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Time to Google Mark Strama
Retiring rep heads to Google Fiber, will not run for mayor
DAILY News  June 26, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...It was quite possibly the last time the current Travis County Democratic delegation, featuring Rep. Mark Strama, would be assembled..."

So Special: The Race to Replace Mark Strama [UPDATED]
House District 50 campaign features a disparate slate
News Story  September 6, 2013, by Christopher Hooks
"...Rep. Mark Strama's abrupt late June resignation from his state House seat – to run Austin's new Google Fiber project – has triggered one of the most unpredictable shows in Texas politics, an off-year special election..."

Talking Travis: Mark Strama
District 50 rep talks interim planning and his Sunny Day fund plan
DAILY News  May 14, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Call him Chairman Mark Strama...."

Strama Leaving House
Updated: Mayoral rumors swirl as successors line up
DAILY News  February 21, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"..."This will be my last session as a member of the Texas House." With these words, Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, began the countdown to his exit from the Legislature, and triggered the inevitable firestorm of speculation that he will run for mayor of Austin...."

Strama and the Mystery of the Texas Score Contradictions
State rep puzzled by how students do well and badly at the same time
DAILY News  June 18, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Is Texas doing well in education, or is it doing badly? According to Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, it depends on how the numbers are sliced up, and who is doing the slicing...."

Strama Takes Anti-Bullying Laws to the Next Level
Bills address cyber-bullying and campus removals
DAILY News  December 10, 2010, by Kelsey McNiel
"...For the national press it seems to be a flavor-of-the-week kind of fling, but Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, is more committed: He’s been wooing anti-bullying legislation since the last Texas State Legislative session...."

Will Strama Sideline Tom's Tort Thoughts?
Rep. Strama responds to the speaker's interim committee charges.
DAILY News  November 30, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...the kind that loses) by introducing “recovery of costs and other financial penalties.” But as vice-chair of Civil Practices, Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, politely implied that he’d be taking the list of charges under advisement, and expected committee chair Rep..."

TechnoLegeBacklash: Strama Slags Twitter
At least one legislator thinks Tweeting is for the birds
News Story  April 10, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, has a reputation as a tech-savvy lawmaker..."

Strama Steers Clean Car Bill
News Story  February 6, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...If Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, gets his way, new cars in Texas could be as clean as those in California...."

Kids for Strama
Rep. Strama to run summer campaign camp again
DAILY News  May 7, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Democrat? In high school or college? Think Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, is kinda dreamy? Then why not join his Campaign Academy! It's like summer camp, but with more phone banking...."

Perry Calls Special Election for Strama's Seat
House District 50 on Nov 5 ballot with four Democrats in hunt
DAILY News  July 12, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...When Mark Strama resigned from his Texas House seat earlier this month to become head of Google Fiber's Austin operation, a special election to finish his term was inevitable. Now Gov..."

HD 50: Dems Fire Away
As early voting rolls on, Dems exchange hard shots
DAILY News  October 27, 2013, by Christopher Hooks
"...With early voting entering its last week in the November 5 election to replace state Rep. Mark Strama in north Austin’s House District 50, rifts are deepening between the race’s three Democratic candidates, as they compete for one of two spots in the special election’s likely December runoff...."

Race for HD 50 Enters Stretch Run
Dem contenders work the district and proclaim confidence
DAILY News  October 7, 2013, by Christopher Hooks
"...With only two weeks before the October 21 start of early voting in the state House District 50 race to replace resigned North Austin state representative Mark Strama, the election’s three Democratic aspirants are each touting their ground strength and making final efforts to reach voters before the first ballots are cast...."

Naked City
Jack Stick attacks his opponent's supporters as 'anti-business'
News Story  September 17, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...Jack Stick referred to Lebermann and other business leaders in that vein. It happens that the group of local boosters is supporting Democrat Mark Strama's bid to unseat Stick in the District 50 legislative race..."

Young Democrats Sign Up Here
Mark Strama's 2010 Campaign Academy kicks off this summer
DAILY News  May 21, 2010, by Jillian Richardson
"...If you're a high school or college student interested in Democratic politics, the Mark Strama for State Representative Campaign Academy is an alternative to the traditional summer camp...."

Final Filers Flurry for State Rep
GOPers to challenge Naishtat, Bolton, Howard, and Strama
DAILY News  January 3, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Business consultant Jim Hasik has filed to challenge Elliott Naishtat, while financial adviser and former failed Lloyd Doggett opponent Jerry J. Mikus has his sights on Mark Strama's office in District 50 (not the first time: He was beaten out by Strama's predecessor, Jack Stick, back in 2002.) There'll even be a Republican primary in District 48, Donna Howard's seat, between Dr..."

News Ticker: March 29
All the news that's fit to blog
DAILY News  March 29, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Mark Strama fails a test, Greg Abbott draws a line in the sand, and Ted Cruz spins a few yarns. International relations are on the News Feed...."

This Week in Campaign Fail: Perry Special
GOP press event. Giant chicken. Awesome.
DAILY News  June 16, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, was baffled by the GOP's thinking..."

Straus and the Changing of the Guard
Austin Reps Howard and Strama weigh in on the next speaker
DAILY News  January 6, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Austin legislators Donna Howard and Mark Strama were amongst the first wave of Straus supporters, and both have worked with him in the past. Howard explained her enthusiasm about his speakership..."

Run-off Roundup
Strama Prepares to Face Fleece – and Leininger
News Story  April 14, 2006, by Amy Smith
"...Freshman Democratic Rep. Mark Strama had right-wing millionaire James Leininger on his mind Wednesday morning, the day after drawing Republican Jeff Fleece as his November challenger for the HD 50 seat..."

House District 50 Heading to Run Off
Update: VanDeWalle, Israel head to Pyrrhic second round
DAILY News  November 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...The increasingly inessential race to replace Mark Strama in House District 50 drags on after an inconclusive special election tonight. Republican Mike VanDeWalle claimed a quasi-victory, but with less than 50% of the vote he heads to a run off with Democrat Celia Israel...."

UI Changes Change and Change Again
House wrangling over unemployment insurance compliance bill get verified
DAILY News  May 21, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Ken Legler, R-Pasadena, had an amendment that would require unemployment benefit applicants to take a drug test: Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, had an amendment to the amendment that would instead propose an interim study...."

Point Austin: Why Vote?
Here are 10 good reasons to mark your calendar for Nov. 7
News Column  October 6, 2006, by Michael King
"...7) State Representative, District 50: This is another swing district, in which incumbent Rep. Mark Strama faces newcomer Jeff Fleece – nominee of the state GOP establishment – and Libertarian Jerry Chandler..."

Twitter Me This
Misguided political thoughts in 140 characters or less
DAILY News  October 27, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Back in the last lege session, Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, caused mild uproar in the Twitterverse when he suggested that the 140-character-or-less messaging service may not be the best place to express a complex political idea..."

Election 2006: Local Results
Democrats score a shutout in Travis and Hays
News Story  November 10, 2006, by Katherine Gregor, Michael King, Lee Nichols, Kimberly Reeves, Cheryl Smith and Jordan Smith
"...It's definitely a divided county – the biggest percentage of the vote by any of those victors was 54.9. – Lee NicholsStrama Strolls Although it's hard to imagine state District 50 state rep..."

District 50
Mark Strama tries to exploit his opponent's weakest points
News Story  October 22, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...It's midmorning on a Friday, and Mark Strama, wearing faded jeans, a pullover shirt, and tennis shoes, is talking about the powerful role that young people can play in the electoral process. His audience is a government class at Austin Community College's Northridge campus, and Strama is recalling his days with the national Rock the Vote drive to register new voters before the 1996 presidential election...."

And They're Off!
Money flows into Texas House horse races
News Story  July 30, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...In two of the most closely watched races in the state, Democratic challengers Mark Strama and Kelly White are proving themselves formidable fundraisers on the trail, bringing in more campaign cash than any other first-time Democratic House candidates in the state. Meanwhile, Stick's office says, the District 50 incumbent chose on principle not to accept campaign contributions during the special session this spring, even with an election just months away..."

The Smoke Clears In Lege Races
White contemplates recount as Strama's victory is secured
News Story  November 12, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...Meanwhile, their man in District 50, state Rep. Jack Stick, was also hanging by his fingernails in a tight race against Democratic newcomer Mark Strama, who ended up winning in the final hours by just 556 votes..."

Election 2004 Updates
The latest electoral happenings in Central Texas, updated daily
News Story  October 29, 2004
"...Texas House Dist. 50 Democratic candidate Mark Strama is going to be at the Cool River Cafe at 4001 W..."

Taking Back the House
Texas Democrats say this could be their November
News Story  October 10, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...In HD 49, Elliott Naishtat's GOP opponent, Jim Hasik, mothballed his campaign after filing and officially withdrew in August. That leaves Bolton, Howard, and Mark Strama facing Republican challenges, and Klingler describes two – Bolton and Howard – as serious targets..."

Whack-a-Pol: The Finals
Stick and Baxter – and Mrs. Baxter! – get nasty in the House races
News Story  October 29, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...Todd Baxter and Jack Stick of Austin entered the final leg of their re-election bids without the luxury of measurable distance between them and their Democratic challengers. To that end, Kelly White and Mark Strama, challenging Baxter and Stick respectively, continued their get-out-the-vote efforts to overcome the advantage of incumbency...."

On the Lege
Looking back at the Lege through local eyes
News Column  June 8, 2007, by Amy Smith
"...Rep. Mark Strama, District 50: Strama was perhaps the most outspoken local critic of the Craddick machine, challenging the leadership in a memorable "Alice in Wonderland" speech – because (quoting Humpty Dumpty) in Craddick's interpretation of the House rules, the only question had become, "Who is to be master?" As in previous sessions, the leadership was not keen on campaign finance reform – a Strama priority – so little progress was made on strengthening accountability measures..."

The Chronicle's picks in the Nov. 2 election
News Story  October 15, 2004
"...Haven't we had enough of partisan, power-grabbing government? White has committed to work toward a bipartisan spirit of give-and-take for the good of all Texans, not just a select class of chumps.Texas House, District 49: Elliott Naishtat Regular Chronicle readers need no introduction to Naishtat, who has spent a difficult baker's decade fighting the good fight for public institutions, especially for health and human services, and just plain ordinary folks in an often hostile or indifferent environment. Since he has a nominal opponent – Libertarian "Bo" Howell – we're delighted to put in a good word for Naishtat, who with his dedicated staff has worked doggedly, professionally, quietly, and always very hard for his constituents, for the state as a whole, and for the age-old dream of a more democratic, more equitable, and more just Texas.Texas House, District 50: Mark Strama Those familiar with our coverage of Jack Stick know that we would endorse practically anybody over the GOP incumbent..."

Will Texas Do Better?
Ongoing lawsuits are keeping everything in limbo, but after that …
News Story  December 7, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...While Judge John Dietz's ruling is expected in early 2013, House Public Education Committee Member Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, said, "The Republicans have made clear that the Dietz ruling is of very little interest to them..."

LegeLand: Some Key Committee Seats for Local Dems
Funding battles will start in meeting rooms
News Story  February 18, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...The biggest break from last session, and possibly the one with the most resonance for Travis County, was the decision to kill off one of Straus' biggest innovations: the House Committee on Technology, Economic Devel­op­ment and Workforce, chaired in 2009 by Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, and nicknamed the green-collar jobs committee..."

Jonesin' for an Office at the Capitol
Kirk Watson formalizes plans to roll into the state Senate; and a roundup of area House races
News Story  October 14, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...District 50: Anti-tax Republican Don Zimmerman hopes he can do to Democratic Rep. Mark Strama what Strama did to Republican Jack Stick in 2004..."

Dems come out swinging at Austin's GOP House freshmen
News Story  October 22, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...have a choice between Rep. Jack Stick and Democrat Mark Strama...."

Court Extends Hours in House District 50 Run Off
You've got until 8pm to vote
DAILY News  January 28, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The election is the final stage in the special election between Democrat Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle to complete the unexpired term of former state rep Mark Strama who stepped down last year to run Google Fiber's Austin division...."

House District 50 Run Off Hit by Cold
Travis County announces change to voting locations
DAILY News  January 28, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The election is the final stage in the special election between Democrat Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle to complete the unexpired term of former state rep Mark Strama who stepped down last year to run Google Fiber's Austin division...."

HD 50: How Many Dems Does It Take to Hold a District?
Candidates make final efforts to reach voters
News Story  October 11, 2013, by Christopher Hooks
"...5 election begins Oct. 21, and in the House District 50 race to serve out Mark Strama's unexpired term, the election's three Democratic aspirants are each touting their ground strength and making final efforts to reach voters before the ballots are cast..."

TPPF Conference
Conservative conference points toward next Legislature
News Story  January 18, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"..."John Stuart Mill once said, 'He who knows only his own side of the argument knows little of that,'" said Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin..."

On the Lege
News from beneath the pink granite dome
News Column  March 9, 2007, by Amy Smith
"...This would include the ambitious companion bills filed by Austin Rep. Mark Strama and Houston Sen..."

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
News Story  October 20, 2006
"...Perry, the voucher bill will find its way back to the floor next session. Our hope is that Bolton will be there to vote with her district.State Representative, District 50: Mark Strama This race might have been livelier had Strama drawn the Libertarian-leaning Don Zimmerman as his Republican challenger..."

Naked City
Strama says take the money out of politics and the politics out of redistricting
News Story  February 18, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...Maybe it was freshman naïveté talking, but Rep. Mark Strama's brutally honest remarks last week about the political system in Texas drew appreciative applause from an audience of public policy enthusiasts..."

Lege Foes Spar on Schools
Stick and Strama, Baxter and White at education forum
News Story  October 8, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May
"...Candidates for Texas House Districts 48 and 50 debated education issues Tuesday night in a forum organized by a slew of local PTA and teacher groups. All four candidates – Democrats Mark Strama and Kelly White facing incumbent Republicans Jack Stick and Todd Baxter, respectively – declared public education their passion and top priority, although Strama and White pointed out that the last Legislature didn't actually do much on education last session, since the Republican leadership was too preoccupied with slicing Texas' congressional districts to ribbons..."

Top 10 Lege Stories
Wendy Davis' filibuster, redistricting, and the lottery fiasco
News Story  January 3, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...6) TRAVIS IN TURMOIL Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, burned his political bridges by unexpectedly quitting his House seat at the end of the regular session..."

Local Reps and Their Committees
Strama tapped to oversee Technology Committee
News Column  February 20, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...The other big winner from Travis County is Mark Strama, who chairs the new Technol­ogy, Economic Development & Workforce Committee – quickly nicknamed the green-collar jobs committee. With its mix of applied research and environmentalism, he argues, it's timely for Austin ("It's right in our sweet spot," he said) and the state..."

The 'Obamacare' Scare
GOP employs national playbook in Travis County House races
News Story  October 22, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Austin's reputation as the blue dot in a sea of red makes it easy to forget that, as recently as 2002, that was Republican country. Mark Strama broke that stranglehold by taking House District 50 from GOP incumbent Jack Stick in 2004, then Donna Howard took neighboring HD 48 in a special election in 2006, the same year Valinda Bolton picked up HD 47 in the Southwest..."

Putting a Lid on Leininger
House members push for limits on millionaire campaign donations
News Story  May 5, 2006, by Amy Smith
"..."This is a modest first step," said Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, who co-authored HB 110 with Rep..."

Clouded Prospects
Lege special session opens with glowing rhetoric, uncertain goals
News Story  April 14, 2006, by Amy Smith
"...Earlier this month, Perry singled out freshman Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, who represents the swing District 50, as a potential "yes" vote on the plan...."

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