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TDH: 5/25/11
We learned late last week that Randi Shade’s campaign finance complaint against Kathie Tovo campaign was dismissed. On Monday, Shade filed a related complaint with the City Clerk. Was Shade successful in preventing Tovo from receiving some $64,000 in public funds? Short answer: Nuh-uh.

2:02PM Wed. May 25, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

The Budget Implosion
Does anyone really know what's happening with school finance reform? Quick answer, no, but if there is no resolution by the end of today, the quick answer may be "special session."

4:50PM Tue. May 24, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Foster Families for Furry Friends
Think you might be interested in adopting a cat (or pup), but you're still just not sure? Why not foster!

3:56PM Tue. May 24, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

Doing the SMD Shuffle
The latest variation on Austin's endless dance with geographic representation might be summed up by the old Albert King lyric, “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but …”

1:15PM Tue. May 24, 2011, Michael King Read More | Comment »

TDH: 5/24/11
After two weeks away from the dais, City Council convenes this Thursday. And judging from their 98-item agenda, you can tell they've been gone. After the jump, agenda highlights including funding for rapid bus service, a cell-phone waiting area at the airport, Lady Bird Lake boardwalk action, historic zoning changes and much more.

10:41AM Tue. May 24, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

No More WHP? WTF?!
With the session winding down, lawmakers under the dome are poised to deny basic health care to hundreds of thousands of women – in the name of reducing abortion.

10:39AM Tue. May 24, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

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Congressional Redistricting Dead This Session
Political geography junkies will have to wait a little longer to see how Texas gets divvied up in Congressional redistricting. The chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee, Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, just confirmed to LegeLand that it won't happen this session.

10:17AM Tue. May 24, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

TDH: 5/23/11
There's been lots of talk about the city's long-simmering realignment of contracts for social service providers. Staff's preliminary recommendations, presented at City Council's last meeting, should be winding their way back to the dais sometime in the near future – the question is when.

4:25PM Mon. May 23, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Ready to rock the weekend with a new furry friend?

4:19PM Mon. May 23, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

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Playback: The Return of the Austin Smoking Ban A decade after the initial smoking ban, local health group hopes to stomp out smoking patios
Review: Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party Another distorted salvo from Dinesh D’Souza
Point Austin: Homestead Exemption Still Burning How many votes can $2 a month buy?
Release of Breaion King Arrest Footage Leads to APD Investigations Police and community members meet for “an open, honest dialogue”