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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.

161 articles in 2012   •   page 1 of 5

Point Austin: Can This Really Be the End?

A look forward, a look back

News Column, Dec. 28, 2012

Alas, Poor Santa!

It takes several troopers to bust one Santa Claus

News Daily, Dec. 27, 2012 4:20 PM

Point Austin: Guns 'R' Us

Change our gun laws, change ourselves

News Column, Dec. 20, 2012

Council: Good for Austin Is Bad for Texas

Council ends 2012 with some last-minute business

News Feature, Dec. 20, 2012

Will Texas Do Better?

Lege preview Part II – the wonders and the horrors

News Feature, Dec. 13, 2012

Labor: Playing Defense

News Feature, Dec. 13, 2012

Point Austin: Tools for Lege Watching

Considering Texas' future – a few things to keep in mind

News Column, Dec. 13, 2012

Will Texas Do Better?

As the 83rd Legislature slouches toward Austin, hope dances a two-step with apprehension

News Feature, Dec. 6, 2012

Point Austin: Cliff Diving

The practice of government by self-extortion

News Column, Dec. 6, 2012

Beside the Point: All the Arguments That Fit

City Council agenda packed with volatile materials

News Column, Dec. 6, 2012

Politics Gift Guide, Part II

For the pot smokers, pacifists, and stamp collectors in your life

News Feature, Dec. 6, 2012

Point Austin: Questions for Visa

A few things we might ask before we provide corporate welfare

News Column, Nov. 29, 2012

Visa Council Debate Begins

City Council sets public hearing for incentives package

News Daily, Nov. 28, 2012 2:21 PM

Visa Wants a Chargeback

Governor and city propose economic development deal

News Daily, Nov. 26, 2012 12:00 PM

Point Austin: We Want Your Urine

Rick Perry's latest bright idea is pissing on Texas

News Column, Nov. 21, 2012

No Injunction Against Central Health

Judge Yeakel declines to enjoin election canvass

News Daily, Nov. 15, 2012 6:30 PM

Point Austin: Mapping Difference

Voting picture suggests the next Austin politics

News Column, Nov. 15, 2012

Council: As the Copter Spins

All about the temporary helipads for Formula One weekend

News Feature, Nov. 15, 2012

Cap Metro Crisis

The local transit union has authorized a strike

News Feature, Nov. 15, 2012

Transit Strike Looming?

Union President Wyatt: "It will happen sometime this week"

News Daily, Nov. 14, 2012 7:30 AM

Weird Austin Idea of the Day

Trying to get across town? Hop a Gondola.

News Daily, Nov. 12, 2012 1:26 PM

Fiscal Cliff? Try Cap Metro Cliff!

ATU 1091 authorizes bus strike: What next?

News Daily, Nov. 9, 2012 5:30 PM

Point Austin: Elections and Consequences

You never know what you're gonna get

News Column, Nov. 8, 2012

President Barack Obama: Four More Years

Cautious optimism about impending change in Washington

News Feature, Nov. 8, 2012

Props & Bonds: Mixed, but Definitely Dramatic

Everything gets the green light except 6, 8, and 15

News Feature, Nov. 8, 2012

Council: I Hear a Lotta Buzzin'

City Council considers Formula One flight plans

News Feature, Nov. 8, 2012

City Props & Bonds Close Early

The early vote and the E-day vote ride steady

News Daily, Nov. 6, 2012 11:08 PM

Early City Vote Mixed

Most props & bonds passing -- but not all

News Daily, Nov. 6, 2012 8:06 PM


Make sure your choices are correct on Tuesday

News Daily, Nov. 5, 2012 3:46 PM

Who's Opposing Prop. 1?

The anti-Prop. 1 folks are a motley crew

News Daily, Nov. 4, 2012 4:20 PM

Point Austin: Reasons To Vote

Take the time to take responsibility for your own community

News Column, Nov. 1, 2012

Barbecue With a Side Order of Politics

County Line issues letter to employees cautioning about health care changes

News Feature, Nov. 1, 2012

Council: Call Me 30 More Cabs?

City Council considers permitting more cabs over drivers' opposition

News Feature, Nov. 1, 2012

Cracks in the Ceiling

An extended Q&A with Ann Richards biographer Jan Reid

Books Daily, Oct. 25, 2012 9:00 AM

Point Austin: The Law Is a Ass

The Great Open Meetings Scandal comes to its legalized conclusion

News Column, Oct. 25, 2012

Mask Instructions: Be Prince for a Night

Step One: Get Your Binders Out

News Feature, Oct. 25, 2012

Cracks in the Ceiling

Jan Reid on Ann Richards' legacy

Books Feature, Oct. 25, 2012

Breaking Down the Ballot

Federal, state, and local races in bite-size portions

News Feature, Oct. 18, 2012

Point Austin: Missing Ann Richards

New biography recalls the highwater mark of Texas liberalism

News Column, Oct. 18, 2012

Council: Time for Some Halloween Horrors

Featuring The Unholy Return of the Short-Term Rentals Ordinance

News Feature, Oct. 18, 2012

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