Heart’s Ann Wilson handling the national anthem duties for the @dallascowboys T’giving Day game.
— Preston Jones (@prestonjones) November 13, 2012
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Texas Republicans upset about the direction of the country following the 2012 election shouldn’t be jumping on the secession bandwagon, they should be looking into what we wrote about in July 2009 issue of D Magazine: the possibility of our Lone Star State becoming five separate states.
Nate Silver, whom you may have heard of in recent months because of his Five Thirty Eight blog correctly calling the outcome of the presidential race in all 50 states (and being heavily criticized ahead of the election for suggesting Obama has a 90% chance of reelection), is the person who did the demographic breakdown for us of how a division of the state might look.
He defined the territories of New Texas (Austin/College Station), Plainland (Amarillo/Midland/Odessa), El Norte (San Antonio/El Paso), Gulfland (Houston/Corpus Christi), and–where we live here in Dallas–Trinity (also including out best frenemy, Fort Worth). So would the election have been different with this division? Here’s how each of these territories voted in the presidential race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama:
|Mitt Romney||Barack Obama|
There was some good news but a whole lot more that was pretty bad when the fifth annual SMU Cox Economic Outlook Panel convened this morning in a room off Cox Dean Al Niemi Jr.’s office on The Hilltop. First, the good stuff: Europe’s in recession, but it probably won’t whack the U.S. or Texas. America’s on track to be energy independent by the end of the decade. Retailers are in for another “strong” holiday season, with 5 percent sales growth. And DFW’s at the top nationally, or near the top, when it comes to the big commercial real estate categories.
So what’s so bad? U.S. growth will continue to be “painfully sluggish” next year, below 2 percent. At the current rate, we won’t be back to full employment until 2030. Housing’s on the rebound, but it’s still way below par. Medicare and payroll taxes are about to go up, hitting middle-class working stiffs hardest. The banking crisis has cost us $10 trillion to $20 trillion (we’re a $15 trillion economy). And the gap between rich and poor hasn’t been this wide since the 1920s. All that said, the gurus agreed: We’re better off than most Americans living here in DFW, Texas. So there’s that.
Earlier today, at a glass factory in Austin for some reason, Governor Rick Perry threw his support behind Flower MoundÂ State Sen. Jane Nelson’s pre-filed bill that would require drug testing for all those applying forÂ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
and Unemployment Insurance benefits.
“Texas taxpayers will not subsidize or tolerate illegal drug abuse. Every dollar that goes to someone who uses it inappropriately is a dollar that can’t go to a Texan who needs it for housing, child care or medicine,” Perry said in a statement. “Being on drugs makes it much harder to begin the journey to independence, which only assures individuals remain stuck in the terrible cycle of drug abuse and poverty.”
I have only one point to make: tan suit? Really? Come on son, it’s almost Thanksgiving. Tuck that thing away. Sure you got plenty of blue and black suits.
(Oh and also, when are the attacks on the poor going to end? That’s another point I’d like to make. I’d bet people would be a lot more reluctant to support this if it also included drug-testing for state pensions.)
Update: Senator Nelson’s press rep emailed me this morning to clarify that the bill “does not impact unemployment insurance benefits or any other state benefits.” She did not mention Perry’s suit in the email.
The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza spent some time with Senator-elect Ted Cruz, right before the election. In his very long piece, Lizza discusses immigration, and how those immigrants might turn dependably red states into blue states. And he’s not just talking foreign immigrants:
More than a million Americans have moved to Texas in the past decade, many from traditionally Democratic states. More than three hundred and fifty thousand Californians have arrived in the past five years; since 2005, over a hundred thousand Louisianans permanently relocated to Texas, mostly in Houston, after Hurricane Katrina. The population is also skewing younger, which means more Democratic. But [stateÂ Republican Party chairmanÂ Steve Munisteri]Â Â is more preoccupied by the racial and ethnic changes.
He turned to a chart showing Texas’s population by ethnic group over the next few decades. A red line, representing the white population, plunged from almost fifty-five per cent, in 2000, to almost twenty-five per cent, in 2040; a blue line, the Hispanic population, climbed from thirty-two per cent to almost sixty per cent during the same period. He pointed to the spot where the two lines crossed, as if it augured a potential apocalypse. “This shows when Hispanics will become the largest group in the state,” he said. “That’s somewhere in 2014. We’re almost at 2013!” He added, “You cannot have a situation with the Hispanic community that we’ve had for forty years with the African-American community, where it’s a bloc of votes that you almost write off. You can’t do that with a group of citizens that are going to compose a majority of this state by 2020, and which will be a plurality of this state in about a year and a half.”
So, 2014? Maybe?
Craig James did not do well in his bid to become a U.S. senator, winning just 4 percent of the votes in the Republican primary back in May. Now the question is: will he do right by the people who tried to get him elected? His most recent Report of Receipts and Disbursements (you know it fondly as FEC Form 3), filed October 11, shows that the Craig James for United States Senate committee has debts totaling $477,725. Now, $300,000 of that is part of a loan that James himself made to the campaign. He loaned the campaign $750,000 and, before the primary, repaid himself $450,000. So call it $177,725. That’s how much James’ committee owes to various people who worked on the campaign.
The committee is making progress toward paying down this debt. The amount owed now is $560 less than it was in the second quarter.
The James For Senate committee’s biggest debtor is the New York consultant Arthur J. Finkelstein, who is owed $25,000. His campaign manager, Corbett Howard of Celina, is owed $22,000. James’ own daughter, Jessica James of Celina, is owed $15,000. His Austin-based spokesperson, Meredith Turney, who confirmed for me that James has neither eaten a panda steak nor killed five hookers, is owed $5,000.
And then there is Cynthia Wiedemann, of Dallas-based Fundraising Solutions. Wiedemann, who knows James personally, is owed $5,500. But she’s more concerned about the small mail house and printing firm she used for the campaign, Valentine Direct Marketing, which is owed $3,018. Before she gets paid, she wants to see Valentine reimbursed for its expenses. And it doesn’t matter that James lost in the primary, she says. He still needs to pay his bills.
An amused, law school-attending, non-local FrontBurnervian passed this along, noting that a copy of this desperate plea is affixed to the copier at her school, but that it’s been around since at least 2010 when this particular ad ran in the ABA Journal.
The Florida-based law blog PrawfsBlawg has a few things to say about these sort of “educational” advertisements, but here’s my favorite:
Honestly, speaking, it’s unbelievable. What a bunch of weasels. I’m going to go downstairs and xerox something on the Canon photocopier right now just to do it.
Updated: Xerox is still in fact still based in Connecticut (thanks, Matt), but has Dallas offices thanks to the company’s acquisition of ACS. This still works as a funny. Sort of.
That’s the takeaway from The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin, who wrote that the new CEO of the Plano-based retailer and former Apple retail head Ron Johnson is removed from the realities of the company:
…Mr. Johnson has sought to remake the company quickly, perhaps too quickly, by eliminating promotions and discounts, moving the stores more upscale, rebranding the company as JCP and putting in place a “fair and square” pricing model. (J.C. Penney is, however, putting on a special sale for the holidays.)
Yet the renovations are hardly finished – or in some cases even started. Only 11 percent of its stores’ floor space has been remodeled with his successful specialty-store-within-a-store concept, in which he has opened up outposts for brands like Levi’s, Izod,Â Liz ClaiborneÂ and the Original Arizona Jean Company.
J.C. Penney may have been dying a slow death before Mr. Johnson’s arrival – some rivals used call it “death by coupon,” given the retailer’s penchant for discounts – but the company’s decline has only accelerated.
Then where am I going to get my Arizona jeans?
Have you seen this beautiful SideDish post about putting together your Thanksgiving dinner? All of intrepid research editor Lesley Lynch’s recipes look crazy delicious, especially that sweet potato gratin. Yum.
A cool thing happening tonight at the Dallas City Performance Hall: the still-newish Dallas Chamber Symphony premieres an original score by Austin-based composer Brian Satterwhite to accompany a screening of the 1921 comedy classic A Sailor-Made Man. If you’ve never had occasion to see this, you should, and it’s a perfect excuse to check out the Arts District’s newest venue. You’ll also hear John Adams’ Chamber Symphony and Michael Torke’s Adjustable Wrench, according to our classical critic Wayne Lee Gay. And the good news is, you can finally eat at CafÃ© des Artistes, because who knows what’s up with The Greek. Probably fleeing after an inside tip from the FBI.
Also this evening, local designer Jim Duran debuts his sparkly (think stuff like black tees with sequin panels) menswear collection at Dish. Raya gave us a sneak peek at the line over on ShopTalk, and DJ Blake Ward spins tonight’s free party that also offers drinks and light hors d’oeuvres.
For more to do tonight, including the Dallas Observer Music Awards at House of Blues, go here.
Interesting story about why Mark Cuban is fed up with Facebook. He’s pushing his companies away from that platform and to other social media such as Twitter, Tumblr, and, yes, perhaps MySpace. Here’s his problem with Facebook:
“Facebook has never allowed 100% reach. I think the disconnect is that not everyone realized that they didnt allow 100% reach. I bet if you asked anyone who has subscribers if their posts reached 100% of their subscribers, they would say yes unless they have seen the dollar box for promoted posts show up.”
“I think the same applies to brands as well. Remember most brands don’t have social media departments. They rely on common sense. If someone likes your brand, it seems like common sense to me that you can expect your posts to reach 100% of those that like your brand. Doesn’t it to you?”
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was sentenced to life in prison today in Amarillo, for the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, the Associated Press reports.
Prosecutors say Aldawsari had collected bomb-making materials and researched possible targets, including former President George W. Bush’s Preston Hollow home. He was convicted of the crime in June.
Investigators say Aldawsari’s goal was to carry out jihad, though his attorneys claimed he was a harmless failure who never came close to attacking anyone.
When your own attorneys are sonning you, it’s probably time to find a new calling.
- Jack Kemp addressed the 1984 Republican National Convention in…Dallas, Texas.
- Texas Senator Phil Gramm ran against Bob Dole for the 1996 Republican nomination.
Now that THAT’S out of the way, enjoy this website that still exists and includes such hits as:
- “Right now, we feature a variety of downloadable wallpaper images. Decorate your desktop withÂ Dole for PresidentÂ graphics!”
- The “updates” section of the website includes the line “Check out the past e-mail updates sent to Dole Online supporters,” but features a picture of a fax machine.
- “Following Bob Dole’s mention of his campaign Web site address in his closing remarks last night in Hartford, the site has been deluged by a flood of first-time visitors. In a single four-hour period today, the Dole-Kemp ’96 Web site received more than 762,000 “hits” — the Web standard for measuring traffic on a site.”
United Parcel Service is set to adopt a new non-discrimination policy, one that will sever funding to the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation reported yesterday.
According to the UPS Foundation’s Global Investment Strategy:
The UPS Foundation seeks to support organizations that are in alignment with our focus areas, guidelines, and non-discrimination policy. UPS and The UPS Foundation do not discriminate against any person or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable law, as well as other categories protected by UPS and The UPS Foundation in our own policies. These include, but are not limited to race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, age and religion.
This comes on the heels of the BSA’s October release of its “perversion files,” made public by the Oregon Supreme Court.
UPS’s charitable foundation donated $167,000 to the Scouts in 2010, according to GLAAD. National BSA board-member and CEO of Dallas-based AT&TÂ Randall Stephenson also called for an end to the group’s anti-gay policies this summer.
Problem is, no one at the BSA will worry about $167,000. Look over the 2010 non-profit exemption form below; the group still has $1.03 BILLION in total assets. The UPS Foundation’s move is great, sure, but the actual damage it will do isÂ negligible.
DISD Did Not Use Federal Funds for Movie Outing. The TEA has ended its investigation into how the district paid for a $57,000 trip to see the movie Red Tails, determining that federal Title 1 funds weren’t used. But if you read this story (paywall) carefully, it sure sounds like federal funds were used and that the district simply repaid them. As in: “DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander, who said in February that the district used Title I money for the trip, said Interim Superintendent Alan King later opted to use local funds instead.”
Two Shootings, One Lethal, at Dallas Motel. You know what’s going to get a lousy review on Yelp? The America’s Best Value Inn off I-20 and S. Westmoreland Road. Last night two men in two separate incidents were shot in the head.
North Lake College Scares Pants Off Its Own Students. The next time North Lake decides to conduct a training exercise wherein a fake shooter fires blanks in a hallway, they might want to alert their students. One said he was so scared that she almost threw a chair through a window to escape.