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'High Five!' weekly political buzz: April 29 through May 5, 2012

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A "High Five!" round-up of the local Dallas political buzz for the week of April 29 through May 5, 2012:

1. Dallas County Commissioner, John Wiley Price, under investigation by the FBI for corruption, again played the race card in Commissioner's Court. Known for calling devil's food cake, angel food cake and the black hole "racist," Price blasted fellow county commissioner, Maureen Dickey, for saying, "Well, as long as we have the pot calling the kettle African-American, talking about the law...". A Dallas reporter recently outed Price as Jew-hater after keeping the secret for decades.

2. The Dallas County Republican Party site retweeted Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson's tweet about her weekly column publication. Hutchinson faults the Obama administration for energy policies that block "development of our abundant natural resources," thereby preventing "hundreds of thousands of new, good-paying jobs" to help protect "American families and businesses against the skyrocketing energy costs that are holding back our economy." Hutchinson's warning echoes another: Sarah Palin: Obama's "terrifying anti-oil agenda will bring our country to its knees"

3. For the time being, Texas must continue to fund Planned Parenthood according to Austin Judge Lee Yeakel. His ruling thwarts a new provision enacted in the last state legislature session banning abortion affiliated organizations from participating in the Texas Medicaid Women’s Health Program. The decision is being appealed by Texas.

4. Singing,“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot,” from the 1970 Joni Mitchell song, at least 200 protestors gathered outside the Dallas Arboretum to make known their objections to Dallas city plans to increase the parking for one of Dallas' most popular attractions. Saturday, May 5, 2012, as the ribbon cutting for the new glass sculpture exhibit by world famous artist Dale Chihuly was happening inside the Arboretum, honks and chanting from the rally against more cement could be heard outside.

  • WFAA video: Protest against plans to turn meadows into concrete parking for Dallas Arboretum

High 5! This week, amid a political climate with many calling to abolish the national Department of Education for blue ribbon teachers, local top political leaders from the Dallas region joined the "Commit" campaign to collaborate with the Dallas Independent School District plus 14 other area school districts for a full-fledged initiative to improve schools from the cradle-to-career. The effort will include volunteers and mentors supported by business financial contributions.

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