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Leffingwell Endorses Adler

Monday afternoon in front of City Hall, Mayor Lee Leffingwell endorsed attorney Steve Adler to succeed him as mayor of Austin, saying Adler has spent 36 years “working to make Austin a better place.” Read More | Comment »

5:00PM Mon. Oct. 27, Michael King

Let's Go Phone Poll Supports Prop 1

On Friday, Let’s Go Austin – the umbrella political action committee created to support Proposition 1, the Austin rail and road bond - released the initial result of a phone poll taken of 500 likely Austin voters. According the release by research group Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, “Proposition One holds a 52 to 43 percent margin.” Read More | Comment »

7:00PM Fri. Sep. 26, Michael King

The Road to 10-1: It’s District 4’s Turn

Tonight it’s the City Council District 4 candidates’ turn in the barrel, in the fourth media forum sponsored by the Chronicle, Austin Monitor, KUT-FM, KXAN-TV, and Univision. We’re expecting a good crowd, presumably in the “Hall” of The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 7pm sharp. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Wed. Sep. 17, Michael King

Playing the Dozens in District 3

A lively North Door crowd, occasionally rambunctious, heard 12 District 3 City Council candidates address Austin growth, gentrification, affordable housing, urban rail, and urban farms, in the third forum sponsored by the Chronicle, Austin Monitor, KUT-FM, KXAN-TV, and Univision. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Tue. Sep. 16, Michael King

The Road to 10-1: Meet District 1

No doubt you’ve already signed up for tonight’s first Chronicle 10-1 forum, featuring the District 1 candidates, at 7pm. Wesley United Methodist Church, 1164 San Bernard. The Chronicle has teamed up with KUT-FM, KXAN-TV, Univision, and the Austin Monitor to bring you a series of 10-1 City Council candidate forums. Tonight, we begin. Read More | Comment »

3:30PM Mon. Sep. 8, Michael King

The Road to 10-1: CLC Endorsements

After an all-day screening session featuring 36 of the 78 balloted candidates, the Austin CLC (with membership of 26 local unions) endorsed City Council Member Mike Martinez for mayor, and picked favorites in nine of the 10 Council district races. Read More | Comment »

8:00AM Mon. Aug. 25, Michael King

The Road to 10-1: 52 and Counting

As of Friday, Aug. 15, there were 52 mayoral and City Council candidates verified by the City Clerk and posted as on the ballot for November 4. Another 28 declared candidates have not yet been posted for the ballot. The deadline for ballot applications is Monday, Aug. 18, 5pm. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Sat. Aug. 16, Michael King

The Road to 10-1: Filling the Ballot

As of Monday morning, Aug. 11, 29 citizens had filed formal ballot applications for the Nov. 4 municipal election: four for mayor, and 25 spread through the 10 City Council districts. That represents just over 40% of the 72(net) folks who have previously filed campaign treasurer designations. Read More | Comment »

1:21PM Mon. Aug. 11, Michael King

The Big Numbers Arrive

City budget season resumed in earnest last Thursday, as City Manager Marc Ott, Chief Financial Officer Elaine Hart, and Deputy CFO Ed Van Eenoo briefed a Council work session on the proposed FY2014-15 budget. Ott called the budget proposal “balanced, structurally sound, and sustainable.” Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Mon. Aug. 4, Michael King

The Road to 10-1: Catching Up

The July 15 campaign finance deadline set off a flurry of 10-1 activity, much of which we covered in the Chronicle’s July 18 overview (“Now We Begin”). Nevertheless, the campaign dust has hardly settled yet – July 18 also marked the opening of formal ballot application – so here’s a brief update on what’s been happening since. Read More | Comment »

1:45PM Mon. Jul. 28, Michael King

The Road to 10-1: NAAO Forum, or …

The short answer is: You don’t – although the Network of Asian American Organizations is to be congratulated for trying. The NAAO hosted 28 City Council candidates Saturday morning at the Asian American Resource Center, allowing roughly five minutes per candidate – and heard them all with only about 30 minutes spillover. Read More | Comment »

5:38PM Sat. Jul. 26, Michael King

Yes, We Have Candidates!

Monday, July 21, marked the opening of the official filing period for the new 10-1 City Council, and a handful of candidates took advantage of Opening Day. The early headliner was Council Member Mike Martinez, who hit City Hall in the morning for filing and a photo-op. He was joined by a half-dozen others, including a newcomer. Read More | Comment »

12:01PM Tue. Jul. 22, Michael King

The Take on Taxes

With about as many local candidates as voters in attendance, the Travis County Democratic Party hosted a “town hall” on property tax reform Friday morning, where everybody agreed with would-be County Commissioner (Precinct 2) Brigid Shea: “The appraisal process is broken.” To fix it – in the current state political climate – will take some doing. Read More | Comment »

4:08PM Fri. Jul. 18, Michael King

The Road to 10-1: Fundraising Highlights

As widely reported, the Big Kahuna in the initial City Council campaign money race (from campaign treasurer filings as of June 30) is novice mayoral candidate Steve Adler, who garnered $366,192 in contributions and had $289,896 in cash on hand. His major opponents, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Council Member Mike Martinez, were not so flush. Read More | Comment »

12:33PM Wed. Jul. 16, Michael King

The Road to 10-1: More to Come

Two deadlines approach in this year’s historic City Council races: the first substantial campaign finance reports (through June 30) are due at 5pm today at the City Clerk’s office, and beginning Monday, July 21, declared candidates can begin actually filing for office (through Aug. 18). Read More | Comment »

1:17PM Tue. Jul. 15, Michael King

Graves Prosecutor Under Misconduct Review

The Texas Defender Service announced today that the State Bar of Texas has found “just cause” to review allegations of prosecutorial misconduct against former Burleson County District Attorney Charles Sebesta, Jr. for his 1994 capital prosecution of Anthony Graves, for which Graves was eventually exonerated. Read More | Comment »

12:53PM Mon. Jul. 7, Michael King

Curtain Up on Mayor’s Race

In the first face-to-face meeting of the fledgling Austin mayoral race, the Central Texas Democratic Forum hosted candidates Steve Adler, Sheryl Cole, and Mike Martinez, Friday, June 20 at the Austin Bar Association. A lunch audience of about 100 people heard answers to questions running the gantlet of issues facing the city. Read More | Comment »

4:44PM Sun. Jun. 22, Michael King

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

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