10/09/06 and other
A couple of weeks ago,
The Dallas Managed News
endorsed a former low level public defender over the very qualified incumbent
Judge Faith Johnson. Now, they are endorsing State Rep. Yvonne Davis when
she doesn't even live in District 111.
Granted, I am very partial to Faith Johnson because she's a personal friend.
She's a personal friend because I have known her since the 80's when she first
ran and won her judicial bench. She's also a personal friend because I
respect her so much. She's a strong woman who knows what she believes and
lives her beliefs.
We never know WHAT the DMN is going to do.
I noticed this year they are
endorsing more Dems -- probably because
they can see the trend in demographics.
It'd be great if they stand
on principle but I guess that's too
much to ask.
Here's what the DMN
said about Judge Faith Johnson:
Monday, September 25, 2006
363rd CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURT
Republican incumbent Faith Johnson has established herself as a community
leader. But her conduct in the courtroom raises questions about her
temperament and judgment. Last year, Judge Johnson, 55, of DeSoto received a
public admonition from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for throwing
a party in her courtroom to celebrate a fugitive's recapture. The Dallas Bar
Association's poll also raises concerns about her demeanor and knowledge of
Tracy Holmes, a 51-year-old Democrat
from University Park, has more than two decades of experience in criminal
law and has worked both sides of the courtroom. While she is untested on the
bench, we think a change is needed in this court, and we recommend Ms.
Here's what I said in response
(still amazed they printed it):
As usual, the Dallas Morning News
editorial is way off the mark by not recommending Faith Johnson for
re-election as judge of the 363rd Criminal District Court.
Judge Johnson cares about the victim,
not the "feelings" of a man who killed one woman while trying to kill his
wife. He was only caught and brought back to her court after he almost
killed a third woman. It was a time for jubilation.
The judge is a woman of substance, as in
her Christian life and sense of personal ethics and integrity. Knowing who
she is, I asked her to officiate my wedding.
Decent, law-abiding people in Dallas
County will be safer with Judge Johnson continuing to serve. She has my
Sharon Boyd, Dallas
Why was it relevant in a recommendation to
note the city where the candidates reside? Does being a Park
Cities resident give Judge Johnson's challenger some extra
qualification? Clearly, neither the
the Dallas County Democrat Party did a background check on Ms. Holmes
because there were serious problems during her stint as a low level
public defender for the County.
Let me tell you about the man
for whom Judge Johnson held the welcome back party. He had shot and killed
his first wife. He shot her mother at the same time, but she survived.
He had been sentenced to 40 years for those crimes, but, of course, didn't serve
his full time. He was before Judge Johnson for assaulting a third woman,
multiple times before he was recaptured. Having that murderer and woman
beater back in custody was a time for jubilation. It was a message to him
and other woman beaters that the strong arm of the law will get them, and this
strong woman Judge will enforce the law.
Everyone I know loves what Judge Faith Johnson did. When I told them she
was going to officiate at my wedding, they couldn't wait to meet her.
Why would the DMN
not support a qualified incumbent in the 363rd Criminal District Court race and
then endorse and unqualified incumbent in the State Representative race for
District 111? Makes no sense.
In 2003, Texas Monthly
picked Yvonne Davis as one of the worst members of the State House of
Representatives, but the
endorses her in 2006. Makes no sense.
with Rep. Yvonne Davis, 50, on issues like funding schools
through a new business tax. ... We
also like that she favors letting communities vote to raise
their sales taxes to fund a North Texas transit system.
... Ms. Werner charges her
opponent doesn't live in District 111. It's true that Ms. Davis
owns a home outside of the district, but records show she's not
claiming a homestead exemption there. Ms. Davis insists she
lives in a rental home in the district, and her driver's license
and voter registration card are based on that residence. Short
of evidence to the contrary, we have a difficult time concluding
that Ms. Davis is breaking the law.
We hope Ms. Davis becomes
a broader-thinking lawmaker. For example, she parrots the party
line about finding other means than the TAKS test to evaluate
Of course, the
it that Davis supports "letting communities vote to raise their sales taxes to
fund a North Texas transit system." Most major cities, Dallas included,
are topped out on sales taxes. Like we saw with the arena sales tax
campaign, the proponents will spend as much money as necessary to get the vote
to come out the way they want it. So, we can expect to pay more
than 8.25% sales taxes in the near future -- thanks to tax and spend politicians
like Yvonne Davis.
I don't know Ms. Werner, but she's not Yvonne
Davis. That's enough for me to support her over Davis.
Rumor around the political circuit is that there's been a falling out
between Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and State Rep. Davis.
Johnson has apparently dropped Davis as her heir apparent, and now
plans to have County Commissioner John Wiley Price succeed her in
Congress. One of my smart friends who knows way too much for
one person wonders if Johnson and Price put Werner up to challenging
Davis. I don't care.
I would have posted a picture
of Davis, too, but her State Rep page doesn't have a picture. Just a blank
space for one. Pretty appropriate for her impact in the Legislature.
Werner says Davis does not live in District 111. It never ceases to amaze
me that people will run for office, knowing the rules, but still ignore them.
Here's what Werner says about it:
to the documentation that I have that was sent to me (utility bills,
official public record of a federal tax lien with her 1040 as the
document indicating her residency, county documents, etc.) with a home
on Mantelbrook which is in District 109.
At our joint interview with the Dallas Morning News,
and they asked her to show proof that she lives in the district.
However, during the interview, Ms. Davis
explanation was that she received monies from her sister to purchase the
home since her sister is going through a divorce and did not want to
include this property in the divorce settlement/
Then, she said she, Ms. Davis, was actually living in the house
that her sister no longer lives in (which is in District 111) with the
brother in law that she is defrauding.
You could have knocked me over with a feather when the editorial board
asked her to show evidence that she lives in the
district and said nothing of how unethical this is in what she is
"doing to help her sister".
I know I am new to politics, but on some level
this has to be wrong, wrong, wrong. Thanks for listening to me vent.
Yeah, that's it. Davis is
assisting her sister defraud the sister's soon-to-be ex-husband, and Davis is
living with her soon-to-be ex-brother-in-law while she's helping her sister
stick it to him. Pretty implausible, but apparently it suits the
board. Since most of them aren't from Dallas, they must think it's a
local tradition for politicians to have one place where they actually live and another
place in their district where they claim to live.
In November, 2005, Todd Bensman and Robert Riggs reported on KTVT-11 that Terri
Hodges claimed an apartment in her legislative district, but had a fancy house
in another district. See Bensman & Riggs.
No big deal to The Dallas Managed News.
Well, you know what? It's a big deal to me when someone runs for office in
a district where they do not live. It ought to be a big deal to voters.
If someone will break the law to seek public office, imagine what they will do
once they are in office.
State Representatives are paid a small amount of money for their service.
So, most legislators have other income -- way too many are lawyers. Do you
know what Yvonne Davis claims as her source of income? She's a political
DallasArena.com doesn't usually make partisan endorsements because its focus is
local matters. An exception was made when Ron Kirk/Con Jerk got the
Democrat nomination for the U.S. Senate and ran against John Cornyn. I did
not want Kirk doing to the country what he did to Dallas. I do make
endorsements in primaries.
That said, DallasArena.com endorses Judge Faith Johnson for re-election to
the 363rd Criminal District Court. She's the most qualified and
experienced. Don't you want a judge who considers the victim first?
DallasArena.com endorses Cindy Werner for State Representative from
District 111. She has run her own business while raising her children, who
are all DISD students. She will take fresh ideas and new energy to Austin.