So good to hear from the Citizens Council, isn’t it? John Field Scovell, the group’s 2008 chairman, says the business group is in a good spot to leverage its political clout, with a CEO mayor and a businessman heading the Dallas Independent School District. "We’re changing back to the good old days," says Scovell, president and CEO of the Woodbine Corp.

And people wonder why I’m always so cranky.