Lewisville mayoral candidate claims solutions for what ails police department.
In the latest screed on mayoral candidate Winston Edmondson’s website, the candidate offered some ideas on fixing what he calls “areas where our police officers feel they aren't getting the support and resources that they need.”
Edmonson addressed several things he claims to have heard from local officers: • The police think the I.C.E. 287(g) program will help in dealing with illegal immigrants. • The new jail is under-staffed. • The police are “denied tools to deal with gangs”. • The police station roof leaks and they need new chairs and desks, which can be provided by donations. • Police would have better morale if they had more patches on their uniforms. (A section later removed from the original posting)
In Lewisville, the position of Mayor is one of leadership more than it is of authority. The Mayor presides at City Council meetings, but has no veto and no vote, except in the case of a tie. The Mayor does not control the agenda, but has the same power as a council member to add an item. The Mayor has no hiring authority, and no powers of appointment. What the Mayor does have is the ability to get the attention of the public, and persuade a Council that respects him.
Although the Mayor and Council are paid a token $50 per meeting, you can consider the office as a volunteer position for all practical purposes. The Mayor’s job doesn’t just come into play on Monday nights twice a month at City Hall. There are committees, and meetings, and ground breakings, and grand openings, and charity events, correspondence with staff, conferences, and meetings with constituents.
City government can be complicated. Not only does the city have the most direct interface with the citizens in a variety of departments, but there are federal and state mandates with many rules and restrictions on what we can do. Unlike the federal government, a city cannot print more money, or borrow on a whim to cover consistent budget deficits. Unlike the state government, the city cannot delegate. The buck stops here, and all the politicians must live directly with the results of their decisions.
Because of all of these reasons, Lewisville needs a Mayor with experience working within the system. A Mayor should be a good listener, able to connect with a variety of sometimes competing interests to get to the truth of the matter. A Mayor should take a long-term view in all that he does, taking care not to get too side-tracked with things that are out of his control.
Above all, I think the best Mayor would be one who the average citizen might never see on the news or read about in the newspaper. Controversy is counter-productive; consensus and pragmatism should be the order of the day. A Mayor needs to be able to disagree with the Council or some of its members – strongly at times – but still be civil. Throwing stones at every opportunity is not going to make anyone want to follow. Lastly, having the history of living here and seeing the successes and failures of our city government is key to knowing where we are going and seeing how to get there.
I have spent a good amount of time this season talking to candidates, hearing goals and ideas, and looking at their backgrounds. I’ve also heard from a lot of local citizens, telling me stories both good and bad about both candidates – Dean Ueckert, and Winston Edmondson. Here is my take on both candidates:
The major theme of the protest, it seems is just the concept of taxes in general. Whether it was the amount of taxation, the number and types of taxes, what tax dollars are spent on, or the complication of the tax code, it was apparent that many in attendance felt “taxed to death”. A recent commenter on this blog pondered whether we thought that we knew best what to do with our money, or if the government did.
While I think there is room for some argument over how to assess and collect taxes, and what government spending is justified, I’m sorry, but I just have to call bullshit on the whole idea that we could do better without having taxes.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis, TX) is certainly deserving of WhosPlayin's most dishonorable mention for Texans - The Texas Dim Bulb Award. Given only sparingly in dishonor of the most blatant dumbfuckery, this award is highly deserved by his dimness, Joe Barton for his recent dumbass question that he posed to Nobel Prize winning scientist and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu:
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas: "Dr. Chu, you're our scientist. How did the oil and gas get under Alaska?"
Energy Secretary Steven Chu, D-Calif.: "This is a complicated story, but essentially oil and gas got there as the result of hundreds of millions of years of geology, and in that time also the plates have moved around. And so it's the combination of where the sources of the oil and gas are and...
Rep. Barton: "Isn't it obvious that at one time it was a lot warmer in Alaska and on the North Pole? It wasn't a big pipeline that we created in Texas and shipped it up there and put it underground so we could now pump it out, was it?
Nice job there, Dopey Joe. Knowing that global climate change is a conspiracy invented by the Democrats, you only trust your gut instinct that "book larnin'" and "fancy schmancy scientists" can't be nearly as intelligent as a lard-assed semi-retarded professional politician. With your vapid and maturbatory rhetoric, you took on those evil scientists, with their "evidence" and their "years of study" and their "consensus", and their "scientific method".
You sure trapped that egghead in his own lie, now didn't you. If Alaska has oil under it, then the North Pole must have been warm one time - just like that plate of greasy "freedom fries" from the house cafeteria, right? And if Alaska was warm once, that means there's no such thing as human-induced climate change. And hell, maybe it would be easier to slurp up all that oil up there if it got warmer, right?
No sir, being hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the "House GOP's leading expert on energy policy" back in 2002, you were not about to let facts confuse that wrinkly hunk of Spam that passes for your brain with knowledge that most school children learn in junior high or middle school.
After all, your inability to fathom that the earth is more than 6,000 years old is like a badge of honor these days in the G.O.P. Not even the highly paid geologists that serve your Oil and Gas industry campaign contributors could move you. Because you are simply certain that all one has to do to strike oil is "Drill, Baby, Drill".
But, your true dimmitude, other than opening your mouth to prove your ignorance beyond a doubt, was that you were just too damned stupid to realize that you came across like a buffoon. Like putting garnish on a plate of dog turds, you dutifully issued a press release that would have failed any freshman composition class in the most junior of junior colleges anywhere.
You could have buried that press release in your own highly partisan shithole of a website, but instead, you had the balls - or stupidity - to post it on the website of the Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans, some of which actually went to grown-up college and managed not to get struck in the head by fastballs.
Denton County Democrats will celebrate Barack Obama's first 100 days in office on the lawn of the Courthouse On the Square, [Map] April 29th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. There will be live music, voter registration, a speakers' forum, and of course lots of free iced tea.
Democrats are collecting non-perishable food items to benefit Christian Commuinity Action and Denton Community Food Bank.
The public is invited and participants are asked to park across from the Carroll Courts building on Carroll and Hickory, or behind the Wells Fargo Bank on Hickory and Austin.
Readers recently commented both online and privately to me through email about Mayoral Candidate Winston Edmondson's court records, which apparently show an eviction.
I had submittted Open Records requests to the courts, and so far 2 of 4 courts have responded with documents regarding lawsuits to which Edmondson had been a party.
Now keep in mind I'm not a lawyer, just a guy reading these filings and judgments.
On 9/3/2003, Edmondson filed an eviction suit against tenants of a rental property in Denton. That eviction went through, but should in no way reflect poorly upon Edmondson, since he was the plaintiff.
On 3/15/2007, Freddie Mac filed an eviction suit based on a mortgage foreclosure on the same address. Edmondson was at the time living at that address with his wife and his parents.
Months earlier, Edmondson had fallen behind on payments due to "unforeseen financial circumstances", and called his lender, Wells Fargo, to make arrangements. Apparently Wells Fargo told Edmondson that he would need to NOT pay his mortgage for about 6 months before they could work something out. When Edmondson did as Wells requested, putting back money to pay the payments as he could, Wells was simultaneously telling him to ignore the foreclosure notice, but put the foreclosure through in court.
The Edmondsons disputed the foreclosure, and filed a suit in 393rd District court over the title on April 4, 2007.
Meanwhile, Freddie moved to evict the Edmondsons from the property, and notice was served. The Edmondsons responded in a timely manner, but the response was somehow missed by JP Court #1, so a default judgement was entered for the plaintiff, Freddie.
When the Constable served the eviction notice, the Edmondsons, through their attorney, immediately obtained a temporary restraining order against the eviction, and appealed to the court based on the error. Further, Edmondson's attorneys objected to the jurisdiction of the JP court, due to the pending lawsuit in the 393rd district court over the foreclosure.