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Ken Paxton Sues Austin
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton executed the inevitable late in the afternoon on Wednesday, filing a lawsuit in the 53rd District Court of Travis County against the city of Austin, Mayor Steve Adler, and each member of the City Council.

4:36PM Thu. Jul. 28, Chase Hoffberger Read More | Comment »

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 »

Text Woes for Dukes
State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Pflugerville, is a stalwart of the Texas Democratic caucus for her policy positions and legislative tenure, but her situation gets more precarious after new accusations, supported by texts leaked to the Austin American-Statesman, suggesting she gave staff raises on their state pay to do personal errands.

11:52PM Wed. Apr. 27, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

How to Lose a Safe Seat
To lose a seat in a special election, as Oscar Wilde didn't quite say, may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose a safe seat looks like carelessness. Now Texas Democrats are trying to work out how they lost one of the safest seats in the Texas House in a special election.

9:00AM Sat. Jan. 30, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Fill a Bowl for Stickland
Straight-edgers of Texas, rejoice! You can legitimately claim that notorious gun nut Rep. Jonathan Stickland is not one of you. Old forum posts have emerged, courtesy of his primary opponent, that show he used to hang around on web forums looking for weed-smoking buddies, and asking for help on passing a drug test.

12:30PM Wed. Dec. 30, 2015, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

House District 49 Update
The Christmas decorations aren't even back in the box yet, but there's already been a reminder to residents of Austin's House District 49 that they've got an appointment with the ballot box on March 1. The first mailers in the Democratic primary have already started arriving in letter boxes.

2:45PM Mon. Dec. 28, 2015, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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You're a Mean One, Mister Governor
Proving how Texas has forgotten about both American history and the separation of church and state, Gov. Greg Abbott has had a picture of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Lady Liberty, and even the Bill of Rights kicked out of the Capitol.

12:15PM Thu. Dec. 24, 2015, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Elliott Naishtat Retiring, Dems Brace for Primary
A tectonic shift just rumbled through Austin politics: Democrat Rep. Elliott Naishtat, the dean of the Travis County House delegation, has announced he will not run for re-election. His departure has already sparked a flurry of filings in the Democratic primary to be his successor.

12:30PM Thu. Dec. 10, 2015, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Elliott Naishtat Retiring, Dems Brace for Primary
Dan Patrick's Latest Terrible Tweet
How often does sports broadcaster Dan Patrick hope that Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick changes his name back to Danny Goeb so the confusion ends? Probably every time Texas' Patrick tweets something really dumb. Like he did this week.

4:00PM Fri. Dec. 4, 2015, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Playback: The Return of the Austin Smoking Ban A decade after the initial smoking ban, local health group hopes to stomp out smoking patios
Review: Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party Another distorted salvo from Dinesh D’Souza
Point Austin: Homestead Exemption Still Burning How many votes can $2 a month buy?
Release of Breaion King Arrest Footage Leads to APD Investigations Police and community members meet for “an open, honest dialogue”