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2002 Stories by Tim Fleck

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  • Trading Places

    published August 15, 2002

    With the campaign for November's general election heating up, several indicators point to a New Year's departure from City Hall by City Controller... More >>

  • Judge Love Strikes Again

    published July 25, 2002

    It's not often a member of the Harris County judiciary gets to make local legal history, but Family Court Judge Doug Warne just might have... More >>

  • Midsummer Night's Political Dreams

    published July 18, 2002

    Political consultant and lobbyist George Strong went fishing for laughs last week when he rose to lecture a meeting of the Harris County... More >>

  • Mayoral Minority Report

    published July 11, 2002

    Some of Houston's best political precognitives are hard at work this summer trying to prevent what they foresee as an electoral disaster.... More >>

  • Getting Lonely at the Top

    published July 4, 2002

    The administration of Mayor Lee P. Brown has never been renowned for its smooth operations or operators, but the ride is really getting... More >>

  • From the Grass Roots Up

    published June 27, 2002

    During the hard-fought Houston mayoral contest last year, Craig Varoga, campaign manager for incumbent Lee P. Brown, took several... More >>

  • Old Ways Die Hard

    published June 20, 2002

    In its first six months, there were few public complaints about the new system for selecting publicly paid attorneys to represent poor defendants... More >>

  • Jumped or Was Pushed?

    published June 13, 2002

    Last week's raucous send-off for retiring Harris County elections chief Tony Sirvello featured a politically balanced guest list rarely... More >>

  • Elephants Versus RINOs

    published June 6, 2002

    Texas Republicans are poised to convene in Dallas to celebrate a self-proclaimed "Year of Emergence" as the majority party in the state. But... More >>

  • Image Scrimmage

    published May 30, 2002

    Former Houston first lady Elyse Lanier's abrupt resignation as chair of the Houston Image Group earlier this month was in keeping with its... More >>

  • Tales of Rail

    published May 9, 2002

    Arthur Louis Schechter, known as Butch to his friends, flew to Washington in 1993 to witness a special event. His mode of transport was... More >>

  • Patti Smith

    published May 9, 2002

    Now that she's been officially resurrected with a successful comeback album, a spot on Jay Leno and an adoring profile in The New... More >>

  • Barry, Barry, Quite Contrary

    published May 2, 2002

    In mid-March, Houston Chief Deputy City Controller Judy Johnson and Banc One executive Barry T. Smitherman were winding down a tense... More >>

  • Anatomy of an Attempted Whitewash

    published April 25, 2002

    Hamilton Middle School on East 20th Street provides a beacon to the gentrifying middle- and upper-income neighborhoods of the Heights for parents... More >>

  • Over the Rainbow

    published April 18, 2002

    It wasn't easy for Texas Democratic Party leaders to design a rainbow dance card for next November's statewide elections, but the last partner... More >>

  • Hot Springtime for Sheridan

    published April 11, 2002

    Late last month, more than 100 University of Houston professors gathered at Farish Hall Kiva for what could have doubled as an acerbic question... More >>

  • The Immigrant's Song

    published April 4, 2002

    The showdown at City Council came in late February, during the vote on an African-American minister's controversial $90 million affordable housing... More >>

  • Policing the Politicos

    published April 4, 2002

    Most everybody agrees the Texas Ethics Commission is ineffectual in enforcing state campaign laws, but some folks would like it to stay that way.... More >>

  • Nice Guy, Wrong Color

    published March 21, 2002

    When Houston Congressman Ken Bentsen decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Phil "Enron" Gramm last fall, he... More >>

  • Some Very Reliant Directors

    published March 7, 2002

    After Enron's bloody bankruptcy, legal giant Vinson & Elkins drew fire for contributing to the downfall as the corporation's legal... More >>

  • The Dome and Dylan

    published February 28, 2002

    The Insider isn't one for tripping down memory lane very often, firmly subscribing to the old saw that nostalgia is for people who don't know what... More >>

  • Hounding Hardeway

    published February 21, 2002

    Winnie Gaynor, a 69-year-old widow, lives alone in Studewood Heights northwest of downtown. It's a low-income, mostly African-American... More >>

  • The Kopper Caper

    published February 14, 2002

    One of the finer ironies of the unfolding Enron scandal is that one of its executives found a way to turn the inherent financial disadvantages of... More >>

  • Enron's Judge Not

    published February 14, 2002

    Enron's political clout, money and family ties permeated almost every aspect of public life in Houston. That's no secret, and it was dramatically... More >>

  • Up In Smoke

    published February 7, 2002

    Late in the afternoon of July 31, 2000, a who's who of Republicans -- Texans as well as national party officials -- jammed into elevators of a... More >>

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