Only early risers will be viewing the WFAA-TV debate between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Bob Gammage and Chris Bell. The taped debate is scheduled to run at 5 a.m. Sunday. Thank God, I guess, for the Web. The debate is already up on the WFAA.com Web site and may also be available on the dallasnews.com site.
Town hall meetings on the proposed Dallas Bond Program are running tonight at various locations, (check dallascityhall.com for times and locations) and DallasBlog reporters will be there to learn what Dallas residents have to say on the matter.
Ed IshmaelDallas Attorney Ed Ishmael believes Texas Attorney General Greg Abott's anti-fraud campaign is a fraud. He asserts it is not about combating fraud because there isn't any. Ishmael believes it is all about voter supression.
The Dallas Morning News ran a major story in its metropolitan section today on concerns about Mayor Miller excluding other council members from ongoing negotiations to keep the Texas-OU football game at the Cotton Bowl.
Our Viewpoints columnist Rufus Shaw first raised this issue in his Monday column for DallasBlog.
Sandy McDonoughThousands, including President Bush and several former presidents, had gathered in a large church outside Atlanta Tuesday to ostensibly pay their respects for the life of Coretta Scott King.
The chief of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, Yuval Diskin, made some revealing comments last week when "he was secretly recorded talking to teenage Jewish settlers preparing for military service." According to the Guardian newspaper, Israeli television made public last week the secret recording. Here is what Mr. Diskin had to say about Iraq, "When you dismantle a system in which there is a despot who controls his people by force, you have chaos. You get what happens in Iraq. I’m not sure we won’t miss Saddam."
To read the full story in the Guardian, click here.
The non-partisan Committee for a Qualified Judiciary (CQJ) announced its endorsed slate of “qualified” candidates in Dallas County judicial races.
The CQJ consists of over 75 lawyers, businessmen and women and many community and civic leaders from all parts of Dallas County. For over 24 years the CQJ has examined, without regard to party label, the qualifications of candidates for the local bench. Candidates are evaluated for their legal ability, integrity, judicial temperament and a commitment to the fair and impartial administration of justice.
With more than 100 candidates in 42 contested judicial races the general public is often bewildered by the choice. CQJ was formed to help provide useful, non-partisan information that would allow citizens to make informed voting choices.
The committee met following an extensive evaluation process consisting of the review of public records and questionnaires submitted by the candidates; references and background checks; and, personal interviews. The CQJ’s Evaluation Committee, comprised of 22 members was chaired by Robert B. Cousins, Jr.
The Evaluation Committee is divided into panels and assigned candidates to study. Following the review process each panel presents its conclusions to the Evaluation Committee sitting as a whole and each candidate then must receive a two-thirds vote by the Evaluation Committee to be reported favorably to the CQJ membership at its February 8th meeting. All endorsed candidates received a two-thirds vote to the CQJ membership.
CQJ Officers are George C. Chapman, Chair; Robert B. Cousins, Jr., Vice-Chair and Chair, Evaluation Committee; Louis A. Beecherl, Jr., Treasurer; Nina Cortell, Secretary; William C. (Trey) Dowdy III and Michael L. Parham, Co-Chairs, Membership Committee.
Directors include: Kim J. Askew, Louis A. Beecherl, Jr., Jim Burnham, Nina Cortell, George Chapman, William E. Cooper, Robert B. Cousins, Jr., Clarice Davis, John Estes, Ruben Esquivel, Douglas D. Hawthorne, Rhonda Hunter, Randy Johnston, Richard Knight, Jr., C. Paul Rogers III, Pete Schenkel, Charles M. Solomon, and Betsy Whitaker.
ENDORSED “AS QUALIFIED” BY COMMITTEE FOR A QUALIFIED JUDICIARY
44th Civil District Court David Kelton
68th Civil District Court Charles Stokes/Martin Hoffman
101st Civil District Court Jay Patterson/Marty Lowy
116th Civil District Court Robert Frost
160th Civil District Court Nancy Thomas/Jim Jordan
191st Civil District Court Catharina Haynes
192nd Civil District Court Dawn Estes/S.Craig Smith
193rd Civil District Court David Evans/Carl Ginsberg
298th Civil District Court Karen Willcutts/Emily Tobolowsky
Criminal District Court No. 1 Janice Warder/Robert Burns
Criminal District Court No. 5 Manny Alvarez/Carter Thompson
Criminal District Court No. 6 Danny Clancy/Jeanine Howard
Criminal District Court No. 7 Livia Liu/Mike Snipes
194th Criminal District Court Mary Miller
195th Criminal District Court Fred Burns/Fred Tinsley/Dianne Kathryn Jones
204th Criminal District Court Mark Nancarrow
265th Criminal District Court Keith Dean
282nd Criminal District Court Karen Greene/ Andy Chatham
283rd Criminal District Court Becky Gregory/Rick Magnis
292nd Criminal District Court Henry Wade, Jr.
363rd Criminal District Court Faith Johnson/ Tracy Holmes
254th Family District Court Jeff Coen/ David Hanschen
255th Family District Court Craig Fowler/ Lori C. Hockett
256th Family District Court Brenda Garrett Green/Barbara Geddis Van Duyne
301st Family District Court Susan Rankin/ Lynn Cherry
302nd Family District Court Francis Harris/ Tena Callahan
303rd Family District Court Tomi Shehan/ Dennise Garcia
304th Juvenile District Court John Sholden
County Criminal Court No. 1 Ada Brown/Dan Patterson
County Criminal Court No. 2 Neil Pask
County Criminal Court No. 3 Glen Fitzmartin/Doug Skemp/David Lewis
County Criminal Court No. 4 Bill Fay/Teresa Tolle/Don Metcalfe
County Criminal Court No. 6 Jennifer Balido/Alan Barr
County Criminal Court No. 9 Keith A. Anderson/Peggy Hoffman
County Criminal Court No. 10 Lisa Fox/Roberto Canas
County Criminal Court No. 11 Donna Winfield/Elizabeth Frizell
County Court at Law, No. 1 Russell H. Roden
County Court at Law, No. 2 John Peyton/King Fifer
County Court at Law, No. 4 Ken Tapscott
Criminal District Court of Appeals, Pl. 2 Lynn Burson Brian O’Shea/Jeffrey Rosenfield
The public is invited to hear from the 6 candidates for Dallas County District Attorney, as the Dallas Bar Association hosts two lunchtime Public Forums this month. The candidates will discuss issues facing the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, along with their own qualifications and goals.
The three Republican candidates (Vic Cunningham, Toby Shook and Dan Wyde) will participate in a one-hour Public Forum on Wednesday, February 15, and the three Democratic candidates (B.D. Howard, Larry Jarrett and Craig Watkins) will participate in a one-hour Public Forum on Monday, February 20.
Both Public Forums will begin promptly at NOON at the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas (garage parking available; enter from Olive Street). An optional $13 lunch buffet will begin at 11:30 a.m.
The Dallas Morning News is reporting today that Texas two US Senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, are warning local political and civic leaders to reach a compromise on the Wright Amendment or Congress will take matters into its own hands. The two senators reportedly say that many states will seek the same exemption received for his state by Missouri Senator Kit Bond. The two senators believe that at least many senators will seek to exemptions in the same way Missouri did.
The City of Fort Worth, DFW Airport and American Airlines maintain that the so-called Wright Amendment was "the"compromise and that the subject should be closed. Southwest Airlines is campaigning hard to lift the Wright Amendment so they can serve long-haul destinations from Dallas Love Field. Dallas Mayor Laura Miller prefers a compromise that would reduce the number of gates allowed by the city's Love Field Master Plan but that would allow through ticketing (one stop within Wright territory before continuing on elsewhere). Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis) who serves as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has vowed to block any attempt to repeal or seriously amend the Wright legislation.