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Council Preview: The Cloud of Athena

The final agenda for City Council’s Jan. 23 meeting posted Friday doesn’t differ dramatically from the draft – the headline addition is a briefing on a proposed economic development agreement with athenahealth, inc. – which apparently suffers from a shortage of capital letters – to become a corporate tenant at Downtown’s former Seaholm Power Plant. Read More | Comment »

8:00AM Mon. Jan. 20, Michael King

Brown vs. Eckhardt vs. … McCombs? {Update}

Some Travis County voters were receiving a brief computerized push-poll phone survey Thursday night, from a yet to be identified polling firm called something like "Civitas Research."* There were only a couple of substantive questions – both implying that Brown is somehow in bed with Circuit of the Americas owner Red McCombs. {See Update below.} Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Sat. Jan. 18, Michael King

Come One, Come All!

Over the last several weeks, we've been compiling a catalog of potential November candidates for Austin Mayor and City Council. Here's our current master list of the entire field -- as 2014 proceeds, watch this space for additions and emendations. Read More | Comment »

5:00PM Fri. Jan. 10, Michael King

BREAKING: Council Adopts 2013-14 Budget

The headline number will be "50.27" – the property tax rate just adopted by the Austin City Council – a whopping .02 cents below the current or "nominal" rate. Council also managed to increase parks funding over time, and even tweaked the proposed Austin Police Department increase just a bit. Read More | Comment »

2:07PM Tue. Sep. 10, 2013, Michael King

Doggett on War and Peace

As the drums of war in D.C. beat furiously once again, Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett spoke out against precipitous and unilateral U.S. action, and demanded that the Obama Administration first seek war authority from Congress. Read More | Comment »

4:24PM Fri. Aug. 30, 2013, Michael King

Andy Brown and the Bold-Faced Names

At a combination school fundraiser and political rally Thursday night, Travis County judge candidate Andy Brown announced several high-profile endorsements before an enthusiastic crowd. Read More | Comment »

2:02PM Fri. Aug. 30, 2013, Michael King

Much Heat, Some Light at Eastside Forum on APD Shooting

Feelings were high in a packed house at the Carver Museum, as Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo faced an audience audibly angry at the July 26 shooting of Larry Jackson Jr by APD Detective Charles Kleinert. Read More | Comment »

11:59AM Fri. Aug. 16, 2013, Michael King

The Food Issue: When Vegetables Aren't Enough

You can’t swing a dead armadillo in Austin without hitting a “foodie” – a variegated species ranging roughly from purist vegans through sushi savants to connoisseurs of deep-fried turkey. They pursue their gastronomic passions with singular concentration, and it’s among the blessings of living here that it takes all kinds to make an Austin ecosystem. Read More | Comment »

9:55AM Wed. Jun. 12, 2013, Michael King

Brown Makes It Official

Tuesday night, before a large and friendly Threadgills crowd, former Travis County Democratic Party Chair Andy Brown formally announced his candidacy for county judge – officially opening the campaign that has been in progress roughly since March – against former Pct. 2 County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Sat. Jun. 8, 2013, Michael King

City Council: NI deal approved

Thursday evening, City Council closed the deal with National Instruments Corp. to provide 10 years of personal and property tax rebates in return for a major expansion and capital investment, and 1,000 new high-paying jobs. Read More | Comment »

5:00PM Fri. Mar. 8, 2013, Michael King

Young likes to insult people behind their backs – and deny it later
 

Peck Young Goes Away Mad

The well-traveled political consultant William "Peck" Young – in his heyday, his clients ranged from Ann Richards to Michael Dukakis, and "all the mayors of Austin from 1975 to 1997" (official bio) – is the founding Director of the Center for Public Policy and Political Studies at Austin Community College. Read More | Comment »

5:00PM Fri. Feb. 8, 2013, Michael King

Alas, Poor Santa!

On Friday afternoon, Dec. 21 – with Christmas only days away – Santa Claus stopped by the Texas Capitol to spread a little holiday cheer, asking passersby to join him in chalking inspirational notes on the driveway. What he got in return -- along with his helper, "Corey Elf" – was an arrest for "criminal mischief" and "evading arrest." Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Thu. Dec. 27, 2012, Michael King

Last Day to Register for City Election!!

Voter Registration You must be registered to vote 30 days prior to election day Visit or contact the Tax Assessor-Collector/Voter Registrar's Office, 5501 Airport Boulevard, 7:30am -5:30pm today – (512)854-9473 Read More | Comment »

4:15PM Thu. Apr. 12, 2012, Michael King

Leffingwell Announces New Initiatives

If it's Sunday, it must be April 1st. Mayor Lee Leffingwell met the challenge by announcing a series of new initiatives that, if adopted, should change the political landscape of Austin – and its TV channels and operation, its business transactions, and its legendary cuisine. And NewsDesk asks: Have you Voted yet Today? Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Sun. Apr. 1, 2012, Michael King

City Campaign Season Opens

The table couldn't have been much longer for the City Council candidates – mayoral, Place 2, Place 5, and Place 6 -- at today's forum sponsored by the Real Estate Council of Austin., the Coats, Rose law firm, and others. Luckily, a couple members of the Place 5 posse chasing Bill Spelman didn't show, leaving only four challengers and the incumbent in that slot. Read More | Comment »

6:00PM Tue. Mar. 27, 2012, Michael King

Hersh Visits Austin

Beginning a week of Austin events, legendary journalist Seymour Hersh appeared Monday night at 5604 Manor, in a public conversation sponsored by Cooperation Texas (the newly re-christened Third Coast Workers for Cooperation) and hosted by UT journalism professor Robert Jensen. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Tue. Mar. 20, 2012, Michael King

And They're Off!

The ballot is officially finalized for the May 12 municipal election – that's the one that's actually happening when originally scheduled – and the early news is: Place 5 is very popular. Read More | Comment »

4:44PM Tue. Mar. 6, 2012, Michael King

Brothers Rise in the East

Much of the news on minority voters in Texas over the last couple of years has been bad: headlines incorporating unneeded Voter ID laws or state redistricting efforts designed to lessen the voting strength of minorities. Finally, here's some news of some local pushback: an Eastside-based effort to register new voters and encourage engagement. Read More | Comment »

3:45PM Thu. Feb. 16, 2012, Michael King

AE Rate Proposal Double-Edged

Austin Energy's latest proposal -- presented last Thursday at City Council -- got a mixed reception from City Hall and the public, mostly on the expense side. The problem facing Austin is that every rate cut has an income consequence to city programs currently sustained by the utility. Read More | Comment »

7:15PM Mon. Feb. 6, 2012, Michael King

Cole Hosts AE Forum at ACC

At a spirited if not entirely illuminating Saturday morning forum at Austin Community College-Riverside, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and a panel of experts engaged the public on Austin Energy's proposed rate changes Read More | Comment »

6:00PM Sat. Jan. 28, 2012, Michael King

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