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Watson to Lead Senate Dems
With the special session winding down, and the Senate calling Sine Die, a major shuffle in the Democratic caucus has been announced: Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, is replacing San Antonio's Sen. Leticia Van de Putte as Democratic leader in the upper chamber.

4:12PM Tue. Jun. 28, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

TDH: 6/28/11
Formula One is receiving the lion's share of attention at council's special called meeting tomorrow, the first with Kathie Tovo on the dais. But a potential development deal with hotel builders White Lodging is also up, a proposal that's already created fault lines on the council.

12:35PM Tue. Jun. 28, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Footage from last week's capitol demo against new detention center
 
Big Brother Sets Eyes on Immigrants
A crowd of Texas immigrant and civil rights organizations rallied together on the steps of the capitol to protest anti-immigrant and anti-Latino legislation last Monday. Rally participants were demanding a halt to the construction of the Karnes County Civil Detention Facility.

7:00PM Mon. Jun. 27, 2011, Katie Tomasino Read More | Comment »

How Green is My SXSW?
First there was music, then film, then interactive, then education, and now SXSW is getting more environmentally aware with the launch of SXSW Eco this October.

5:42PM Mon. Jun. 27, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

TDH: 6/27/11
Kathie Tovo will hit the ground running: A work session Wednesday takes up the Richard Suttle double-header of Formula One and a potential $4 million fee waiver deal with White Lodging to build a convention center hotel Downtown. But she has to be sworn in first, and that’s taking place tomorrow at City Hall.

12:39PM Mon. Jun. 27, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

The Totally Awesome Auschron Newscast Goes Downtown
Time for the weekly throw-down in MP3 form. Jordan Smith explains what Sixth Street can learn from New Orleans, Richard Whittaker wonders about what the Waller Creek deal means for Red River, and everyone wonders where the legislature is. Plus, a heavy sigh for low voter turn-out in the council run-off election.

12:25AM Sat. Jun. 25, 2011, Jordan Smith and Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Castro Will Challenge Doggett in New District
Republican efforts to oust liberal Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett are starting to bear fruit: The Texas Tribune is reporting that state Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, intends to run for the proposed new Congressional District 35, which would run from East Austin to San Antonio.

4:18PM Fri. Jun. 24, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

TDH: 6/24/11
Following hours of impassioned testimony, lawyerly parsing from the dais, and more “discomfort” than a hemorrhoid commercial casting call, City Council postponed action on entering in into the state’s Formula One Major Events Trust Fund. Action’s now set for a special meeting June 29. Kathie Tovo will be on the dais. Randi Shade will not.

3:25PM Fri. Jun. 24, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

'Grooming' on Trial: Science or Supposition?
Did the state meet its burden of proof in the trial of a North Texas man accused of indecency with a child – that testimony about the "grooming" of young victims was based on a reliable field of scientific study?

8:44AM Fri. Jun. 24, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

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