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    November 16, 2011

    As Agencies Split, Everyone Agrees: To Fight Homelessness, Dallas Need More Housing

    Photo by Leslie MinoraMayor Mike Rawlings, former "homeless czar," introduces the Greater Dallas Homeless Policy Alliance.​This morning marked a turning point in the local approach to homeless care. Mayor Mike Rawlings, city and county officials and leaders of local non-profits took turns at t ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Committee Approves Margaret McDermott Bridge Redesign That Pays Calatrava Eight Million Bucks But Costs the City Nada

    Photo by Sam MertenCity Manager Mary Suhm answers questions at today's TRCP Committee meeting.​At the behest of City Manager Mary Suhm, the city council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee this morning unanimously approved a revised $8 million contract with architect Santiago Calatrava ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Dallas County's Car Czar Vows He'll Make it Easy to Reclaim Cars from Dowdy Ferry Lot

    Patrick MichelsDallas County's "Car Czar" Bob McGrath, alongside County Commissioner Clay Jenkins and Sheriff Lupe Valdez. Dallas County Commissioner Clay Jenkins rounded up reporters this morning to help spread the good word about the county's plan to help owners get reunited with cars impounded a ... More >>

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    January 30, 2011

    Critical Condition: War Between Dallas News and Parkland Escalates Over "Ouster" Story

    Dr. Lauren McDonald​A few weeks back we took a look at the back-and-forth between The Dallas Morning News and Parkland Memorial Hospital, which, in recent months, has been the subject of numerous investigative pieces detailing patients put at risk and "needlessly harmed," in the words of News Depu ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011
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    May 13, 2010

    Constable Jaime Cortes Calls It Quits Because "My Family Has Been Through Enough"

    ​For more than 40 years, Dallas County Constable Jaime Cortes says, he led an exemplary life, rising up through the ranks of law enforcement in the last decade without running into trouble. But over the course of the last nine months, Cortes claims his reputation has been "smeared tremendously ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Embattled Constable Jaime Cortes: "A True Company Man" Who's "Sure" DA Watkins is Investigating the Constables

    Cortes says Ken Mayfield's admission that he's helping his opponent reinforces his latest campaign e-mail.​When Republican Ken Mayfield admitted to us that he's been recruiting volunteers to help Democrat Beth Villarreal defeat Precinct 5 Constable Jaime Cortes in Tuesday's upcoming Democratic ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    May 21, 2009

    Council Doesn't Want to Raise Taxes, Cut Key Services to Trim Budget. Good Luck With That.

    Sam MertenThe city's budget is $190 million in the hole because of "revenue erosion," according to CFO Dave Cook.The Dallas City Council yesterday afternoon wrapped up a lengthy discussion on how best to tackle the city's $190-million budget deficit by agreeing that a tax increase and making cuts to ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009
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    January 13, 2009

    Tiffinni Young Sets Record Straight on Ties to Caraway, Endorses LeVar Thomas

    Three weeks ago, we briefly mentioned Tiffinni Young's name in a story about Mayor Tom's potential bid to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison if she decides to run for governor. If Leppert leaves office early, the mayor pro tem would take his place, with either Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway or Voncie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    Caraway Gets a Little Carried Away Recalling His Role in Chavez Dispute

    Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway Before last week’s pro-hotel shindig in the Flag Room at City Hall, I decided to attend Wednesday’s council meeting. No particular reason, although the Fairfield zoning case was on the afternoon agenda. Ironically, I ran into Kat Truitt on my way down the elev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Wait, Even the Trinity Project Model Isn't Done Yet? And It Took Two Years?

    Sam Merten Mayor Tom points to the two Trinity bridges, but does he know which is which? The big unveiling of the model for the Trinity River Corridor Project was held today at the Trinity Center, and, as expected, all the Trinity folks gathered to pay homage. A short press conference began the fes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    In the Absence of a Trinity River Project, Fun and Fascinating Meetings

    As mentioned earlier, I spent this afternoon at City Hall digesting PowerPoint presentations during the council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee meeting in hopes of getting to the bottom of some possible delays in the Dallas Floodway Extension outlined here. But having been to enough of th ... More >>

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    May 28, 2008
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    May 22, 2008

    Angela Hunt Can Be Very Sarcastic

    An aerial view of the Dallas Convention Center As expected, the city council voted 12-1 to rubber stamp two items on Wednesday’s briefing agenda, with Angela Hunt in opposition and Mitchell Rasansky and Dr. Elba Garcia recused because of a conflict. This authorized the issuance of $42 million in c ... More >>

  • News

    March 27, 2008

    The Dwaine Caraway Show

    Starring that new breed of politician who wants to root out your crack houses, close down your whorehouses and pull up your pants

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    January 21, 2008

    Warning You Now: A Lot of Math Ahead

    There have been plenty of Trinity River shindigs in the 10 years since the original vote to approve the project, but no event brought out more big guns than the mayor's Trinity River Corridor Project Summit Friday at City Club. The alphabet-roster of attendees could fill Unfair Park for a week, but ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    Deep Addison

    City Council votes to keep Deep Ellum alive for now

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    December 12, 2007

    Till Today, Andrea Grimes Had Never Been in City Council Chambers

    Andrea Grimes, seeking a warm, cozy place in which to curl up before moving south for the winter, is currently at City Hall for those specific use permit yays or nays. Her report, ever-updating, begins here and continues after the jump. 3:56 p.m.: Property owner Billy McCloud is talking. Something ... More >>

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    November 8, 2007
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    August 15, 2007

    The Unholy Trinity: Kirk, Miller and Leppert

    God damn that was fast. Not 30 minutes after Mr. Jim posted his item about the Trinity toll road referendum, Becky Mayad shot out a media release concerning the leadership of the "Vote No! Save the Trinity" committee -- which includes Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, who I coulda sworn used to b ... More >>

  • News

    May 17, 2007

    Last Men Standing

    Leppert and Oakley show that what you think about Dallas politics could be wrong

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    April 12, 2007

    The Hits Keep Comin'

    Yet another deputy alleges misdeeds by Constable Mike Dupree

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    January 24, 2007
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    October 23, 2006

    It Was All a Dream

    Morgan Fairchild, being honored by Woman in Film next week, was the Jessica Simpson of her day. But smarter. And prettier. And more talented. For what it's worth, Patrick Duffy--the guy who played Bobby Ewing and, even better, the Man from Atlantis--is against the remake of Dallas, which is on hold ... More >>

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    October 18, 2006

    Expenses Sure are Expensive

    That David Dean sure does know how to stick it to Mayor Laura Miller. First, the lobbyist who's gotten a cool mil from the city to lobby for the Trans-Texas Corridor since 2004 got his CPA to send an open records request at the end of last week in which Dean wants to see everything the mayor's done ... More >>

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    October 13, 2006

    Rasansky Wants a Do-Over

    Mitchell Rasansky wants the city to take back the 500 thou it gave David Dean on Wednesday. Good luck with all that. I just got off the phone with Mitchell Rasansky, and the council member had two things to say about David Dean, the lobbyist who's gotten about a million from the city to work on the ... More >>

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    June 28, 2006

    Taming Leo

    This is among the dozens of photos of South Dallas ACORN presented to council members in its report on South Dallas neglect for the past, oh, century or so. If it's the last day of school before summer break, the kids must be cleaning out the lockers and throwing their papers in the air. Today at 2: ... More >>

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    June 14, 2006

    Hunting Party

    Is it weird I have made this picture my new desktop wallpaper? Here's an odd discovery: a city councilmember who calls you back, who's well informed on the subject at hand, who doesn't speak in the hyperbole of someone trying to deflect the issue and who actually calls you back a second time to do s ... More >>

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    March 6, 2006


    One thing that emerged loud and clear from two of the recent neighborhood town hall meetings is this: Dallas residents want a first-class zoo, and they're willing to pay for it. Dick Geiger, for one, is sick of the Dallas Zoo's reputation as the ugly stepsister to the slick, kid-friendly Fort Worth ... More >>

  • News

    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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    June 9, 2005

    This Teardown Town

    South Dallas' history is in danger of being demolished, so why are so few protecting it?

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    April 14, 2005

    Sold Out

    Plus: No News

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    April 7, 2005


    Inside the monster battle over strong mayor

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    February 10, 2005

    The Pearls

    Forget political science. The strong-mayor debate is about Laura on the sofa.

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    October 23, 2003
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    September 4, 2003

    How You Doin'?

    Plus: Never Been Kissed; Wanted

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    June 5, 2003

    Radio BBQ

    Why does everybody want to eat WRR?

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    June 13, 2002

    Code Breaker

    Mayor's plan commission appointee asked to resign amid ethics complaint

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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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    November 22, 2001

    Agin and Agin

    The next city election will separate the good aginners from the evildoers

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    July 26, 2001

    Bottle Rockets Downtown

    A lawsuit complaining about election fraud could bust things wide open

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    July 5, 2001

    Busting the Ballot Brokers

    County officials hope reforms will prevent absentee-ballot trickery

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    May 10, 2001

    Deep Doo-doo

    One side or the other broke the law in a messy city council race, Dallas' top election official says

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    April 26, 2001

    Bare Knuckles and Bare Breasts

    Forget talk of a settlement. Bachman Lake homeowners vow to fight their war against bare nipples to the bitter end.