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Schwertner Sexting Probe: Inconclusive
The University of Texas has concluded its inquiry into allegations that state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, sent lewd texts and an explicit photo to a graduate student in August. While Schwertner and his attorneys proclaimed the senator exonerated, the report is in fact inconclusive, largely due to Schwertner’s own stonewalling.

6:22PM Wed. Dec. 19, 2018, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

RIP Gus Garcia, Austin’s First Elected Hispanic Mayor
Tributes are accumulating upon the passing Gustavo “Gus” Garcia, who fought for civil rights and blazed a trail for Hispanic public officials in Austin. Garcia was Austin’s first elected Hispanic mayor (2001-2003) after serving nine years as a City Council member, and was also the first Hispanic Austin ISD trustee and board president.

5:15PM Mon. Dec. 17, 2018, Michael King Read More | Comment »

CEO Chuck Smith Leaves Equality Texas
Equality Texas, a statewide political advocacy organization for LGBTQ rights, announced earlier today that CEO Chuck Smith is leaving the nonprofit after his 15-year tenure.

4:05PM Mon. Dec. 17, 2018, Beth Sullivan Read More | Comment »

Federal Judge Hears Oral Arguments in Sexual Assault Class Action
U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel will not make a decision until after the holidays regarding the City of Austin’s and Travis County’s motions to dismiss the sexual assault class action suit brought against both entities by eight local rape survivors.

3:50PM Mon. Dec. 17, 2018, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

Turn Out the Lights, the Election's Over
With all votes counted, newcomers Natasha Harper-Madison and Paige Ellis and incumbent Sabino "Pio" Renteria have triumphed in the last remaining Austin City Council races, while Arati Singh and Stephanie Gharakhanian will be joining the Austin ISD and Austin Community College boards of trustees.

10:42PM Tue. Dec. 11, 2018, Mike Clark-Madison Read More | Comment »

Run-Off Results: Early Votes Come In
It's already a good night for Natasha Harper-Madison and Sabino "Pio" Renteria, as the Austin City Council District 1 and 3 contests looked pretty well settled as soon as early-vote results were released at 7pm. In District 8, Paige Ellis isn't quite out of the woods, but still has a substantial lead.

8:00PM Tue. Dec. 11, 2018, Mike Clark-Madison Read More | Comment »

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D.A. / C.A. Merger Proposal Fails
The lingering proposal to add to the Travis County legislative agenda the request to create a Criminal District Attorney office – merging the D.A. and County Attorney offices – failed today at Commissioners Court. Court will instead consider moving all criminal prosecutions under the D.A., leaving civil matters with the County Attorney.

1:15PM Tue. Dec. 11, 2018 Read More | Comment »

State to Appeal Decision in Van Boven Case
Yesterday, state lawyers for the Texas Medical Board said they will appeal a Dec. 4 decision by District Judge Dustin Howell allowing a lawsuit by Dr. Robert Van Boven to proceed against certain TMB officials. The suit charges the officials exceeded their legal authority in disciplinary actions against the doctor.

9:21AM Tue. Dec. 11, 2018, Michael King Read More | Comment »

2018 Run-off Election Watch Parties
It's that time of the year again when we sit down in front of our flat screens, have a few drinks, and watch the run-off numbers come in. Seems like just a few weeks ago we were doing this. Oh, wait, it was! Join your favorite candidate and cheer on their victory and console them in defeat.

5:00PM Mon. Dec. 10, 2018, Bonny Chu Read More | Comment »

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