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Texas Dems to DNC: Pick a Castro, Any Castro
It was no secret that Texas Democrats hoped that Hillary Clinton would pick Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro as her running mate. Now there are calls for either him or his twin, Congressman Joaquin Castro, to serve as the new Democratic National Committee chair.

4:18PM Tue. Jul. 26, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Council: Dog Days Ahead
City budget planning gets serious this week, kicking off with a Wednesday morning work session at which Financial Services staff will unveil City Manager Marc Ott’s proposed FY 2017 budget, and update the various spring estimates. So begins a month of numbers – although not everybody will be on hand to hear them.

8:00AM Tue. Jul. 26, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Travis County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Shot Dead Monday Morning
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office is reeling this morning as it begins to investigate the events that led to the shooting death of one of its own deputies. Sergeant Craig Hutchinson was found dead in his Round Rock backyard Monday morning after requesting backup from his own colleagues.

9:55AM Mon. Jul. 25, Chase Hoffberger Read More | Comment »

Travis County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Shot Dead Monday Morning
 
Release of Breaion King Arrest Footage Leads to APD Investigations
Multiple investigations are under way at APD into the policing strategies of two Henry sector (Southeast) cops and the oversight of their chain of command after dashboard video footage of an arrest and subsequent ride to Travis County Jail was brought to the attention of Police Chief Art Acevedo on Tuesday.

11:55AM Fri. Jul. 22, Chase Hoffberger Read More | Comment »

Austin Campaign Contribution Limits Upheld
In a ruling issued today by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, Austin’s $350 campaign contribution limits were upheld, but the judge overturned the six-month limit on fundraising, and the requirement that elected officials return or release funds in excess of $20,000.

6:22PM Thu. Jul. 21, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Ted Cruz Refuses to Endorse Donald Trump
It's rare – no, scratch that – it's unprecedented that Sen. Ted Cruz would get a standing ovation from Democrats. But when boos rained down as he refused to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, it's hard not to imagine at least scarcely stifled giggles.

11:00AM Thu. Jul. 21, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Texas Voter ID Law Struck Down
Senate Bill 14, the contentious Texas voter ID bill passed in 2011, violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. That was the ruling issued today of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, barely hitting a deadline set by the U.S. Supreme Court.

3:32PM Wed. Jul. 20, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

On the Ruins of Jumpolin
Last Friday, protesters disrupted an on-site animal adoption event at the Blue Cat Cafe, which stands on the same site where last year landowners F&F Real Estate Ventures demolished the Jumpolin piñata store.

10:45AM Wed. Jul. 20, Joseph Caterine Read More | Comment »

Texas Charters, Turkish Coup?
Charter schools have been blamed for many things, but never insurrection. Yet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Fethullah Gülen, the man seen as the inspiration behind Harmony Public Schools, of being behind last week’s failed coup. Now he’s demanding that the U.S. government deport Gülen to stand trial.

10:09AM Wed. Jul. 20, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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