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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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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

Getting to Yes

The Travis Central Appraisal District and the Mueller Foundation settle tax appraisal dispute

News Feature, Jul. 14, 2016

Mueller and Travis Central Appraisal District Sing Kumbaya

Agreement in dispute over affordable housing tax appraisals

News Daily, Jul. 12, 2016 8:00 AM

Point Austin: Welcome to Media World!

"Alternative" invasion conjures thoughts of contemporary journalism

News Column, Jul. 7, 2016

Council: No Marxism Around Here

City Council pushes homestead exemption by thinnest of margins

News Feature, Jul. 7, 2016

News Roundup: Exempted

Exemption fireworks, mayor goes eastward, and Austin for Hillary

News Daily, Jul. 5, 2016 9:00 AM

Point Austin: Congratulations on the Struggle

The Supreme Court decision rests upon political agitation

News Column, Jun. 30, 2016

Going Big

How to spend $720 million on mobility

News Feature, Jun. 30, 2016

Council: Escape From City Hall!

Members navigate homestead exemption politics en route to vacation

News Feature, Jun. 30, 2016

Casar Kicks Off

Campaigns rumble into gear – and Doggett talks House sit-in

News Daily, Jun. 27, 2016 4:00 PM

While Austin Slept

City Council passes major bond package – & lots of other stuff

News Daily, Jun. 24, 2016 2:40 PM

Point Austin: How Smart Are We?

Council ponders a bond that voters will swallow

News Column, Jun. 23, 2016

Herding Council Cats

City Council takes on 103 items ranging from bonds to staff review

News Feature, Jun. 23, 2016

How Do You Get to 100%?

Council seeks consensus on a transportation bond

News Feature, Jun. 23, 2016

Zimmerman: Fire Marc Ott

D6 council member: "It's time we replace" city manager

News Daily, Jun. 22, 2016 5:45 PM

Finding the Sweet Spot

Mayor, Council seek consensus on a transportation bond

News Daily, Jun. 21, 2016 8:00 AM

Plain Speaking About Complex Things

Robert Jensen on his book Plain Radical and the friendship that inspired it

News Feature, Jun. 16, 2016

Point Austin: Will This One Make a Difference?

Orlando could be a turning point ... or else it won't be

News Column, Jun. 16, 2016

Council: Getting Moving?

City Council's continued transportation debate may backlog zoning cases on agenda

News Feature, Jun. 16, 2016


City Council wrestles with itself over bonds, spending

News Daily, Jun. 15, 2016 8:00 AM

Dueling Bondage

Mayor and council members consider transportation packages

News Daily, Jun. 13, 2016 6:45 PM

Down to the Last Pitch

Seven cities, seven mayors, $50 million

News Daily, Jun. 9, 2016 6:30 PM

Working the Budget

Council and staff review the preliminary numbers, with crossed fingers all around

News Feature, Jun. 9, 2016

Point Austin: A Halcyon Day

Clinton's ascension is a moment to celebrate possibilities

News Column, Jun. 9, 2016

Council: Burning Daylight

Passing the hot bond potato

News Feature, Jun. 9, 2016

Point Austin: In Memory

The dead we remember, and the lessons we still need to learn

News Column, Jun. 2, 2016

Council: Plenty of Work, and Campaigns

November elections are coming soon

News Feature, Jun. 2, 2016

Point Austin: Pushed Out

The case of Austin's declining black population isn't so curious

News Column, May. 26, 2016

Getting at Affordability

Budget talks continue

News Feature, May. 26, 2016

Travillion Beats Sampson

Primary run-offs close a handful of local and state races

News Feature, May. 26, 2016

Travillion Defeats Sampson

Primary run-offs close a handful of local and state races

News Daily, May. 25, 2016 2:45 PM

Parliamentary Maneuvers

Council plows through agenda beneath a persistent TNC cloud

News Daily, May. 23, 2016 3:00 PM

10-1, Take Two

Five City Council incumbents up for re-election this November

News Feature, May. 19, 2016

Point Austin: Somebody Else's Job

Where does the school finance ruling leave 5 million Texas students?

News Column, May. 19, 2016

Council: It's All on Camera

City Council gets ready to dive back into the breach

News Feature, May. 19, 2016

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