After months of speculation and allegation, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Pflugerville, has been indicted by a Travis County grand jury, throwing the fate of the House District 46 lawmaker into even further question.
“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!”
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 the conversation, see "Point Austin: Keeping Hope Alive." Following is a lightly edited, full transcript of the conversation.
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.
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.
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.