Elections and Voting

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Texas Had the Worst Voter Turnout in the Country, and the Rain in Dallas Didn't Help

    Preliminary numbers are out for Texas' midterm election voter turnout from the Election Project, and they are abysmal. Just 28.5 percent of Texans eligible to vote did so, either in early voting or on Tuesday, the lowest percentage in the country. The last time Texas voted for its governor in 2010, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    State Sen. Wendy Davis, Gubernatorial Candidate, Had To Sign An Affidavit Before She Could Vote This Morning

    Senator Wendy Davis, the first legitimate Democratic aspirant to statewide office in years, couldn't vote without first signing an affidavit verifying her identity Monday morning. That's because a state law passed in 2011 requires for the first time that voters provide a valid photo ID. So why did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    The Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act Ruling Declares Racism Dead. Long Live Racism!

    Ever heard the quotation, "Past is prologue"? The U.S. Supreme Court apparently hasn't, and its ruling Tuesday on the Voting Rights Act virtually assured that we're doomed to repeat history. In an incredible sweep, the majority chucked the nearly unanimous, bipartisan will of Congress and dismantled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    The Washington Post Sees Striking Similarities Between Greg Abbott and Vladimir Putin

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Rambo Romney Should Call for Restarting the Draft

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Garcia Says He Didn't Actually Lose That Election

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Rawlings Nabs Top Spot as Mayoral and City Council Candidates Pick Ballot Positions

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    The Day Before the Big Game, Bruce Sherbet's Pep Talk

    Bruce Sherbet, Dallas County's elections administrator, will leave his office this evening at about 5, 5:30, like any other day. He will grab dinner, do some reading and try to fall asleep by 11 p.m. But he fears he won't be so fortunate. Already, he has "night-before jitters," as he considers all t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Obama's Counsel Wants DOJ to See if Harold Simmons Broke Election Law

    On the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Barack Obama's campaign is busying itself with the handiwork of Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons, who, as we noted yesterday, financed an ad linking the Democratic presidential candidate with former Weather Underground-er William Aye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2008
  • News

    December 13, 2007

    Dallas' Political Designing Woman

    When Dallas' political elite need a win, Carol Reed cheers them on and calls the plays

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2007

    When Jim Schutze Has No Problem With Convicted Murderers

    I saw the little gotcha thing Wick Allison had Tim Rogers do over at FrontBurner about how one of the people gathering signatures for the Trinity toll road referendum turned out to have a criminal record for murder. I see that city council member Angela Hunt, the de facto commander of the referendum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2007

    So, Lesse, Tom Leppert...Ed Oakley...and Don Hill? Or Max Wells?

    As of 577 precincts left to report -- meaning, all of them -- Tom Leppert's just waiting to find out who joins him in the runoff. Unless he gets 50 percent of the vote. Which ain't gonna happen. Well, I think we can say that Tom Leppert is safely in the runoff. He already has 7,403 votes in early vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 17, 2007

    Sam Coats Calls for Trinity Toll Road Vote

    Brian Harkin Coulda sworn he said this yesterday, but Sam Coats is gonna say it again, dagnabit: He wants The People to vote on the Trinity River toll road. See, he loves the Trinity River Project (says Coats, "I'm a strong supporter of the Trinity River Project"), and he's all for parks and flood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    November 16, 2006

    Slow Tide Rising

    Did the Latino vote push Democrats over the top?

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2006

    Save it for a Rainy Day (As If)

    Since Mayor Laura isn't running for re-election, last we checked, we wondered what exactly she can she do with the $96,146.54 sitting in her campaign war chest. (That's how much she has left, according to her campaign finance report filed today with the city's elections manager, Brooks Love, who I h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2006

    Jew Shouldn't Vote Today

    Gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman has spent this entire Election Day doing interviews, during which the Texas Jewboy is repeating a single theme: Do not vote. "Well, I haven't stridently been telling them that, but people have been saying that to me," Friedman says from his Austin campaign head ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2006
  • News

    November 10, 2005

    Kinky love

    Friedman for Governor? Why the hell not?

  • News

    November 3, 2005

    Licensed to Speak

    Run from any political group with "freedom" or "liberty" in its name

  • News

    October 27, 2005

    Place Called Hope

    Prop 2 could fail, if the right people stay home

  • News

    October 27, 2005

    Premature Election

    Allegations of early voting fraud tear up Forney

  • News

    November 11, 2004

    Democracy Inaction

    Mr. Gonz doesn't go to Washington

  • Dining

    February 12, 2004

    Still Thirsty

    Plano petition fails to wet the dry lands

  • News

    December 18, 2003

    Cell-bloc Voting

    A new effort tries to unlock former felons' votes

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Political Move

    Judge Sally Montgomery

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Bench Warmers

    In many contested judicial races, the Republicans are grabbing all the incumbencies they can

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    Mad TV

    The race for governor gets dirty fast

  • News

    May 16, 2002

    Inhale With Hale

    Itinerant pro-pot candidate Steven Hale is down again, but not out

  • News

    February 21, 2002

    Mayor Nuke

    The bad guys in the Sheetrock drug cases better be up on their game

  • News

    February 21, 2002

    Fixing the Fixers

    Dallas makes slow but steady progress in cleaning up mail-in ballots

  • News

    August 30, 2001

    The Lazarus Effect

    Moribund Dallas County Democrats set their sights on judgeships

  • News

    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.

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Busting the Ballot Brokers

    County officials hope reforms will prevent absentee-ballot trickery

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Vote Early, Vote Often

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

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    The Real Cheaters

    Officials showed courage by cracking down on Dwaine Caraway's campaign

  • News

    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

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    The Race Race

    In the battle for the District 6 council seat, the dark horse has a white face

  • Calendar

    March 9, 2000

    Not easy being Green

    Ralph Nader's running for real this time

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    PAC men

    Down but not out, local Democrats
    show feeble signs of life

  • News

    August 19, 1999

    Ross on the ropes

    Ross Perot inspired his Reform Party followers to throw the hypocritical rascals out of politics. They did.

  • News

    May 13, 1999

    The Nerd Behind the Throne

    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

  • News

    March 11, 1999

    Ignorance is bliss

    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?

  • News

    October 15, 1998

    It's the details, stupid

    Candidate Bob Stimson claims his opponent's shoddy bookkeeping is a sneaky way to campaign at taxpayer expense

  • News

    October 1, 1998

    Candidate X

    Michael Capehart finds the going lonely for a yellow-dog Democratin GOP country

  • News

    May 1, 1997

    The vote's in the bag

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

  • News

    November 14, 1996

    Zero tolerance

    Voters dump the Wise County attorney for going easy on recreational pot users

  • News

    May 18, 1995

    The Kirk connection

    How Dallas' new mayor pulled it off

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