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The Road to 10-1: Western Additions

Catching up on the November City Council races – still unofficial until the formal filing period opens, July 21 – a couple more folks filed campaign treasurer designations in recent weeks. That brings the total of declared Council candidates to 58, plus five mayoral wannabes – 62! – and a few folks lurking in the underbrush. Read More | Comment »

Local 9:00AM Tue. Jun. 24, Michael King

Return of the Unruly Mob

The sea of orange shirts, those now iconic pink shoes: The images from Wendy Davis’ filibuster are now etched into history. But they could never quite capture what it was like to be there. For a few hours on June 25, there was no more exhilarating place to be in Texas. No photo could capture the thunder of the crowd’s roar. Read More | Comment »

Local 4:15PM Mon. Jun. 23, Brandon Watson

Curtain Up on Mayor’s Race

In the first face-to-face meeting of the fledgling Austin mayoral race, the Central Texas Democratic Forum hosted candidates Steve Adler, Sheryl Cole, and Mike Martinez, Friday, June 20 at the Austin Bar Association. A lunch audience of about 100 people heard answers to questions running the gantlet of issues facing the city. Read More | Comment »

Point Austin 4:44PM Sun. Jun. 22, Michael King

Hillary Hits Austin

There was no mistaking the blue love for Hillary Clinton Friday as she walked on stage at the Long Center and was greeted with a long, energetic standing ovation. Read More | Comment »

Local 11:00AM Sat. Jun. 21, Amy Smith

Kitchen's Menu for a Better Austin

Former State Rep. Ann Kitchen launched her District 5 City Council campaign Tuesday evening at the Broken Spoke on South Lamar – an apt location for a candidate who focused her kickoff speech on the growing demands of a city in transition. Read More | Comment »

Local 2:55PM Fri. Jun. 20, Amy Smith

Saving Water, One House at a Time

Pesticide salesmen and shirt-and-tie teenagers clutching copies of the Book of Mormon won’t be the only solicitors knocking at your door this summer. Read More | Comment »

State 9:00AM Fri. Jun. 20, Lizzie Jespersen

'Austin Chronicle' Receives AAN Nod

The Association of Alternative Newsmedia announced the finalists for its 2014 AAN Awards today, including the Austin Chronicle among the nominees. Read More | Comment »

National 3:00PM Wed. Jun. 18, Brandon Watson

HBO Going Under the Dome for 'God Save Texas'

For those of you who believe there isn't enough drama in the Texas legislature: HBO has announced it is developing a new political fiction series, set under our famous Capitol dome. Read More | Comment »

On the Lege 9:10AM Wed. Jun. 18, Richard Whittaker

Rick Perry's Chutzpah

Golda Meir. Saul Bellow. Sammy Davis Jr. And now, Rick Perry. If you thought that they don't come more goyim than the Texas governor, then he has some surprising news for you. Read More | Comment »

State 7:00AM Wed. Jun. 18, Richard Whittaker

Encore for Dorham’s Backyard

Roughly 80 artists, musicians, and East Austin residents attended the Urban Renewal Board meeting Monday night to learn that the licensing agreement for Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, the outdoor music venue on East Eleventh Street adjacent to the Victory Grill, had been extended to its current holder, DiverseArts Culture Works, through Sept. 30. Read More | Comment »

Local 3:51PM Tue. Jun. 17, Chase Hoffberger

A Tollway’s Toll on Trees

The Gateway Twin Oaks – two enormous oak trees that stand 10 feet apart along U.S. 183 near Vargas Road – are like a beloved elderly couple in the southeast neighborhood of Montopolis. If they could talk, neighbors say, they would tell you they’ve been around since the battle of the Alamo. Read More | Comment »

Local 12:58PM Tue. Jun. 17, Amy Smith

Longbranch Twittering Blues

Longbranch Inn management would like Austinites to know that those who own and work at the venerable East Austin bar are neither racist, bigoted, nor ethnically insensitive. In fact, the people involved with the dive don’t have any affiliation at all to the social media vehicle that’s drawing it such ire. Read More | Comment »

Local 6:26PM Mon. Jun. 16, Chase Hoffberger

City Preps For 2015 Appraisal Fight

Acknowledging they'd be hard pressed to meet a June 17 deadline to challenge this year’s commercial appraisal values, City Council members early Friday morning agreed to wage a challenge next year. Read More | Comment »

Local 3:40PM Sun. Jun. 15, Amy Smith

Schlitterbahn North!

With a great deal of happy fanfare, speeches, celebration, exhibitions of diving and synchronized swimming, the rebuilt, redesigned, and rejuvenated city of Austin Bartholomew Park Pool opened Saturday morning, welcomed by the Windsor Park neighborhood and a brace of park officials, four City Council members, and a handful of Council candidates. Read More | Comment »

Local 2:24PM Sat. Jun. 14, Michael King

CCAG Recommends Rail Plan

Friday afternoon, the Central Corridor Advisory Group, a 14-member committee appointed to review local mass transit options, voted 13-1 to recommend the Project Connect planning team's Central Corridor – Riverside/Grove to Highland – to the City Council and the Capital Metro board, which will hear the recommendations next week. Read More | Comment »

Local 5:15PM Fri. Jun. 13, Michael King

Hillary Rodham Clinton is Coming to Town

Lucky BookPeople. First they got Bill, now they get Hillary. Yup, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be signing her new book Hard Choices at the downtown literary sanctuary a week from today, before a conversation at the Long Center. Read More | Comment »

Local 12:45PM Fri. Jun. 13, Richard Whittaker

City Plots Rideshare's Course

A truly diverse array of automobiles assembled outside of One Texas Center Wednesday night for the first in what should be many stakeholder meetings to determine the terms of a pilot program for Austin’s future with Transportation Networking Companies (TNCs): taxi cabs, Car.ma cars, mustachioed Lyft-mobiles, and Super Shuttles. Read More | Comment »

Local 1:00PM Thu. Jun. 12, Chase Hoffberger

Commissioners Say No to Tax Protest

Travis County Commissioners this afternoon opted against waging a protest with the appraisal district over the 2014 commercial property tax roll. Instead, commissioners voted to study the appraisal process and work with the Legislature to try to resolve property tax inequities. Read More | Comment »

Local 5:38PM Tue. Jun. 10, Amy Smith

Film Flam: El Rey Shines on Austin

This from the "you weren't already?" files: Robert Rodriguez has announced that his El Rey Network will use Austin as its production and corporate headquarters. Read More | Comment »

Local 1:30PM Tue. Jun. 10, Richard Whittaker

City Plots Rideshare Future

A rake of perceived stakeholders with a vested interest in the future of transportation networking companies (“TNCs”) in Austin will meet Wednesday evening at One Texas Center on Barton Springs Road and South First Street to begin the process of figuring out how exactly this whole pilot program looking into TNC potential in town might work. Read More | Comment »

Local 1:00PM Tue. Jun. 10, Chase Hoffberger

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