Right away let me say: no one is more troubled than I am by my own knee-jerkism concerning Dallas superintendent of schools Mike Miles. How the hell did I ever find myself in the role of predictably apoplectic apologist for a public official? Please, somebody free me from my own alliteration! But n ... More >>
The robocalls from Alliance AFT; the misleading mailers hastily called up at the last minute by God (and a Houston PR firm) only knows; the scathing "research paper" by arch-nemesis Don Williams; the chastisements of John Wiley Price, they all failed to convince Dallas ISD's Board of Trustees. On Mo ... More >>
Why do trustees think they can ignore the law to protect their reputations?
Late last night the Dallas school board carried out an hours-long closed-door session where they listened to an investigative report into alleged policy violations by school Superintendent Mike Miles. The report by attorney Paul Coggins cleared Miles of all of the legal and policy violations of whic ... More >>
Superintendent Mike Miles didn't write the letter. Mike Miles didn't tell Kevin Smelker to write the letter. Mike Miles didn't edit the letter. The narrative painted by Paul Coggins in his recent investigative report to the Dallas school board is a fiction. Last week former U.S. Attorney Coggins ga ... More >>
Let me offer a disclaimer at the top. Part of what I am about to tell you here about the investigation of Dallas school Superintendent Mike Miles is tea-leaf-reading. I happen to think I'm pretty good at reading the tea in this area. But tea leaves are tea leaves. Some of what I am about to say do ... More >>
Wow. What a bunch of junk in the The Dallas Morning News this morning about Rene Martinez, The LeMaster Group and Dallas school Superintendent Mike Miles. The whole school reform story in Dallas just gets more weird with every passing day. But should that surprise us? Remember: Dallas County Commi ... More >>
Last night on WFAA Channel 8, reporter Brett Shipp aired a one-on-one interview with a retired Dallas business executive living in Santa Fe saying that Dallas schools chief Mike Miles needs to be whacked. I'm not accusing Shipp or the former businessman, J. McDonald Williams, of expressing anything ... More >>
Patrick MichelsMayoral hopeful David Kunkle, backed by his squadron of crime-fighting supporters. Backed by a new group of law-enforcing backers calling themselves "Crime Fighters for Kunkle," former Dallas police chief and mayoral hopeful David Kunkle took a minute this morning to cast himself as ... More >>
As you no doubt recall, Doug Havard -- the former Winston School and SMU student who skipped town after being arrested on charges of counterfeiting, selling GHB and armed robbery, among many others -- was brought back to the U.S. a few days ago following a six-year prison vacay in England. This m ... More >>
Whilst awaiting a sit-down with a source, allow me to marry two unrelated legal matters, baby:Texas Watchdog has been Freedom of Information Act-ing out, requesting from the FBI the files of several "prominent Texas political figures" once they've expired. Today's installment is ... Fred Baron, t ... More >>
Paul Coggins After the jump, courtesy Dallas Independent School District spokesman Jon Dahlander, the district's announcement concerning the appointment of former U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins to look into the whole phony Social Security number mess. Coggins, now at Fish & Richardson, has a history ... More >>
For those thinking there's something mighty, mighty suspicious about convicted steroids dealer David Jacobs being found dead in his Plano home today of apparent gunshot wounds, along with a 30-year-old bodybuilder named Amanda Jo Earhart-Savell, you are not alone. Over on Grits for Breakfast, Scott ... More >>
How Michael Hinojosa escaped blame in the DISD credit card scandal
The following comes from a July 31, 2006, story in The Dallas Morning News, shortly after the paper published a series of stories revealing that some Dallas Independent School District employees had used district-issued credit cards to run up more than $6 million in purchases that either violated di ... More >>
Speaking of Neil Young (see below), his album Living With War -- you know, the one with "Let's Impeach the President" -- has been out since May of last year. So it isn't new. But what is relatively recent is a review of the disc that can be found on Young's "Living With War Today" Web site. Headline ... More >>
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 >>
Mark Graham Craig Watkins is the new Dallas County District Attorney. You think you're shocked, imagine how Toby Shook feels. People are walking around like zombies at Dallas County courthouses today as incumbent judges who looked invincible last week began contemplating the prospect of looking ... More >>
Now let's look for the real villains in fake drugs
Bill Hill's office helped jail dozens of innocent people, and he's a shoo-in for re-election. Huh?
Clinton's buddy gets a new job
DISD's Wicked Witch of the West may be going, but we're not out of the woods just yet, Dorothy
Federal court records reveal the connection between city council ethics and dry-humping
1999, the year Bill Rojas brought panic and paranoia to DISD. But was there any other good news? Buzz takes a look back.
DISD crooks continue to elude an FBI probe
Magnum CPA; Advise and consent;Regina who?
How can we miss you...; And take Julio with you; Penny pinchers; Bad timing; Turnabout is fair play
U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins is no longer seeking a federal bench, but his days of public service are far from over
The feds got a conviction against a DISD contractor, but they may have been gunning for Matthew Harden
Will he die in prison for the sins of the plantation?
The race for judge in Dallas' domestic-violence court raises questions of bias
Combatants in DISD's political battles play spin-the-media
If the government has its way, no one else will know the contents of these controversial chats
Gadfly injects more secret tape recordings into the Peavy saga
Judge Solis orders controversial Peavy Tapes released to Justice Dept.
Peavy Tapes may hold more bizarre twists
Dan Peavy, Bill Keever have legal bills coming due
The Feds pitch a shutout in the area's first 'three strikes' case
Defense lawyers itch for a health-care fraud bonanza
A celebrity home tour of Dallas' rich, famous--and all too often tasteless--movers and fakers
Cheryl Wattley's appointment to the federal bench is M.I.A. in presidential politics
Defense attorney girds for battle against U.S. Attorney Coggins