Mayor Laura MillerEvent of the Year for Dallas occurred twice and both times voters said "no" to a strong and stronger Mayor. This was a personal rebuke for Mayor Miller and probably presages her defeat for re-election in 2007. It also means no one remains in charge in Dallas.
The Event of the Year for Texas came late when the Texas Supreme Court handed down its ruling that the state’s method of funding public education amounted to an unconstitutional statewide property tax. That forces the legislature to do what it has lacked the courage to do for years: kill Robin Hood and change the way public schools are funding. However, the Court did not seem to require substantial additional funding for public education – at least for now.
The national event of the year was the death of the Chief Justice William Rehnquist and the elevation of John Roberts to the top judicial spot. We are decades from knowing what the consequence of Robert’s selection will be but we can be confident it will be substantial. Most likely he will help solidify a conservative court for a long time to come – but with justices you never know till the cases are read.
The global Even of the Year was the December election in Iraq. This may have been a real turning point. The road from Stalinism to democracy cannot be quick and easy but it appears the Iraqis may have at least started down that road. If they have, history, and US voters, will remember George W. Bush favorably.