges discrimination and cronyism pushed him out of elite unit

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    September 12, 2007

    Don't Shoot! It's Rosh Hashanah!

    This is why I don't go to High Holy Days services: Shit is dangerous. About an hour ago I talked to an old friend, whose mother had gone to Temple Emanu-El on Hillcrest Road and Northwest Highway for Rosh Hashanah services tonight. And my friend told me one hell of a story that I have since confirm ... More >>

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    January 4, 2007

    Mr. Sunshine

    I see Dallas' glass as half-full in 2007, but what's in it?

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    January 4, 2007

    C'mon Get Happy

    Even Buzz finds something to smile about in 2006

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    December 28, 2006

    Crystal Ball

    Buzz's predictions for newly elected Dems

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    December 14, 2006

    SAFE as Hell

    Cops ignore rampant drug trade, crack down instead on squeegee guys

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    October 16, 2006

    Club Blue Seeing Red The owners of Blue are suing the city in federal court, claiming they've had their constitutional rights violated. And they want a few bucks too. On the very first day we launched Unfair Park, former Dallas Observer music editor Sam Machkovech reported about a confrontation that took pl ... More >>

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    September 28, 2006


    The mayor, local reporters and, of course, Chief Kunkle all have an opinion on Sarah Dodd

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    September 7, 2006

    The Rip

    When does an evacuee cease to be a guest and become a pain?

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    May 23, 2006

    Copping an Attitude

    Avi Adelman, Lower Greenville's party-pooper, shot us (and probably everybody else in town) an e-mail last night informing us (and you and you and you) that Dallas police Chief David Kunkle dismissed the ticket Adelman was given by a cop on Saturday night. Adelman got the ticket, oddly enough, when ... More >>

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    May 19, 2006

    Tag, You're It

    You've always wanted to paint on walls but your tagging skills stink? You can play outdoor artist tomorrow, which is the city of Dallas' first Graffiti Wipe Out Day; there's even a free lunch in it for you. Teams of volunteers will fan out around the city looking to clean up paint on buildings, road ... More >>

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    March 2, 2006

    SEKT and the City

    Can a tagger really be Public Enemy No. 1?

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    December 15, 2005

    Bah Hum-Buzz

    Buzz gets his jollies keeping tabs on 2005's naughty and nice guys. OK, mostly naughty.

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    November 3, 2005

    Sticks and Stones

    Chief Kunkle has to fight crime with the tools the council will give him

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    August 4, 2005


    Five cop cars hit a businessman who cried to the city manager

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    June 30, 2005

    Blame the Other Guys

    A former DPD assistant chief over narcotics says she was made a patsy by the city

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    May 12, 2005

    Kickback City

    You wouldn't believe how bad Dallas looks in Austin

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    March 10, 2005

    Green Living

    Everyone's Irish, even Gumby

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    December 9, 2004
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    December 2, 2004

    On Your Watch

    Those are scary words for Dallas' top cops

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    September 16, 2004

    Hup, 2, 3

    Gay pride takes a walk

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    July 22, 2004

    Royal Police

    Kunkle must teach them to spell d-e-m-o-c-r-a-c-y

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