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Documentarian Ken Burns visited Austin Thursday, promoting his latest film project: The Vietnam War. It’s described as a 10-part, 18-hour documentary series, and an “immersive 360-degree narrative … the epic story of the war as it has never before been told on film.”

7:30PM Thu. Apr. 27, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Marathon House Debate Yields “Show Me Your Papers” Sanctuary Cities Bill
Following a 16-hour debate on Wednesday, the Texas House at around 3am approved an even harsher version of the so-called “sanctuary cities” bill than what was originally proposed on the floor.

10:25AM Thu. Apr. 27, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

What Is a “Sanctionable City"?
In a phone conversation with the Chronicle from D.C., Mayor Steve Adler described mayors’ meetings with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and acting ICE Director Thomas Homan. Both say they’re after “serious criminals,” and that “detainer requests” are just that: requests.

2:25PM Tue. Apr. 25, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Adler, Mayors to Meet With Sessions
Mayor Steve Adler announced today that he and other U.S. mayors will be meeting Tuesday in D.C. with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, hoping for clarity on what the Trump administration considers a “sanctuary city.” On Friday, Sessions wrote to several cities – not including Austin – requesting “proof” of communication with immigration officials.

12:40PM Mon. Apr. 24, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Budget, Contracts, and APD
City Council’s April 20 agenda was relatively light, and the regular meeting adjourned at a merciful 8:30pm. But the week carried plenty of business, with CodeNEXT on Tuesday, budget preview on Wednesday, and Thursday's advocate and activist pressure on policing.

8:00AM Mon. Apr. 24, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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Court: Texas House Districts Unlawful, Unconstitutional
The Western District Court of Texas ruled last month that the state’s congressional districts were drawn to suppress minority votes, but left unresolved the companion ruling on state House districts. That finally appeared today. Unsurprisingly, the court ruled that, yes, the House map was also racially gerrymandered.

5:30PM Thu. Apr. 20, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Nancy Pelosi Visits the New Seton
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was in town this morning, joining Austin Rep. Lloyd Doggett at a roundtable sponsored by Seton/Ascension health care. Following a tour of the nearly complete new Dell Seton hospital, the two officials hosted a discussion focused on the role of the Affordable Care Act.

3:30PM Thu. Apr. 20, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Still No Vote on the Bathroom Bill "Compromise"
Wednesday saw another late night at the Capitol. The House’s State Affairs Committee heard public testimony on House Bill 2899, the supposed “compromise” to the bathroom bill. Though transgender activists and allies arrived for the hearing as early as 8am, the committee didn’t start on 2899 for another 13 hours.

1:15PM Thu. Apr. 20, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

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