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Michael King

Staff Writer

TWITTER: @PointAustin

Staff writer and former news editor Michael King has reported on city and state politics for the Chronicle since 2000. He was educated at Indiana University and Yale, and from 1977 to 1985 taught at UT-Austin. He has been the editor of the Houston Press and The Texas Observer, and has reported and written widely on education, politics, and cultural subjects.

77 articles in 2006   •   page 1 of 2

Point Austin: Good, Bad, and Ugly

Sustainability Project snap-shoots our present, future

News Column, Dec. 29, 2006

Point Austin: Wal-Mart's Xmas Gift

Bringing coal to Northcross, something better for the rest of us

News Column, Dec. 22, 2006

Point Austin: Conflict of Interest

Facing corporate tyranny, we're all "interested parties"

News Column, Dec. 15, 2006

Point Austin: Invisible No More

Houston janitors strike a mighty blow for the value and dignity of labor

News Column, Dec. 1, 2006

Point Austin: Thinking Outside the Box

Stacy Mitchell examines the megaretail culture and the tools required to dismantle it

News Column, Nov. 24, 2006

Point Austin: Counting the Dead

Whatever their number, the Iraqi casualties lie at our feet

News Column, Nov. 17, 2006

Election 2006: Local Results

Democrats score a shutout in Travis and Hays

News Feature, Nov. 10, 2006

Point Austin: What's Next?

A day or two for cheering, and then back to work

News Column, Nov. 10, 2006

Bolton Gives Dems a Clean Travis Sweep

News Daily, Nov. 8, 2006 12:15 AM

Point Austin: One for the Books

All the sound and fury is upballot, but the real work is on the ground

News Column, Nov. 3, 2006

The Other Guy: James Werner

The real invisible man at the gubernatorial debate was the uninvited Libertarian candidate

News Feature, Oct. 27, 2006

Point Austin: Let 'Em Eat Op-Eds!

From Managua to Guang Zhou, it ain't easy being Wal-Mart

News Column, Oct. 27, 2006

Point Austin: Endorsed!

Take a long look at the 'Chronicle' opinions – and then leap

News Column, Oct. 20, 2006

Point Austin: Turn the Page

While Iraq burns, official Washington wallows in the Foley scandal

News Column, Oct. 13, 2006

Point Austin: Why Vote?

Here are 10 good reasons to mark your calendar for Nov. 7

News Column, Oct. 6, 2006

Celebrating Barrientos

Gonzalo Barrientos is stepping down at the end of his current legislative term in January, after 21 years in the Senate and 10 years in the House.

News Feature, Sep. 29, 2006

Point Austin: Tough Tacos

As tempers rise, the Las Manitas debate symbolizes the future of Austin

News Column, Sep. 29, 2006

Point Austin: Austin Girl

Ann Richards was as contradictory as life in Texas

News Column, Sep. 22, 2006

IAF: The Promised Land Visits the Hilton

Preachers quiz the gubernatorial candidates – and ban them from preaching

News Feature, Sep. 15, 2006

Point Austin: Politics, As Usual

When it comes to governing, one-liners aren't much help

News Column, Sep. 15, 2006

City Budget Hearings Begin Today

Parks and Rec, Library funding, Health and Human Services, Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, and Solid Waste Services to be discussed; citywide increases proposed across the board

News Feature, Aug. 11, 2006

Point Austin: Oppel vs. Chomsky

On seeing the world through blood-drenched eyes

News Column, Aug. 11, 2006

Toby Futrell's Budget

The staff-proposed city budget goes to council, with both breathing and wiggle room

News Feature, Aug. 4, 2006

Point Austin: Whose Budget?

The council asks for a new budget, and Futrell delivers the same old bill

News Column, Aug. 4, 2006

Graduation at Escuelita

How much longer?

News Feature, Jul. 28, 2006

Point Austin: Gentlemen's Disagreement

Martinez says community needs to look at council districting once again

News Column, Jul. 28, 2006

Point Austin: Blue Goes Red

The GOP-proposed redistricting map takes another nasty shot at Travis County voters

News Column, Jul. 21, 2006

Point Austin: Five-Card Draw

It's still early, but the governor's race bears a closer look

News Column, Jul. 14, 2006

PSEM: City Coy About Coy report

In wake of public release of assessment report of city's Public Safety and Emergency Management forces, officials announce Park Police Chief Darryl Lewis will step down to division manager, but dance around saying much else

News Feature, Jul. 7, 2006

Point Austin: Supreme Confusion

The Supreme Court ratifies the Texas GOP majority with a shrug

News Column, Jul. 7, 2006

Point Austin: Blue Spectre

The 'Statesman' discovers a sinister plot to take control of city government. The culprits? Those union goons, of course

News Column, Jun. 30, 2006

The Coy Report

An assessment of the airport police, park police, and city marshals

News Column, Jun. 30, 2006

Point Austin: Three Dimensions

When you're looking for heroes, avoid the usual suspects

News Column, Jun. 23, 2006

Good Morning, Afghani-Stan!

Stan Knee will be one of thousands of former U.S. police officers now working abroad in lucrative postings, typically as private employees of international conglomerates under contract to the U.S. government

News Feature, Jun. 16, 2006

Point Austin: Up or Out?

Debates over open space and neighborhoods are the discourse of community

News Column, Jun. 16, 2006

Point Austin: Budget Time

Running all the numbers, we have to pay for what we need

News Column, Jun. 9, 2006

Point Austin: Hanging Up on AT&T

My boss is suing the phone company – bully for him

News Column, Jun. 2, 2006

APD Chief Says Farewell

Afghanistan-bound Stan Knee given an Austin send-off

News Feature, May. 26, 2006

Point Austin: Blues for Clifford

Men are remembered not for what they had, but for what they gave

News Column, May. 26, 2006

Wynn Again

Incumbent mayor retains his seat decisively

News Feature, May. 19, 2006

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