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Sen. Kirk Watson on the 86th Texas Legislature
“In Texas, we don’t focus on what our needs are; we focus on what we want to pay”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Michael King
"...Kirk Watson, the former Austin mayor, is entering his fifth term representing most of the city in the Texas Senate. His committee posts have included Finance, Health & Human Services, and Higher Education..."

My Kirk Watson Moment
There is a reason I'm in print and not broadcasting
DAILY News  March 3, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...It wasn't that spectacular. In fact, perhaps a la Kirk Watson, I was caught a bit off-guard by the questions asked, which weren't exactly the ones I expected..."

Doesn't Like Kirk Watson
Postmarks  December 5, 2003
"...Dear Chronicle, Former Mayor Kirk Watson, Mr. High Profile figure, has the credibility of a lawyer..."

Gov. Watson?
San Antonio senator steps out of gubernatorial primaries, touts Austinite's candidacy
DAILY News  June 23, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, has kicked it into high gear by saying she won't run, but that she thinks Austin's own Sen. Kirk Watson should...."

Watson Makes It Rain
Kirk Watson teaches the kids about money. Step 1 - Get a contract with the city!
DAILY News  April 16, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...Who better to lead Austin's "Financial Fitness Week" than Sen. Kirk Watson, who knows a thing or two about making money roll in – usually from his former employer, the city, as he represents them in development and real estate deals...."

Watson to Lead Senate Dems
Travis County senator to replace San Antonio's Van de Putte
DAILY News  June 28, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...With the special session winding down, and the Senate calling Sine Die, a major shuffle in the Democratic caucus has been announced: Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, is replacing San Antonio's Sen..."

Watson Says 4-Way Travis Split Unnecessary
Senator submits own map that keeps most of Austin in Dist. 14
DAILY News  May 12, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...Among them was Austin Sen. Kirk Watson, who said the map’s four-way split of Travis County is unnecessary...."

Watson Takes What He Can Get
Austin senator cuts budget breather from five days to two
DAILY News  January 21, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...Austin state Sen. Kirk Watson definitely understands lawmaking sometimes requires taking half a loaf..."

Watson's 'Honesty Agenda' Moves Forward
Fiscal clarity bills attached to others as amendments
DAILY News  May 4, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...Less than a week after LegeLand pronounced his “Honesty Agenda” on life support, Austin Sen. Kirk Watson found a way to revive the patient...."

Watson Versus Major Events
Austin Senator switches F1 funding position in tight budget
DAILY News  May 26, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Are your lions lying down with your lambs yet? Last night Sen. Kirk Watson, the Austin Democrat that got Formula One added to the list of events eligible for the Major Events Trust Fund, joined with Sen..."

Austin @ Large: Welcome Back, Kirk
Kirk Watson's new job at the chamber stands at odds with his "message" as mayor.
News Column  December 5, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...But I am frankly amazed by what Austin Inc. has just done -- inadvertently, I trust -- to its friend Kirk Watson...."

King Kirk
illustration by Doug Potter
News Column  January 7, 1999

Council on Kirk
Council members comment on Kirk Watson's administration.
News Story  November 9, 2001, by Lauri Apple
"...Kirk Watson's departure from the dais this week means readjustment time for City Council. Here is how members reflect on the Watson era and ponder the future with Gus...."

MAYOR: Watson's Plastic Past
News Story  May 2, 1997, by Alex de Marban
"...The candidates -- the Big Three, anyway -- are getting the vote out like crazy. On Tuesday, front-runner Kirk Watson was at the University of Texas, hanging around the early voting booths like an easy-going frat boy manning the tap at a keg party, hoping to parlay his personality and energy into a win at the ballot box..."

Statewide Watson
An early preview of Kirk Watson's race for attorney general
News Story  November 23, 2001, by Michael King
"...It's too early to say much about the statewide races, where Mayor Kirk Watson will face off for attorney general against former state Supreme Court Justice Greg Abbott. The major parties have devoted most of their efforts in recent months to accumulating campaign funds and avoiding serious spring primary challenges and have apparently succeeded..."

The Watson Way
Mayor Kirk Watson talks about challenges for austin during his next term.
News Story  March 31, 2000, by Jenny Staff Johnson
"...Though he officially has three opponents in the May City Council election, Mayor Kirk Watson already has his mind on his probable second term. From all indications, the next term is going to be just as eventful as the first, with the further implementation of the all-conquering Smart Growth ideology vying for dominance with clean-air and cost-of-living issues..."

'Chronicle' Owes Yoda an Apology Over Watson
Postmarks  October 18, 2005
"...Dear Editor, Regarding the “Best of Austin” '05 issue [Oct. 14], I don't know which appalls me more, the seemingly short-term memory of your readers in picking Kirk Watson as Best Citizen or your staff for glorifying that pick by designating Kirk Watson “the Yoda of Austin's urban planning.” If anyone on your staff needs a refresher course, I urge them to look at some of the Chronicle's very own archived issues in which the “Watson legacy” was thoroughly discussed..."

Watson's Way
In Austin city politics, it's Mayor Kirk Watson's way or no way at all.
News Story  September 29, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...Kirk Watson warned us. In the speech he made after he was sworn in as mayor three years ago, Watson told the crowd he was "not going to be patient." Since then, Watson has displayed what might be described as a chronic case of ants-in-his-pants...."

On the Lege: Freshman Watson Thrives in Senate Environment
Lege is preferable to City Hall for former mayor
News Column  May 18, 2007, by Amy Smith
"...Freshman senators do not ordinarily make significant political strides during their first legislative session, but Kirk Watson has managed to rack up some noteworthy achievements from his low-profile perch on the bottom rung of the Senate seniority ladder...."

Budget: The Kirk's Notes Version
Watson secures 48 hours for reviewing budget changes
News Story  January 28, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...Austin state Sen. Kirk Watson understands that lawmaking sometimes requires taking half a loaf..."

Watson Surveys Stakeholders on Cap Metro Reforms
Now is the time to act, senator says
News Story  February 27, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...In 2007, Capital Metro underwent a peer review ordered by the Capital Area Metro­pol­itan Planning Organization, the agency responsible for transportation planning in the Austin area, measuring it against nine comparable transit authorities around the nation. The results were published in November 2008, and now Austin state senator and CAMPO Chair Kirk Watson says it's time to act..."

Brown Lands Watson and Doggett
County Judge candidate garners major endorsements
News Story  September 6, 2013, by Michael King
"...The master of ceremonies at the George Washington Carver Museum event was County Attorney David Escamilla, who introduced a trio of prominent Democrats: philanthropist Ellen Richards, state Sen. Kirk Watson, and Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett..."

Watson's Way
Mayor's Homeless Package Leaves Some People Cold
News Column  April 24, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...The problem was that, despite a steady stream of accounts proving the need to do something about homelessness downtown, there was very little agreement about just what that something should be. It's a good thing, then, that we've got Mayor Kirk Watson on the job, because he clearly is not afraid to step into such a healthy debate and clear the boards, not only telling everyone what the solutions should be, but defending his conclusions to the death..."

Watson Wants Travis Whole in SBOE
Senate committee moves map keeping Travis split
DAILY News  April 27, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...That drew protest from Austin Sen. Kirk Watson, who is not a member of the committee..."

Watson for State Senate
Travis County Senator strikes himself off gubernatorial candidate list
DAILY News  August 14, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...With these words, Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, has taken himself out of contention to run for the Democratic nomination for governor...."

Watson Says Renewable Energy Bill Likely Dead
SB 541 "the victim of House politics"
DAILY News  May 27, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Austin Sen. Kirk Watson had high hopes for his Senate Bill 541, which would have raised the state's renewable energy goals to include more than just wind power and also would have created incentives to use Texas-made renewable generation equipment..."

Watson Neglected Transit
Postmarks  December 14, 2009
"...Dear Editor, Lee Nichols wrote that Sen. Kirk Watson has been "heavily involved" in transportation issues throughout his political career [“Resizing the CAMPO Tent,” News, Dec..."

Watson: Appointees Could End TXDoT 'Us Versus Them Mentality'
Austin Senator weighs in on Texas Transportation Commission appointments
DAILY News  April 30, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, who doesn't normally weigh in on appointments, just called the Newsdesk to talk about Gov..."

Watson Fumbles the Hardball
Austin state senator clearly wasn't ready for professional jerk Chris Matthews
DAILY News  February 20, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Austin state Sen. Kirk Watson went on MSNBC's Hardball last night to speak for his man Barack Obama before tomorrow's big debate at UT, but when pressed to name the Illinois senator's legislative accomplishments, he ended up looking like a deer in the headlights..."

Watson Set His Sights Too Low
Postmarks  November 18, 2006
"...Dear Editor, I would think that on the morning of Nov. 8, while sipping his first cup of coffee and reviewing the detailed election returns, state Senator-elect Kirk Watson might have felt a twinge of regret at the race he chose a couple of years back..."

Watson Supports Obama
Austin state senator says candidate "offers hope."
DAILY News  February 12, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Austin state senator and former Mayor Kirk Watson just declared his support for Sen. Barack Obama in the presidential race..."

Watson's 3/17 Speech Against Voter ID
Transcript of Austin senator's remarks
DAILY News  March 18, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Whatever complaints one may have about Austin Sen. Kirk Watson, one of them can't be that the man doesn't give a good speech..."

Watson's Speech for Preserving Two-Thirds Rule
"State government appears to be more concerned with protecting partisan rule than governing to protect the people"
DAILY News  January 15, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Almost all of the Senate Democrats gave emotional speeches against the Republicans' ultimately successful resolution to waive the Senate's "two-thirds" rule on Wednesday. One of the most eloquent and to-the-point orations came from Austin Senator Kirk Watson..."

'Texas Monthly' Names Watson 'Rookie of the Year'
Magazine says former Austin mayor was best of the newbies
DAILY News  June 14, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...Texas Monthly has released its biennial list of the best and worst lawmakers from the just-completed legislative session, and the magazine rated Austin Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson as the "Rookie of the Year." In an early release of the list, TexMo says, "The former Austin mayor (and once and future statewide candidate) instantly earned respect for his intellect and diplomacy – and for knowing enough to let his elders take credit for his accomplishments." None of the Travis County delegation made either the best or worst lists, but our neighbor Sen..."

It's Time for Watson
Postmarks  August 8, 2005
"...Dear Editor, Kirk Watson shouldn't wait another minute before declaring his candidacy for the District 14 seat in the state Senate. Gonzalo Barrientos lost my vote when he endorsed Leticia Hinojosa over Lloyd Doggett for the 25th U.S..."

Austin @ Large: Kirk Watch
News Column  October 26, 2001, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...It's back on the agenda this week, but curiously, while the Hyde Park Neighborhood Conservation Combining District -- opposed by Hyde Park Baptist Church -- was only up for second reading last time, it's up for second and third (and final) readings this time. Remember, the only way the Baptists can head off the neighborhood is if they have Kirk Watson's vote before he leaves office..."

Cast a Giant Shadow
Evaluating the mayoral legacy of Kirk Watson
News Story  November 23, 2001, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Over the past five years, we've gotten used to seeing and hearing (and writing) comparisons of Kirk Watson with one or another epic figure of history and myth. Kirk as Captain Kirk, as Captain Ahab, as Napoleon, as King Arthur, as Babe Ruth pointing to the stands, as the rock-opera Jesus Christ Superstar ("He's just a mayor ....."

Mayor, Mayor
Kirk Watson's Aspirations Are Showing
News Story  August 2, 1996, by Amy Smith
"...Five years ago, Kirk Watson was a 33-year-old trial lawyer with a track record of winning multi-million-dollar verdicts against big companies. So when former Texas Governor Ann Richards picked him to chair a Republican-dominated, industry-friendly Texas Air Control Board, there was nervousness and disgruntlement all around..."

Saturday Night Live
Mayor Kirk Watson takes his downtown vision to the streets
News Story  October 2, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...No one has been more active or more vocal about the future of Austin's downtown than Mayor Kirk Watson. But after 16 months of discussing the many overlapping events in downtown from the comfort of the mayor's office, it seemed time to bring that conversation to the streets..."

Developing Stories
Thinking big on transportation and land-use planning
News Column  August 8, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...Kirk Watson is attempting what no one had done before...."

Back in the Saddle
Sen. Kirk Watson files for Senate, ending statewide speculation
DAILY News  December 3, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, confirmed he's back for another round; and then Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, submitted his Senate paperwork...."

The Austin Ch30nicles
The time when the 'Chronicle' stated the wrong outcome of Kirk Watson's testicular cancer
News Story  September 2, 2011
"...– Kirk Watson, state senator and former Austin mayor..."

Austin City Council Election Endorsements
Mayor: Kirk Watson
News Story  April 18, 1997, by The Chronicle Editorial Board
"..."Getting beyond the simplistic polarization that dominates city politics." Those are Kirk Watson's words of promise. But how many times have we heard that, only to weep bitter tears of betrayal after the polls have long closed? The difference this time out is that, with Watson, we honestly believe there may be hope..."

Election 2014 Begins as Senate Draws Lots
Term lengths allocation starts to reshape plans for higher office
DAILY News  January 23, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Time for Travis County Senators Kirk Watson and Donna Campbell to start fundraising: After this mornings drawing of straws for Texas Senate term durations, both are running for re-election in 2014...."

News Ticker: July 3
All the news that's fit to blog
DAILY News  July 3, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Rick Perry plans an intimate evening, John Cornyn makes no impression, and Kirk Watson shows off his moves. Freedom is on the News Ticker...."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
Mayor Watson's final days dwindle to a precious few.
News Column  November 9, 2001, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...As hard as we've been ragging on Kirk Watson these past few weeks, it was hard not to feel sorry for the guy on November 1, on the occasion of his last "real" council meeting. The main event, as expected, was the hotly debated and already delayed zoning case for the proposed Villas on Guadalupe, a condo complex that's too big and too close to suit the adjoining North University Neighborhood Association, which had asked for another postponement...."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
Gus Garcia on the qualities of the next mayor
News Column  September 28, 2001, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Some months back, when Gus first stuck his toe into the après-Kirk waters, those waters parted, but it would have taken willful ignorance to view Garcia as Watson-esque, which seemed the most important qualification to succeed the mayor. Now, it's Gus' un-Watson-esque-ness that's solidified his status as the mayor-apparent..."

Naked City
The Asian-AmericanAlliance holds a fundraiser for Mayor Kirk Watson, raising more than $10,000.
News Story  March 10, 2000, by Meiling Guentzel
"...In a sign of the growing political clout enjoyed by Asian-Americans in Austin, an Asian-American Alliance fundraiser for Mayor Kirk Watson, held last week at Buffet Palace in north Austin, raised about $10,000 for the mayor's re-election bid...."

On the Lege
Austin's freshman senator picks up plum assignments
News Column  January 26, 2007, by Amy Smith
"...Well into his first month on the job, Kirk Watson is still bouncing off the walls with the energy of a 10-year-old. "It's just so much fun," gushed the freshman senator, hours before anti-toll-road activists would greet him with boos as he took the chairman's seat at Monday night's CAMPO meeting...."

Road Show
watson goes to washington to talk transportation; city backs off of terrace pud money, no settlement yet with gary bradley, city may step in to stop expansion of hyde park baptist church, council to consider retail space at csc.
News Column  January 28, 2000, by Jenny Staff Johnson
"...Juicy developments on a variety of fronts have had City Hall insiders and assorted council watchers talking (though, naturally, mostly off the record). Here's what they've been talking about: Rail 'n' Road 'n' Sidewalks Will the combination bond ballot of "Roads, Rail, and Sidewalks" that Mayor Kirk Watson seems to be aiming at with his new proposed $75 million in transportation funding for the May bond ballot smooth the way for the approval of light rail?..."

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