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Council on Cargill: Not Today
On Thursday, in a rare rejection of a colleague’s nominee for an appointed commission seat, City Council nixed District 1 Council Member Ora Houston’s nomination of Michael Cargill to the Bond Election Advisory Task Force. D3 CM Pio Renteria spoke against the nomination: “I believe his appointment would be an obstruction to the work …”

1:30PM Fri. Jun. 9, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Abbott Announces Special Session
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans for a special session this summer, to clean up a bit of the leftover mess from the recently concluded 85th legislative session. The state’s House and Senate will reconvene at the Capitol on July 18. Abbott will have lawmakers consider legislation to fix the state’s Medical Board.

3:10PM Tue. Jun. 6, Chase Hoffberger Read More | Comment »

Austin Wages Legal Battle Against SB 4 in Court
As promised, the city of Austin has begun its legal battle against the constitutionality of anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in May.

12:15PM Fri. Jun. 2, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Steve Adler Claps Back at Wonder Woman Hater
Mayor Steve Adler is usually characterized by those that know him as painfully polite and patient. Fitting that description, he just delivered a most temperate and mellow slapdown to an angry letter writer, enraged that the Alamo Drafthouse will be running a couple of women-only screenings of Wonder Woman.

4:50PM Thu. Jun. 1, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

“This is not workable.”
City Council begins its deliberations on CodeNEXT at a special called meeting today at 1pm, with a clear and unanimous recommendation from its top regulatory commission.

10:59AM Wed. May 31, Nick Barbaro Read More | Comment »

Live at the Lege
It's 2:45pm. Both chambers are adjourned, waiting word on a special session. We're checking out for the day. See this week's "Lege Lines" in the paper for a breakdown of the weekend, and Mary Tuma's Twitter feed for more from the anti-SB 4 protest.

2:45PM Mon. May 29, the News Staff Read More | Comment »

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Last Day at the Lege
The Texas Legislature has only one job: to pass a budget for the upcoming biennium. More realistically, it has to at least pass the budget and Sunset legislation extending the lives of state agencies. With today marking the final day of the 85th Legislature, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is holding the Sunset Bill hostage ... to demand a special session.

9:40AM Mon. May 29, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

“Cruel” Anti-Abortion SB 8 Sent to Gov’s Desk to Become Law
The most sweeping anti-choice bill since 2013’s House Bill 2 now moves to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for an expected signature.

4:05PM Fri. May 26, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Numbers Don't Lie, Film Rebates Work
With the Legislature's budget arguments almost done, the film, TV, and video-game industries nervously await the fate of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP). Many fear that, having already lost TV shows like American Crime and The Leftovers, more productions will quit the state.

4:15PM Thu. May 25, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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