If you want an idea of the near stranglehold payday lenders have on the Texas Legislature, the Senate floor was the place to be today. That's where Senator John Carona watched as his payday lending bill was picked apart by colleagues, many of whom were taking calls from industry lobbyists as he spok ... More >>
OK, wait, wait, before we start the party, can I ask a couple questions? Could we maybe just try to put ourselves in a global context first? In July, 2011, the city of Copenhagen was ravaged by the worst flood in recorded history, rated by scientists as a "1,000-year" flood, meaning it could be ex ... More >>
Earlier this month, the Texas Ethics Commission fined the Alliance of Dallas Educators United Teachers Political Action Committee, which most recently supported the doomed campaign of young Damarcus Offord, $600 for a handful of violations of campaign disclosure laws. I didn't write about it because ... More >>
Hizzoner swears he'll keep vow to clean up City Hall lobbying.
To keep his promise, Dallas' new mayor will have to distance himself from the city's political machine. Good luck with that.
Two years after passing tighter ethics rules, City Hall tried to loosen them on the sly. You won't believe who blew the whistle.
There's something unethical about that hair, isn't there? So shiny.The folks at City Hall aren't the only ones trying to slip looser ethics rules into places they don't belong. A bill that cruised through the state House this week would force lawmakers to disclose more information about how ... More >>
Oh, now the city council has decided it needs to revisit its vote weakening the ethics rules on donations to city council members. Maybe they've decided to have themselves re-virginized. We pointed out here a thing that seems to have slipped past most media eyes: The council voted two week ... More >>
The city finally came up with that list of city officials with whom lobbyists must report contacts under the new lobby reform ordinance that goes into effect a week from now. The lobbyists had been bitching behind the scenes because the city was taking months to come up with the list. Now that we ... More >>
We always knew you can't beat City Hall. Now it looks like you can't even meet City Hall. As of April 1, people or institutions deemed to be lobbyists at City Hall will be required to go online and report every meeting or contact they have with certain city officials. My sources tell me firms tha ... More >>
For more than a year, Smokey Joe Barton's been trying to kill the Bowl Championship Series -- most recently, of course, with H.R. 390: College Football Playoff Act of 2009, which would ...... prohibit, as an unfair and deceptive act or practice, the promotion, marketing, and advertising of any po ... More >>
William S. DahlstromThis morning the city council is debating lobbyist reform, and the lobbyists are all here. And nervous. They have their own corner of the city council chamber, front row, extreme left (from my direction in the peanut gallery, extreme right from the council's perspective). The ... More >>
Patrick MichelsIn an editorial today The Dallas Morning News gives all the credit for better ethics at City Hall to Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert because, "In the end, Tom Leppert didn't blink." They must have sent a greenhorn over to cover the city council's straw vote on ethics reform last week. An ... More >>
As the Dallas City Council reached the end of its painfully long discussion about the proposed ethics reform, Dave Neumann said, "It was productive for the council to go through this briefing, but that's OK." Yup, the council began its agenda meeting this morning chatting about fine points o ... More >>
Sam MertenCouncil member Carolyn Davis talks to zoning lawyer Kirk Williams as Willie Cothrum (right) listens.If nothing else, the city council's hastily planned ethics reform briefing early this morning showed that this group is capable of a spirited debate. For the most part, Mayor Tom Leppert has ... More >>
Not among Angela Hunt's suggestions for reform at City Hall: hiring Ponch as the ethics enforcer.As promised, in advance of Monday's special called council meeting involving those pesky ethics reforms, Angela Hunt has sent Unfair Park her own laundry list of suggestions. Titled "Why We Need to Ch ... More >>
Patrick MichelsDallas City Attorney Tom PerkinsAngela Hunt is putting the bite on the mayor today on the issue of ethics reform.The council is being briefed on possible new ethics rules growing out of the City Hall corruption case. Council member Hunt and four other members signed a letter a coup ... More >>
ZazzleOn October 28, the Dallas City Council will vote to renew its contract with the lobbyists who do the city's bidding in Austin and D.C. Right about now, the city spends $502,000 with the likes of CapitalEdge (which also lobbies on behalf of Arlington; Denton, Reno, Nevada; and Huntsville, Al ... More >>
Psssst, Carol Reed, they're talking about you ... Five Dallas City Council members want the city to think about requiring people to register as lobbyists if they get paid to influence the council. The ongoing Dallas City Hall federal corruption trial has brought a series of revelations about s ... More >>
EarthFirstWhen it comes to the new regional Environmental Protection Agency head, environmental groups are tired of sending pointed letters. Tomorrow, the campaign to dethrone John Hall as the front-running potential nominee for administrator of the EPA's Region 6 (which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Ar ... More >>
Extremely pushy parents—Latino, black and Anglo—must rise up to save DISD from itself
North Texas gets schooled on the nasty politics of dirty air
Conservatives need not apply
Dallas, home to the George W. Bush think tank. Let's think about that.
Is George W. Bush a conservative? Author Bruce Bartlett doesn't think so,
and saying that cost him his job.
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
How taxpayers -- including you, if you hit the flea market in Canton -- are subsidizing the Christian right
In the Legislature this year, lawmakers may find that it's better to give than receive
Harvey Kronberg, the Avis of Austin political reporters, tries harder with Web gossip
Hispanics demand a school-board member's resignation after comments in the Observer
A Christian comes to terms with Dallas' Christian Coalition
Bryant's announcement should give Gramm a real race
Colin Powell's decision reveals distasteful state of American politics
The chasm separating the haves and have-nots is getting wider
Christian Coalition stumbles on its good intentions
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