Maybe the University of Texas at Austin and its many passionate defenders had reason to beware of Wallace Hall when Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the UT System board of regents in 2011. Perry was pushing some plan he got from a rich oilman to eliminate research as a criterion for granting pro ... More >>
Here in the city where Republican swift-boating was invented, we have good reason to wonder what's really at the heart of it. In 2004 when the character assassins went after John Kerry, I assumed their motivation was straight-up cynicism. Muddy him up so Bush will look better. But this new assault ... More >>
Maybe this is nitpicking. Sometimes you see a nit that just begs to be picked. Yesterday on the op-ed page of The Dallas Morning News, State Senator Royce West was talking some kind of stuff about who should be the new city manager, and down toward the bottom of his piece he tossed out this remark: ... More >>
Now that the euphoria that followed Wendy Davis' Senate filibuster two nights ago has faded, Democrats are back to facing the likelihood that the Republicans' death grip on state government isn't going to loosen easily or soon. As the Texas Tribune's Jay Root explains, Republicans embarrassed themse ... More >>
Over the past couple months, we've brought you periodic updates on Texas Right to Life's quest to help pass a bill banning all abortions after 20 weeks. They've finally found a sponsor to carry that bill: State Representative Jodie Laubenberg filed the "Preborn Pain Act" this time last week. Texas R ... More >>
It's an impressive feat to show up in The New Yorker as a freshman Congressman, and kudos to Senator Ted Cruz for pulling it off. Cruz has been facing widespread criticism for, among other things, his aggressive questioning of Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for Defense Secretary. Jane Mayer ... More >>
It was in 2001 that Christopher Bridges, a.k.a. Ludacris, released "Move Bitch," a song still considered his masterpiece. (The inimitable chorus: "Move bitch, get out the way/Get out the way bitch/Get out the way.") It was the third single from the album Word of Mouf, and it helped propel the corn-r ... 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 >>
On Wednesday we got our first look at the new-look Texas maps drawn by the court, which is attempting to rectify the U.S. Department of Justice's concerns that the state Legislature is attempting to keep Hispanics from voting for Hispanic candidates, especially in Dallas-Fort Worth. To which Texa ... More >>
At last, a Democrat is willing to stand up to Perrypublicans.
Thank the Lord every once in a while the American political system churns out a Wendy Davis, the 48-year-old Senate freshman from Fort Worth who filibustered Rick Perry's legislative session to a soggy grave in the wee small hours of Monday night. The Perrypublican fury over Davis's act isn't me ... More >>
It's a busy musical Monday with both touring acts and local shows aplenty. Get out and enjoy some good music to go along with the good weather.
Lorea Fruit basket copiaDiners have a better chance of getting into Harvard Law School than scoring a seat at El Bulli, the gastronomic temple in Spain that annually fields more than one million requests for reservations, but visitors to SMU's Meadows Museum next month can console themselves wi ... More >>
At 2:30 p.m. today 14th Civil District Judge Eric Moye put the Planet Earth back where it belongs, much to the relief of people clinging to its surface in one East Dallas neighborhood. In the infamous "dirt skirts" case, a zoning dispute over building heights, Moye ruled that city of Dallas building ... More >>
Giraldo breaks from trials to stand up
It was the year 2000, and I was a young, hungry reporter in Chicago with a young, hungry state legislator on my speed dial
Sean Penn delivers a soulful road movie and refuses to define his subject
The toll road referendum will squash the big-hairs
Fairy tales can come true. Why, they can even win you an award from Dallas' less-than-vigilant press club.
To understand the new charter proposal, think Larry, Moe, Curly
South Dallas' history is in danger of being demolished, so why are so few protecting it?
Two productions go minimalist--but can you really call 'em plays?
Reese Witherspoon's talents are wasted in the muddy, unoriginal Legally Blonde
Gallic wackiness makes The Closet a winning gay farce
In Guinevere, she's a lot younger, but he's a lot dumber
When heavyweight Southwestern Bell gets into a brawl with AT&T at the Legislature, consumers--that's you--are the ones who get beat up
Reliving not-so-happy days in Salt Lake City, 1985
U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins loves feeding his name to the papers. But what's he done that's news?