Where does the political money come from?

Have you ever wondered who finances political candidates campaigns? Do they self fund, or do they depend on others to help them pay their campaign bills?

To find out at the local level, you have to file an open records request with each entity and wait days before the request is filled. But at the State level you just have to make a few clicks on the Texas Ethics Commission website and voila, you now have the information.

To make it even easier, I have attached a link to each of the candidates campaign reports in the Texas State Representative District 4 race.

Keith Bell

Ashley McKee

Stuart Spitzer

Earl Brunner

 

City of Forney flounders “Teachable Moment” ……

On Friday afternoon the railroad crossing arms in downtown Forney malfunctioned, again. At approximately 3:22pm the City issued the following statement on it’s Facebook page, “RAILROAD UPDATE: All railroad crossings in downtown are currently shut down, due to arm malfunction. We have notified Union Pacific and they are in route”. Continue reading “City of Forney flounders “Teachable Moment” ……”

The changing of Forney’s “Media” Guard

Over the past few months Forney’s two media sources, The Forney Messenger and inForney.com have both undergone a change of ownership.

Longtime owners Cary & Judy Griffin decided to exit the media business and sell their interest in The Forney Messenger to a local consortium headed by Forney resident Darrell Grooms.  Mr. Grooms holds the majority stake in The Forney Messenger and assumed the role as Editor on February 1st of this year.

The founder and Editor of inForney.com Matthew Richards recently sold his interest to Bryant Martin. Martin, a Terrell native and resident of the Kaufman area, will assume the role as Editor of inForney.com. The sale of inForney.com was completed late last year.

I look forward to the new changes and features Mr Grooms and Mr. Martin will be bringing to The Forney Messenger and inForney.com respectively.

Denise Bell had 17 of 27 for 62%

I just received the Public Information Request report for last month (Nov 2017) and local blogger Denise Bell had 17 of 27. That is 62% of all requests made last month were hers. Of those request many included multiple items making the actual total greater than only 17.

Now if this was baseball, and Denise was at bat, this would be an astonishing record. But it isn’t baseball and Denise isn’t at bat. What she is at, is making the daily jobs of our city employees more and more difficult.

It is her right to make the requests? You bet.

Is it my right to expose her continuous assault on City Hall? You bet.

I present the facts…. You decide how to respond.

November 2017 Public Info Requests

#BBQMan

 

 

 

The Barrow Report – a “composition” about the Forney Police Department

On October 31st, 2016 Rick Barnes officially retired as chief of police in Forney. Mr Barnes had served the citizens of Forney for 37 years. Upon Barnes’ retirement, city manager James Fisher appointed Louis Allwin Barrow, Jr to act as interim chief until a replacement for Barnes could be hired. Barrow and Fisher were not strangers as Barrow had served as interim chief in Murphy, TX. James Fisher was city manager of Murphy, TX before becoming city manager in Forney. Continue reading “The Barrow Report – a “composition” about the Forney Police Department”