Now look, I'm the last person to defend panhandlers, but someone at CBS 11 News - I'm looking at you J.D. Miles - needs to learn some basic rules about extrapolating broad conclusions from such a narrow, non-random, unscientific sampling.
Sen. John CaronaState Senator John Carona, who represents much of east Dallas, has been appointed chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Given the many transportation issues concerning Dallas and the greater Dallas area Carona's appointment is particularly important. Appointed chairman of the Senate Nominations committee was Tarrant County Senator Kim Brimer.
Direct mail pieces from Vic Cunningham and Toby Shook received this week suggest two different approaches by the Republican candidates for district attorney. Cunningham is running for the Republican nomination, and Shook appears to be running for the general election.
Cunningham's mailer pictures him with Gov. Rick Perry and includes endorsements from 12 current or former officeholders, along with dozens of GOP precinct chairmen and other well known names in the party. The headline for the list touts Cunninham, a district court judge, as "The choice of conservatives we trust."
Shook's mailer touts endorsements from three police associations, including Dallas, and from retiring District Attorney Bill Hill and includes a ballot-by-mail application. No mention of any other Republicans. An automated phone message from Shook also notes his endorsement from the current DA who he has served as top deputy. While he might prove to be a stronger candidate in November, he'd better not forget that he has to win the primary first.
Edward Blum, a visiting fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, and Roger Clegg, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, have offered an amicus brief in support of congressional redistricting. In the 1990s Blum offered an initiative in Houston that would have outlawed racial preferences. The brief presents the findings of two social scientists hired by the American Enterprise Institute's Project on Fair Representation to analyse minority voting trends. Frank Reilly and Marc Levin of the Austin law firm Potts & Reilly wrote the brief. Click here to view in PDF format.
President Bush and the First Lady will land at Love Field this afternoon and visit the Dallas Science and Engineering Magnet School.
The visit comes on the heels of the President's remarks in Tuesday's State of the Union address advocating more federal spending to train math and science teachers, and his call for increased emphasis in schools on mathematics.
Mr. Bush will also honor Sharon Randolph with the President's Volunteer Service Award for her work with a number of groups, including pro-education In-Unity, Sunset Baptist Church in Grand Prairie and Fannie C. Harris Elementary School in Dallas.