Kay Bailey Hutchison

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    March 21, 2014

    Savor's Grand Tasting, an Event Celebrating Dallas Dining, Will Actually Be Held in Dallas

    Savor, the food and wine event that celebrates everything Dallas, is almost here. Just as with past years, organizers will hold a series of tastings, seminars and events throughout the weekend, but unlike in previous years, the Grand Tasting that anchors the festivities will be held right here in Da ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Dallas Wants to Host the 2016 Republican Convention, So Of Course It Turns to Jewish Democrats for Help

    In 2016, on a yet-to-be-determined date in June, Republicans from across the country will gather somewhere to pick their next presidential nominee. Maybe it'll be Chris Christie. Or Rand Paul. Perhaps a Jeb Bush-Ted Cruz ticket? Yes, that last one is stupid, but so is speculating on a race that's mo ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Here Are the 15 Cities You Can Fly Nonstop from Love Field Starting This Fall

    The Wright Amendment, the baldly anti-competitive 1979 law designed to protect DFW International Airport, dies for good on October 13, when the ban expires on direct flights from Love Field to anywhere that isn't in Texas or the four states that border it. And what exciting new destinations might b ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    D-Link, Dallas' Free Downtown Shuttle, Rolls Out This Morning

    For the first time in three decades, Dallas is home to a downtown shuttle. And for the first time ever, the shuttle will not be marked by three-foot high bunny ears and painted-on whiskers, a la the ill-fated "Hop-a-Bus" program. The trademark pink will remain, however, as DART rolls out D-Link, it ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Tips for Rick Perry's Next Campaign: Stop Being Such a Lefty

    Good read by Jay Root in The Texas Tribune today about whether Governor Oops will run for re-election as governor of Texas or run for something else, who knows what, president of France, whatever. Root suggests it will be the governorship again for Oops, and he talks some about other Republican gube ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013
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    May 17, 2013

    Now That the Omni's Officially a Success, the City Hopes to Build Shops and Restaurants

    Downtown's city-owned Omni Hotel has been a roaring success since it opened a year-and-a-half ago, routinely filling up and helping score such convention-business coups as the annual gathering of the American Meat Institute and the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Expo. But the Omni was ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Hey, Rick Perry, Listen. Is That a Fat Lady You Hear Singing?

    Is it too soon and maybe even bad luck to say this out loud? Is it even possible that Governor Oops could be over? I'm knocking on wood, tossing salt over my shoulder, making the sign of the cross with my index fingers and looking for garlic in the kitchen as I speak, I promise. But yesterday cons ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Here's Why Neither Texas Senator Voted for the Violence Against Women Act

    The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It now heads to the House for what will likely be an ugly battle over its renewal; President Obama used part of his State of the Union address last night to urge the House representatives to pass it. Th ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    As the National GOP Leaps into the 20th Century, Ted Cruz and His Texas Pals Cling to the 19th

    Last Thursday, New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks said Republicans, smarting from Mitt Romney's defeat, have learned their lesson and are undergoing what Brooks described as a "glasnost," a term defined by Merriam-Webster as, "a Soviet policy permitting open discussion of political a ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    The Food Policy Report Card Was Released. Here's How North Texas Congress Scored.

    Food Policy Action is a group of "healthy food advocates, animal welfare and anti-hunger champions," who have designed a platform for grading members of congress on their overall food policy record. Today, October 24, the group released their first order of business, a National Food Policy Scorecard ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Call Me When DART's Orange Line Gets to the Airport

    DART already had the longest light rail system in the country before the $1.3 billion Orange Line added another three stations and several miles with its debut this morning. Sure, DART's soon-to-be 90 miles of track are dwarfed by the subway system in New York City, the L in Chicago, and Washington ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    A Few More Details About Three-Day Long Wingding Set to Open Margaret Hunt Hill

    Photo by Jay Pritchard​Just heard a little-girl yelp coming from Schutze's office; he must have received the same email I just did concerning the opening-weekend ceremonies scheduled March 2-4 for The Santago Calatrava Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to Ray's. We've known this was coming for a while now ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    Rick Perry's Not Always Big on Science, But He Did Use It To Win Some Elections

    ​Even Rick Perry doesn't hate science all the time. His uneasy relationship with evolution and global warming notwithstanding, the Man Beneath the Hair understands that sometimes all that brainy shit with the white coats and clipboards can actually benefit him. And that's exactly what happened in ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Pony Down: Craig James is Definitely Running for Senate, If This Video Is Any Indication

    A screengrab from the must-see video that follows​Celina-based American Craig James wears many hats, every last one of them red white and blue. He's an SMU legend. He's a former New England Patriot. He's a father who will go to any lengths to make sure his son gets the playing time he deserve ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Trinity Levee Repairs on Track to Beat FEMA's Deadline, But Corps Stresses Approval "Cannot Be Guaranteed"

    Photos by Sam MertenTrinity Trust Foundation chair Margaret McDermott Cook says Dallasites will be running from her as fund-raising for the Trinity project resumes.​It was all smiles and back-slapping this afternoon as the city, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Trinity River Corridor Project p ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Congressman Confirms Leppert's Senate Run

    U.S. Representative David Dreier​While Republican Tom Leppert hasn't exactly been coy about his plans to mount a campaign for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Representative David Dreier confirmed Leppert's intentions late last night. He told the Forum, Cl ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Kay Bailey Hutchison: I'm Done Runnin'

    ​Here's the full statement just sent out by Courtney Sanders in the senator's D.C. office, which speaks -- at length -- for itself: Announcement by U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison To my fellow Texans: For the past 17 years, it has been my greatest honor to serve the people of Texas in the Unit ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Stick It In Your Earmark, or: You Don't Have to Look Far To See When Good Money Goes Bad

    The Trinity Parkway Toll Road, looking south from Hampton Road, from the master plan​Not to be cranky or anything, but it's really irritating to read all this crap about congressional earmarks and realize nobody knows what the hell they're talking about. Stories in both The Dallas Morning News and ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Believe It or Not, There Is One Upside to Hutchison's Trinity Toll Road Exemptions

    ​The irony here is that true historic preservation activists in Dallas are going to welcome this latest bit of Trinity River toll road news. I began hearing from them long before the Corps went public with its efforts to get some kind of protective historic designation for the Trinity project in D ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Now That It Considers Debra Medina "Viable," Belo Backs Down and Extends Invite to Debate

    Courtesy KERA-TVKay Bailey Hutchison, Debra Medina and Rick Perry at last week's GOP debate at the University of North Texas​First KERA wasn't sure it would let Debra Medina participate in its Republican gubernatorial debate on the University of North Texas campus, which was held last week. Then, ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Debra Medina Gets Invite to KERA Debate

    Debra Medina​A couple of weeks back, GOP gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina was demanding she get an invite to KERA's January 14 debate at the Murchison Performing Arts Center on the University of North Texas campus. KERA spokesperson Meg Fullwood told us, look, she just needs to be patient: "We ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    KTVT's Expands 4 P.M. Newscast. With What?

    ​It's been rumored for weeks, but KTVT-Channel 11 made it official this afternoon: Starting Monday, it's expanding its 4 p.m. newscast by another half hour, with Keith Garvin and Tracy Kornet holding down the anchor desk. That means, sorry, no more Inside Edition on Channel 11; it moves to TXA 21 ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Dallas Tea Party Founder: "We Truly Are Made Up of Normal, Regular People"

    Daniel DaughteryEven those not old enough to pay taxes joined in the Tax Day Tea Party protest at Dallas City Hall.​National Public Radio just posted a piece of its All Things Considered piece on the Dallas Tea Party; the audio, of course, won't be available till this evening for those who aren't ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Bill White Officially Enters Gubernatorial Fray

    Sam Merten​When 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 >>

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    November 23, 2009

    See, We Asked Bill White That Question Four Times Because We Knew He Was BS'ing Us

    Sam Merten​There's a reason why I went to see Houston Mayor Bill White during his stop in Plano last month. It wasn't because he was one of many folks vying for Kay Bailey Hutchison's job in the Senate, although I suppose that would have warranted the trip. Nope. I've long viewed White as the ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Kay Bailey and Ray Hutchison, Putting the "Green" in DART's Green Line

    Ray Hutchison​"Did Kay Bailey Hutchison cross an ethical line by supporting a rail line that is a payday for her husband?" That's the question addressed in this morning's Texas Watchdog piece written by former Observer-er Matt Pulle, who examines the Texas gubernatorial candidate's involvement in ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    The Holy Trinity Bridge

    From The Trinity Trust's brand-new Web site devoted to selling Dallas on the Calatrava Bridge​As promised, The Trinity Trust today debuted its new campaign to build interest in the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and there's an accompanying Web site: Discover the Trinity. You'll also find a second, jaz ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Steel Yourself: Next Month, An All-Star Party to Celebrate "Bridging the Trinity"

    Sam MertenTurns out, we'd like to take back everything we ever said about that Trinity River Corridor Project model. It was accurate after all.​The steel for the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge's been down by the Trinity River for, oh, a few days at least -- I breathlessly ogled the two cylinders, each ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009
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    February 20, 2009

    Pete Sessions Doesn't Know Allen Stanford. Except That One Time, In Antigua ...

    On Tuesday, just the feds were charging "Sir" Robert Allen Stanford with "massive, ongoing fraud" in Dallas federal court, a Friend of Unfair Park pointed out a report that Stanford had sponsored Senator John Cornyn's November 2004 $7,000 "fact-finding mission" to Antigua. Now, courtesy another inte ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    From the White House to Your House, Texas Pols' Christmas Tree Balls

    A Friend of Unfair Park, who's clearly in the holiday spirit, suggested we head back over to the White House's "A Red, White and Blue Christmas 2008" page, if only to check out local (and regional) pols' choice of ornaments hanging from the White House Christmas Tree. And, sure enough, there were a ... More >>

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    September 24, 2008

    Dallas Women's Foundation is "Troubled" By Results of Latest Study

    The Dallas Women's Foundation today released a study that says, in short, "Women in the Dallas-Fort Worth region are more likely to live in poverty, less likely to own a home, more likely to earn less and less likely to get as far in their careers with equal education than their male peers." The 34- ... More >>

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    July 1, 2008

    Creationists, Claiming "Viewpoint Discrimination," Are Not Done Fighting With State Education Board

    As you're no doubt aware, the Institute for Creation Research wanted the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to let the joint hand out master's degrees in science -- and failed at the end of April. Which doesn't mean the Royal Lane-based institute's giving up: Today, Henry Morris, the institut ... More >>

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    November 12, 2007

    Charlie Rose Talks to Kay Bailey; Should Help With the Getting to Sleep

    A programming note: As the writer's strike is keeping your favorite talk shows off the air till who knows when, there's always ... oh ... I dunno ... Charlie Rose? Might as well, if you're up at midnight tonight, if only because U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson's one of Rose's guests tonight. (The ot ... More >>

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    May 18, 2007

    You, Snooze. We Lose.

    So this morning with trembling hands I pluck my daily Dallas Morning News up off the dewy lawn, slip it from the bag and -- at the risk of showing myself to my neighbors in my Tartan plaid bathrobe and bedhead hair -- ask myself the question: “Can they possibly, conceivably, in any plausible fashi ... More >>

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    August 22, 2006

    Millions for Thousands

    Before we get back to the state's report on Hurricane Katrina evacuees still living in Texas, this just came across from Texas Insider: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced today that ... More >>

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    July 28, 2006

    Wright Deal Not Right? Maybe. Probably?

    Steven Pearlstein, a business columnist at The Washington Post, has an outsiders' take on the Wright Amendment compromise, which Mayor Laura touts as her legacy and some folks at the Justice Department insist is bad for business. Pearlstein writes that the compromise reached by mayors Laura Miller a ... More >>

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    April 19, 2006

    So Leave Already

    Apparently, Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson once promised to serve but two terms in office before calling it quits--and by "apparently," I mean this is what The Dallas Morning News reported she said back in May 1993: "Senators should be restricted to two six-year terms." Guess some folks ai ... More >>

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    July 3, 2003

    Fire It Up

    One good thing about the Trinity

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    June 26, 2003

    Tin Giant

    Let Belo buy every station in the country--makes my job easier

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    November 1, 2001

    Last Chance

    Kill the river plan, save the river

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    August 17, 2000

    Sins of a Preacher Man

    Until his overthrow, Bill Price led the Texas anti-abortion movement for 17 years. Was it politics, ego, or something worse that did him in?

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    April 6, 2000


    Caught napping; Save that gerbil; Ill-chosen words

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    March 30, 2000


    Eyes wide shut; Vigilante justice; Long live the queen; And more

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    March 2, 2000

    Impossible dreamer

    Fearless reformer or legal terrorist? Bobby Wightman-Cervantes makes a run for the Senate. The Texas Bar says he should have his head examined.

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    December 30, 1999

    Horse with no name

    First person to call it "D2K" is gettin' firebombed

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    June 4, 1998
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    October 26, 1995

    Judge, not?

    Dallas attorney Cheryl Wattley's nomination for the federal bench is in limbo

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    November 3, 1994
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