Posts Tagged ‘voting’
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Apocalypse by Apathy

The biggest tragedy of the November vote was how few did.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
The elderly woman stood in her thin robe at the doorway of her modest bungalow, scratching the sores on her arm, a slight tremor traveling through her gaunt body. “No, I’m sick of the government and all the things they’re...


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Keystone Election Kops

Nov. 5 was just a warm-up for what could be a sad circus in enforcing the new voter ID law.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
The new Texas voter ID law had one effect with which neither side can quibble. It got Fort Worth in the national news for something besides our weather or being forever and famously known as the place where former Baptist Sunda...



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Voter Up

Fort Worth Weekly
Static loves the smell of democracy in the morning. On Nov. 5, Texas will be holding elections on nine proposed constitutional amendments. For the most part, the measures aren’t the stuff of bumper stickers or rallies, but st...


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Boo! Then, Boo-Hoo.

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Halloween conjures memories of the most notorious bogeyman in Fort Worth’s history — former Mayor Mike Moncrief. Talk about trick or treat: That guy tricked residents with scare tactics and then treated them to a good old-f...



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Who Watches the Pollwatchers?

Fraud, suppression, intimidation — The politics of fear return to the voting booth
ANDREW MCLEMORE
During last year’s June 18 mayoral runoff, a teenage boy walked into the gym of Fort Worth’s Sunrise- McMillan Elementary School, pulled out a voter registration card, and confidently asked to vote. Mark James came in with ...


Knocking on the Door

Hispanic political power is at stake in redistricting battles.
Dan McGraw, Photos by Lee Chastain
Contention is always on the agenda in Fort Worth’s halls of government, whether the question is gas wells, bullying, budget woes, or eminent domain. But in the last few weeks, the heat has been turned up on an even more nuts-...



Wendy Davis stuck her neck out for schoolkids.

And got her district Chopped Up.
DAN McGRAW
It was the last Sunday in May, last day of this year’s regular session of the Texas Legislature, and State Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth had some hard thinking to do. Republicans had been wrangling over budget cuts for month...


Radical Idea: Informed Voting

Static
Early voting has started with a bang for the Nov. 2 elections. And while the contest for governor certainly has the most entertainment value, it’s those “down ballot” races, folks, that determine the nitty-gritty of who r...



Keeping the Light On

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 Static is glad to see that Attorney General Greg Abbott is back in court defending the Texas Open Meetings Act. The law, which essentially ensures that the public’s business be done in the light of day and not in back r...