Ray Lee Hunt

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    September 8, 2014

    The Search for Mary Suhm Heats Up with Rumors of a Trinity Road Goon Squad

    Wait. The thing is: I found Mary. I now know where former Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm has been hanging out. It's scary. But first, the boring news: At the end of last week I covered a deal put on by the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Dallas) where a Harvard guy who he ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    From High Atop Hunt Oil, A Look at The Park Over Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Which Is Now $9 Million Closer to Being Paid Off

    Photos by Patrick MichelsMayor Tom Leppert looks out at construction of The Park moments before stepping in for what may be his last big photo op as mayor.​The Woodall Rogers Deck Park Foundation's still $17 million shy of its fund-raising target, but with construction well under way, the series o ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Mayor's Now a "Distinguished Business Leader"

    Sam Merten​So says the press release forwarded this morning by Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff, Chris Heinbaugh. It comes from the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Association of Business, which will honor Leppert with its annual Distinguished Business Leader Award early next year, at the 13th A ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Welcome to the Forbes 400, Darwin Deason!

    Kelcy Warren, proof that a UT-Arlington graduate can make the Forbes 400​I've been told: Everybody loves lists, especially this one -- Forbes' annual countdown of the richie-richiest 'Merkins, which contains more than its share of locals, as usual. Tops, through, is a Fort Worth resident who I'm p ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Belo Corp. Board Member, Convention Center Hotel Folks and Jerry Jones Top List of Mayor Tom Leppert's Fund-Raising Pals

    Patrick MichelsThat hotel victory is the gift that keeps on giving.​While his political future remains unclear, Mayor Tom Leppert raised a combined $243,000 in donations in the first half of this year, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday. Meanwhile, his officeholder account a ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Chase's $3 Mil Will Fund the Sidewalk. But The Park Still Needs $25 Mil For a Few Amenities.

    Sam MertenContrary to how Sam (always) manages to capture the mayor, he was actually quite thrilled with today's gift.​So sorry. As you can clearly see below, naming rights for the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park won't be going to 7-Eleven or Ray Hunt or Southwest or American Airlines. Syd Nancy, though ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Sonia Sotomayor, a Supreme Court Justice and a Dallas ISD School? Maaaaybe.

    Brian HarkinRon Price would like to name a DISD campus for the president as well.​Hadn't intended to look at the Dallas Independent School District board's meeting agendas till next week -- damn, summer break went by in a hurry -- but Tawnell Hobbs gives us an early warning: Trustee Ron Price woul ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009
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    April 13, 2009

    Bob Sambol's Got Quite the Stake in the City Landing the College Football Hall of Fame

    Here's an interesting little fact left off the two press releases announcing the city's efforts to lure the College Football Hall of Fame from South Bend, Indiana, to downtown Dallas: It was all Bob Sambol's idea. Seriously. But the namesake of Bob's Steak & Chop House on Lemmon Avenue figured, ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Ann Margolin Leads the Pack As City's Finance Report Deadline Looms

    As we mentioned a while back, District 13 city council candidate Ann Margolin appeared to be the heir apparent to Mitchell Rasansky with a long list of notable supporters and a strong résumé. And as the 5 p.m. deadline approaches for candidates and committees to file their finance reports, Margoli ... More >>

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    June 16, 2008

    A Peek Inside the Ugly Convention Center Hotel Bidding Process

    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 >>

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    June 5, 2008

    "Puck at Reunion Tower"? Now, We Like the Sound of That.

    Daniel Rodrigue Ray Hunt, whispering sweet nothings into the ear of his new favorite chef, Wolfgang Puck, at today's press conference at Union Station. For more photos from today's event, check out our slideshow. The announcement today of the partnership between Hyatt Regency Dallas, Woodbine Devel ... More >>

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    June 3, 2008

    Because Anything's Gotta Be Better Than Antares, Right?

    Hyatt Regency Dallas Does this have anything to do with some city council members' reluctance to tear down Reunion Arena? We're clearing the schedule Thursday morning -- hard not to when you receive word that at 10:30 in the a.m., John Scovell (big bossman at Ray Hunt's Woodbine Development Corpor ... More >>

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    May 30, 2008
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    May 16, 2008
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    December 13, 2007

    Picture This

    A picture's worth 479 words

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    November 6, 2007

    Drunk on Victory, At a Price

    Might as well learn to live and love the Balanced Vision Plan. Almost there: 383 precincts in now, and Mayor Tom's got 40,983 out of the 77,296 votes cast. Which leaves a mere 36,313 for Angela Hunt. And only 17 precincts left to go. It's over: The Trinity River toll road wins. By 10 miles. Matt ta ... More >>

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    November 5, 2007

    At Least One Developer Thinks a Toll Road Taking People Away from the City's a Bad Idea

    M. Thomas Lardner -- and the M, apparently, stands for "Man, that dude is smart and handsome!" All these snap-crackle-pops at The Dallas Morning News want to tell me that of course the Trinity River toll road will be good for development downtown. How in the hell would they know? I had a 45-minute c ... More >>

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    September 21, 2007

    You're a Rich Man, Harold Simmons

    Have you met our adoptive parents, Annette and Harold Simmons? They're very nice people. Mazel tov, Harold Simmons! Looks like you're still the richest man in Dallas -- and the 43rd richest person in the entire country. Yet again, Forbes has posted its list of the 400 wealthiest folks in the U.S. an ... More >>

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    July 31, 2007

    Tom Leppert Bows to the Will of the People. No People We Know, But Still.

    I just spoke with Angela Hunt, who told me something quite stunning about the allegations of fraudulent signatures being leveled against the TrinityVote petition campaign. She said she had been informed that none of the allegedly suspicious signatures is among the 48,000-plus signatures that have be ... More >>

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    June 15, 2007

    You, Me & Dupree

    You need more Scovells? We got 'em! Meet Dupree, who does not need a couch upon which to crash. I sit up in the cheap seats in the city council chamber collecting the political equivalent of sports trivia. This week I was there waiting for an item to come up when a handsome young fellow with a famil ... More >>

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    April 26, 2007

    Is it Too Late to Give Tom Leppert a Nickname?

    Tom Leppert prepares for a mayoral forum. We are so kidding. Or...are we? I attended mayoral forum other night at Paul Quinn College, where about 100 students and faculty gathered to hear the candidate posse tell their stories. I had been away from the forum scene for a while, and things have change ... More >>

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    April 19, 2007

    Don't You Wish Your Mayor Was Hot Like Me

    Dallas' mayoral wannabes are all nice guys. Where's the fun in that?

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    November 27, 2006

    News Hard on Preston Hollow. Finally.

    A federal judge recently found the principal of a North Dallas elementary school guilty of 1940s-style racial and ethnic segregation. In a civil suit, Judge Sam Lindsay ruled that Preston Hollow Principal Teresa Parker had systematically herded black and Latino kids into segregated classrooms to app ... More >>

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    September 22, 2006

    Lucky 13

    Robert Rowling is the richest Dallasite. He looks like it. Forbes' list of "The 400 Richest Americans" is out, and 13 of 'em are from Dallas. To save you some time (because time is money), we're including only the locals here--chief among them the man who owns the company that owns Omni Hotels and ... More >>

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    July 20, 2006

    The Allure of Azure

    Harwood builds a fancy condo tower without a nickel in handouts from City Hall

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    July 6, 2006

    Fourteen Against One, or: Who'd Want That Lousy Gig, Anyway?

    Would you have rather looked at this for four more years or, oh, Darrell Jordan or Don Hill or Gary Griffith? Last time I watched Mayor Laura Miller in action was at a recent briefing on the bond issue (topic of my column in the current Dallas Observer). She and City Manager Mary Suhm had agreed tha ... More >>

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    May 25, 2006

    Hypocrisy in Action

    So Mayor Laura Miller was able to muster a majority on the council to rescind the city's longstanding policy on giving away federal "block grant" funds to political cronies. For as long as anybody can remember, community development block grants from Washington have been City Hall's main source of s ... More >>

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    February 16, 2006

    Bang, bang

    Cheney shoots, Buzz scores

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    December 15, 2005

    Bah Hum-Buzz

    Buzz gets his jollies keeping tabs on 2005's naughty and nice guys. OK, mostly naughty.

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    April 7, 2005


    Inside the monster battle over strong mayor

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    March 13, 2003

    What's the Catch?

    This new Trinity River plan is suspiciously reasonable

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    December 19, 2002

    Drug-free in '03!

    And 149 other things I swear I'll do next year

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    October 15, 1998

    The Race Not Run

    Republican Bill Hill is running against Democrat Rick Reed for district attorney. Don't think you have a choice.

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    October 15, 1998
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    September 3, 1998
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    December 25, 1997

    Parting shots

    As Laura Miller rides off to tilt at political windmills, we recall some of her choicest words

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    December 11, 1997

    That giant sucking sound

    No, not The Dallas Morning News' arena coverage--but tax dollars being siphoned away for millionaires' pet projects

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    January 23, 1997
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    November 28, 1996
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    April 4, 1996

    Quarterback sneak

    How Ron Kirk secretly pulled the strings in city's Big 12 deal

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    December 21, 1995
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    October 5, 1995
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    August 31, 1995

    Strange bedfellows

    Introducing: the Morning News' 'Met'

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    April 6, 1995

    Who ya gonna call?

    City Hall's top brass use taxpayer-provided mobile phones to call sweethearts, power brokers, and Pizza Hut.

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    March 2, 1995
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    February 2, 1995

    How to renovate Reunion

    Architect details low-cost plan to save arena--and poll shows public wants it done

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    November 24, 1994

    The scapegoat

    A mid-level staffer bears the brunt of a sleazy City Hall coverup

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    November 10, 1994
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    November 3, 1994
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