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    September 27, 2013

    The Big Question: Is Big Tex Mexican?

    Yesterday afternoon, Texas gaped as the resurrected Big Tex experienced, in the vaguely unsettling words of State Fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding, a "premature birth." Fair Park's official Twitter feed announced the successful delivery with an equally unfortunate metaphor: "Ta-daaa! Big Tex drops his r ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Congressman Marc Veasey Went On a Food Stamp Diet Today, Is Already Really Hungry

    It's a cute idea, really. A couple of dozen Democratic lawmakers enter to protest looming cuts to the food stamp program by going to the grocery store, elbow-to-elbow with real Americans, and spending $30 for a week's worth of food. Not only will it shame Republicans into eliminating cuts to the Sup ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Minority Leaders Rallied at City Hall Today to Explain Why Texas Needs the Voting Rights Act

    The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments today challenging the constitutionality of and need for Section Five of the Voting Rights Act, which requires Texas and other southern states with a history of suppressing the minority vote to get pre-clearance from the Feds before implementing changes ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Lawsuit: Dallas Cement Company Drug Tested Dying Employee Before Calling 911

    Back in July, Benino Perez was working at a cement plant on Corinth Street in Dallas when he lost his balance. He fell from a height of several feet and was knocked unconscious from the impact. And according to a lawsuit filed in Dallas County District Court by his family and first reported by Court ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    "Tired of Being Ignored and Insulted," Paul Quinn Students Round Up Powerful and Familiar Faces for City Hall Protest

    Photo by Danny HurleyPaul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell at the flow-control protest before the council's vote last month​New Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is in for the first serious grassroots challenge to his leadership -- a march on City Hall announced today by a broad-based coalition ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    "We Shouldn't Be Afraid of That Passion": A Chat With Mayor Rawlings About Redistricting

    The mayor presiding over the (very, very, very, very long) redistricting debate two weeks ago​Had a brief chat with Mayor Mike Rawlings last night concerning what appears to be the never-ending process of redistricting, about which the city council will get an earful this morning from Latino leade ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Tomorrow, LULAC to Tell Council How It Feels About "Unconstitutional" Redistricting Map

    Unfair Park and Barack Obama, together at last​What's that? You want another redistricting item? Well, then, you are so in luck. Anna too, since she's got some place to be at 9 tomorrow morning.The city has not yet sent to the Department of Justice the new map of council districts approved by the ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Lawsuit Claims Atmos's Gas Leak Caused Oak Cliff Family's House to Blow Up Last Month

    A photo of the Mendez family's house after the explosion, provided by attorney Nick Wiseman​On the night of September 18, as heavy thunderstorms blew through Dallas, neighbors on West Woodin in Oak Cliff heard a "heavy, muffled boom," they told a CBS 11 crew. A small apartment behind a house - ... More >>

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    September 25, 2011

    "Please, Respect": Council Seems to Settle on Combo Platter During Redistricting Meeting

    Photo by Anna MerlanRoy Williams, whose lawsuit helped lead to 14-1, addresses the council during Saturday's redistricting meeting.​As the redistricting process goes on (and on and on), you might expect the public to become less involved, especially when a meeting takes place late on a college-foo ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Your First Look at the 10 (!) Amended Redistricting Proposals Submitted by Council

    One of two maps submitted by Mayor Mike. All 10 are available here.​In the end, it would be quicker to name the council members who didn't submit amendments to the Redistricting Commission by Monday's 3 p.m. deadline: Sheffie Kadane, Angela Hunt, Jerry Allen and Sandy Greyson. Everyone else had so ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Mayor Mike's "Considering" His Own Redistricting Map. Meanwhile, at the DOJ ...

    Photo by Mark Graham​During the morning portion of today's city council meeting, Mayor Mike Rawlings told his colleagues he's been "doing some thinking" about redistricting. Lord, haven't we all. In reviewing what the Redistricting Commission has done, he said, "I believe the transparency was ther ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Meet the Man Who Will (Probably) Draw the New Dallas City Council District Boundaries

    Image via"Gerrymandering damages communities," says Bill Betzen.​We know you're sick of hearing about this, but bear with us: Dallas is, like, thisclose to getting some shiny, newly redrawn, possibly less-gerrymandered city council districts. The Redistricting Commission sat through a ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    When City Unveils Its New Districts, It's Hoping to Avoid Mess Facing State and Dallas County

    Ruth Morgan​In case you hadn't heard, the state and county redistricting processes have already gotten a tad ... heated, let's say, what with all the threats of lawsuits and the temper tantrums. The city of Dallas's Redistricting Commission is trying to avoid the same fate on the local level: Its ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    As Commission Begins Redrawing Dallas's Districts, Barton and Smith at War Over State's

    Congressman Joe Barton​The Redistricting Commission, charged with redrawing city council district boundaries, meets tomorrow at 6 p.m. at City Hall, at which time commission members Domingo Garcia, Donna Halstead and Gary Griffith and chair Ruth Morgan will present to the public early-look maps an ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Ralph Isenberg Won't Be Talking to the President Tonight After All. Disinvited!

    Mark GrahamRalph Isenberg​That didn't take long: Less than two hours after posting that item about Ralph Isenberg and his intention to speak with President Obama this evening about the case of Saad Nabeel, Isenberg called Unfair Park to say it's off. According to Isenberg, one day after his Saturd ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Hot and Bothered, Tenants Find Justice

    Judge Juan JassoYesterday, in an Oak Cliff Justice of the Peace courtroom, two tenants celebrated a victory in their quest for decent living conditions. Judge Juan Jasso ruled in favor of Ramona Robles and Rigoberto Gutierrez, who, after filing complaints with the city about unbearable temperatures ... More >>

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    June 5, 2009

    Bringing Out the Dead? There's More to District 1 Runoff Than Voter Fraud Allegations.

    Justin EpkerMore than once in recent days, Dave Levinthal's had to warn City Hall Blog commenters to stay on topic and stop shouting, "Voter fraud!" in the District 1 Dallas City Council runoff pitting Delia Jasso against Justin Epker. Seems there's been a lingering question about whether 65-year-ol ... More >>

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    April 9, 2008

    The Case Against Farmers Branch's Election Methods Will Move Forward

    Last May, three Hispanic Farmers Branch residents filed a federal lawsuit over the way the city elects its council members. Currently, Farmers Branch holds at-large elections, and the plaintiffs want the city to elect its officials based on districts. As The Dallas Morning News pointed out a year ag ... More >>

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    October 11, 2007

    New Immigration Rules Could Empty Local Kitchens

    Tough rules leave restaurants looking for cooks with green cards

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    October 5, 2007
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    April 5, 2007

    Ground Meat

    Native-born and immigrant both get bled at Swift's beef plant

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    February 22, 2007
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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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    November 14, 2006

    "Un-American, un-Texan and un-Christian"

    Megan Feldman Elizabeth Villafranca, who owns the Mexican restaurant Cuquitas in Farmers Branch with her husband, was among those protesting the anti-immigrant measures passed yesterday by the city council. While protestors chanted and waved American flags outside, the Farmers Branch city counci ... More >>

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    May 1, 2006

    Marching in Place

    Renea Walker is angry at illegal immigrants. TV cameras are happy about that. As protests go on this so-called Day of Action, it was pretty mellow: Beginning at around noon today, fewer than 200 people walked around in a circle in front of Occidental Tower, home of Senator John Cornyn's office. Far ... More >>

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    April 25, 2006
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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 >>

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    April 11, 2006


    While the politicians were milling around waiting for the big immigration march to start last Sunday, one of the things they were all gossiping about, of course, was politicians: who was going to show up and who wasn't. In particular, I thought I picked up some anxiety on the part of a few who were ... More >>

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    March 2, 2006

    Never say die

    And you thought the Reaper was grim

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    October 31, 2002

    Mr. No Apology

    Bill Hill's office helped jail dozens of innocent people, and he's a shoo-in for re-election. Huh?

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    October 17, 2002

    Hello? Anybody There?

    Heads should be rolling over the Dallas police drug scandal, but no one seems to care that much

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    June 27, 2002

    School for Scoundrels

    They get elected with stolen votes, and then they start divvying up the goodies

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    February 14, 2002

    That's the Ticket

    Miller, Dunning take to the airwaves

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    January 31, 2002

    You Retard

    Plus: Bring on the Crackpots, Stoney Babe, Speaking Her Mind

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    January 17, 2002


    Billboards show strange, but noble effort

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    January 17, 2002

    Muddy Waters

    Plus: Ashleigh, Ashleigh; Divided Against Ourselves; The Waxahachie Vote; Love Us for Our Mind

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    January 10, 2002

    Senior Moment

    The race is on, and Laura Miller's leading the way

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    December 20, 2001

    Dallas to Bush: Drop Dead

    City council thumbs its nose at the White House on Trinity River deal

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    December 13, 2001

    Real Politics

    Feudal grudges and an imprisoned holy man in the Dallas mayoral race

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    January 25, 2001

    Cora! Cora! Cora!

    Artistic director Cora Cardona's style--passionate, arrogant, riveting, domineering--makes Teatro Dallas special and her enemies livid

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    March 2, 2000

    Impossible dreamer

    Fearless reformer or legal terrorist? Bobby Wightman-Cervantes makes a run for the Senate. The Texas Bar says he should have his head examined.

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    February 3, 2000

    The king of Cockrell Hill

    Dallas Constable Aurelio Castillo claims the criminal charges against him are a political conspiracy. His opponents say he's just a doofus.

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    March 11, 1999

    Gutless coup

    Everybody's talking about a takeover at DISD, but nobody wants to do anything about it

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    May 1, 1997

    The vote's in the bag

    Labor hall offers the homeless cash and sandwiches to be good citizens

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    July 13, 1995

    Behind closed doors

    What the council says in secret.

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    June 15, 1995

    None of your business?

    Closed council sessions scorn open-meetings law

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    May 4, 1995
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    April 20, 1995

    Accountability time

    Grassroots political group demands straight answers

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    February 16, 1995

    Another view

    What City Hall isn't willing to hear about the new arena

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    February 9, 1995

    Let them cast ballots

    Why can't citizens vote on new arena?

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