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Ed Oakley

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Voters -- Who Needs Them?

    ​What is it that people here have against voting? I'm thinking about the item I saw here yesterday about the Dallas City Council clamping down on campaign signs. Right, we need to do everything we can to contain this voting thing. Fewer signs. Voter photo ID laws. Anything we can do to cut d ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Endorsements Aplenty For Ron Natinsky, Including Mayor Dwaine Caraway, Who Says There's No Time to Learn About Anyone Else

    Photos by Sam MertenMayor Dwaine Caraway asked mayoral candidate Ron Natinksy to put an endorsement sticker on his blazer this afternoon.​Mayor Dwaine Caraway and 11 current and former council members endorsed council member Ron Natinksy for mayor this afternoon at City Hall Plaza. Caraway urg ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Before Mayoral Candidates Make Issue Out of Political Affiliations, a Look at Who's What

    During the 2007 mayoral campaign, former city council member Ed Oakley sent out mailers depicting himself and convicted felon Don Hill as Democrats and Tom Leppert and former Mayor Pro Tem Max Wells as Republicans. Oakley also accepted the endorsement of the Dallas County Democratic Party and printe ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009
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    June 27, 2008

    Talking Political Futures With Guests at Angela Hunt's Fund-Raiser Last Night

    Esther Weisbrod, with the inspiration for her paper on "The War Over the Trinity." Almost a year ago to the day, Angela Hunt dropped off 90,000 signatures at City Hall, triggering the Trinity River toll road referendum. And it felt like old times last night as former council members Sandy Greyson an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Lions, Tigers and a Mayor Tom Fund-Raiser -- Oh, My!

    During the Trinity River toll road debate, I signed up for e-mail notifications from the Vote No! campaign so I could find out what Mayor Tom was up to. This landed me on Leppert’s e-mail list, and now I get regular e-mails from “Friends of Tom Leppert” and “Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert” like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2008

    What Rufus Wrote

    Rufus Shaw Services for Rufus Shaw and Lynn Flint Shaw will be held tomorrow morning, during a funeral mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Oak Cliff scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. In addition to their son, Ian Shaw, surviving the couple is Rufus’ son, Rufus Shaw III; his two daughte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2007

    Is There Some Kind of an Election Today?

    I voted at 7:12 this morning at Leonides Cigarroa Elementary School in northwest Dallas, where the "Vote Yes!" signs appear to be in bloom this fine, warm fall. The voting booths were filling up; I was No. 12 on the sign-in sheet, and folks were lining up behind me. "Impressive," said one of the ele ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2007

    Go Away

    Rainy days and Coldplay always get us down

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    June 21, 2007

    The Choir Boy Mayor

    What Tom Leppert's campaign tells you about Tom Leppert

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2007

    The Giving Tree, Made of Oakley

    Clearly, I am in denial over the sad fact that Your 2007 Dallas Mayors Race is over. What, exactly, will I write about on Unfair Park now? As I try to figure that out, let me share with you what's clearly my proudest moment yet: my first poem, consisting entirely of the wit and wisdom Ed Oakley shar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2007

    Doing Some Quick Math

    Matt Pulle's scouring over spreadsheets at the moment, and he's discovered that while Tom Leppert's pulling in the Northern sector and Ed Oakley's doing well south of I-30, Leppert's still managing to keep it respectable in the Southern sector. In a number of individual northern precincts during ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2007

    Tom Leppert and Candlebox: Jesus, That's One Hell of a Double Bill

    We haven't called Tom Leppert for mayor yet. But Leppert's people sure have. Oakley's too, damned near. "It's not looking good at this point," Ed Oakley told KDFW-Channel 4 at 9:04 tonight -- nonetheless, the nattily dressed council member said he was "cautiously optimistic" about gaining ground on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2007
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    June 15, 2007

    Where Do You Want to Go, Dallas, and How Will You Get There?

    Last night, I attended my last event of Your 2007 Mayor’s Race, the Vickery Place Neighborhood Association Candidate Forum in East Dallas. To celebrate, I planned to grab a beer or two at my favorite drinking establishment, the bar at the Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff. A little confused on the most d ... More >>

  • News

    June 14, 2007

    Wannabe Kingmaker

    Though out of the mayor's race, Don Hill remains in sight

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    June 8, 2007

    Don Hill Responds

    There appeared in the Dallas Voice yesterday a story in which attorney John Barr -- who was, till recently, Don Hill’s campaign treasurer -- backs up Ed Oakley's claims that Hill offered his endorsement to Oakley in exchange for his hiring Hill's campaign staff. Two of Hill's chief campaign staffe ... More >>

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    June 6, 2007
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    June 5, 2007

    The Two-Fer Tuesday

    Several Friends of Unfair Park have e-mailed me wondering why we haven't posted Ed Oakley's Tom-Tom-pounding ad; a few seem to think we're Leppert lovers, whatever. Only one's wondered where Leppert's repsonse is. Me, I just miss Sam Coats' ads; at least they were clever and folksy, as opposed to th ... More >>

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    June 5, 2007
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    May 24, 2007

    Leppert and Oakley: Let's Get It On

    Tom Leppert and Ed Oakley, meet your worst nightmare: Tracy Rowlett. OK, I dunno about all that, but the KTVT-Channel 11 anchor-on-his-way-out will, a week from tonight, moderate a half-hour debate (really, that's all -- the length of an episode of According to Jim?) twixt the two mayoral candidates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2007

    Wanna Have Lunch with Tom and Ed?

    Us, we're eating lunch at our desks today, like always. But you can dine (for the odd, odd price of $12.76) with mayoral runoff candidates Tom Leppert and Ed Oakley at the Belo Mansion, where the Dallas Bar Association is hosting a forum at which the two gentlemen will try to win yer vote and, of co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2007

    Don Hill's Open Letter to You

    Don Hill wants you to know that he isn't supporting Ed Oakley or Tom Leppert in their bids to become Your Next Mayor. Not supporting them yet, that is. He might pick someone to endorse, if either Oakley or Leppert believes as Don Hill believes. And what does Don Hill believe, besides the fact that c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2007

    Too Late? Yup. Too Little? Nah...

    Now, see, if Sam Coats had actually run this ad, which his campaign posted to YouTube today lest it wind up on the shelf, then maybe he'd have gotten more than 5,470 votes in his bid to become mayor. Or, fine, maybe not. Either way, it's still a giggle, and it'd be a shame to let it go to waste. And ... 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

    With More than 50,000 Votes Cast...

    With 328 precincts out of 577 now reporting in, Ed Oakley's gaining on Tom Leppert: The second-place vote-getter now has 21.48 percent of the vote, or 11,700 votes. Top dog Leppert's at 26.55, or 14,463 votes. Hill's got 15.92 percent, with 8,670 votes, while Wells has 11.19 percent, with 6,096 vote ... 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

    Because We Clearly Have Nothing Better to Do Tomorrow...

    ...we will be live-blogging the election, beginning, most likely, in the late morning, between voting and going to Home Depot to buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Matt Pulle will be at county election HQ around 7 p.m., when early results start coming in; Jim Schutze will ... More >>

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    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

    Don Hill Goes Down the River with Sam Coats and Angela Hunt. Say What?

    Don Hill, we love your style -- goin' all aginner eight days before the election. Love it. Fabulous. Keep it up. You're now officially Jim Schutze's kind of guy. A mere afterthought in the mayor’s race just a few weeks ago, the Trinity River Project -- specifically, the fate of the Trinity Parkway ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2007

    Fresh Eyes

    Basically, it's Coats versus the Manchurian Candidate

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    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 >>

  • 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?

  • 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

    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 >>

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    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 >>

  • News

    March 15, 2007

    Mayor Mudhole

    Maybe the Trinity project will sort out these mayoral candidates

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    March 1, 2007

    Hunt for Truth

    Council member Angela Hunt rips open the Trinity project

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    January 31, 2007

    Don Hill's a MySpace Candidate Too. Be His Friend?

    Don Hill looks like a man who wants to be mayor. Or he's just wanting for a phone call from the F.B.I. Hate to tell this to our pal Zac Crain -- who, we find out in this morning's paper, is one powerful dude -- but he is no longer the only MySpace candidate for Dallas mayor. This morning, we stumble ... More >>

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    The Lone Mitchell

    Rasansky's way out on his lonesome about those bridges

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    August 31, 2006

    Eye Candy

    It's overpriced, it's gaudy and we have to put it on a credit card. Yep, that Calatrava bridge says Dallas all over.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    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 >>

  • News

    February 23, 2006

    Default

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

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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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    June 13, 2002

    Cain't Say No

    Girls and boys of the city council get "in trouble"

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    August 30, 2001

    Absentee Minded

    Hey, Mr. Zillionaire Developer, got a big public project you want to sell? Black Dallas has the votes you need--dirt cheap.

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    June 14, 2001

    Vote Early, Vote Often

    The story behind the failed Caraway campaign is both farce and tragedy

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    May 17, 2001

    Buzz

    Flip a coin

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