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Thoughts on the Lewisville Council Election

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/5/9 15:20:00 (2621 reads)

Last night, John Gorena won re-election by a 3.84% margin - 76 votes of 1980 cast. Gorena surpassed Gilmore by 124 votes in early voting, and Gilmore had a 48 vote lead in election day voting, which was not enough to overcome Gorena's early voting lead. We don't at this point have a precinct-by-precinct breakdown, but will try to get one.

Since we endorsed TJ Gilmore in this race, we are of course disappointed in the outcome. But we're even more disappointed in those voters who chose to set aside the questions of Gorena's qualifications and general lack of knowledge or interest in anything other than his hatred of those people he imagines to be illegal immigrants.

Gilmore took the high ground in his campaign by focusing on issues and real solutions. Gorena wrapped himself in identity politics to distract from his lack of solid knowledge or ideas. Gorena's only message aside from his desire to inflict financial damage on the city and disenfranchise its citizens in order to lash out at bogeyman illegals, was that he's a Republican, an American, and a Christian. Nevermind that his opponent, T.J. Gilmore was also all of those things; Gorena wanted to portray the false dichotomy that anyone not as prejudiced and dogmatically entrenched in his particular world view was somehow not American or Christian.

Nevertheless, our City Council has to represent a cross-section of our City. We will continue to have someone to represent the willfully ignorant, Glenn Beck watching, conspiracy-minded bigots who fail to understand simple economics, civil rights, and basic ethics.

This just means we have more work to do in the coming years to expose the real issues and peel back the simplistic fear-based rhetoric that wraps them. There are no more simple answers to be had in today's society; it takes a lot of understanding of complex interactions and economic consequences to make an intelligent decision.

Thank God that we have at least 3 other Councilmen who despite sometimes being on the other side of an issue from us, at least do their own thinking and research facts.

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Saturday Blaze Destroys Lewisville House

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/5/8 18:50:00 (1894 reads)

A bit after 4 PM Saturday, Lewisville Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 300 block of Uecker Lane in Lewisville, just north of F.M. 3040. The house appeared to be gutted, and smoke could be seen from as far away as Flower Mound. Fire Chief Rick Lasky said there were no injuries, and that the cause of the blaze is under investigation, as is standard practice.

The house was unoccupied and had been condemned since 2009, when neighbors had petitioned the city to take action against the substandard property. The house had been abandoned, and was occasionally used by transients. Photos taken inside and outside of the structure and presented to the Lewisville City Council showed extreme dilapidation.

The property's owner in Denton County tax records is Sharon Valk, of Fort Worth, who has owned the property since early 2008.

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Lewisville and Flower Mound Election Results

Local News, Notes and Events
 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/5/8 14:30:00 (10261 reads)

Lewisville City Council - Place 4
- T.J. Gilmore
Early: 573 Election: 379 Total: 952
- John Gorena (Win - Official)
Early: 697 Election: 331 Total: 1028
Denton County Elections Results
Editorial: Our thoughts on this election.

Lewisville ISD Trustee Election
Place 3:
- Jeff Knapp
Early: 2854 Election: 1401 Total: 4255
- Mike McDaniel
Early: 2391 Election: 1046 Total: 3437
- Tommy Kim
Early: 2752 Election: 1221 Total: 3973

Place 4:
- Julie Foughty
Early: 3115 Election: 1501 Total: 4616
- Ryan Collinsworth
Early: 1777 Election: 656 Total: 2433
- Kathy Duke
Early: 3067 Election: 1426 Total: 4493

Place 5:
- Brenda Latham (Win)
Early: 3652 Election: 1855 Total: 5507
- Patrick Kelly
Early: 1059 Election: 399 Total: 1458
- Fred Placke
Early: 3314 Election: 1381 Total: 4695

Denton County Elections Results

Flower Mound Town Council
- Melissa Northern (Win)
Early: 3724 Election: 1204 Total: 4928
- Jody Smith (Conceded)
Early: 2181 Election: 1202 Total: 3383

Place 2:
- Gerald Robinson
Early: 2156 Election: 1172 Total: 3328
- Al Filidoro (Win)
Early: 3654 Election: 1210 Total: 4864

Place 4:
- Steve Lyda (Win)
Early: 3779 Election: 1237 Total: 5016
- Bryan Webb
Early: 2021 Election: 1145 Total: 3166

Prop 1: (Failed)
- Yes
Early: 2658 Election: 1172 Total: 3830
- No
Early: 2636 Election: 1051 Total: 3889

Denton County Election Results

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Lewisville Announces Another Open Government Win: Check Register Online

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/5/7 15:00:00 (2246 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville's City check register is now accessible via the city's website.

The City of Lewisville launched a new feature today (May 7) on its website that lets visitors view and sort an electronic version of the city's check register.

In an attempt to expanded financial openness and transparency with residents, the city’s new Open Book program allows users to see a list of checks written by the city and to sort them by several criteria. The system will be updated monthly, and users will be able to find checks by looking up a specific vendor, or by fund, department or expense type. Data is available from October 1, 2009, to the most recently closed accounting period. Due to privacy concerns, payroll checks are excluded from the on-line database.

The feature, which was implemented with existing staff and resources at no additional expense, will be accessible at under “Quick Links.”

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Rumor Watch: Text Message Claims LISD Candidates Want Re-Zoning

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/5/7 12:30:00 (2615 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowWe've received a report that we can't independently verify, but since the allegation is so sleazy, we wanted to make sure to cover this:

Supposedly an unsolicited text message was sent to the mobile phones of voters in the area around Forestwood Middle School in Lewisville ISD, claiming that some Lewisville candidates for school board want to re-zone them to another school.

This is not the first time this rumor has come up, but it is FALSE. Candidate Brenda Latham reiterated today once again that she supports neighborhood integrity, and has never said anything about rezoning anyone anywhere. Rather she thinks that schools should be tied to neighborhoods. Latham, as well as Jeff Knapp and Julie Foughty - running as the KnFL team have stressed the importance of equity within the schools, ensuring that each school offers all opportunities to all students, regardless of the socioeconomic status of the neighborhood where they are located.

Nothing in any of the candidates platforms involves any sort of re-zoning, bussing, or lowering any standards or opportunities anywhere. All of the candidates, as far as we know, want to improve those with performance issues, and add opportunities where there are some missing.

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Um... Need attention much?

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/5/7 7:30:00 (1465 reads)

FMCAUD Blog in Flower Mound has this disturbing picture on their front page:

That's Flower Mound Mayor Jody Smith being man-handled by Walt Garrison at his new restaurant in Flower Mound.

I'm glad that Lewisville Mayor Dean Ueckert sticks to shaking hands and cutting ribbons. This just seems a bit creepy.

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Lewisville Utilities Billing Goes Paperless

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/5/6 21:50:00 (2156 reads)

Open in new windowThe City of Lewisville announced last week that they will begin allowing residents to sign up to receive their water bills electronically, saving paper and postage for the city.

To switch to electronic billing, email to receive a form to fill out.

The electronic bill generated looks just like the bill a customer would receive in the mail. It includes a graph with the customer’s past 12 months’ history and a message area with current information. Residents will receive their bill one to two days earlier since the bill does not have to be forwarded and processed for mailing. Reminder bills will still be processed, printed and mailed.

Customers also are able to pay via the city's website, or by calling a customer service representative with a debit or credit card, thereby eliminating the need to print and mail the coupon back. The city also allows a customer to set up monthly direct deposit and will discount the bill by $1.50 each month.

We think this is a great idea that will save the city and our residents time and money. The city gets to save the 50 cents or so (I'm guessing) to print and mail your bill, and if you set up the bank draft, you can save the cost of a stamp, plus get a $1.50 discount. We've been on autodraft for years, and it works great.

Kudos to the City for making this happen.

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Tillman Responds to Oil and Gas Industry Personal Attacks

Oil and Gas
Posted by Calvin on 2010/5/6 8:02:36 (1535 reads)
Oil and Gas

There have been a lot of my friends in the industry who have found it necessary to begin aggressive personal attacks on me. Several industry publications, such as the Powell Barnett Shale Newsletter have had articles and editorials stating that I am pretty much everything but a nice person. This activity is not new; however, the intensity has been elevated and it has gotten much more personal. This tells me that I must be making an impact, or they would not attack me personally. This also tells me that they have given up on attacking the message, now they are only attacking the man.

Obviously, anyone who would bother to read the Powell Newsletter knows that it is industry funded. As everyone also knows by now, I do not accept compensation or travel expenses for my presentations, and unfortunately those at the Powell Newsletter can’t say the same. They are in all reality a paid cheerleader for the natural gas industry, join me Gene…rah rah rah…gooooo… Chesapeake.

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Burgess Wants to Know Obama Administration Role in Gulf Spill

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/5/4 20:04:15 (1351 reads)

Limbaugh blamed the disaster on liberal sabotage. Gov. Rick Perry said it was an "act of God". So this one got my attention:

From Fox News today, this article says Rep. Michael Burgess (R, Exxon) wants to know what the Obama administration's role was in the recent deep sea oil well blowout disaster:

Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, expressed concern about the role of the Obama Administration in the accident. oil spill. He wants to know about the involvement of the Interior Department in drilling before the April explosion.

“That too is going to be a part of our investigation,” Burgess said. “I’m disappointed that no one from the administration is scheduled to be at our hearing.”

Tuesday afternoon, Burgess and Barton wrote a letter to the top Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee. In the missive, the Texas Republicans implored the chairman of the panel to call key administration officials to the May 12 hearing.

“We respectfully ask that you invite the Secretary of Interior to provide such information necessary to enable the committee to examine the agency’s role in permitting and in performing inspections prior to the incident,” Burgess and Barton wrote.

Although it would appear Burgess and other Republicans are trying to shift attention away from BP, the well's owner, I think it would be good to have the Interior Secretary and others testify about the regulation and "inspection" of the well. I think what Members of Congress will find out is that because of their laws, these agencies are fairly toothless.

We need to figure out what went wrong, and whether better regulation and enforcement could have helped, but we shouldn't for one second shift the blame to anyone but BP, who stood ready to profit from this well, and should be 100% responsible for the damages it has caused.

Texas Gubernatorial candidate Bill White has some experience examining disasters, having worked on teams identifying the causes of failure in a Jackson, MS blowout 25 years ago, and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He offered his assessment of the gulf spill disaster today.

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Obama's Standup Routine at the Correspondents' Dinner

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/5/3 8:39:14 (927 reads)

I don't care who you are, this is funny, right here:

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