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Christian Versus Travis County
There are a lot of amendments being added on to Senate Bill 1, the fiscal matters bill that also contains the education finance reforms. But why is Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, using it to get the Public Integrity Unit transferred out of the Travis County Attorney's office over to the Attorney General?

6:33PM Thu. Jun. 9, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

TDH: 6/9/11
City Council meets today, taking up the tricky issue of Formula One agreements, funding to finish Butler Park, and, oh yeah, a seven-foot bronze statue of the Redheaded Stranger, Willie Nelson. Peep our agenda preview, and follow us on Twitter as we tweet the meeting highlights/lowlights.

9:52AM Thu. Jun. 9, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Is Texas Breaking the Law?
If the state of Texas goes through with the planned July 7 execution of Humberto Leal it will be committing an "irreparable breach of international law," attorney Sandra Babcock argues in a clemency petition filed this week with the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

9:45AM Wed. Jun. 8, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

The State's Planned Parenthood Trap
Tomorrow (Thursday) the Health and Human Services Commission Medical Care Advisory Committee is set to hear public input on a proposed rule that would eliminate Planned Parenthood from providing services under the successful Women's Health Program.

7:00AM Wed. Jun. 8, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

Shade/Tovo Run-Off Sees Somewhat Improved Turnout
Yesterday's day one early voting totals are in for the last remaining city of Austin election, the Randi Shade/Kathie Tovo run-off for City Council, and they bring a surprise: Improved turnout compared to day one of last month's general election turnout. The numbers are still low, but a rise in turnout from a general to a run-off is almost unheard of.

3:15PM Tue. Jun. 7, 2011, Ramon Martinez Read More | Comment »

TDH: 6/7/11
City Council gets together this Thursday. Just your usual council action on the agenda: discussing an international racing contest; historic designation for a couple deceased occultists' home; and placing a giant statue of Willie Nelson downtown.

10:05AM Tue. Jun. 7, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

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Perry's Day of Fasting for Ballots
With both Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum both circling the GOP presidential nominations, it seemed Monday would be a bad day for Gov. Rick Perry to burnish his wingnut fundamentalist credentials. That is, until he called for a day of prayer and fasting in Texas.

8:00AM Tue. Jun. 7, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Austin's First Bike Corral Installed Without a Peep
You may have already noticed it, but you most likely haven't heard about it; the city of Austin's first bike corral – an innovative on-street bike parking design originally pioneered in Portland, Ore. – was installed last Friday in front of Beerland, just north of Seventh on Red River.

11:02PM Mon. Jun. 6, 2011, Ramon Martinez Read More | Comment »

Who is Wendy Davis?
First she was going to defect to the Republicans. Then they were gerrymandering her district out of existence. Now the GOP is trying to blame her for the special session. So here is the real question: Why is are Texas Republicans so afraid of Fort Worth Democrat Sen. Wendy Davis?

1:18PM Mon. Jun. 6, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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