PLAYING THE FOOL

Today the News finally got around to reporting on the nuisance-law scandal the Observer’s Jim Schutze uncovered two months ago. The legislature intends to investigate–a move Rep. Will Harnett calls “unprecedented.” But the Dallas City Council is playing it true to form, preferring to remain blind, deaf, and dumb. Councilman Mitchell Rasansky, for one, opened his mouth, and when that happens you can always count on something utterly irrelevant coming out. He did not disappoint:

City Council member Mitchell Rasansky called the committee’s decision ridiculous and said some “liberal person” in Austin is “trying to make a name.”

The committee, like the Legislature, is dominated by the GOP. Rep. Terry Keel (R-Austin), chair of the jurisprudence committee, was the first elected Republican sheriff in Travis County’s since Reconstruction.

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