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Vela Kicks Off
“My shoes are laced up, I’ve got my clipboard, and I’m running for office,” said José "Chito" Vela Thursday night, answering an exhortation by President Barack Obama in his Chicago farewell speech. Vela held his kickoff at Tres Amigos for the House District 46 seat now held by Dawnna Dukes – and joked, “Whatever happened, I wasn’t going to cancel the party!”

2:07PM Fri. Jan. 13, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Texas Lawmaker Wants to Make Abortion Completely Illegal
With complete disregard to women’s constitutionally protected right to an abortion, Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, filed a bill this week that would outright criminalize abortion at any stage.

4:10PM Thu. Jan. 12, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Doggett: Keep Hope Alive
On Jan. 9, Chronicle staff writer Michael King spoke to U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-San Antonio/Austin, by phone from Washington, during the first days of the 115th Congress. For some notes on our conversation, see "Point Austin: Keeping Hope Alive," Following is a lightly edited, full transcript of our conversation.

12:01AM Thu. Jan. 12, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Vela to Waffling Dukes: Go Now
As the old song goes, how can we miss you if you won't go away? Workers' rights advocate and attorney Chito Vela has responded to reports that Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Pflugerville, won't be quitting her seat, and is requesting that she stand down Tuesday as promised.

12:31PM Mon. Jan. 9, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Inauguration Highlights and Shadows
The atmosphere in City Council chambers was festive Friday evening, beginning with the full house, the Austin Police Department’s bagpipe-and-drum corps, a presentation of colors, and a formal performance of the National Anthem. Yet there remained an undertone of seriousness, not entirely tied to the evening’s purpose.

9:00AM Mon. Jan. 9, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Texas Bathroom Bill Battle Officially Begins
As predicted, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has his bathroom bill. Senate Bill 6, labeled the “Texas Privacy Act,” was filed Thursday, Jan. 5 by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham. The bill is both sexist and transphobic and hides behind the guise of privacy protection.

4:45PM Thu. Jan. 5, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

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Judge Sparks Critical of State's Defense of Fetal Burial Rule
During the second day of hearings to challenge a state health department rule that would force women to bury or cremate their fetal and embryonic remains after an abortion, miscarriage, or ectopic pregnancy (regardless of gestation period), the court heard from state witnesses, who often failed to ensure their ability and capacity to handle the new rule.

11:35AM Thu. Jan. 5, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

State Offers No Evidence of Health Benefit During Fetal Burial Rule Hearing
A federal hearing challenging a proposed state health department rule that would force women to bury or cremate their fetal and embryonic remains after an abortion, miscarriage, or ectopic pregnancy (regardless of gestation period) began in U.S. Judge Sam Sparks’ downtown courtroom on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

8:30AM Wed. Jan. 4, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Travis County Catches a Judicial Break
“Anybody need a courthouse?” was not exactly the question posed by the U.S. General Services Administration, but the U.S. government's (technically, the National Park Service) disused 1936 courthouse just happened to match the pressing needs of the Travis County justice system. This morning, the transfer was completed.

1:45PM Thu. Dec. 29, 2016, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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