Trade Policy

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    January 3, 2014

    A Communal Farm for People from Mexico. Uh, Did You Ask Them About This?

    A reader who is a better student of Mexican history than me (not hard to be, frankly) called with a caveat about plans for a community farm in Mexican-American West Dallas. The idea, cheerfully trumpeted yesterday in a Dallas Morning News editorial, is for some kind of communal farm to be created in ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Being a Road Jerk is a Man Thing

    It's not a Mexican thing.

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    March 1, 2011

    Kirk on Leppert and Dallas's Next Mayor

    Last week, the Texas Tribune sat down in Austin to chat up U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Today, the Trib posted some of that interview, during which Kirk reveals that when he stepped down as Dallas Mayor, he cried. So did Schutze. Like a baby.You can watch the video. Or read the transcript. Yo ... 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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    December 23, 2010
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    September 2, 2010
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    January 12, 2010

    The "Rich Irony" of One Lawsuit

    ​Courthouse News this morning brings us The Case of the For-Profit Vocational School vs. The Personal-Injury Law Firm. The former is Rhodes Colleges, a California-based chain of campuses that offers courses in everything from criminal justice to HVAC repair (maybe you've seen the ads?). Locally, R ... 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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    April 2, 2009
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    March 12, 2009

    Bully or Bodyguard? The WSJ Looks at Mayors Who Take Over Schools.

    Alexander FloresTill Mayor Tom Leppert decides to talk for himself about his thinking about maybe one day possibly taking over the Dallas Independent School District we'll see not sure for sure who knows, it's all one big guessing game. Which doesn't stop the Dallas mayor's name from appearing in th ... More >>

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    January 19, 2009

    Oh, Say, Can You D.C.: Ron Kirk and Tom Leppert at the U.S. Conference of Mayors

    Dallas mayors former and current were in D.C. over the weekend for the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual winter meeting: Tom Leppert, to once more make Dallas's case for stimulus dough-re-mi; Ron Kirk, to calm mayors' fears concerning his unpopular position on free trade. Leppert, like every other in ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Where Does Ron Kirk Stand on Trade? Why, On His Feet, Of Course.

    Captain Ronald Tiberius Kirk will be promoted to admiral this morning, after which time he will have to deal with the Trade Federation, no easy task there. Hunh. I feel like I've confused some things here. President-elect Barack Obama will name First Buddy Ron Kirk the chief U.S. trade representativ ... 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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    January 23, 2008

    Bush Tells Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington Mayors Their Jobs Are Harder Than His -- Haw, Haw, Haw.

    Um, did anyone else know Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief were meeting with President Bush and Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez today, to discuss expanding free trade agreements? Well, if you didn't, there's a report here from the meetin ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007

    Truckin' Up the Trinity River

    The Dallas Morning News story about the Trinity toll road referendum campaign finance reports, which was buried yesterday inside the Metro section, did a fine job of not telling anybody anything. Anybody grateful? Late in the day Tuesday, long after The News had published its story, the City Secr ... More >>

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    August 28, 2007

    The Broken Promises of NAFTA

    During recent talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement in Vancouver, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab praised the 13-year-old agreement. "NAFTA works," she told the Associated Press. The Democratic presidential candidates have been saying the opposite, citing American job loss, and t ... More >>

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    October 24, 2006

    Dean Writes Own Deal, Deal?

    Bill Blaydes was the only council member to get a peek at David Dean's contract before it went before the council. Tomorrow at city council, Mayor Laura Miller will try to get one of the seven council members who voted to approve Trans-Texas Corridor lobbyist David Dean's $515,000 contract on Octobe ... More >>

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    October 13, 2006

    Oh, David Dean is Mad at the Mayor

    David Dean, the lobbyist pushing the Trans-Texas Corridor on the city's behalf, ain't happy with the mayor--something to do with her having said on Wednesday, just before the council voted 7-6 to give him $515,000 plus additional expenses, that "Whatever David Dean dreams, he spends." Dean, who's no ... More >>

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    October 11, 2006

    The Yellow-Brick Corridor

    So, the city council just approved giving $515,000 to a man named David Dean? Who dat? Well, says on the council's agenda he owns something called Dean International, which The Dallas Morning News called in June "a public policy consulting firm working for the city on the inland port." He's getting ... More >>

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    September 21, 2006

    Cash Money

    When we least expected it, a real opportunity in southern Dallas

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    July 24, 2006

    Port of Call

    Wanna know why three of your city council members--Ed Oakley, Bill Blaydes and Ron Natinsky--are in China at this very moment? (To beat the heat? For the food? To spend a small fortune of taxpayers' money on a summer vacation?) Well, Sarah Dodd of KTVT-Channel 11 will probably provide the answer whe ... More >>

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    November 15, 2001

    The Opposite of True

    How The Dallas Morning News spins the Trinity River project

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    July 5, 2001

    Run Over

    Small towns in the Big Bend area brace for an onslaught of Mexican trucks rolling their way thanks to NAFTA

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    August 10, 2000


    Cold embrace; No free ride; Love fest

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    December 11, 1997

    Through a Lens Darkly

    Through a lens darkly Juarez's street photographers capture the face of a horrific future--and the future is closer than you think

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    July 24, 1997

    Borderline case

    An illegal immigrant mother battles against bureaucracy to stay near her ailing daughter

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    July 10, 1997


    Julio Mercado is Dallas' brand-new DEA boss, and he's inherited kilos of trouble. His city is about to be declared a drug disaster zone, but all his narcs seem to care about is snitching on each other.

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    June 27, 1996

    No man is an island

    A Dallas businessman's ties to a fictional nation carry no weight in federal court

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    March 2, 1995

    Rough road ahead

    NAFTA road warriors fight it out for federal funding

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    December 8, 1994

    Left to right

    Thoughts on GATT, retraining, corporate welfare, and Bosnia