On October 28, the Dallas City Council will vote to renew its contract with the lobbyists who do the city's bidding in Austin and D.C. Right about now, the city spends $502,000 with the likes of CapitalEdge (which also lobbies on behalf of Arlington; Denton, Reno, Nevada; and Huntsville, Alabama), Alcalde & Fay (which works for Miami and Atlantic City, among many others), former Dallas assistant city attorney Randy Cain, HillCo Partners, Kwame Walker and San Antonio attorney Susan Rocha.
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In about an hour, the city council's Legislative Ad Hoc Committee will discuss whether or not the lobbyists have done enough for the city to merit their paychecks -- though it's really a formality, as staff's already OK'd the approval, and this year's list looks like last year's. Still, if you're feeling particularly wonky this afternoon, you can follow along: The lobbyists have to list their accomplishments, down to the last earmark in pending House and Senate appropriation bills. Spoiler alert: Lots of Trinity River Corridor Project and transportation initiatives mentioned.