Election

Legos made of Jello. This is important.

It’s 12:19 a.m. on what is now Sunday, and I just filed my election story. I’m saying this because it’s cause for celebration — I believe it was almost 2 a.m. last time. But I also realized that because I have a surplus of awake time now, as well as a surplus of snark, it’s a great time to review what I’ve learned in my time covering elections, and in my time covering this particular election.

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Photo courtesy Dallas ISD

Pretty much immediately after former WFAA-reporter-cum-political-candidate Brett Shipp posted that it appeared Dallas ISD school board trustee Jaime Resendez didn’t live in his district, we started poking around, too.

Probably just like everyone else.

And the Dallas Morning News did a few stories. Shipp continuously tweets about it. And we continued to quietly try to figure out what in the Sam Hill was going on, and let me tell ya, if you read all those stories, it’s still confusing.

What we do know: Resendez moved out of his District 4 sometime in the late summer/early fall of 2017. According to the Dallas Central Appraisal District, the deed to the home on Mission Hills Lane, which is just a few blocks out of District 4, transferred to Resendez from the seller on Aug. 30, 2017.

He also did not claim a homestead exemption on the property. (more…)

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen took the gavel as Speaker of the House yesterday, and asked for cooperation across the aisles (Photo courtesy Rep. Bonnen’s Facebook page).

Bathrooms? That’s so 2017. The new hot legislative priorities lighting up Austin this legislative session are school finance and property taxes.

Think I’m kidding? New House Speaker Dennis Bonnen put it on a cup — actually, every cup in the Senate lounge is now emblazoned with “School Finance Reform, The Time Is Now.”

The session gaveled in knowing already that state Comptroller Glenn Hegar had told them that they would have about 8.1 percent more in funding available for public programs like schools and healthcare in the next two years, for about a $119.1 billion state budget. But he also cautioned legislators that they wouldn’t be able to make it rain — oil prices are falling and the U.S. economy is uncertain, leaving any prognostication as to how revenue will look a bit muddled.

But one couldn’t help but notice a sense of cooperation in both houses of the state legislature, one not generally felt in the last session, where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick embarked on a much-lamented quest for passage of a bathroom bill and school vouchers, both of which failed.

Bonnen, in his address Tuesday, made a plea for more bipartisanship.

“In a state as big and diverse as Texas, there are plenty of ideas about what we should do on any one issue and these ideas often point in different directions,” Bonnen said. “It’s our job to reconcile the differences.”

The makeup of the two bodies is also different this time around. Democrats gained 12 seats in the house last November, with Republicans holding the Texas House with 83 seats to Democrats’ 67. In the Senate, there are 19 Republicans and 12 Democrats. Thanks to the three-fifths rule, a kill on an unpopular GOP bill like a bathroom bill would be just one Republican renegade away, unlike the last session, when the Democrats were outnumbered 20 to 10.

This pivot away from the unpopular bathroom bill, especially (Patrick even called it “settled” when asked about it Wednesday), bodes well for proponents of retooling public education finance, as well as property owners looking for relief from rising property taxes. (more…)

Today is the last day to register to vote, which means in 29 days, nine hours, and 15 minutes, we will all be hitting refresh repeatedly on our computers and/or flipping back and forth between all the TV stations covering the midterm elections.

But something else is on that ballot besides Beto or Ted, Lupe or Greg, and so on and so on. Four ballot measures directly related to how Dallas ISD will be able to continue it’s impressive and monumental spate of improvement will also appear on every Dallasite’s ballot, and we’re betting you’ve only heard of maybe one of them.

And that’s OK. There’s been a lot of information in the past few months, and a lot to digest both public school related and completely unrelated. But we’ll be taking a look at those measures and helping drill down to make sense of them this week so that before you hit the early voting location of your choice, you feel comfortable with your choice of yay or nay. (more…)

electionJustin Henry came within 69 votes of winning the election for trustee seat for Dallas ISD District 9 outright, but is now headed to a runoff election with incumbent trustee Bernadette Nutall.

District 9 includes parts of the Fair Park/Deep Ellum area, South Dallas, Uptown and East Dallas.

Nutall was up against three challengers — Edward Turner and Ona Marie Hendricks, plus Henry. Turner and Henry received endorsements from Educate Dallas and Dallas Kids First, and Henry got the Dallas Morning News nod.

Nutall received endorsements from both teachers unions — NEA-Dallas and Alliance-AFT. (more…)

 

District 11 map

[Editor’s Note: This story is the opinion of the writer and should not be interpreted as an endorsement. CandysDirt.com does not make endorsements in political races — yes, even when our founder is running!]

Tomorrow is election day in Dallas, and as you know, I am running for Dallas City Council in District 11. I have learned so much campaigning over the past few weeks. Campaigning is really a lot like reporting: you walk and talk and find out what concerns people, then make notes to do something about it once you hit City Hall. I have also learned first-hand how our system is stacked, and will spill the beans next week.

Oh, before I forget, the numbers were great for early voting across the city: 2418 turned out in my District, which is great news. Here’s a chart comparing years:

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In my district, people are most concerned about the Police and Fire pension debacle and security. On the one hand, they are beyond furious that the fund was mismanaged — hello, poor leadership, why I’m running — and they clearly want blood from the investors and advisors who led the board astray.

But they love the police and also want security. (more…)

As a school board member, sometimes you get accolades, but mostly you get phone calls. So many phone calls. (Photo courtesy Dallas ISD)

As a school board member, sometimes you get accolades, but mostly you get phone calls. So many phone calls. (Photo: Courtesy Dallas ISD)

So, you want to run for school board.

First, I need to know if you’ve recently suffered a blow to the head. No? OK. Are you aware it’s an unpaid position that requires you to pretty much be on call 24/7? Yes? Did you know people will tweet you, comment on your Facebook wall (and probably your spouse’s, kid’s, or even mother’s wall), email you, call you, and even track you down while you’re eating dinner to vent their spleen? And trust me, they rarely if ever do all that if they just want to pat you on the back and tell you did a good job.

You’re aware of all that? Then I got nothin’. I mean, for real, there’s nothing in the world that would convince me to run for school board, so more power to you.

However, having covered more than my fair share of school board races, and having talked to voters extensively about what makes them decide which candidate to vote for (it’s not that hard because barely anyone votes), I have come up with a few things you should know if you want to run for school board.

 

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BarPolitics-napkin

By Amanda Popken
Special Contributor

It’s only the fifth installment of Bar Politics, so if you have no idea what this is, you’re not that out of the loop. You’ll definitely want to check out this amateur roadshow this month if you’re at all interested in housing, development, real estate, and the gentrification-storm we’re preparing for in North Oak Cliff.

Hosted by Josh Kumlar, the event is formatted similarly to the Late Night Show or the Daily Show. Political news jokes, a skit or two, and interviews with special guests. And music, of course.

Once a month they pick a topic, pick a bar, and start talking smack. Josh is a recent SMU grad, a theatre major. His friends help him with the show’s shenanigans. The interviewed guests are local celebrities, knowledgeable on the issue at hand. As Josh describes it: (more…)