The new library could reveal gems about oil and the Iraq War
Every year, the wealth fetishists over at Forbes compile an exhaustive list of the 400 richest Americans. It's a rarefied club, whose admittance requires an aggregate worth in the billions. Not surprisingly, a number of Dallasites made the cut -- 16 in fact. They range from oldies-but-goodies like ... More >>
Dallas is a weird little speed-trap town in its own way. I often wonder what visitors think. What they need to think is, "I've got to be really careful and keep my mouth shut until I get out of this burg safely." These musings come to me after reading a dire little piece in today's daily newspaper ... More >>
The Dallas Regional Chamber just posted to YouTube this short film made to commemorate its 100th anniversary, and it's star-studded: Ebby Halliday, Erle Nye, Ray Hunt, Jan Hart Black, Bob Estrada, Wright Lassiter and, of course, Mayor Tom Leppert talking Trinity. Also, it's absolutely loaded with ol ... More >>
Sam MertenWhat recession? As Harlan Crow told us right after the losing the election and more than $5 million: "I'll get over it before I get home."The spending gap between the two convention center hotel campaigns predictably didn't mimic the narrow margin at the polls, as Harlan Crow's $5.2 milli ... More >>
The only thing worse than giving developers subsidies is a unions threat to stop the giveaways
Those who know me from my days at Dallas Blog might be familiar with a semi-regular segment I introduced called “Virtual Coffee.” The idea -- linking to stuff around the Web and providing commentary -- was hardly original, but I hoped it would provide an outlet to quick-hit items that either I d ... More >>
Daniel Rodrigue Ray Hunt The New York Times today reveals that earlier this week, Harold W. Geisel, Acting Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State, sent several lawmakers a missive in which Geisel revealed his office is investigating just how Dallas's Ray Hunt and Hunt Oil Company scored ... More >>
Daniel Rodrigue Ray Hunt The Dallas Morning News' A1 story concerning a Congressional committee's investigation into the Hunt Oil Company's controversial deal with the regional Kurdistan government is a fine summary of yesterday's revelations. But The New York Times had Jim Landers outnumbered five ... More >>
Daniel Rodrigue Look, we all know Ray Hunt's 33-percent chance is a little better than most folks' 33-percent chance. Good God, just look at all the things on the city council's Economic Development Committee agenda for this morning -- so many items, matter of fact, that there's even a caveat: "Ite ... More >>
Ray Garfield As mentioned earlier this morning, the city council’s Economic Development Committee will name the convention center hotel developer today -- behind closed doors in executive session, the Dallas way. And, yes, odds are it'll be Woodbine Development emerging from those closed doors as ... More >>
Hey, take a close look at the ridiculous grand-standing going on over Reunion Arena, and then ask yourself the key question about our city council: Would I buy a used car from these guys? Led by Ron Natinsky, who's calling for a special meeting next week, and Dwaine Caraway, the majority on the cou ... More >>
As Mayor Tom Leppert pushes for a convention center hotel, critics demand more details and less tax money. At least, those who haven't been silenced do.
Bet you didn't know Ray Hunt owned a bunch of land down in South Texas -- like, oh, 6,000 acres known as the Sharyland Plantation development, where Hunt's touting "gentle gulf breezes ... swaying palm fronds ... the delicate scent of hibiscus and bougainvillea flowers." It's a massive multi-use dev ... More >>
Ray Hunt, the most amazing person in the history of ever Am I the only masochist who actually read through all the way to the end of that embarrassing Ray Hunt story on the front page of yesterday's Dallas Morning News? Well, see, whenever I see one of those stories in The News that has no apparent ... More >>
I swore to myself Tuesday I wasn’t going to get into any more intimate blog-a-logs with Steve Blow at The Dallas Morning News. I've had enough; you probably have too. But I guess I can’t ignore this. Again. I have the cover story in this week’s paper version of Unfair Park quoting a 5-year-o ... More >>
Ray Hunt, who's only following in his friend George's footsteps One week after George W. Bush said he didn't know nothin' 'bout no deal 'tween his buddy Ray Hunt and the Kurdistan Regional Government, which allows Hunt Oil Company to drill for oil over the Iraq, a Bush Administration official's tell ... More >>
Ray Hunt and the missus, who kinda know George and Laura Bush just a little, dig? Yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Kucinich demanded to know precisely how Dallas-based Hunt Oil Company got that deal to drill for oil in Iraq, which it signed a couple of weeks ago wi ... More >>
Dallas, home to the George W. Bush think tank. Let's think about that.
So we heal the north-south rift by electing Colonel Sanders mayor?
The Dallas Morning News ran a story on Wednesday insisting that the Billy Bob Barnett entertainment complex originally slated for downtown Dallas may have found a home instead in suburban Irving, in the Las Colinas development. But I think the opposite is probably true. According to the people I'm t ... More >>
I know Ray Hunt and Tom Hicks gots some, ya know, pull, so why am I nonetheless surprised by the company they keep? Seriously, imagine a board meeting with Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry Kissinger and Hicks; do they talk U.S. defense policy and international security or Texas Rangers trades? There's a g ... More >>
Why council members love Mr. Hunt so much
Your money, plus city council, plus gambling--it's enough to make your skin crawl
Why two of the catchiest acts in America should die slow, painful deaths
Ray Hunt gets one end of it; guess which end is reserved for the rest of us
Buzz remembers the year that might have been and proves that not only the winners write the history
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.
If John Ware, Ray Hunt, and Bill Clements have their way, Dallas taxpayers may foot the bill for turning 2,200 acres of Kaufman County lakefront property into a golf course
Frustrated, fed up, and ready to fight, Laura Miller trades muckraking for a run at City Hall
Elected by no one, John Scovell and a clique of Dallas business leaders brought you DISD's most infamous cast of characters: Yvonne Gonzalez, Dan Peavy, Bill Keever, and Sandy Kress. Thanks a lot.
City Manager John Ware ramrods a patched-together arena deal
A celebrity home tour of Dallas' rich, famous--and all too often tasteless--movers and fakers
In a tiny Middle Eastern country, government officials have accused Dallas oilman Ray Hunt's company of cheating them out of millions.
City Hall finds $35 million--and toys with turning Reunion into a reflecting pool
Closed council sessions scorn open-meetings law
City scrambles to finance arena privately--and steal racetrack back from Fort Worth
Why can't citizens vote on new arena?
Hunt alliance gives weaker track developer big edge
Inside the secret City Hall files: A tale of dupes and deception
Arena documents, discussions remain hidden from the public