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Abbott Orders Texas Prosecutors to Enforce Marijuana Laws
UPDATED: Today the office of Gov. Greg Abbott sent out a missive to all of the state's district and county attorneys, commanding them to resume prosecuting individuals for possession of marijuana.

5:41PM Thu. Jul. 18, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Delia Garza "Seriously Considering" Run for County Attorney
Local progressives really want Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza to run for Travis County Attorney. So much so, in fact, that Garza’s Council colleague Greg Casar announced today that he and writer/activist Martha Cotera are co-chairing a campaign to draft Garza into the race to succeed the retiring David Escamilla.

3:45PM Thu. Jul. 18, Austin Sanders Read More | Comment »

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar … and You Can Ask Them Anything
Yes, Austin’s own Thinkery – you know, that science-forward, Mueller-based wonderland of amazement, delight, and education for young and old alike – is sending pairs of scientists out to different bars and restaurants around town, where the public is invited to ask them questions in an informal, relaxed setting.

7:00AM Wed. Jul. 17, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

How to Help Detained Migrant Families
With in-kind donations to detention centers being refused by Customs and Border Protection authorities, many are looking for ways to help improve conditions for refugees. Here is a list of organizations in need of volunteers and donations providing direct support and relief to detained refugees in Texas.

3:05PM Mon. Jul. 15, Katelyn Landry Read More | Comment »

Petitions Filed to Force Vote on Convention Center
On Friday afternoon, July 12, Unconventional Austin – a group formed to oppose the city’s proposed expansion and redesign of the Convention Center – submitted its signed petitions to the city clerk, and filed its initial SPAC (special-purpose political action committee) paperwork.

7:10AM Mon. Jul. 15, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Erin Martinson’s Entry Heats Up D.A. Primary Race
As expected, Erin Martinson announced this week that she is entering the 2020 Democratic primary race for Travis County District Attorney, joining José Garza – who announced his run in early June – as challenger to incumbent D.A. Margaret Moore.

1:00PM Wed. Jul. 10, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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DCCC Throwing Weight in CD 10?
A late June report in The Intercept claimed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has picked a favorite in the 2020 primary contest for CD 10 – the Austin-to-Houston district currently held by GOP incumbent Michael McCaul.

9:00AM Mon. Jul. 8, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Trans UT Student Receives Caitlyn Jenner Foundation Scholarship
UT-Austin student Map Pesqueira has been awarded a $25,000 scholarship from the Caitlyn Jenner Foundation.

5:15PM Wed. Jul. 3, Beth Sullivan Read More | Comment »

Travis County to Reject Marijuana Prosecutions
UPDATED: Travis County prosecutors will now reject Possession of Marijuana cases filed from June 10 forward, unless they’re accompanied by a lab report. This comes as an unintended consequence of House Bill 1325, legalizing hemp cultivation, which was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott last month.

4:35PM Wed. Jul. 3, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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