MasterPlan Consulting does not share this problem.MasterPlan Consulting's Dallas Cothrum, the eyes and ears at Dallas City Hall for several energy companies interested in drilling in the city limits, is becoming quite prolific. Last week, we posted the gist of his letter to the drilling task ... More >>
Photo by Leslie MinoraPhilip Dellinger, Regional Ground Water/Underground Injection Control Chief for the EPA, presents a fracking overview.Water, water, everywhere -- more than ample supply to frack, according to Jody Puckett, the director of Dallas Water Utilities, who spoke at yesterday's ... More >>
Photo by Leslie MinoraLinda Koop, seated next to outgoing council member Dave Neumann, chaired yesterday's meeting.After postponing last Thursday's meeting so council members could ride in the Dallas Mavericks' parade through downtown, the city council's Ad Hoc Gas Drilling Task Force Nominating ... More >>
Linda KoopLast Friday, Robert offered a first look at some of the big names that had applied to sit on the city's gas drilling task force: Margaret Keliher, Royce West II, Betty Culbreath, the train-bedeviled Chico Grimes and more. This morning, Linda Koop and the handful of other members on the ... More >>
Margaret KeliherLate last night the city posted the list of folks who'd like to be on the city's gas drilling task force. That's in advance of a 10 a.m. meeting scheduled for Thursday, at which time Linda Koop -- chair of the ad hoc gas drilling task force nominating committee, whew -- and her ho ... More >>
The Cowboys could've been in Dallas. For years we've blamed former mayor Laura Miller and a group of narrow-minded county commissioners like Margaret Keliher. And for years we've been right. Speaking at SMU Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed that Miller basically told him "don't le ... More >>
Sam MertenKen Mayfield may not know Beth Villarreal, but she's not Jaime Cortes, and that's enough for him to lend a helping hand in the April 13 runoff between the two Dems.Nothing whets our political appetite like rumors of alliances between Republicans and Democrats during election season. ... More >>
Despite tough times, energy conservation bills gain traction in Legislature
Commissioner Maurine Dickey tanked a land deal to house foster kids, and now her son is brokering the land's sale.
Former County Judge Margaret Keliher keeps trying to blow away the smoke over pollution plans
Or was it Judge Forrest Gump?
We always kind of knew Dallas County Judge Jim Foster didn’t do a whole lot, but now we have proof. Last week, the county belatedly released Foster’s 2007 schedule of public appointments and appearances, and, as it turns out, one of the top elected officials in North Texas puts in as many hours ... More >>
North Texas gets schooled on the nasty politics of dirty air
It should come as little surprise that today Governor Rick Perry, whose aides have publicly questioned the existence of global warming, has appointed a career bureaucrat with no little environmental knowledge, to chair the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Buddy Garcia, one of three TCEQ co ... More >>
Well, I never meant to get the attorney general involved. Just a few weeks ago, I made a rather innocuous request of Dallas County Judge Jim Foster. I wanted a copy of his appointments, schedules, public appearances and out-of-town trips for a story I was working on about what efforts, if any, the ... More >>
Jim Foster is a hard man to find
How many county commissioners does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Until Unfair Park called him at home this afternoon, mayoral candidate Sam Coats had only heard about Jim Schermbeck's missive in which the enviromentalist and filmmaker brands Coats a hypocrite. As you no doubt read in the post below, Schermbeck is furious that Coats is running for mayor while also ... More >>
Latino activist Carlos Quintanilla's combative style makes enemies, even among his friends
Ya know, every time we look at City Hall, we can't help but think how much it does look like a giant cash machine. Just got off the phone with Allen Gwinn, who's doing God's work (or at least ours) by digging deep into the city's wallet with his just-posted credit-card database. He says he's awfully ... More >>
Wait...we voted for who?
Toby Shook isn't gonna be Dallas County District Attorney, but that doesn't mean Craig Watkins is ready to get rid of his former opponent. Dallas County District Attorney-elect Craig Watkins didn't exactly ease concerns that he wasn't quite up for the job during the Dallas County Democratic Party v ... More >>
So, it's pretty much a consensus: We all hate to see Margaret Keliher go. But, seriously...Mayor Keliher? C'mon. Of all the elections in Dallas County last night, no race was as shocking as Jim Foster's upset of Republican County Judge Margaret Keliher. Craig Watkins surprise defeat of Republican T ... More >>
Margaret Keliher didn't lose. Her party did. Straight-ticket voters did the judge, and the county, no favors. Margaret Keliher loses? Craig Watkins wins? And Kinky's on a book tour starting next week pimping his Christmas Pig booklet. One of those I coulda predicted. Guess that Lupe Valdez thing w ... More >>
Dallas County Judge Margaret Keliher's got a good friend in John Wiley Price. Power to the people and all that. Margaret Keliher and John Wiley Price have made quite the political odd couple over the last four years. She's a demure Republican county judge from Highland Park; he's a brash, confrontat ... More >>
Margaret Keliher, a senior, takes the oath during the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Keliher, who hopes to one day be a judge or "something cool like that," said that being in the courtroom was "totally not intimidating." OMG, like, did you hear that Margaret Keliher and the other Rep ... More >>
It was a fairly simply instruction. Last July, Governor Rick Perry's office wrote a letter to Dallas County Judge Margaret Keliher recommending that the Commissioners Court spend its Homeland Security dollars on--wait for it--homeland security. "The County should re-evaluate the priority of Homeland ... More >>
Last week, we linked to a May 31 Houston Chronicle story--and the letter it spawned--kicking Dallas in the junk for insisting the city wouldn't be able to accomodate 40,000 Harris County folks who might need temporary shelter should another hurricane threaten the Gulf Coast. The Chron quoted Kenny S ... More >>
It just keeps getting worse for Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. According to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLOSE), Valdez was not even eligible to take the mandatory licensing test she flunked back in April. That's because Valdez did not show the procto ... More >>
A woman's story of life behind bars might be of interest to federal investigators
Right, but not quite right, Dallas County Judge Margaret Keliher is reforming county government while infuriating her Republican colleagues
Plus: Still Living, Wrist Slap, We Screwed Up
Plus: Every Picture Tells a Story
Cowboys back out of Fair Park deal
The Cowboys want to move back to Fair Park--so, there goes the neighborhood?
Buzz sheds a tear for 2003
In many contested judicial races, the Republicans are grabbing all the incumbencies they can
Keliher jumps in the boat and takes away some of the fun
Margaret Keliher hopes people won't know what office she's really running for