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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 »

TDH: 6/6/11
Early voting starts today in the Place 3 run-off. Below, we take a closer look at the closing salvo Randi Shade's campaign fired against Kathie Tovo: her vote in the belabored Bradford-Nohra zoning saga.

12:01PM Mon. Jun. 6, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Redistricting Plan Passed by Committee
About an hour ago, the Senate Redistricting Committee passed a redistricting plan that sticks it to Travis County by splitting us up five ways, with Travis constituting a majority of the population in none of the five. On a statewide level, minority activists – especially Latinos – claim the plan violates the Voting Rights Act.

8:27PM Fri. Jun. 3, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

Reefer Roundup: 6/3/11
This week, advocates are suing to have marijuana regulation reconsidered, lawmakers file medi-pot bills, Attorney General Eric Holder supports making new crack sentencing law retroactive, and a bunch of international honchos say the Drug War has got to go.

4:28PM Fri. Jun. 3, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

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It's the Totally Special, Totally Awesome Auschron Newscast
Like a unique snowflake, each special session of the Texas Legislature is different. Richard Whittaker tells the Totescast why this one's destined for extra awfulness. Wells Dunbar unpacks our interviews with Randi Shade and Kathie Tovo, and Jordan Smith describes Austin's latest police shooting – provided she can pry her eyes off the TV.

3:27PM Fri. Jun. 3, 2011, Jordan Smith, Wells Dunbar and Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Tale As Old As Time
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott raised an eyebrow this week when parents of a Medina Valley High School student asked for a court order to keep religion out of graduation ceremonies. Abbott filed a brief asking the U.S. court of appeals to overturn a court order that eliminates religious language and actions from student speeches.

1:55PM Fri. Jun. 3, 2011, Mark Wilson Read More | Comment »

Imagine No Austinites in Congress
Austin currently has two residents in Congress. Due to the way congressional districts were drawn in 2003, it's been possible that we could have none, but with Dist. 25 anchored in Travis, it's been a safe bet we'd have one. But under the redistricting map currently being considered, the odds are greater than ever that we could have zero.

1:32PM Fri. Jun. 3, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

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