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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 »

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 »

TDH: 6/3/11
The weekend is upon us: time to kick back, relax, and navigate a hellish maze of street closures. We’ve got updates on closures in West Campus, on Riverside, and construction along South Congress that's troubling to some SoCo storeowners.

1:25PM Fri. Jun. 3, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

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Weekend Warriors for Public Schools
After a day of testimony at House and Senate public hearings on the state budget, public school advocates including Save Texas Schools, Texas AFT and Texas Forward have organized multiple events for those still holding out hope on public education here in the Lone Star State.

5:20PM Thu. Jun. 2, 2011, Ramon Martinez Read More | Comment »

TDH: 6/2/11
It's slow going at City Hall. No City Council meeting, and a Public Health committee meeting on nonprofits has been postponed to next week. It's worth looking outside City Hall for action – and luckily, action obliged, as a state senate bill looks to throw local elections into chaos.

10:05AM Thu. Jun. 2, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Bill Debates Begin Tomorrow
Whatever side of the aisle lawmakers were on for the school finance reforms in Senate Bill 1811, there was one shared opinion: That no-one really knew what was in it. Tomorrow sees the first real public debate about the bill, and a whole bunch more, as the House and Senate convenes their first committee meetings of the special session.

1:44PM Wed. Jun. 1, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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