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    June 5, 2014

    Mesquite Is Ready to Bail on DART, but the Agency's Bending Over Backward to Keep It

    After three years of bus service, Mesquite, DART's first non-member city partner, appears set to spurn the agency for Star Transit, a private bus company that serves Balch Springs, Kaufmann County and Rockwall County. City officials said the potential move stems from DART's changing its policies fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Is the Morning News Just Not Going to Cover the HUD Segregation Story?

    Hey, I think I have waited about long enough for The Dallas Morning News to weigh in on the racial segregation complaint lodged against Dallas by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development in early December. A month. Even allowing for Santa Claus and all, a month seems a bit long for the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Crow Holdings Is after $7 Million from the Design District TIF for a Project that's not in the Design District

    Last year, UT Southwestern announced plans to build the Dallas Proton Treatment Center, a $225 million, state-of-the-art clinic and laboratory offering cutting-edge cancer treatment. The "proton" is a reference to the accelerator that fires positively charged particles at 112,000 miles per second. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    The IRS Targeted at Least Two Local Tea Party Groups by Sending Them a Really Long Questionnaire

    Washington is still reeling from the revelation on Friday that the IRS has been singling out Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny. The news immediately drew howls of bipartisan protest, and pretty much everyone agrees that using the tax system to target political enemies is not what happens in a heal ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    McKinney Sen. Ken Paxton's Tax-Credit Voucher Bill a Sneaky Way to Route Public Money to Private Religious Schools

    The idea behind McKinney Senator Ken Paxton's proposed legislation really is pretty ingenious. The whole school-choice voucher idea -- essentially a guise to funnel public money to religious schools -- invariably runs afoul of constitutional challenges. So, lately, that movement has shifted its stra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Business Lobbyists Offer Help with Fixing Deficit. Kiss Your Asses Goodbye, Old and Sick People

    This country is being hoodooed by the oldest magic show trick in the book -- misdirection. The fictional crisis of entitlement spending is just a new version of the stain on Monica Lewinsky's dress, the latest cheap trick by the super-rich to turn our attention away from the truth. For a glimpse of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Fiscal Cliff Would Slow Texas' Economy by 1.2 Percent, White House Predicts

    Earlier this month, state legislators met in Austin to learn what damage Texas might sustain if the country careens off the fiscal cliff, which is now frighteningly near. The short answer is, quite a bit. As the Austin American-Statesman reported, state agencies stand to lose as much as $1.1 billio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    At State of the City Address, Rawlings Says Dallas Doing "Very Well, Bordering On Superb"

    The first time I saw Mayor Mike Rawlings deliver a prepared speech, he talked about changing the culture of southern Dallas by shooting it with bullets of economic development, so I had high hopes for his lunchtime state of the city address today at the Sheraton downtown. Other than some mild name-d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    City Hall's Cuts of 911 Put Us All at Risk From Crime and Lawsuits

    The 911 problem itself is bad enough, but the mayor and the police chief are about to drive me crazy. At our house we record the news and watch it right before going to bed. It's worse than chips and spicy salsa. Night after night we are subjected to these horror stories on TV about people perishin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    California is Now Creating More Jobs Than Texas

    Over the last several years, California has basically existed as a tutorial for how not to run a state government. It's faced years of crippling budget deficits, has had several of its cities declare bankruptcy, and has been hit especially hard by the recession, all with help from one of the nation' ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012
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    March 20, 2012

    Collecting Internet Sales Taxes -- What a Great Damn Idea, Mofo

    Well, crap. Look, I'm generally pro-government. You know, down with Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., who said, "I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization." And like any good leftie hippie-type, I just love kitschy Main Street shops that I'd definitely ride my bike to if it weren't so damn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Suhm: Bond Package Is "Absolutely Critical Stuff." Some on Council Have Their Own Ideas.

    ​City Manager Mary Suhm reminded the council, again and again, by way of introduction: Today's presentation on the 2012 bond program is very, very, very, very preliminary. There will be many more meetings, including February confabs in every district. The numbers are rough, very rough -- guesstima ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Pure Imagination: At Its First Meeting, Council's Arts & Culture Committee Talks New Revenue

    ​I'm dialed into the inaugural meeting of the council's Arts, Culture & Libraries Committee, tasked by Mayor Mike, as you'll recall, with finding "alternative funding sources" to help make Dallas "a smart, cultured and creative city." And God bless her, Maria Munoz-Blanco, director of the city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    "Big A, Meet the Even Bigger D"

    ​For the second time in as many days, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution pits The ATL against The City of Hate -- a common occurrence -- and rules in favor of Dallas, in part because we have toll roads to help pay for regional light rail projects that run to the suburbs, which is but a figment of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Council Candidate Says Angela Hunt "Embarrassed Our Entire City" By Walking Out During Tom Leppert's Farewell Speech

    District 14 candidate Chad Lasseter​As he explained to us a couple weeks ago, Chad Lasseter has some grand ideas, including moving the Texas Rangers to either Fair Park or West Dallas and providing free Wi-Fi downtown. He also disagrees with District 14 council member Angela Hunt on a handful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    How's the City Spending That Tax Hike?

    From last week's council briefing concerning the $6.4 million being spent by the city to clean up rights of way once tended to by TxDOT​Back when those eight council members called for that tax hike intended to keep rec centers open and library shelves stocked and parks mowed and so on, we asked A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    If Angela Hunt Decides to Run for Mayor, Bryan Place NA Founder Jim Rogers Wants the Seat

    Jim Rogers​Soon as I got back to the office, Jim Rogers showed up with a press release and a photo. Rogers, the first president of the Bryan Place Neighborhood Association perched in the shadow of downtown, came by to announce that he's running for Dallas City Council -- the District 14 seat, that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    You're a Mean One, Mayor Grinch: Leppert Taking Hunt Out of Committee Chair Not Nice

    flickrBut the opposite of this.​I have been keeping my mouth shut for months about this deal between Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and city council member Angela Hunt concerning committee assignments and Hunt's ability to care for her new baby. But today there's a good story about it by Rudy Bush on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Liveblogging This Morning's Packed, Star-Studded Budget Workshop at City Hall

    ​Bon matin, Mes Amis de le Parc Qui Est Unfair. Overflow crowd this morning at the City Council Budget Meeting in 6ES, and Tom Leppert, pin-striped as ever, has just told the packed house to sit tight while they figure out what to do with everyone. Atmosphere is stuffy and contentious -- this is t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Talking Streets, Parks and Pools At Last Night's Budget Town Hall at the Flight Museum

    Photos by Patrick MichelsPastor Lynn Harper of Promised Land Missionary Baptist Church speaks at last night's town hall meeting at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. "There are people being affected by these choices that we're making," Harper said, "so people, stand up, speak up and let your voice be h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    "Indefinite Delay" to "Could Be Preserved," the Resurrection of Orange Line to DFW Airport?

    ​On June 22, Dallas Area Rapid Transit's higher-ups sent the bad news: Three projects had been derailed by that $3-billion drop in sales tax receipts: the section of the Orange Line that's supposed to run from Irving to Terminal A at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the Blue Line extension ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    The Latest in a Series, Apparently, On "How Texas Is Dominating the Recession"

    ​First, there was The Economist wondering how Texas had kicked California's economic ass. Then, Fortune examined how "Texas powered through the global fiscal crisis." Now it's The Atlantic's turn at the plate with this piece that wonders how in the heck "Texas is experiencing something like an eco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Two Months Into Budget, City's Already $4 Mil Down on Guesstimated Sales Tax Income

    Sam MertenFIrst Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans​Perhaps you saw the story in the morning paper: According to the state comptroller's office, Dallas pulled in sales tax revenue totaling $14.5 million in November 2009. And while that's a considerable plunge from same-time-last-year's intake ($18.3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2009

    How Much Tax Revenue Does Dallas Stand to Make from the 2010 NBA All-Star Game?

    ​That's the question answered by this briefing that's been prepared for the city council's Economic Development Committee on Tuesday morning. The short answer: The 2010 NBA All-Star Game is expected to generate about $2.49 million in tax revenue for the city. But keep in mind, should the council g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    Statler, Deep Ellum and Crozier Tech Among Preservation Dallas' Endangered

    Luna Tortilla Factory, also on the Endangered list For the fourth year, Preservation Dallas has announced its “Most Endangered Resources” list, which features everything from specific buildings to general neighborhoods -- and includes this year a plea for the city to change its teardown procedur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    The City's Running a Little Light on Dough -- Got $50 Mil to Spare?

    The big news of the a.m.: The city's $50-million budget shortfall, as noted yesterday at City Hall by Dallas Chief Financial Officer Dave Cook. This morning, newest KERA-FM (90.1) correspondent B.J. Austin lays out the deficiencies: everything from a precipitous drop in sales tax revenue and proper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2008

    Land Shark: Larry Hamilton on DCAD's "Excessive" New Downtown Valuations

    View Larger Map Developer Larry Hamilton, founder and CEO of Hamilton Properties Corporation, is one of many landowners facing a fight with the Dallas Central Appraisal District regarding its new appraisals of downtown properties. Hamilton recently purchased a parking lot at 1114 Wood Street as a p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Look Out, Don Hill. Because Allen McGill Isn't Going Down Alone.

    You're still No. 1, Ex-Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill! Breaking news this afternoon from the U.S. Attorney's Office: Allen J. McGill -- one of the 14 folks indicted in the City Hall corruption case that also involves former Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, State Rep. Terri Hodge and former city planning commissioner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2007

    Should One Deduction Lead to Another?

    Tori Van Fleet, a forensics and firearms expert with the Fort Worth Police Department, has been following an unusual case making its way through U.S. Tax Court -- one that will determine whether it’s acceptable for people to claim transgender surgery as a tax deduction. Van Fleet hopes the answer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2007

    Nincompoopos Mentis

    Maurine Dickey: She's learning, we'll give you that. The Dallas County Commissioners voted this morning to rescind the rescinding of the $69,000 senior citizen property tax exemption they voted to adopt at their previous meeting, effectively reinstating it. They learned, apparently for the first tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007

    Max Wells Is Old

    Hey, we didn't say it. The 73-year-old mayoral candidate does in his new TV spot that debuted yesterday. And since we're giving mayoral campaign ads plenty o' play here at Unfair Park, we figured we'd slap it up here, in the interest of equal time. God knows it's far better than Wells' previous host ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2006

    Hotel Taxed

    The Stoneleigh Court Apartment Hotel was built in 1923. It probably won't get a facelift till 2016. Tomorrow, the city council will likely vote to give the Stoneleigh Hotel $2.5 million so its owners can rennovate, remediate and otherwise redo the 83-year-old Maple Avenue hotel. That money will com ... More >>

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    June 1, 2006
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    May 10, 2006

    Korean Barbecue

    At the end of March, we reported about how downtown Dallas-based Lone Star Funds, a powerful international investment firm and equity fund, landed in some kinda big trouble in South Korea. There were myriad allegations of tax evasion and embezzlement and other dirty deeds to the tune of a few billio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2006
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    April 5, 2006

    He Knows Nothing. NOTHING.

    From Frankfurt, Germany, courtesy the Associated Press, comes this news: "The man who discovered Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has been charged with tax evasion." That'd be one Holger Geschwindner, Nowitzki's one-time personal coach, who's in trouble with German officials for allegedly biting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2006

    Who Stole the Seoul? Why, a Dallas Company.

    Wuh-oh. Looks like downtown Dallas-based Lone Star Funds, a powerful international investment firm (to the tune of $13 billion, which I think is a lot), is in some kinda big trouble in South Korea. Something to do with tax evasion, embezzlement and "other allegations," which cannot be good. Apparent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2006

    Credit Risks

    As we explained earlier this year, the FBI investigation into bribery at City Hall and beyond had everything to do with how affordable housing developers needed to garner political support at all levels before they could receive millions of dollars in tax credits from the state. With elected officia ... More >>

  • News

    February 23, 2006


    City council could cost us $20 million by tanking the Merc deal

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    February 16, 2006

    Sugar Ray

    Why council members love Mr. Hunt so much

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    May 26, 2005

    Rent a Cop

    Or else

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    October 23, 2003

    Sticker Shock

    Our bill finally comes in for the Kirk/Ware era

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    January 30, 2003

    Down the Drain

    Plus: Stars in His Eyes; No Military, No Peace; The Havard Legend

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    February 8, 2001

    Waging Battle

    Proponents of a living-wage ordinance snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

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    January 27, 2000

    Make 'em pay

    Dallas activists fight
    for a living wage from city contractors

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    January 21, 1999

    Holy handouts

    How taxpayers -- including you, if you hit the flea market in Canton -- are subsidizing the Christian right

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Perfect game

    When Reid Ryan wanted Round Rock voters to build a stadium for his minor-league baseball team, he turned to the one pitchman no good Texan could refuse -- his dad, Nolan

  • News

    January 22, 1998

    Payback time

    Anti-poverty agency risks shutdown if it doesn't come clean with the state

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    December 1, 1994

    Early thaw

    Hope is renewed for four downtown housing projects

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