State Senator Wendy Davis' campaign has experienced a couple of hiccups in recent weeks. Her attack on rival Greg Abbott for being in the pocket of payday lenders backfired after her campaign grossly miscalculated the industry's contributions and neglected to mention that she had previously voted f ... More >>
Last May, as the clocked ticked down to Election Day, Domingo Garcia made a last-minute, $250,000 loan to his congressional campaign in hopes of clawing his way to the top of the crowded Democratic primary. It didn't work. Garcia finished second in the May 29 primary, then lost to now-U.S. Represen ... More >>
Pop quiz: Which presidential candidate, whose name will appear on the ballot in all 50 states, paid his way through college as a door-to-door handyman? Which one earned the nickname "Governor Veto" by rejecting more than 750 bills passed by his state's legislature? Which one competed in a re-enactme ... More >>
Earlier this month, the Texas Ethics Commission fined the Alliance of Dallas Educators United Teachers Political Action Committee, which most recently supported the doomed campaign of young Damarcus Offord, $600 for a handful of violations of campaign disclosure laws. I didn't write about it because ... More >>
In the little towns outside of Dallas, publisher and aspiring politician Joey Dauben is on a crusade to expose abuses of power, civic mischief and -- most of all -- himself.
Photos by Sam MertenWe're guessing this was Rawlings's reaction when he received bills from his consultants.Former TracyLocke CEO Mike Rawlings easily outpaced the field of mayoral candidates by raising a whopping $1.03 million -- nearly three times the combined haul of Ron Natinksy and David ... More >>
Photo by Sam MertenDonna Starnes raised more than former city council member Sandy Greyson in the race to succeed Ron Natinsky.Now that you've had time to chew on our analysis of the mayoral candidates' fund-raising prowess, we thought it was time to take a quick look-see at how the city coun ... More >>
Sam MertenWhen we cornered Houston Mayor Bill White in late October after his campaign speech in Plano, he said he can appeal to conservatives and moderates as a Democrat because he knows how to make government run efficiently. He added that he's "honest and straightforward," which had been t ... More >>
A supporter of Casey Thomas filed an ethics complaint Monday against Dave Neumann, who's being challenged by Thomas for his District 3 city council seat, claiming he violated the Dallas City Code. Brian Wesley alleges Neumann accepted $27,925 in contributions that exceed the allowable $1,000 donatio ... More >>
Sam MertenMayor Tom Leppert did not mince words Sunday: "Vote no on Proposition 1. Vote no on Proposition 2."Mayor Tom Leppert and wife Laura spent yesterday worshiping at churches in South Dallas, where services were interrupted so the mayor could give his convention center hotel sales pitch and in ... More >>
Brian HarkinMayor Pro Tem Dr. Elba Garcia admits she helped remove John Loza from the DFW Airport board based on his position on the Trinity River toll road referendum.When the Dallas City Council last week replaced former council member John Loza on the DFW Airport board with Brenda Reyes, we were ... More >>
Ten days ago, we extended Tennell Atkins an invitation to provide us with an explanation regarding the office space he's spent nearly $9,000 in campaign dough to rent that he claims doesn't exist, but not a peep so far from the freshman council member. In the meantime, we've continued to dig through ... More >>
State Rep. Allen Vaught Lauren Mish, the youngish campaign manager for Allen Vaught, is confident that her candidate will score a victory over former Lakewood-area state Rep. Bill Keffer, the Republican challenger. Talking to her as she set up her laptop in the front corner of the boisterous Lakewoo ... More >>
There's only one thing tougher than running for Dallas County sheriff—getting people to care
He's Osgood as he wants to be
While Obama has events going on throughout the city, Clinton is nowhere to be found
"No, you're not Mayor Tom. Excuse me. Sorry. Thought you were the mayor. Hello ...?" Well, it’s time to admit the obvious. The Tom Leppert I thought I knew was a fake. Fake. Fake. Fake. Fake. Fake. As Elaine might say. No matter how hard I picked on Leppert during the mayoral race, mocking the ca ... More >>
Pete Schulte is running against Lupe Valdez -- a fellow Democrat. Whuh-oh. Well, we just got off the phone with Pete Schulte, who plans to run against Sheriff Lupe Valdez in the Democratic primary next March. Only 29, Schulte works as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office and is a former ... More >>
What exactly did Tom Leppert move to Dallas?
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 >>
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 >>
With Dems likes these, who needs the GOP?
Think a strong mayor is a good idea? See who agrees with you.
A group of veterans says John Kerry stretches the truth about his Vietnam service. Who can you believe? Who knows?
Mary Poss sure stepped in some, didn't she?
In many contested judicial races, the Republicans are grabbing all the incumbencies they can
The race for governor gets dirty fast
Hint: His initials are D.G., and he has a moustache
The race is on, and Laura Miller's leading the way
John WorldPeace thinks he can take the governor's office, one poison phone call at a time
With Laura Miller as mayor and City Hall in ruins, at least we'd get some fun out of the deal
County officials hope reforms will prevent absentee-ballot trickery
Mary Ann Huey may be the Democrats' sacrificial lamb, but at least she's cheery about it
A pack of well-heeled lawyers calls for the head of mercurial Dallas Judge John Marshall
Laura Miller says she'd "love" to run for mayor
Democratic media whiz Mark McKinnon left partisan politics behind until George W. Bush swept him off his feet
The end of the 1999 legislative session proves that, for Gov. Bush at least, it's better to look good than to do good
Republican Bill Hill is running against Democrat Rick Reed for district attorney. Don't think you have a choice.
Candidate Bob Stimson claims his opponent's shoddy bookkeeping is a sneaky way to campaign at taxpayer expense
Michael Capehart finds the going lonely for a yellow-dog Democratin GOP country
Narcissism drives Warren Beatty into the 'hood
Labor hall offers the homeless cash and sandwiches to be good citizens
Accused of bribery, ineptitude, and cattle rustling, rookie constable Aurelio Castillo can't tell his friends from his enemies anymore
Police calls, pepper spray, and a bad debt spice up the Brenda Reyes campaign
Eddie Bernice Johnson has burned through more than 50 staffers during her four years in Congress. She says she's just demanding. They say she's a tyrant.
Parents blame maverick Collin County teacher-candidate for their daughter's death
Why do we love Washington's most hated politician?