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…)


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[Editor’s Note: This story is the opinion of the writer and should not be interpreted as an endorsement. 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.




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…)