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Rep. Ilhan Omar Tells Austin Dems to Keep Fighting
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minneapolis, made a brief stop at the Texas Young Democrats convention in South Austin on Sunday, May 19, where she roused the crowd with a condensed retelling of her biography and congratulated the state party on gains made in the 2018 midterms.

7:25PM Sun. May 19, Austin Sanders Read More | Comment »

Community First! Village Honored With Homelessness Memorial
Saturday morning, May 18, House the Homeless (HtH) – the state’s oldest volunteer-run advocacy organization working to end homelessness – unveiled its newest memorial, a pair of statues entitled “The Homecoming,” at Austin’s Community First! Village.

8:00AM Sun. May 19, Lilli Hime Read More | Comment »

Legislative Attack on Eastside Planned Parenthood Closer to Finish Line
Following a six-hour floor hearing that stretched into Friday evening, the GOP-dominated Texas House approved a bill that threatens the future of Planned Parenthood on East Seventh Street and Chicon, a vital community resource for more than four decades.

7:00AM Sat. May 18, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

UPDATE: #SaveChickFilA Bill Moves Closer to Adoption in a Blow to LGBTQ Rights
Updated Tuesday, May 21, 1pm:
After another hour of debate on Tuesday, May 21, the Texas House has passed Senate Bill 1978 by a vote of 79-64.

4:25PM Fri. May 17, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

House Committee Hears "Discriminatory" Voter Suppression Bill
Rather than strengthening and expanding voting rights in a state with dismal turnout, Texas Republicans are busy pushing legislation that could suppress the vote.

9:30AM Thu. May 16, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Texas Legislature Grants Big Win to Small Farmers
It’s no secret that the city of Austin’s health permitting procedures are nightmarish, both in terms of finances and time. In hopes of alleviating some of that tension, the Texas House pushed through Senate Bill 932 on May 14. The bill will cap health permit fees imposed on farmers and other farmers’ market vendors at $100 per year, per jurisdiction.

7:00PM Wed. May 15, Jessi Devenyns Read More | Comment »

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Senate Passes Severe Fetal Disability Abortion Ban
The Texas Senate is just fine with forcing women to carry a fetus – likely to die shortly after birth – through a pregnancy, regardless of what a woman chooses for herself.

8:00PM Mon. May 13, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Public Defender Proposal Submitted to the State
Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt had reason to celebrate late last week. On Thursday, May 9, the criminal court judges issued their approval of the county’s amended grant application to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, for the creation of a Public Defender's Office. Now, the county will wait for the TIDC …

3:40PM Mon. May 13, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Dougherty Arts Center Relocation OK'd and Affordable Housing Program Gets Pushed Through at Council
Affordable housing, climate change, and the Dougherty Arts Center took center stage at a mostly brisk City Council meeting Thursday (May 9). Our notes from City Hall ...

12:20PM Fri. May 10, Austin Sanders Read More | Comment »

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