Ron Kirk

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    September 30, 2013

    Ron Kirk's Mother Has Died. She Reminded Me of Something I Knew About Liberal Mothers.

    If you spend a lot of years as a reporter, you get to know a lot of people, none of them well. It's all about popping in and out of lives quickly when something makes them newsworthy. Maybe later you wish you knew more. I had that regret this morning when I read of the death of Willie Mae Kirk, 92, ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Ron Kirk Could Come Home and Teach Texas Dems how to Win, but Don't Bet On It

    What will Ron Kirk do when he returns to Dallas after leaving the Obama cabinet next month? If I had to bet, I'd say he won't return to Dallas, which will be a shame. If he did come home, maybe he could do something about these local Democrats. Former Dallas mayor Kirk is getting high marks from bo ... More >>

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    March 3, 2012

    Ah, So This Was All Mary Suhm's Idea: Patting Backs, Drinking Drinks on Margaret Hunt Hill

    ​The speeches went on and on and on and on ... and on, everyone on the stage thanking everyone else on the stage for having a hand in building this thing we were all standing on: the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Mayor Mike Rawlings, Friday night's emcee, introduced "our new skyline" and the structu ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    If Ron Kirk Were NBA Commissioner ...

    ​At this very moment, President Obama's chief of staff, William Daley, is looking for someone to replace Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who Obama tapped on March 9 to become the next ambassador to China. An afternoon Wall Street Journal item reminds: "Ron Kirk, the U.S. trade representative, is wi ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    You Can Take the U.S. Trade Representative Out of Dallas, But You Can't ... Well, You Know

    ​Late yesterday, as the boy grew fidgety from yet another day stuck at home, we flipped on the teevee hoping to find something interesting, educational. Which meant: No Disney Channel, no nonsense. A few flips later, and there we were on C-SPAN2, listening to former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk address t ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Ron Kirk Injured in Grand Prairie Car Wreck. And DPS Has Answers About Tollway Crash.

    Rock CunananDPS has determined what led to Wednesday morning's crash on the tollway.​Didn't intend to end the day with three (or four, if you will) auto-related items, but that's how we roll:First, this breaking news courtesy KTVT-Channel 11: Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk, now President Obama's tra ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Steer Clear of the Crescent on Monday

    Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk at the U.S.-Africa Business Summit in D.C. earlier this month​That is, unless you have business with former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, who, in his position as U.S. Trade Representative, will be holed up at the hotel Monday talking North American Free Trade Agreement. But, ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    After President Obama's Speech, Ron Kirk Begs Students To Be Cool and Stay in School

    Photos by Patrick MichelsRon Kirk answers students' questions at Booker T. Washington High School after President Obama's speech this morning.​While President Obama's speech to students met a lukewarm reception at some schools around Dallas-Fort Worth, former Dallas mayor and current U.S. Trade Re ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009
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    May 29, 2009

    So Far, Ron Kirk is "Pleasantly Surprising"

    To keep this brief, here's the takeaway from this morning's New York Times profile of former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, who's now "the unlikely new U.S. trade representative," as the paper puts it. The gist of the story is this: Everybody likes Ron Kirk. Everybody. So far. Because, well, they always hav ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Ambassador Kirk Is ... So ... So ... So Outraged Over Corps' Trinity Levee Report. Great.

    I'm already getting calls from my Republican friends (I have some! Swear!) who have seen the Todd Gillman story that just went up on The Dallas Morning News's site. In it, former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk tells Gillman he's really pissed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bringing up all this dumb ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Ron Kirk's About to Trade Up

    'Bout 20 minutes from now, former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk will go before the Senate Committee on Finance for his confirmation hearing as U.S. trade ambassador -- finally, right? We're having a watch party at Unfair Park HQ: Schutze brought the churros; Merten, the Moosehead. And I brought the Maker's ... More >>

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    March 2, 2009

    Yes, Your Honoraria: Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk Has a Small Tax Matter to Tend To

    Flickr photo: Obama__Dallas (Adam Jefferson)A Friend of Unfair Park sends along this just-posted piece from Politico detailing Ron Kirk's taxing issue before the Senate Finance Committee, which just today announced it was pushing back his confirmation hearing as U.S. trade ambassador till next Monda ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    A New Trade: Ron Kirk's Wait May Be Over

    Barack Obama nominated Ron Kirk as U.S. trade representative a week before Christmas. A month after that, Obama was sworn in as president. A month after that, the former Dallas mayor's still waiting for his hearing before the Senate Committee on Finance, which still doesn't have Kirk pencilled in on ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Ron Kirk's Doing Just Fine, Thanks

    The Senate Committee on Finance doesn't have Ron Kirk's confirmation hearing penciled in on the schedule; so, for now, Bush appointee Peter F. Allgeier is the acting U.S. Trade Representative, the position to which then-President-elect Barack Obama appointed Kirk last month. But the former Dallas ma ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    "You're So My First Buddy."

    Courtesy the Obama-Biden Transition Project -- which I keep confusing with the Alan Parsons Project -- this photo from Friday's press conference during which the president-elect named former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk the chief U.S. trade representative. Already made it my wallpaper. And Valentine's Day ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Merry Christmas, Ron Kirk! You're the New U.S. Trade Representative!

    See, told you: No way former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk would be named secretary of anything by President-Elect Barack Obama -- all that lobbying, yech. (Or not.) Nope, ever since Monday it's looked more and more likely that First Buddy Kirk would be tapped for something a little less high-profile: U.S. ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    Ron Kirk Still Mum on Possible Place in Barack Obama's White House

    This morning, a Friend of Unfair Park directed our attention to The New York Times' page featuring Barack Obama's "New Team" -- those folks who've either been appointed to the new administration or who're being rumored for the short list of maybe-so's. And nowhere on the page does former Dallas Mayo ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Who Doesn't Have Something at Arts Magnet With Their Name On It?

    During today's closed-door meeting of the Dallas Independent School District board, the trustees will tell superintendent Michael Hinojosa whether or not they, ya know, trust the dude. As in: The board will "deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or di ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk on "Good Friend" Barack Obama's Election: "For Once, The Good Guys Won."

    Flickr photo: Obama__Dallas (Adam Jefferson) Ron Kirk, speaking briefly at Gilley's on Tuesday night before heading home to celebrate his friend's election in private On Tuesday night, Ron Kirk dropped by Friendship-West Baptist Church on Wheatland Road to address the Obama faithful, then drove to ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Jim Did Not Ruin Ron Kirk's Night

    Flickr photo: Obama__Dallas (Adam Jefferson) Love this picture of Ron Kirk taken last night at the Obama victory shindig at Gilley's on 1135 S. Lamar Street, not the one in Chicago. Very handsome. Almost ... mayoral. Cabinet material, at least. --Robert Wilonsky Update: Just spoke with Kirk's ass ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    Not Even Jim Schutze Can Ruin Election Day for Ron Kirk

    Ran into Ron Kirk just now at the Lakewood Starbucks. Our former mayor and one-time Democratic U.S. Senate candidate (and, of course, a real big Barack Obama worker) did a double-take upon seeing his favorite Dallas Observer columnist, latte in hand. He said, “Oh, man, this is Election Day. Don’ ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008

    Ron Kirk Spent His Weekend in North Carolina on Behalf of Obama

    Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk was in North Carolina on Saturday, rallying the troops on behalf of his good pal and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Kirk -- whose biggest accomplishment as mayor, apparently, was "building coalitions -- namely between the city council and school board" - ... More >>

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    February 29, 2008

    Ron Kirk Tells CBS News He Suffers From "Bush/Clinton Fatigue."

    Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, interviewed by CBS News' Brian Goldsmith, talks today about his buddy Barack Obama -- and about his "very good friends" Bill and Hillary Clinton, who, he notes, have been "very good to me." It's a very long Q&A interview in which Kirk tries to choose his words very care ... More >>

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    December 19, 2007

    Kirk Beams to Austin for Obama

    Barack Obama officially added his name to the roster of Democratic presidential candidates taking part in the March 4 Texas primary, which may or may not mean something that late in the ball game. Well, he didn't do it. Obama had former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk filing his paperwork today, as Kirk and o ... More >>

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    August 22, 2007

    Ron Kirk is Not Cheap

    Ron Kirk made a few bucks off the TXU buyout. Last week, Texans for Public Justice reported that TXU and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and TPG Capital, who are finalizing their deal to buy the energy provider, spent nearly $17 million this year "to convince state officials not to impose significant ... More >>

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    May 10, 2007

    Angela Hunt to Laura Miller and Her Thugs: Back That Shit Up, Pronto.

    Angela Hunt just sent to Mayor Laura Miller, Harlan Crow, Ron Kirk and other "blocker"-backers a missive in which she demands they get their mercenaries to back the eff up come Saturday, when Hunt's Trinity Vote volunteers will be out gathering signatures for her anti-Trinity toll road petitions tha ... More >>

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    November 27, 2006

    At Tower, Everything Must Go!

    So, just got back from doing a little CD shopping at Tower Records...with Ron Kirk. OK, well, sorta. See, I was there scoping out the deep discounts and happened to bump into the former mayor, who was looking for some gospel and Christmas music (me, not so much). He accosted me while I was taking a ... More >>

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    March 7, 2006

    How about "Captain"?

    We received an automated phone message at the home last night from Ron Kirk, urging us to vote for Chris Bell for governor in the primary today. Kirk identified himself at the top of the call as "Mayor Ron Kirk." I didn't think anything of it. But my wife, who heard it later when she got home, took ... More >>

  • News

    October 23, 2003

    Sticker Shock

    Our bill finally comes in for the Kirk/Ware era

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    November 7, 2002

    Odd Ends

    Attorney Shelton sues Morning News for libel

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    April 4, 2002

    The Real Ron Kirk

    Plus: Liner's Spitefest

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    March 14, 2002

    Ron Kirk's Crying Game

    When he said it was time to end the blame game, he meant that he had won

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    March 7, 2002

    Selling Ron

    A pro-business black Democrat who appeals to white voters, Ron Kirk is the sport utility vehicle of Senate candidates. But will voters buy him?

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    October 18, 2001


    Some really nasty secrets pollute the Trinity River deal

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    March 8, 2001

    Crocodile Tears

    City Hall is sorry it can't help the White Rock water main victims... or anybody else, for that matter

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    July 6, 2000


    Isn't it ironic; The poop scoop

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    April 1, 1999
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    June 18, 1998

    Mr. Mellow

    John Wiley Price, the man who once toted a bullhorn in protests outside Mayor Ron Kirk's home, learns that it helps to have friends in high places

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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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    September 18, 1997
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    May 15, 1997
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    March 13, 1997
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    October 10, 1996

    Tough choices

    Being major is hard work. If it isn't the Jews, it's a fight in Vegas.

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    June 27, 1996

    Leave it to Keever

    DISD's new leader has ambition and ideas--if anybody'd let him finish a meeting

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    January 11, 1996

    Private dealing

    How Ron Kirk killed the public arena briefing

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    December 21, 1995

    Bad planning

    Commission chairman's departure leaves panel in weaker hands

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    December 21, 1995
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    November 23, 1995

    Big D upside down

    North Dallas council members complain they've been disenfranchised

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    May 18, 1995

    The Kirk connection

    How Dallas' new mayor pulled it off

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