All Hail John Wiley Price, the King of Dallas County, Ruler of All He Surveys

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I watched that video of Tuesday's Dallas County Commissioner's Court meeting -- the one about Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and the firing of elections administrator Bruce Sherbet -- and I swear that Price was doing a whole new persona. He speaks now with a new gravitas, slowly and deeply, and he uses the word "contemplates" a lot, as in "the statute contemplates."

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He really needs a black robe and a white powdered wig. I believe this is the new John Price. Long long gone is the young firebrand. I don't even see the middle-aged maverick in there any more. No, what I'm reading now when I watch the commissioner speak is a whole new character -- the High Commissioner, Governor General of Dallas County John Wiley Price.

Add it up. Through his flunky Dr. Lauren McDonald, Price now runs Parkland Hospital. He has total mind-control over Sheriff Lupe Valdez. By steamrolling Sherbet, the irritatingly honest man who ran the elections department, into resigning and replacing him with his own personal friend Toni Pippins-Poole, Price now controls elections. His pal and protégé Zachary Thompson is director of the county health department.

All of that writing I did about Price trying to squeeze the inland port project and turn it into his own private patronage pot? He did it, and he won. He probably destroyed more than half the economic value of the project to his constituents, but he preserved its potential value to him, and that's what counts, to him.

You know what I think the tone of gravitas is really all about? It's an expression of profound satisfaction. As he nears the autumnal passage of his long career, he is close to becoming what he has always dreamed -- ruler of all that he surveys.

And Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins? I'm not sure what his character is. Dormouse? Footman? Fool? Who cares? He's only in the play for a few scenes. Price is here for all five acts.


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Tworley
Tworley

Unfortunately, it took about 20 years for the feds to clean-up the corruption in Cleveland. I hope it does not take that long there. When every hand feeds another hand, and the people in power are surrounded by cronies, it is difficult to get rid of the corrupt. Good luck.

Guest
Guest

We need Batman!

ErickCMoya
ErickCMoya

I have a friend named Nikki. Shes black and she grew up in devistatingly poor black communities. Luckily, she made her way out and lives a successful life. She would tell me the craziest things about her experiences.

She told me once, that they have medical trucks driving around these communities and paying people $20 to $50 to get tested for AIDS. Unfortunatly they were mostly drug addicts. They got tested, paid and went to get more drugs with the money they received. This is still happening in those same communities today.

Maybe Im crazy, but with Johns power and ties with the black community, would it be possible that he's getting votes the same way? Registering those addicts to vote for Price to get that $50? Just a concept.

kennedy
kennedy

If Price is ' our man downtown' then Jenkins is Price's 'Boy Downtown"...

Not a great way to start your political career.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

How John Price, can sit on the County payroll and sell his constituents down the drain is, the worst crime a man can commit.In my opinion the man destroyed a development that would have put 40,000 plus jobs in the Southern part of Dallas County.Tax base would have grown and people would have work.For a few pounds of silver a whole community was sold out.We the people of District 3 must do something about this mad man.By the way those are white underware with red hearts,

Tillie
Tillie

Someone below made this comment "All we can do now is give up and move our taxes out of Dallas county or demand an end to the corruption".....moving out has been the easiest...that why Collin, Denton and Tarrant Counties have had such growth. That's also why Dallas...which used to have more Republicans per capita than any city in the U.S.....as totally changed!

Steve
Steve

I was looking for that video of Price ripping the windsheild wiper off that van and ran across this NY Times article form 1992.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/f...

Even then it was clear Price is a grandstanding fool who would be a constant embarrassment and hindrance to this city and yet here we are almost twenty years later fooling ourselves into thinking that South Dallas won't re-elect him. They always have and always will, things won't get better until we make them get better ourselves.

Garland Guy
Garland Guy

The hypocrisy is appalling. I am not a fan of Commissioner Price, yet I am baffled at why there is so much consternation at the resignation (by choice) of Sherbet. If Sherbet ran a clean organization, shouldn't he have gone before the committee and defended his agency? He didn't; he chose to cut-and-run instead. He is either a massive coward or a crook. Maybe both.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

And tell the pleasant prince this mock of hisHath turn'd his balls to gun-stones; and his soulShall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeanceThat shall fly with them: for many a thousand widowsShall this his mock mock out of their dear husbands;Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down;

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

"Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss."

New machine, but same corruption, same contempt for the electorate, same servility from The Dallas Morning News.

Ray Who
Ray Who

Changes are coming.................

Jay D
Jay D

John Price is proof we need term limits at every level of government.

Price should be self-satisfied. He gained control of the Commissioner's Court without running for judge and giving up his road crew, he has installed many of his minions in positions of power and influence, and he has a DA who has made it clear he doesn't investigate or prosecute Democrats.

Watch for Jenkins working as free security at next year's Kwanzaa Fest.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

And this is going to change the way things are done in Dallas county how ?

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Jim,

You write: "All of that writing I did about Price trying to squeeze the inland port project and turn it into his own private patronage pot? He did it, and he won."

Can you expand on that? Everything I remember you writing mentions Richards telling the SALT assholes to go pound sand, then the Richards development went into bankruptcy and I don't recall anything since.

carphead
carphead

Yep, it's leopard-skin panties. How terribly 70's of him.

Daniel
Daniel

Ten years I've been seeing that photo of JWP, and I still can't determine conclusively if that's the back of a chair, or his ass up in the air. It's like, a graduate-level test on photographic forensics or whatever. My ten bucks says ass.

Guest
Guest

I see in Price the predictable result of well intentioned but easily exploited ideas.

My parents tell me that to have spoken out against the steamroller of immensely popular and emotionally-driven ideas was to subject oneself to hatred and ridicule.

Price, Parkland, Jenkins, etc is a done deal. All we can do now is give up and move our taxes out of Dallas county or demand an end to the corruption. But how do we end the corruption? Will we be steamrolled if we try?

I didn't enter the working world until the 1990s, though, so maybe I'm completely off base.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

JWP reminds me of a court jester or clown who has ascended into power, eventually he and his lackeys will take a tumble, more than likely sooner than later.

Rooster
Rooster

A South Dallas politician on the take?Really?The hell you say....

Zach
Zach

It was about this time that the pigs suddenly moved into the farmhouse and took up their residence there...It was absolutely necessary, he said, that the pigs, who were the brains of the farm, should have a quiet place to work in. It was also more suited to the dignity of the Leader (for of late he had taken to speaking of Napoleon under the title of "Leader") to live in a house than in a mere sty. Nevertheless, some of the animals were disturbed when they heard that the pigs not only took their meals in the kitchen and used the drawing-room as a recreation room, but also slept in the beds.

"Comrades!" he cried. "You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples."

"Comrades," he said, "I trust that every animal here appreciates the sacrifice that Comrade Napoleon has made in taking this extra labour upon himself. Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure! On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be? Suppose you had decided to follow Snowball, with his moonshine of windmills– Snowball, who, as we now know, was no better than a criminal?"

Montemalone
Montemalone

He should change his name to Stroger. (See Chicago, Politics). Then he can rename Parkland and hire all his family without remorse.

JS
JS

I thought he was going for the jedi mind control trick -- "Bruce is not the election administrator you are looking for"

Gabe
Gabe

I have set my life upon a cast, And I will stand the hazard of the die: I think there be six Richmonds in the field; Five have I slain to-day instead of him. A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!

G_David
G_David

"The statute contemplates...."? I think he's unclear on the defition on one or both of those words. Or maybe he meant "dictates".

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

But Betty, the last thing JWP wants is a prosperous south Dallas where the people have decent jobs, good pay, benefits and a chance at a secure future for themselves and their families. Secure, prosperous people are not the people who vote JWP into office. To stay in office he needs the poor, marginalized and unemployed, people who won't look further than letting him know how much they appreciate the crumbs swept from his table, and the few dollars he gives them to go to the polls when he runs for reelection.

Guest
Guest

Garland Guy. You've just got to try forming your opinions based on more of the facts; most of which will never be made public. I'm not taking sides but I did always know Sherbet to be on the ball, take responsibility for any voting issues, work progressively for improvements, return calls promptly & actually be of real assistance to any person, from peons to rulers. He conducted & exited with dignity. Nothing factual indicates him to be either a coward, crook or both. Hope this helps a bit.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Maybe he just didn't want to get nibbled to death by mice? Do you honestly think that if he hand't gone voluntarily, he wouldn't have been hounded from office? Especially with JWP's handpicked protege as his second-n-command more than ready to play Iago to his Othello (does that make Clay Jenkins Desdemona?).

RS1963
RS1963

Wow! Apparently they don't get much of the news out there in Garland.

Read up a bit on what's going on in the world and then come back and visit with a comment, okay?

Mhpinctx
Mhpinctx

I think those are panties with hearts.

Steve
Steve

People have been saying he'll take a tumble for what, two decades now? I thought he would have been gone way back when he was making a fool of himself ripping windsheild wipers off of cars, and yet, here we are.......

LaceyB
LaceyB

One of my favorite novels. Though, hope you cut and pasted.

Montemalone
Montemalone

He was thinking of Rodin, he meant statue.

G_David
G_David

That is definitely one pensive statue.

Man12
Man12

Statue of a yard ape..

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