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May 27, 2009

Texas Lege, TxDOT and red-light cams

Filed under: Cedar Hill,Duncanville — cedarhilleditor @ 12:26 am

Cedar Hill has avoided being in red-light camera limbo, while Duncanville may not be so lucky. The Texas House’s version of Texas Department of Transportation sunset renewal forbids cities from either starting or renewing red-light camera contracts after June 1.

The Cedar Hill City Council took care of that business at its May 26 meeting, extending its contract with American Traffic Solutions by 15 years.

That said, the state senate’s version of TxDOT renewal has no such restrictions. The two different bills will have to go tp conference committee. With this year’s Lege almost done, such conference negotiations will have to be brief.


May 22, 2009

Royce West for AG?

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 10:39 pm

Interesting if he means it. He recently told WFAA he was interested in running for Texas Attorney General. Didn’t say when. Of course, the Best Southwest’s state senator would be running against Duncanville native Greg Abbott if the current AG is still in office.

That said, I thought Royce would be interested in being the first chancellor, or president, or whatever of UNT-Dallas School of Law, if it is indeed lifting off the ground.

Also, I’ll guess that Royce wants to see who would be running for governor, and otherwise getting the details of the statewide political lay of the land, before jumping in. (Right now, though Houston Mayor Bill White should be a great candidate for the Senate seat that Kay Bailey Hutchison is expected to vacate, I can’t for the life of me think of anybody jumping off the radar screen as a Democratic candidate for governor.)

May 20, 2009

Emmert throws hat in ring for DalCo judge race

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 6:59 pm

Cedar Hill City Councilman Wade Emmert told me, at a Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce event yesterday, he’s official about seeking the Republican nomination for the Dallas County Judge race next year, and that he’ll have an official announcement party June 4. Emmert says state Sen. John Corona and former Dallas County Judge Margaret Keliher are both suposed to be in attendance. Mike Pappas and Ebby Halliday are among the heavy hitters on his steering committee.

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