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AE Rate Proposal Double-Edged
Austin Energy's latest proposal -- presented last Thursday at City Council -- got a mixed reception from City Hall and the public, mostly on the expense side. The problem facing Austin is that every rate cut has an income consequence to city programs currently sustained by the utility.

7:15PM Mon. Feb. 6, 2012, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Voter Groups Blast New Interim Maps
A couple of weeks ago, the plaintiffs in the redistricting case were dancing around their fear that Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund was ready to sell them down the river in redistricting. Now Attorney General Greg Abbott is touting new maps that could save the April 3 primary, and claiming MALDEF backs them.

5:52PM Mon. Feb. 6, 2012, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Occupy Austin Evicted
At 10.45pm last night, after days of speculation and rumor, Occupy Austin was evicted from the steps of City Hall.

2:14PM Sat. Feb. 4, 2012, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Charter Committee Endorses SMDs
In a fairly contentious meeting Thursday night, the city's Charter Revision Committee voted 8-7 to recommend a 10-1 single-member district system to the City Council to be placed on the November ballot

9:29PM Thu. Feb. 2, 2012, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Shut the Front Door: Proposed Rules Threaten Cottage Food Operators
Back in November, we told you about local home bakers whose small businesses got a boost from Senate Bill 81, which allows them to make and sell their cakes and pies unregulated.

12:26PM Wed. Feb. 1, 2012, Melanie Haupt Read More | Comment »

'At the Snap of a Finger'
Think the fight over IDEA Public Schools is over? Think again. At Monday night's Austin ISD board meeting, speakers from Occupy Austin – many of them reading anonymous letters from staff, students and families at both AISD and IDEA campuses – gave stories that only deepen the feeling that the board moved too fast.

10:08AM Wed. Feb. 1, 2012, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Shea to Run for Mayor
Brigid Shea, who 20 years ago helped lead a historic ballot initiative creating tighter water-quality regulations, will officially kick off her bid for mayor at 6pm Wednesday at Threadgill's World Headquarters. Shea is challenging Mayor Lee Leffingwell, who is seeking reelection with an impressive war chest of campaign funds.

3:31PM Tue. Jan. 31, 2012, Amy Smith Read More | Comment »

Behind Closed Doors
Monday, Feb. 6. That's the deadline set by the San Antonio redistricting panel for all parties to agree on interim House, Senate and Congressional maps, or they'll miss the deadline for the April 3 primary. But what will the minority voting rights groups want from those maps, and can they stay on the same page?

1:17PM Mon. Jan. 30, 2012, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Judges to State: Fix Your Maps Now
Agree on maps, or move your calendar again. That's the current conundrum facing everyone interested in Texas' primary season In a two-page opinion, a federal judicial panel has made it brutally clear to all parties: "If we have no agreed set of maps by February 6, 2012, there will be no April 3 primary."

9:55AM Sun. Jan. 29, 2012, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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