Is the Trilateral Commission behind an anti-conspiracy conspiracy?
Sam MertenSo says the press release forwarded this morning by Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff, Chris Heinbaugh. It comes from the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Association of Business, which will honor Leppert with its annual Distinguished Business Leader Award early next year, at the 13th A ... More >>
Sam MertenA programming note.A few weeks ago we gave you the very advance heads-up that tonight, at the Belo Mansion, the Dallas Bar Association is hosting the "Dallas Tomorrow" forum featuring quite the bold-faced line-up: Mayor Tom Leppert, University of North Texas Chancellor Lee Jackson, Trin ... More >>
The Dallas Regional Chamber just posted to YouTube this short film made to commemorate its 100th anniversary, and it's star-studded: Ebby Halliday, Erle Nye, Ray Hunt, Jan Hart Black, Bob Estrada, Wright Lassiter and, of course, Mayor Tom Leppert talking Trinity. Also, it's absolutely loaded with ol ... More >>
As we mentioned a while back, District 13 city council candidate Ann Margolin appeared to be the heir apparent to Mitchell Rasansky with a long list of notable supporters and a strong résumé. And as the 5 p.m. deadline approaches for candidates and committees to file their finance reports, Margoli ... More >>
As the mayor and city council keep marching forward with the convention center hotel project despite an upcoming vote in May -- and it’s safe to assume the anti-hotel folks wouldn’t have turned in the petitions so early if they weren’t 100 percent sure that at least 20,000 would be verified -- ... More >>
Sam Merten If you don't support the hotel, Mayor Tom will destroy you. Just got back from the big Build the Hotel pep rally in the Flag Room at City Hall, where Mayor Tom and friends announced they’ll be doing some signature gathering of their own. Apparently, they are asking people to sign up an ... More >>
Erle Nye, former chairman of the board at TXU The dynamic this morning at city council, as they debate that city-owned convention center hotel, kind of tells the whole story about how things work in Dallas. Speaking in favor of the hotel was an all-star line-up of business and political leaders, eve ... More >>
By now, you know you're the proud future owners of a convention center hotel; the only question left to ask is, would you like a happy ending with that in-room massage? Too soon? Then how about a recap of the day's events, which concluded with 11 council members agreeing to spend your hard-earned wi ... More >>
Tom Leppert does better when he's surrounded by pro-toll road pals, like at last week's "Vote No!" press conference. The questions don't bug him, just the answers. So far, the Trinity toll road referendum has foiled Mayor Tom Leppert, slashing his honeymoon by about six months and miring him in a po ... More >>
Since I've seen that one serious photo of Zac on his Web site a million times, I am using this one taken (by Aden Holt, I think) when Zac appears to have been 24. Or 8. Hard to say. Not 10 minutes after a helpful city employee faxed over my old pal Zac Crain's campaign finance report late yesterday, ... More >>
Darrell Jordan wants to be mayor. And he has the wallet to prove it. Darrell Jordan insists that, at long last, it's his turn to be the mayor. He lost in 1995 to Ron Kirk, but Jordan has always figured he was the right guy in the right place at the wrong time; when Dallas wanted and needed an Africa ... More >>
Why is this man smiling (he is smiling, isn't he)? Because he's already got $103,000 to spend on running for mayor, and the race is still almost a year away. Just got back from City Hall, where I snagged copies of Gary Griffith and Laura Miller's campaign finance reports, which are due to the city's ... More >>
Lorlee Bartos, well-regarded local political consultant (she managed Harriet Miers' sole political campaign, for a Dallas city council seat), sends this response to this morning's post about Pat Cotton's comments regarding Darrell Jordan's mayoral bid. Bartos and Cotton worked with Jordan when he ra ... More >>
Plus: Hell by Numbers
Why is unsuccessful politico Brenda Reyes deciding who gets minority contracts? Because Adelfa Callejo says so.
The silence is deafening at City Hall over expanding Love Field, but Jim Schutze has some advice for airport neighbors: Buy earplugs.
It's a scary world out there, but someone's gotta keep it under control. Jim Schutze uncovers the secret agony of the Dallas Citizens Council.
She's the toughest superintendent DISD has ever had. But Yvonne Gonzalez's administration has already developed a dangerous tendency for bulldozing the facts.
A politically dysfunctional DISD board heads into a May election that's looking so scary, few voters or contributors want to go near it
City council hopeful Brenda Reyes shows amazing inventiveness in meeting residency laws
For city Councilman Al Lipscomb, taking handouts from power brokers has become a way of life. Is there a problem?