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Houston Voters Say No to "Robin Hood"
Amidst the crumbling debris of last week's election, there was one vote in Texas that nobody noticed, but which may have monumental consequences for school finance. Houston ISD voters delivered a message to the state: We won't send you our property tax dollars.

6:00AM Tue. Nov. 15, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Anti-Bullying Bill Filed for Texas Legislature
With harassment swelling in the wake of the presidential election, Texas Democratic lawmakers are taking the bull by the horns. Two San Antonio legislators have announced they intend to file an anti-bullying bill, David's Law, today, the opening day of pre-filing for the 85th Legislature.

10:25AM Mon. Nov. 14, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Cole Running to Replace Dukes
This just in from the Desk of No Surprises: former Mayor pro tem Sheryl Cole has confirmed that she will run in next year's special election to succeed Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Pflugerville, in representing House District 46.

12:16PM Tue. Nov. 8, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Whitmire: Teach the Children Traffic Stops
The Austin Police Department’s Air 1 chopper today executed a loop around the Chronicle office, assisting officers with pursuit of a driver who sped off from a nearby stop.

5:15PM Thu. Sep. 29, Chase Hoffberger Read More | Comment »

Rep. Dukes to Quit in January
Add another election to the slate: After months of quiet speculation, Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Pflugerville, is stepping down in January, triggering a special election early next year.

11:38AM Mon. Sep. 26, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

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