Just wondering: Amarillo Matters … where is it?

A political action group emerged from nowhere earlier this year. It called itself Amarillo Matters. Its mission, as I understand it, was to elect a slate of candidates to the City Council. It succeeded. This past spring, voters flipped the entire five-member council, electing five newbies. Amarillo Matters then seemingly packed its bags, and its … Continue reading Just wondering: Amarillo Matters … where is it?

Amarillo Matters shucks the gloves

Amarillo Matters came into being as a pro-business political action committee with the aim of developing a “vision for a strong Amarillo built upon the first principles of free enterprise, economic growth, fiscal responsibility and traditional family values.” I support Amarillo Matters’ overall agenda. I like and respect many of the men and women who … Continue reading Amarillo Matters shucks the gloves

Amarillo Matters hits the streets for its City Council slate

The doorbell rang this evening. I went to the door and greeted a young woman who was handing out single-page campaign sheets. It came from Amarillo Matters, a political action group formed to promote a pro-growth agenda for Amarillo. I’ve written about this group a couple of time already. What’s interesting is the slate of … Continue reading Amarillo Matters hits the streets for its City Council slate

Yes, Amarillo matters to Amarillo Matters

I have gotten a little better idea of what is driving a new political action group in Amarillo. It’s called Amarillo Matters. Its website still doesn’t reveal too much about the organization, other than it cares greatly about the future of the city. As if that’s a novel concept, right? Here’s the website. Take a … Continue reading Yes, Amarillo matters to Amarillo Matters

‘Amarillo Matters’ … to whom and for what purpose?

A new political action committee has popped up on Amarillo’s landscape. It’s called Amarillo Matters. I took a quick look at its website. I found a tab at the top labeled “About Us.” You see these things on websites all the time. The tab implies some information about the PAC, its sponsors, its intent, perhaps … Continue reading ‘Amarillo Matters’ … to whom and for what purpose?

Amarillo (still) Matters

I had been wondering whatever became of Amarillo Matters, a political action group formed early this year to campaign for a slate of City Council candidates. A High Plains Blogger post posed the question: Where have they gone? Just wondering: Amarillo Matters … where is it? I have some news. Amarillo Matters has re-emerged. It’s … Continue reading Amarillo (still) Matters

Amarillo channeling OKC?

I’m hearing some similar-sounding economic rumblings from two places: Amarillo, Texas and Oklahoma City. An acquaintance of mine, Jason Herrick, active in Amarillo Matters, a pro-business political action group, writes this via Twitter: You mean the same OKC that first built a downtown ballpark, then attracted a minor league team and kicked off a revitalization … Continue reading Amarillo channeling OKC?

Amarillo has a ‘walking problem’

A retired college administrator manages routinely to put pressing public matters into their proper perspective. Take it away, former Amarillo College President Paul Matney. Matney is an avid supporter of the downtown Amarillo ballpark/multipurpose event venue. He spoke eloquently and passionately about it leading up to the November 2015 non-binding referendum in which voters approved … Continue reading Amarillo has a ‘walking problem’

Voters clean house at Amarillo City Hall

Amarillo voters have made a bit of history at the ballot box. They have elected a¬†female-majority City Council; that shouldn’t be a big deal, although I do recall there was a good bit of media and community chatter when Debra McCartt became the city’s first female mayor. They also have booted out two incumbents, meaning … Continue reading Voters clean house at Amarillo City Hall

Amarillo election produces some push back

This next weekend is going to produce a new Amarillo City Council majority, with at least three new members joining the five-member municipal governing panel. However, in the run-up to this election I’ve been detecting a whiff of something about this campaign that sets it apart from recent municipal campaigns. It’s the presence of a … Continue reading Amarillo election produces some push back