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State Files Appeal to Overturn HB 2 Ruling

As expected, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an appeal to the 5th Circuit Court Sunday to overturn a recent federal court ruling that found parts of Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2, unconstitutional. Read More | Comment »

State 1:50PM Mon. Sep. 1, Mary Tuma

Facebook ‘Threat’ Case Returns to Court [UPDATE]

Late Friday, state District Judge Jack Robison rejected defense motions to dismiss "terroristic threat" charges against Justin Carter, based on a 2013 Facebook post that defense counsel argued was joking "hyperbole." Prosecutors countered that a jury should decide the case. We'll have more on the case next week; a trial is scheduled for Oct. 27. Read More | Comment »

State 10:00AM Sat. Aug. 30, Mac McCann

Judge Rules Parts of HB 2 Unconstitutional

In a much anticipated ruling, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel has struck down parts of Texas’ abortion law, finding the regulations unconstitutional. The effect of the law - predicted to shutter all but six clinics in Texas - places an “undue burden on women” wrote Yeakel in his 21-page opinion. Read More | Comment »

State 5:39PM Fri. Aug. 29, Mary Tuma

Abbott Cancels TV Debate With Davis

In 2010, Gov. Rick Perry declined to face his opponents in a televised debate for the governor's race. In 2014, Attorney General Greg Abbott has seemingly gone one step further: After agreeing to face Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, in a round table on Sept. 30 on Dallas station WFAA, Abbott has now pulled out. Read More | Comment »

State 12:20PM Fri. Aug. 29, Richard Whittaker

Group Claims Abbott Works Less Than the Queen

On the upcoming Labor Day holiday, it’s always encouraging to be reminded of the hard work our elected public servants put in. Long hours, under-appreciation, and tons of criticism. However, as one political advocacy group points out – don’t look to our possible next GOP governor of Texas for inspiration. Read More | Comment »

State 10:16AM Fri. Aug. 29, Mary Tuma

Court Rules Texas School Finance Unconstitutional

In a long-awaited turn for Texas education, Judge John Dietz today issued his final ruling on the state's school finance system: It is unconstitutional, and it is failing Texas children. Read More | Comment »

On the Lege 3:30PM Thu. Aug. 28, Richard Whittaker

Update: 3805 Red River Historic Zoning Efforts

At 11pm last night, as the City Planning Commission voted 5-3 not to recommend historic zoning for 3805 Red River, both sides in the debate put forth compelling arguments. Read More | Comment »

Developing Stories 5:45PM Wed. Aug. 27, Anne Harris

Council to Consider Gender-Neutral Restrooms

Tomorrow, Thursday, August 28, Austin could become the first city in Texas to pass a resolution (Item 84) requiring single-stall public restrooms to be gender-neutral. Read More | Comment »

Local 1:00PM Wed. Aug. 27, Amy Kamp

Hellmund's Revenge

Not all economic migrants are heading north over the border: Tavo Hellmund, the man that brought Formula One motor racing to Austin, and was the driving visionary behind Austin's Circuit of the Americas, is part of a consortium that has returned F1 to Mexico City. Read More | Comment »

Local 8:00AM Wed. Aug. 27, Richard Whittaker

The Return of the Oops

In the 2011 Republican presidential primary, Gov. Rick Perry crashed and burned after forgetting the third federal agency he would dismantle, "oops"-ing his way to ignominy. Three years later, and he can't even get straight the two felonies he is charged with. Read More | Comment »

State 7:00AM Tue. Aug. 26, Richard Whittaker

Update: 3805 Red River Historic Zoning Effort

Update: The City of Austin Planning Commission meets at 6pm, tomorrow, August 26, in Room 325 of One Texas Center to vote on a zoning change for the International Modern house at 3805 Red River. The change has been recommended by the Texas Historic Landmark Commission. Read More | Comment »

Developing Stories 3:57PM Mon. Aug. 25, Anne Harris

In Flight From Central America

A Sunday gathering at the Congregational Church of Austin had all the markings of a worship service – pews at capacity and additional folding chairs to accommodate the crowd. But the noon gathering of about 100 people was intended to show support for Central American refugees, many of them children or young adults, who have arrived in Texas over the summer. Read More | Comment »

State 3:00PM Mon. Aug. 25, Tony Cantú

The Road to 10-1: CLC Endorsements

After an all-day screening session featuring 36 of the 78 balloted candidates, the Austin CLC (with membership of 26 local unions) endorsed City Council Member Mike Martinez for mayor, and picked favorites in nine of the 10 Council district races. Read More | Comment »

Point Austin 8:00AM Mon. Aug. 25, Michael King

Naishtat to Be Released From Hospital

Good news for constituents of Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin. The dean of the Travis County delegation is set to be released from a hospital in Minnesota after being treated for internal bleeding. Read More | Comment »

On the Lege 5:42PM Sun. Aug. 24, Richard Whittaker

District 5 Candidates Tout Public Safety Chops at AFA Forum

On Saturday morning, four of the seven candidates running for City Council District 5 propped up their public safety bona fides during a forum hosted by the Austin Firefighters Association. Read More | Comment »

Local 8:00AM Sun. Aug. 24, Mary Tuma

Naishtat Recovering After Accident

A minor cycling accident lead to Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, being hospitalized yesterday in Minnesota. But don't worry, he's on the road to recovery after a surprisingly serious medical scare. Read More | Comment »

On the Lege 7:59PM Sat. Aug. 23, Richard Whittaker

Davis Calls for an End to Statute of Limitations for Rape

In accord with her legislative track record of bringing justice to victims of sexual assault, gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis announced a proposal that would end the statute of limitations for rape and sexual assault offenses in Texas, earlier this week. Read More | Comment »

State 4:00PM Fri. Aug. 22, Mary Tuma

Perry's Third Felony?

Since his indictment, Gov. Rick Perry's strategy has been simple: Smear anyone involved in the prosecution, and attempt to turn the serious legal proceedings into a media side show. Unfortunately for him, some of his most bullish statements may have got him into more hot water. Read More | Comment »

State 12:01AM Fri. Aug. 22, Richard Whittaker

Perry's Mug Shot

Update: Perry has pleaded "not guilty" to both felony counts relating to abuse of power and coercion of a public servant. Perry's lawyers have waived his previously scheduled Friday arraignment at the Travis County courthouse. Read More | Comment »

On the Lege 9:37AM Wed. Aug. 20, Richard Whittaker

Eden Foods Ban Heads to Wheatsville Vote

After the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, progressives were shocked to find Eden Foods listed with the companies calling for an end to Obamacare's contraception mandate. A call to boycott quickly gathered national momentum. Now the local backlash could mean a historic removal of the organic brand's goods off Wheatsville Co-op's shelves. Read More | Comment »

Local 10:45AM Tue. Aug. 19, Brandon Watson

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