Ray Lee Hunt

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    November 19, 2014

    Would All the People in Favor of "Tweaking" the Trinity Toll Road Please Give Us Their Names?

    Results of the Trinity toll road public opinion poll released yesterday by State Rep. Raphael Anchia are so devastatingly obliterating, so thermonuclear, in fact -- 94 percent of Dallas zip code respondents opposed to building it - that they direct a hole-burning focus on the obvious correlative que ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Will the Bush Library Reveal Any Secrets?

    The new library could reveal gems about oil and the Iraq War

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    September 19, 2012

    Meet the Dallasites Who Made Forbes' List of Wealthiest Americans

    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 >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Trinity Toll Road Decision Could Have Dire Consequences? Like What? Stoning?

    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 >>

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    July 31, 2009

    Dallas, You're a "Shining Beacon" Filled with "The Most Retail Space Per Capita"

    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 >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Finance Reports Confirm What You Already Knew: Harlan Crow and Ray Hunt Are Loaded

    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 >>

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    July 2, 2009
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    February 5, 2009

    Union Puts the Squeeze on Tax Breaks

    The only thing worse than giving developers subsidies is a union’s threat to stop the giveaways

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    October 27, 2008

    Friends of Unfair Park: Your Morning Cup of Joe

    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 >>

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    August 4, 2008
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    July 25, 2008

    Hunting for Facts: State Department Looking Into Ray Hunt's Oil Deal

    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 >>

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    July 3, 2008

    Ray Hunt's Oil Deal Was Good, Even Though It Was Bad? Shocking.

    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 >>

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    June 16, 2008

    Woodbine to Get Convention Center Hotel Deal This A.M. (OK, Maybe)

    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 >>

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    June 2, 2008

    Kicking a Dead Horse: Just Why's the City Council Trying to Save Reunion Arena, Anyway?

    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 >>

  • News

    April 17, 2008

    Demanding Answers as the Dallas Convention Center Hotel Moves Forward

    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.

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    February 19, 2008

    Border Residents Feeling Kicked in the Hunt Over That Danged Fence

    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 >>

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    December 10, 2007

    Hunting Season

    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 >>

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    October 18, 2007

    Hey, Blow, We're So Done Doing Your Homework

    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 >>

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    October 11, 2007
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    September 28, 2007

    Ray Hunt: Elevating Tensions Since 1974

    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 >>

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    September 20, 2007

    Hunt-ing Season

    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 >>

  • News

    February 8, 2007

    W. and Us

    Dallas, home to the George W. Bush think tank. Let's think about that.

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    July 13, 2006

    Swing Low

    So we heal the north-south rift by electing Colonel Sanders mayor?

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    June 29, 2006
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    April 28, 2006

    Someone's Got a Complex

    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 >>

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    April 26, 2006
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    March 21, 2006

    Tom and Hank: BFF

    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 >>

  • News

    February 16, 2006

    Sugar Ray

    Why council members love Mr. Hunt so much

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    February 9, 2006

    Don't Bet on It

    Your money, plus city council, plus gambling--it's enough to make your skin crawl

  • Music

    November 10, 2005

    Getting Retarded

    Why two of the catchiest acts in America should die slow, painful deaths

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    October 20, 2005

    The Big Stick

    Ray Hunt gets one end of it; guess which end is reserved for the rest of us

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    January 7, 1999

    Look back in confusion

    Buzz remembers the year that might have been and proves that not only the winners write the history

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    November 5, 1998

    Peep-hole power

    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.

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    August 27, 1998
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    July 23, 1998

    Raw deal

    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

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    December 18, 1997

    Mr. Mayor, Meet Your Nightmare

    Frustrated, fed up, and ready to fight, Laura Miller trades muckraking for a run at City Hall

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    November 20, 1997

    One Fine Mess

    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.

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    November 6, 1997

    Priced to sell out

    City Manager John Ware ramrods a patched-together arena deal

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    June 13, 1996

    Power Houses

    A celebrity home tour of Dallas' rich, famous--and all too often tasteless--movers and fakers

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    November 9, 1995
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    October 12, 1995
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    October 5, 1995


    In a tiny Middle Eastern country, government officials have accused Dallas oilman Ray Hunt's company of cheating them out of millions.

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    August 17, 1995

    Arena games

    City Hall finds $35 million--and toys with turning Reunion into a reflecting pool

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    June 15, 1995

    None of your business?

    Closed council sessions scorn open-meetings law

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    March 9, 1995

    Desperate dealing

    City scrambles to finance arena privately--and steal racetrack back from Fort Worth

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    February 9, 1995

    Let them cast ballots

    Why can't citizens vote on new arena?

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    January 26, 1995

    The racer's edge

    Hunt alliance gives weaker track developer big edge

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    January 5, 1995

    The Arena Papers

    Inside the secret City Hall files: A tale of dupes and deception

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    November 17, 1994
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    November 3, 1994

    Whose city is it, anyway?

    Arena documents, discussions remain hidden from the public

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