City Council is holding budget hearings later this afternoon, with testimony expected on the proposed property tax rate, any fee changes, etc. Criminal justice advocates say they will be there to oppose the current Austin Police Association contract, and demand greater accountability over officer misconduct.
Poor Alex Jones. These days, with political communications directors waking up and wondering whether their boss will even condemn Nazis after what looks like a hate crime, it must be tough to find a sufficiently obtuse stance to reach the city jester’s levels of lunacy.
In a thrifty pickup from the distinguished speaker emporium, the Texas Tribune Festival announced today it’s locked down both a statesman and a brilliant satirist, economically packaged in one person: self-described “Giant of the Senate” Al Franken.
In yet another fallout of the white racist actions in Charlottesville, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned today from President Trump's American Manufacturing Council, citing a corporate and personal responsibility to speak against racism. Trump quickly responded with an angry Tweet against "RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"
A nine-member City Council considered a seemingly short agenda last Thursday, Aug. 10, although Austinites’ yen for earnest testimony stretched the day until almost 10pm. In context, that was a breakthrough – for sanity, and for saving the planet.
In a Thursday morning City Hall press conference, Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder excoriated Mayor Steve Adler and the City Council for not providing resources to carry out longtime quality of life initiatives to benefit minority residents. “We’ve had plenty of coffee and donuts,” said Linder. “We need to see real money.”