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Leading Off (4/1/13)

Kaufman County DA and Wife Gunned Down: We’re only beginning to scratch the surface on this one. But some, such as Forney Mayor Darren Rozell, are already drawing connections between the killing of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, and the murder of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse two months ago […]

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Arts District Leaders Reject Plan to Tax Klyde Warren Park Neighbors

Wilonsky has a follow-up scoop on his original scoop about the proposed Klyde Warren Park public improvement district, and it’s not good news for the park: …as you’ll see below, with “deep concern” [Dallas Museum of Art Director Maxwell Anderson, Perot Museum of Nature and Science CEO Nicole Small, AT&T Performing Arts Center President and […]

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Cash Store Owner Trevor Ahlberg Has Donated Nearly $1 Million to Texas Politicians Since 2009

Irving’s Trevor Ahlberg likes shooting elephants, charging exorbitant fees on payday loans, and donating money to conservative causes. He likes that last one so much that — through his company, Cottonwood Financial — he’s donated close to $1 million to conservative Texas politicians since 2009. Texans For Public Justice released a report earlier this week […]

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Klyde Warren Park Wants Its Neighbors to Help Pay For Its Maintenance, Via a Public Improvement District. What the Heck Is a Public Improvement District?

As Wilonsky broke yesterday afternoon, the folks at Klyde Warren Park would like its neighbors to start pitching in with the costs of maintaining the park. Their plan is to create a public improvement district, which would assess a small tax on property owners in the district to help with, well, improvements. Wilonsky mentioned the […]

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Dallas Trails Get Top Priority in NCTCOG Funding Recommendations, May Pull in $5 Million

Dallas’ Coombs Creek and SoPac trails may soon get a welcome boost to their coffers, provided the North Central Texas Council of Governments takes its own advice. The two trails are the highest-ranked Dallas-area projects that applied for funding from the council last fall, outshining similar projects in Frisco, Lancaster, Terrell, and other area cities. Back […]

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Former First Lady Laura Bush: Some 2012 GOP Candidates Frightened Women

Responding to questions about the percentage of women who voted for President Obama in last year’s election, former first lady Laura Bush told CNN last night that conservative candidates with extreme views on reproductive science are not the norm in the Republican Party. She told Erin Burnett OutFront that “every candidate was different,” but that […]

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Arlington Now Has FAA Permission to Fly Drones

Back in 2011, the city of Arlington dropped a little over $200,000 to purchase two battery-operated Leptron Avengers. The 11-pound dragonflies were equipped with cameras, and could zoom above the city at 40 miles per hour. Problem was, the city hadn’t received FAA approval to use the electric helicopters. Until late last month. From the […]

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Leading Off (3/4/13)

Dallas Police Chief Fires Officers Who Allegedly Planted Drugs During Investigation: Chief David Brown had a busy Friday, firing two officers who are now charged with fabricated and/or tampering with physical evidence and aggravated perjury related to a 2011 drug investigation. The chief also suspended or fired additional officers for drinking and driving, getting into […]

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Dallas Rep. Dan Branch Proposes Tying University Funding to Graduation Rates

From the Texas Observer: The Legislature balked at putting so-called “outcomes-based funding” proposals into place last session, but did approve a measure authorizing the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop an outcomes-based funding model that could be used for 10 percent of its funding request for this session. Branch said [Wednesday] that Texas “desperately needs more incentive” to […]

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Bedford Rep’s Chief of Staff Raked For Racist, Homophobic Writing

Over on Burnt Orange Report today, there’s a quick piece on Tony McDonald, the chief of staff for State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, of Bedford. In it, McDonald is taken to task for a history of racist, homophobic writing. Let’s tackle the racism first. From a 2008 blog post: “Where are literacy tests when we need […]

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Leading Off (2/25/13)

Sequester Cuts Would Burn in Texas: If automatic cuts to federal spending kick in Friday, Texas stands to lose millions in funding to military bases, ports, pre-school services, tuition assistance, teachers, environmental programs, law enforcement, and more according to state-by-state cut details released by the White House Sunday. Mayor’s Education Fix a Bore: The Dallas […]

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Anti-Spending West Texas Rep. Lobbies to Make George W. Bush’s Childhood Home a National Park

Back in the 80s, Mike Conaway was the CFO of Bush Exploration, George W. Bush’s failed oil company. Since then, he’s gone on to become the United States Congressman for Texas’ District 11, consistently running on an anti-spending platform. His brand of fiscal conservatism doesn’t stretch to his friendships, apparently. According to Think Progress: A ThinkProgress review of […]

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