At first blush, it wouldn't seem that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott have much in common. The former is an ex-KGB agent who, through a bizarre combination of dictatorial repression and sheer animal magnetism, has cemented his status as Russia's de facto leade ... More >>
Make us believe you mean it, Mitt. Bring back the draft. For the better part of a week, I have been reading all these thinly veiled suggestions by Mitt Romney that President Obama isn't enough of an ass-kicker in the Middle East. His aides have been telling reporters that a President Romney right n ... More >>
Seems like it was only a month-and-a-half ago that Stefani Carter, the Republican state rep from North Dallas, was just another face in that Mitt Romney campaign piece about how, despite having just been booed during his speech to the NAACP, black people love him. Now, she's a full-fledged surrogate ... More >>
Last I checked, Domingo Garcia lost his bid for Congress. Marc Veasey got about 53 percent of the vote in last month's Democratic primary runoff, which is more than half, which is what it takes to win an election. Except Garcia doesn't see it that way. "While it may appear that I have lost the ele ... More >>
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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 >>
Dear Opposition Researchers working for U.S. Senate campaigns other than that of former-after-midnight Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert: Please contact me about the following things Leppert is going to say about himself in a campaign. First, he is going to say he led two successful referendum campai ... More >>
Joe Betzel, one of the Dallas Fire-Rescue workers who filed suit against the city -- yet again -- todayBack in December we wrote a few items about the so-called "billion-dollar case" currently being considered by the Supreme Court of Texas. Very long story way too short: It stems from a 1979 refe ... 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 >>
Brian Harkin/Sam MertenTennell Atkins says Tennell Atkins & Associates hasn't been operational since he took office as a council member in June 2007, but his campaign finance reports show nearly $9,000 in rent payments for an office bearing that name.With the city council campaign season heating up, ... More >>
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Friedman for Governor? Why the hell not?
Run from any political group with "freedom" or "liberty" in its name
Prop 2 could fail, if the right people stay home
Allegations of early voting fraud tear up Forney
Mr. Gonz doesn't go to Washington
Plano petition fails to wet the dry lands
A new effort tries to unlock former felons' votes
Judge Sally Montgomery
In many contested judicial races, the Republicans are grabbing all the incumbencies they can
The race for governor gets dirty fast
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The bad guys in the Sheetrock drug cases better be up on their game
Dallas makes slow but steady progress in cleaning up mail-in ballots
Moribund Dallas County Democrats set their sights on judgeships
Hey, Mr. Zillionaire Developer, got a big public project you want to sell? Black Dallas has the votes you need--dirt cheap.
County officials hope reforms will prevent absentee-ballot trickery
The story behind the failed Caraway campaign is both farce and tragedy
Officials showed courage by cracking down on Dwaine Caraway's campaign
One side or the other broke the law in a messy city council race, Dallas' top election official says
In the battle for the District 6 council seat, the dark horse has a white face
Ralph Nader's running for real this time
Down but not out, local Democrats
show feeble signs of life
Ross Perot inspired his Reform Party followers to throw the hypocritical rascals out of politics. They did.
Karl Rove has masterminded all of Bush's political victories. Now he faces his toughest challenge: convincing you that the presidential front-runner owns his own soul
Two supposed champions of open government are pushing hard to keep campaign finance records off the Internet. What don't they want you to know?
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
Labor hall offers the homeless cash and sandwiches to be good citizens
Voters dump the Wise County attorney for going easy on recreational pot users
How Dallas' new mayor pulled it off