Every kindergartener with a sense of self-preservation knows not to trust the stop signs that jut out from the sides of school buses, because even though they are the same reflective red octagons as those planted in concrete and the word "STOP" is written in the same white font, people often don't. ... More >>
Last week I was talking to a very well-known Dallas television investigative reporter about the Dallas County federal corruption probe. I won't name him here, because it was a personal call to discuss something else. But he made a point that kept coming back to me all through the long holiday ... More >>
Nothing slow about us, but just when you thought my third annual list of Schutze's best columns wouldn't take shape, Jim's check finally cleared, so I took the time to look back at his fine work throughout the year and picked out the 10 that made me fall in love with him all over again. As in ... More >>
Updated at 9:19 p.m.: Click to embiggen the latest results for Dallas County D.A., with 250 of 737 precincts reportingMy, my, but the county's come a long way. Used to be, way back when, us media folks just got occasional updates as precincts' results came in. No more: Now, as evidenced by the Cr ... More >>
I think we can all agree: We will miss this picture.A few follow-ups with which to begin the day:Sam went to Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle's retirement wingding in the Cedars yesterday, where the commish announced he'd be consulting for and teaching at the W.W. Caruth Jr. Police Institute at t ... More >>
Danny FulgencioCal JillsonMuch like Richard Allen's interview, our conversation with Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson didn't make it into the cover story on Dallas County Judge Jim Foster appearing in last week's paper version of Unfair Park. But that's not to say ... More >>
Claire JordanIt took 11 days and a lot of effort from us just to get a statement from Clay Jenkins, who wants to replace Jim Foster as county judge.Fifty-two votes. That's all that kept Clay Jenkins from securing the Democratic nomination for county judge on March 2. Instead, he'll take on fo ... More >>
Photos by Kurt WatkinsBill White, Craig Watkins and Craig Jenkins (background) walk from Watkins's campaign office to a precinct chair dinner at Saint Martin's Place Friday night.That's what we gather by looking at the pics sent to us by Kurt Watkins, cousin and PR man to Dallas County Distri ... More >>
Sam MertenWith Foster and Jenkins highlighting the race to take on Republican Wade Emmert for county judge in November, it's easy to forget Larry Duncan is also part of the mix.That's right. Wanna know why Johnny Gomez thinks he's got a shot against incumbent Gary Fitzsimmons? Or why lawyer C ... More >>
flickr member: cedarhillchurchofchristEmmert is charged with helping the local Republican Party rebound by jumping from a council member in Cedar Hill to Dallas County Judge.At the Dallas County Republican Party's annual Reagan Day Dinner in February, we described Cedar Hill City Council member Wade ... More >>
Mayor Tom Leppert paid a visit last night to Zubar on Lower Greenville to meet with the Dallas County Young Democrats to talk about crime, the Trinity River Project and the convention center hotel, but it didn't take long before the audience found themselves smack in the middle of a hotel sales pitc ... More >>
15 UNT football players found a unique way to show school spirit. The first sip: As Richie pointed out yesterday, somehow Todd Dodge’s job is safe as UNT football coach despite an 0-8 start and a defense that ranks dead last in the nation in points allowed per game. Perhaps the team’s struggles ... More >>
Mark Graham Sam Coats In Friday’s recap of Angela Hunt’s fund-raiser, we mentioned how it felt a little bit like a reunion of the anti-Trinity River toll road gang. Sam Coats, a key part of the TrinityVote team, wasn’t able to make it, but he doesn’t want people thinking he’s disappeared ... More >>
Esther Weisbrod, with the inspiration for her paper on "The War Over the Trinity." Almost a year ago to the day, Angela Hunt dropped off 90,000 signatures at City Hall, triggering the Trinity River toll road referendum. And it felt like old times last night as former council members Sandy Greyson an ... More >>
Hey, City Hall--Schutze is rubber, and you're glue
Harwood builds a fancy condo tower without a nickel in handouts from City Hall
At least, that's what Darrell Jordan and his people are saying this morning--probably said it yesterday and gonna say it tomorrow too, only they weren't issuing a press release touting his bulging campaign finance report as proof that he's the "leading candidate in the May 2007 Dallas mayoral electi ... More >>
So I'm wondering out loud here. Larry Duncan? Could he be viable for mayor? The Dallas Morning News is touting its usual suspects list of people it considers viable mayoral candidates in Dallas, like the famous Phil Ritter, a governmental relations person for Texas Instruments. He may be a great guy ... More >>
The plan for Dallas' future: blood in the 'hood, Mayor Hunt and the Venerable Rasansky
Don Hill says he is giving 45 minutes to each side of the FD debate, which may be impossible. When he asked who was here to speak, everyone raised hands. Lill and Finkelman are going last, but Larry Duncan is up now: "This is where I came in 30 years ago." He is pissed, railing against the hiring of ... More >>
An aging Buzz finds little to celebrate in the year gone by. What did you expect?
They get elected with stolen votes, and then they start divvying up the goodies
Dallas considers strengthening the smoking ordinance...again
Buzz looks back on 2001 and proves once again that the boy just ain't normal
A lawsuit complaining about election fraud could bust things wide open
County officials hope reforms will prevent absentee-ballot trickery
Flip a coin
On being a man; Larry Duncan's little grudge; The bad seed
Duncan snuffs the pests; Road warrior; Wichita Falls murders; Corrections
In primitive land, high price paid for speaking out of turn
Think Dallas' Olympic bid won't cost taxpayers anything? Take a look at Plan B.
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.
KKDA-AM silences the radio voice of black Dallas, but was anyone listening anyway?
Olympics committee finds Dallas boosters' attitudes toward our city council a little scary
Fahim Minkah cleared one set of hurdles to build a South Dallas skating rink, only to have the city put more in front of him
It took an army to raze a mulch pile, steal a yard, and toss the mulch lady into the loony bin
Quick--someone take a pulse. The Dallas City Council hasn't peeped in months. And John Ware and Ron Kirk are looking awfully well-fed.
High atop a hill in Pleasant Grove, Charlotte Parkhurst says the gays are coming to get her--and her pile of mulch too
A South Dallas couple takes on the city to save back yard
Concerns about the soundness of the city's retirement fund are buried in a political mud fight
A legal comedy of errors led to a $5 million tragedy for the city
How strip bars have their way with the Dallas city council
What the council says in secret.
City Hall's top brass use taxpayer-provided mobile phones to call sweethearts, power brokers, and Pizza Hut.
Councilman Duncan summons city staff for personal errand