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Michael King

Staff Writer

TWITTER: @PointAustin

News Editor Michael King has reported on city and state politics for the Chronicle since 2000. He was educated at Indiana University and Yale, and from 1977 to 1985 taught at UT-Austin. He has been the editor of the Houston Press and The Texas Observer, and has reported and written widely on education, politics, and cultural subjects.

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Point Austin: Vote Your Brain

In a crazy political year, the choices for sane voters should be obvious

News Column, Sep. 29, 2016

Council: Next Stop, ACL Fest

Even the Dais Denizens have to take a break every once in a while

News Feature, Sep. 29, 2016

Election Notes

Gallo goes solo on the Grove; don't be like Zim; and other election stories

News Feature, Sep. 29, 2016

Tom “Smitty” Smith Announces Retirement

Public Citizen director to remain during search for new director

News Daily, Sep. 20, 2016 10:00 AM

Council: Budget Crunch Time [UPDATE]

City Council continues final number-crunching

News Daily, Sep. 9, 2016 5:00 PM

Point Austin: Unbalancing the Budget

Council makes final spending decisions with one hand behind its back

News Column, Sep. 8, 2016

If We Had Budget Enough, and Time ...

Council closes in on a final FY 2017 city budget

News Feature, Sep. 8, 2016

Council: No Zombies Before Midnight

City Council hears budget pleas, aids workers, tenants … & zombies

News Daily, Sep. 5, 2016 8:00 AM

Point Austin: Return on Investment

Austin Energy rate cuts are both a financial and political dividend

News Column, Sep. 1, 2016

Austin Energy: Rate Cuts Solve Everybody's Problems

Council votes to approve utility rate reduction

News Feature, Sep. 1, 2016

Council Preview: Wildhorses, Salamanders, Elephants

Only 51 items on today's agenda – but plenty of potential land mines

News Feature, Sep. 1, 2016

Council Considering AE Settlement [UPDATE]

Agreement would cut overall utility rates by $42.5 million

News Daily, Aug. 29, 2016 5:30 PM

Proposition One (City of Austin): $720 Million Mobility Bond

News Feature, Aug. 25, 2016

District 4: The Long Shots

News Feature, Aug. 25, 2016

Travis County

News Feature, Aug. 25, 2016

Point Austin: Zimmerman's Hypocrisies

Denouncing "subsidized" Austinites, council member should try a mirror

News Column, Aug. 25, 2016

City Council: Zimmerman, Bond, and Budget

(And a few other things got done)

News Feature, Aug. 25, 2016

Zimmerman Does It Again [UPDATE]

D6 council member tells children to "do something useful"

News Daily, Aug. 19, 2016 4:00 AM

City Council Clashes Over 2017 Budget

Competing ideas on how to spend $969 million

News Feature, Aug. 18, 2016

Point Austin: Thinking About Budgets

We are short-term planners with long-term problems

News Column, Aug. 18, 2016

Council Reaches Consensus on Mobility Bond

Adler's "Go Big" Baby

News Feature, Aug. 18, 2016

Ott Moves On

City manager to accept position with international organization

News Feature, Aug. 18, 2016

City Council: All the Agenda That Fits

Mobility, budget, lobbyists, density … and more

News Daily, Aug. 17, 2016 9:00 AM

City Council: How Big Is Just Right?

Council moves forward on Mobility Bond, “Smart Corridors”

News Daily, Aug. 15, 2016 4:00 PM

Point Austin: November Mobility Bond Begins to Take Shape

Consensus on the proposed $720 million bond remains a work in progress

News Column, Aug. 11, 2016

City Council Preview: Juggling Act to Include Budget, Transportation Bond

Council agenda occupied by a handful of pressing subjects

News Feature, Aug. 11, 2016

What a Concept!

Still no Grove PUD, but plenty more shit for Council to shovel

News Daily, Aug. 10, 2016 8:00 AM

Affordability: Everywhere But Here

Council parses contracts, buys CD’s, and postpones housing

News Daily, Aug. 8, 2016 9:00 AM

Martinez Endorses Mobility Bond

Mayoral adversaries join on transportation proposition

News Daily, Aug. 5, 2016 2:35 PM

Point Austin: The Budget Wrangle Resumes

City Council attempts to spend more, cost less, and ... sustain services

News Column, Aug. 4, 2016

The Devil in the Details

Council faces a daunting slate of work sessions

News Feature, Aug. 4, 2016

Point Austin: Mayor Adler's Superhighway to the Mobility Bond

Speeding toward November

News Column, Jul. 28, 2016

Council: Proposed Budget Takes the Stage

City manager and budget staff lay out FY 2017 budget

News Feature, Jul. 28, 2016

A Party for Florence

Fundraiser to benefit the Eastside's Comfort House

News Feature, Jul. 28, 2016

Council: Dog Days Ahead

What if they proposed a budget, and nobody came?

News Daily, Jul. 26, 2016 8:00 AM

Austin Campaign Contribution Limits Upheld

Split decision ends blackout period, “dissolution” requirements

News Daily, Jul. 21, 2016 6:22 PM

Point Austin: Homestead Exemption Still Burning

How many votes can $2 a month buy?

News Column, Jul. 21, 2016

Council Candidates' Campaign Finance Reports

First campaign finance reports hit the City Clerk's office

News Feature, Jul. 21, 2016

News Roundup: Political Humility, Pandering, and Money

Donald Trump is a very humble man – just ask him

News Daily, Jul. 18, 2016 2:00 PM

Point Austin: Hearts of Stone

There is little reason to expect the latest shootings will bring an end to gun violence

News Column, Jul. 14, 2016

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