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Amy Smith

Amy Smith has been writing about Austin policy and politics for over 20 years. She joined The Austin Chronicle in 1996.

28 articles in 2009

Long Haul for Ethanol in Travis County?

Commissioner wonders why Cap Metro kept a lid on freight rail proposal

News Feature, Dec. 18, 2009

Merry Sitcom!: Christmas Classics From TV's Golden Age

Celebrate the season from the couch

Screens Review, Dec. 4, 2009

Dam Break at AWU?

An assistant director is placed on leave amid allegations of discrimination

News Feature, Nov. 20, 2009

County Settles One Claim, Rejects Another

Commissioners agree to pay former HR director $40,000

News Feature, Nov. 13, 2009

Saving Rain Forests, From Austin to the Amazon

Nonprofit links people to people for a sustainable future

News Feature, Nov. 6, 2009

Beside the Point: Trust Us, We're the Water Utility

AWU's vows to deliver on WTP4 and conservation just don't wash

News Column, Oct. 23, 2009

Precinct 4

Former council member seeks seat on commissioners court

News Feature, Oct. 9, 2009

Travis County 'Death Spiral'

Facing a personnel dilemma, the commissioners respond: Fire everybody!

News Feature, Oct. 2, 2009

Point, Counterpoint

The debate over WTP4 goes to a public forum

News Feature, Sep. 18, 2009

Nay to Ney Landscape Plans

Hyde Park residents fear PARD landscaping plan could harm Elisabet Ney Museum

News Feature, Sep. 18, 2009

Cause of Brees' Death Still Unknown

Former Austin Bar Association president and mother of pro quarterback Drew Brees dies in Colorado

News Feature, Aug. 14, 2009

Waiter, There's a Lawyer in My Soup

Austin attorney blasted for trying to extract money from several restaurants

News Feature, Aug. 7, 2009

Travis County Holding Steady ... for Now

County braces for bigger economic challenges in 2010

News Feature, Jul. 31, 2009

Appraisal Reform at the County? Never Mind ...

Commissioners won't challenge appraisal district's undervalued commercial property

News Feature, Jul. 31, 2009

No Fair Share? Property Tax Report Provokes a County Review.

Property tax study says commercial property owners are draining homeowners' bank accounts

News Feature, Jul. 17, 2009

Expect the Unexpected

Summertime and the living is ... frenzied

News Feature, Jul. 3, 2009

Political Sage Creekmore Fath Dies

Longtime Austin resident served under FDR

News Feature, Jul. 3, 2009

Music Department Hits Sour Note With Police

Creation of a city music department strikes sour note with police union

News Feature, Jun. 26, 2009

Not Everyone Profits From ROT Rally

Last weekend was all about noise and headaches for some Congress Avenue merchants

News Feature, Jun. 19, 2009

The Battle Over This Old House

When property rights collide with the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association

News Feature, Jun. 12, 2009

Snowball's Chance

Precinct returns don't bode well for McCracken

News Daily, May. 9, 2009 11:38 PM

More Returns

Leffingwell holds commanding lead over McCracken, in second, and Strayhorn, trailing in third

News Daily, May. 9, 2009 8:51 PM

Early Voting Results

Leffingwell takes the lead

News Daily, May. 9, 2009 7:11 PM

Carole's Top 10 Greatest Hits

In our hearts she's No. 1 with a bullet

News Feature, May. 8, 2009


Daily Reviews and Interviews

Screens Feature, Mar. 20, 2009

Fundraiser for Pat Crow

The woman who orchestrated scores of progressive political campaigns now needs your help

News Feature, Feb. 20, 2009

'The Good Life' Says Goodbye

Shrinking economy forces monthly magazine to close shop

News Feature, Jan. 23, 2009

Top 10 Environmental Stories

News Feature, Jan. 2, 2009

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