DISD Board trustee Mike Morath was featured in a Dallas Morning News Q&A over the weekend. You should read it. Morath also apparently feels the Q&A needs some clarification, which he has just issued via the miracle of e-mail. Read with your eyes:Full Story
A visual analysis. (Click on photo.)
Anxious to see if Westcott’s message to voters tightens up for his May runoff with Morgan Meyer (who got 47 percent of the vote in the House District 108 race).Full Story
If you read the story in the Sunday paper, you know that there will be people at polling locations tomorrow asking you to sign a petition to explore remaking DISD. It’s a great idea, one that could lead to meaningful change. Two things that struck me:Full Story
This headline just
trolled me showed up in my Twitter feed:
Oh my stars. Okay, if you don’t remember all the details of this absolute b.s. investigation, I don’t have the energy to recount it again. Just know I wanted to call your attention to this because, really, it’s the perfect DMN DISD blog post. Its construction is a thing of beauty:Full Story
I just saw, emerging from First Baptist, what appears to be seven angels. They where hard to see, as they were clothed in pure and white linen, but I’m pretty sure their breasts were girded with golden girdles, as redundant as that may sound. Then — and I know this sounds odd — four beasts gave them each what appeared to be a vial, or a bowel, perhaps. Also, I heard this song from the heavens. That seems important.
[Clearly related] Texas Motor Speedway — which last year had the NRA as its NASCAR Sprint Cup race sponsor — today announced a new multiyear title sponsor for its April tail-chase: Duck Commander, the company run by the charming homophobe Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty.Full Story
An update on how the A.C. vote went down: There is still a lot of discrepency between the players involved as to just how possible it was that anyone besides Gonzalez was going to be voted city manager. I said Tuesday that the anti-A.C. side felt it was one vote away from securing enough votes for Oakland administrator Deanna Santana.
But others who were involved in trying to swing votes say that number is only partially true. They say some of the anti-A.C. members were hearing what they wanted to hear. Specifically: they say some anti-A.C. members ignored that even when there were seven people willing to not vote for Gonzalez, it was very unclear that those seven would agree to back Santana or the other candidate, David Cooke.Full Story
As I said on Twitter yesterday morning and the DMN then double-secret confirmed, our new city manager, A.C. Gonzalez, had the necessary votes locked up 24 hours ago. But that doesn’t mean this was a done deal. In fact, 48 hours ago, anti-A.C. forces on the Council only needed one more vote to hire Oakland city administrator Deanna Santana. Here’s how the arm-twisting shook out, according to five on-background sources I kept in contact with as the drama played out over the weekend.Full Story
Are you a Hish who is also a unique storyteller who will “fit perfectly into an exciting concept expanding to Dallas”? In addition to a kill gland that sends you into a frenzied, murderous rampage, are you able to shoot daily assignments on a Sony EX3 and DSLR cameras?Full Story
If you haven’t seen the documentary Blackfish, I highly encourage you to do so. It’s a look specifically at a bull orca, Tilikum, who has killed three people in 30 years of captivity, but more broadly it’s an investigation into the ethos of SeaWorld. It shows, in interviews with experts and former SeaWorld employees, how the company has ignored safety and animal-rights concerns for decades even as it has promoted itself as a place where families can learn more about these creatures in a (supposedly) safe and nurturing environment.Full Story
I forgot to record an intro. But you’ll figure out pretty quickly that I’m talking to City Councilman Philip Kingston about the city manager search.Full Story
The Morning News and Channel 8 had been drifting apart for years. Most of the cross-polinization came only at the highest level of management. The truth is that the print-broadcast marriage had dissolved, and the companies’ efforts at “content-sharing” looked more like divorce-lawyer meetings than newsroom brainstorming sessions.Full Story
Steve Blow weighs in today echoing the conventional wisdom that DA Craig Watkins is obviously trying to extend his political power by pushing colleagues into positions of local importance, in this case convincing First Assistant DA Heath Harris to run for Dallas County party chair, Democrat version.Full Story
I give Dallas’ Only Daily a lot of grief in this space for its education coverage, so I think in the spirit of fair play I should single it out for praise: This week’s stories (first on here, second here) on the goofy real estate deals — wherein a real estate broker was paid an exorbitantly high commission of 9 percent — were great watchdog-y stuff.
The lead from the follow-up story neatly sums up what was at issue here:Full Story
In this past weekend’s Points section, the DMN ran an essay suggesting that catastrophic climate change — which the piece called global warming — doesn’t cause more big, scary tornados. It made me crazy for several reasons.Full Story
The thing I cry out for with the DMN’s DISD reporting is context. It’s whistling in the wind. I never get it.
Take today’s story about how 20 percent of DISD teachers left last year. Okay. That’s more than in past years.Full Story