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Tax Relief for Wildfire Victims
According to friends in the public information office of the Internal Revenue Service (yeah, I said it, "friends" and "IRS" in the same sentence), taxpayers in counties declared federal disaster areas may be eligible for a host of tax relief programs.

9:19AM Tue. Sep. 20, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

DOJ Says No to Texas Maps
Shocking no one, the US Department of Justice has just refused to certify that either the Congressional or state house maps passed by the Legislature this year comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

4:42PM Mon. Sep. 19, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Runners and Riders for 2012
Later today, the US Department of Justice is expected to deliver its legal rebuttal to the horribly gerrymandered maps approved by the Legislature last session. There are a lot of incumbents and wannabe state reps waiting to see if it will be worth filing election paperwork. However, a few brave souls have already made their formal declarations.

2:24PM Mon. Sep. 19, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

TDH: 9/19/11
Following their bargaining over the city budget, City Council has a bit of a backlog going into their regular meeting this Thursday. On the agenda: more budgetary housekeeping, legal items including a decision on when to hold the city’s next election, plus a schematic overview of the new Central Library.

1:20PM Mon. Sep. 19, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Christmas in September
"Jingle bells, baby!" Texas State University System chancellor Brian McCall was all smiles this morning at the General Land Office as he and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced their big news: The Christmas Mountains are being transferred to TSU to become an open air classroom, open to students and academics from around the state.

1:00PM Thu. Sep. 15, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

The Film After the Fire
Richard Linklater was hoping to have a nice, quiet private screening of his upcoming film Bernie on Sunday: As he announced yesterday, he and his stars have turned it into a major fundraiser for victims of the Bastrop fires. Linklater said. "That's one thing we know how to do – put on a show."

4:19PM Wed. Sep. 14, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Reunited
And now for a bit of good news: So far, the Austin Humane Society and Bastrop Animal Shelter have reunited 170 families with pets lost during the raging wildfires. Still, there are plenty of pets – some recovering from burns and fire-related injuries – still seeking their owners.

4:05PM Wed. Sep. 14, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

TDH: 9/14/11
While City Council didn't exactly breeze through the budget Monday, they did find the time to approve several wind power contracts, which, if all adopted, will put the city in spitting distance of their ambitious renewable energy goals.

2:15PM Wed. Sep. 14, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

TDH: 9/13/11
If there was a theme to yesterday’s budget adoption, it was return on investment. As Sheryl Cole said, “… I think we have been drawing the line in terms of what is a social service that is going to benefit the lower income [citizens] of our community … and at the same time also focusing on items that are going to be good returns on investment in the long term.”

3:11PM Tue. Sep. 13, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

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