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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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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

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

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