Several of you have asked me to explain a point in my column in this week's newspaper about the Trinity River toll road and why it may be unstoppable. Sorry. Should have done it in the column. And as it turns out, I had this wrong on two scores, one more important than the other. I say in the pape ... More >>
Oh, well, who the hell knows? Who will ever know why The Dallas Morning News turned into an Iron Curtain-style propagandist Pravda sheet in 2007 when it was so eager to see Angela Hunt's Trinity River referendum defeated? Now they say they were seduced: "This newspaper -- and likely plenty o ... More >>
Photo by Sam MertenRon NatinskyIn our cover story about the mayoral race, perhaps you read the section about council member Ron Natinsky and noticed a glossing over of sorts when it came to his public comments during the contentious 2007 Trinity River toll road referendum. As is often the ca ... More >>
Dear Opposition Researchers working for U.S. Senate campaigns other than that of former-after-midnight Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert: Please contact me about the following things Leppert is going to say about himself in a campaign. First, he is going to say he led two successful referendum campai ... More >>
Joe Betzel, one of the Dallas Fire-Rescue workers who filed suit against the city -- yet again -- todayBack in December we wrote a few items about the so-called "billion-dollar case" currently being considered by the Supreme Court of Texas. Very long story way too short: It stems from a 1979 refe ... More >>
Mayor Tom Leppert, seen here during the Trinity River toll road referendumSo tomorrow, on some page of The Dallas Morning News (I assume Page One), Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert will concede that the Trinity River Project has hit the wall. Wall, wall, wall. A story posted on The News's Web site this ... More >>
Yesterday on The Dallas Morning News transportation and editorial blogs, Rodger Jones, an editorial writer, casually passed on a bit of information -- as if it were a sort of minor tid-bit -- gleaned from a recent meeting of the editorial board with Texas Department of Transportation Regional Eng ... More >>
Jim's wrapped up his review of Michael Lindenberger's Sunday story in The Dallas Morning News -- you read it, right, the front-pager headlined "Analysis: Dallas' crucial levees only weakened amid debate on park, toll road." Schutze's essay is forthcoming shortly. But till then, then, here's what ... More >>
The headline of Michael Lindenberger's big front-page to-do in the paper version of Sunday's Dallas Morning News was "Grand Plans Delay Levee Fix." It was, in many ways, a remarkable story for The News to publish, exposing as a serious public lie the repeated assurances of Dallas Mayor Tom Lepper ... More >>
No doubt you'll hear plenty more about the city's billion-dollar lawsuit between now and the spring or summer of 2010, when the Supreme Court of Texas rules on whether the city is immune from rescue workers' claims stemming from a 1979 referendum concerning pay raises and two subsequent lawsuits ... More >>
One of the city of Dallas's official renderings of the convention center hotelMerten and Pulle are out; Schutze is about. They'll offer their reports from hotel shindigs pro and con -- and, just maybe, some council member throwdowns -- later in the night, as Dallas County Elections begins kicking ou ... More >>
Natilee DeeAngela Hunt has delivered a sound thwacking to fellow city council member Ron Natinsky and Assistant City Manager A.C. Gonzalez over some loose-lipped claims Natinsky and Gonzalez have been making about our upcoming referendum on a city-owned hotel downtown.She says Natinsky and Gonzalez, ... More >>
Sam MertenMayor Tom Leppert did not mince words Sunday: "Vote no on Proposition 1. Vote no on Proposition 2."Mayor Tom Leppert and wife Laura spent yesterday worshiping at churches in South Dallas, where services were interrupted so the mayor could give his convention center hotel sales pitch and in ... More >>
The only thing worse than giving developers subsidies is a unions threat to stop the giveaways
Patrick Michels When given the opportunity to explain his actions, Mayor Tom decided to keep his mouth shut.In this week's paper version of Unfair Park, council member Angela Hunt and political consultant Pat Cotton spoke out loud and proud concerning Mayor Tom Leppert's recent command to stop the b ... More >>
The Trinity River Project should be floating right along. Instead it's sinking under the weight of its own folly.
The biggest shoot-out in Dallas' political history
It took time and 90,000 signatures, but Dallas finally joins the 21st century
The toll road referendum will squash the big-hairs
Some of her "blockers" barely rose to the task
Who's telling the truth about the Trinity toll road? You decide.
Basically, it's Coats versus the Manchurian Candidate
Run from any political group with "freedom" or "liberty" in its name
Prop 2 could fail, if the right people stay home
The Dallas City Council does a comedy campaign for its critics
Plano petition fails to wet the dry lands
Is it possible for Dallas police to behave any worse than this?
Hey, Mr. Zillionaire Developer, got a big public project you want to sell? Black Dallas has the votes you need--dirt cheap.
Why can't citizens vote on new arena?