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Are You Smarter Than a Texas Governor?
Oh, Gov. Rick Perry, how many splendid blunders your campaign has wrought. With The Perry Trap heading into a New Year, pre-Iowa Caucus hiatus, we thought we would play a little game of true or false about his campaign crashes.

8:54AM Fri. Dec. 30, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Look What Blew In
There's a new twist to the city's weatherization fiasco that's as puzzling as it is pleasing. In a memo to Council Thursday, City Manager Marc Ott said the city has secured $900,000 in fed funds to weatherize low-income homes. That's $500,000 more than what the city was set to receive before it fumbled and lost the money. Ott lays out the miracle after the jump.

8:18PM Thu. Dec. 29, 2011, Amy Smith Read More | Comment »

The History of an IDEA
The Austin ISD board of trustees may be trying to put a happy face on after the PR pummeling it took over the IDEA Public Schools debacle. But if its latest attempt to rewrite history is any measure, they should prepare for more heavy hits.

3:05PM Wed. Dec. 28, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Hustling Away...
Thursday is a deceptively quiet time at the Chronicle: Despite having just put another issue to bed, the editorial team's already started on the next one. But the Hustle is a little less busy – mainly because his work here is coming to an end.

11:31AM Thu. Dec. 22, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Williamson County Injustice
The best and worst of the criminal justice system was on display in the Williamson County case of Michael Morton, Judge Sid Harle told Morton in court on Dec. 19, at the end of a hearing in which Morton was finally exonerated for the 1986 murder of his wife, Christine. Morton was freed after wrongly spending nearly a quarter-century in prison for the crime.

5:10PM Wed. Dec. 21, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

The Storify of AISD and IDEA
At Monday night's AISD Board Meeting, trustee Annette LoVoi said she wanted the entire record of their controversial decision to hand the Eastside Memorial Vertical Team over to IDEA Public Schools put on-line. We can't quite manage that, but we can do the next best thing: Put all our Tweets from throughout the night together.

2:12PM Wed. Dec. 21, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Par For the Course [Updated]
Last week, City Council gave final approval to a ban on smoking in city parks, basically excluding golf courses. But a comedy of errors lead up to the item’s passage, encompassing philosophical questions of what it means to golf, the shadowy consortium of the Golf Advisory Board, and a brush with Open Meetings Act requirements – far from a hole in one.

4:35PM Tue. Dec. 20, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Meeting in the Rain
The AISD Board of Trustees may be gathering in a nice warm meeting room tonight to discuss the IDEA Public Schools proposal, but supporters of keeping Eastside Memorial a true part of AISD gathered in the rain at Allan Elementary, savaging the lack of transparency. Funny, considering even some IDEA supporters on the board say the same thing.

4:12PM Mon. Dec. 19, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

City Website Finally Reloads
Santa stopped by early for users of the city's website, with the unimaginable finally happening: the beta launch of the city's new portal, a process literally years in the making.

3:48PM Mon. Dec. 19, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

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