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Congressional Redistricting Map Released
The congressional redistricting map has finally been released by the chairs of the Senate and House redistricting committees, and it's even more appalling that Lloyd Doggett's worst nightmares – it divides Travis County five, yes five ways. And worse yet for Doggett, it puts him in a very Republican district. See Travis map at right.

2:10PM Tue. May 31, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

TDH: 5/31/11
We’ve noted that the city’s revamp of tax breaks for historic homes has taken so long, it may soon qualify for an abatement itself. That was borne out last Thursday, when, as we also noted, we learned changes would now be postponed until July. After the fold, let’s hear from item sponsor Bill Spelman on why.

10:45AM Tue. May 31, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Special Session? Sure
Look at that picture: That's how the 82nd Legislature really finished. With Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibustering the school finance reforms in Senate Bill 1811, and House Public Education Committee Chair Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, slumped at the front of the House, looking dejected. Now a school finance special session seems a lock.

12:36PM Mon. May 30, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

School Finance Agreement? Maybe
Most times, when you're tracking a bill in the Lege, you follow the sponsoring lawmakers. Today the eyes were on House Speaker Chief of Staff Denise Davis*, because wherever she was going was where the school finance deal was being brokered. Now there may be a conference committee deal struck on Senate Bill 1811, but it still needs to pass both chambers.

8:29PM Fri. May 27, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

'Everybody Loses'
As of Friday afternoon, the Lege budget conferees have agreed to leave in place the nearly $62 million in cuts to the state’s family planning program, a move that advocates believe will mean dozens of small clinics will have to shutter their operations – and will result in more than 200,000 women left without access to basic health services.

7:30PM Fri. May 27, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

TDH: 5/27/11
Lots of city action over the last few days –so much, if you blinked you could’ve missed it. After the jump, the Hustle has updates from yesterday’s City Council meeting, and results from Wednesday’s work session tackling nonprofit and social service funding.

5:34PM Fri. May 27, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

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Eff This Budget
Slashing funding to education, public services and healthcare – all the lifelines a community needs to thrive – is what the 2012-2013 budget has in store for Texans. Even at this late date, there are some groups, however, continuing to raise their voices for a more reasonable solution.

4:33PM Fri. May 27, 2011, Katie Tomasino Read More | Comment »

The Totally Awesome Auschron Newscast Loses Control of Its Facilities
This week, Richard Whittaker waxes on the AISD facilities master plan and commiserates with Jordan Smith on the waning days of this Legislature (which can't end soon enough). Speaking of which, Wells Dunbar notes we've got weeks more of City Council run-off fun – if only he could remember when that election is. (It's June 18.) Enjoy!

4:26PM Fri. May 27, 2011, Jordan Smith, Wells Dunbar and Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

More Things to Remember on Memorial Day
Police are setting up shop on and around Lake Austin this Memorial Day weekend to keep roads and waters safe. Holiday weekend warriors are expected to be out in full force for grilling, boating, and various water-bound shenanigans. This means that while lake-goers are encouraged to splash around and have fun, there are a few no-nos.

2:20PM Fri. May 27, 2011, Mark Wilson Read More | Comment »

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