Sam's Town Point
"...While sports entertain many, behind the scenes the games are a mess akin to making sausage where you have a carefully packaged and attractive product constructed in an ugly and battered fashion. David Zirin leaves no stone unturned in his book Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports...."
"...AC: Out of the three things, getting involved in politics in the first place, becoming the White House press secretary, and the reaction to the book, which is the most surprising to you?..."
"...But the question is how much – and will it be enough to make a difference? And another question for Austinites: Can we finally elect some board representation that more closely resembles the political leanings of this city? Experts vs. Politics..."
"...I like reading about Texas politics. California politics frequently look batty – but Texas politics are better at all-out maliciousness..."
"...Yes, it's a New Era in American politics.It's Money That Matters Closer to home, the Democratic primary has served to confirm the stronger-than-ever stranglehold that money now has on our politics. Despite much headline speculation and pundit handicapping in the governor's race, in the end novice Tony Sanchez was able to bury the more seasoned Dan Morales not because of any policy differences -- a few real, most illusory -- but because Morales never had enough money in the bank to compete with Sanchez's fortune and his willingness to spend "whatever it takes" to win the governorship..."
"...As the Chronicle's first Politics editor, from 1984-89, I recall that the anxiety of Austinites used to be about something they called quality of life: the condition of creeks, hills, and air. Even the growth-pimp Chamber of Commerce had a Quality of Life Department..."
"...Click here for Part 1 of our Politics Gift Guide...."
"...Also at work might well be the difference between Austin politics and regional politics, including the sense that this episode works well for both the Council members and the mayor. Inside Austin, Council members with ambitions acquire political capital by strong environmental rhetoric; beyond city limits in GOP Land, that’s a very mixed bag..."
"...Trump suggested recently that he should be considered as a vice-presidential candidate. Very interesting to see that on the one hand Trump accuses President Obama of false accusations and on the other hand pushes himself to politics..."
"...Although it hasn't had the same headlines, Malfaro's departure on Sept. 1 to become secretary-treasurer of statewide teachers' union Texas AFT may be the biggest change in district politics since Meria Carstarphen replaced Pat Forgione as superintendent in 2009..."
"...Can't generalize. Hence, I joined Independent Texans after arriving in Austin (no, it does not involve secession but bi-partison Trans Texas Corridor issues, or improving independent politics, again, bi-partisan) and appreciate any kind of independent thinking..."
"...Dear Editor, The people have spoken. We took steps in this last election to take our country back from far-right political extremists, from the politics of doom and gloom and fear and political corruption run amuck..."
"...So I have a good deal of sympathy for the Friedmanites, who desperately look to the Kinkster to enliven the conventional political discourse and to represent (ad nauseam) all those folks who have "abandoned electoral politics," but who will surely vote this time instead of shrugging or forgetting. Maybe so...."
"...Finger-pointing over a costly wastewater system has taken sewer politics to a whole new level in the city of Rollingwood, where the multiheaded debate is expected to figure strongly in the outcome of a heated mayoral race in Saturday's election...."
"...African-Americans have been a part of the political scene for a long time, and I think we've paid our dues and we should have representation. People say there's already another black on the Commissioners Court (County Judge Sam Biscoe), but he's in an administrative position; he represents the entire county.' Garcia echoed those sentiments: 'I know Celia quite well and I like her and under any other circumstances I'd be supporting her – but not for Precinct 1.'" ["Identity Politics Color County's Precinct 1 Race," News, Feb..."
"...That is why Naderites and self-marginalized "voters of conscience" piss me off so much. Politics is conflict, and our history will always be written by those who do the best they can, not cop out with holier-than-thou "I'm above all that ’cause I didn't compromise my oh-so-precious moral purity (and unspoken 'superiority')." Grow the fuck up..."
"...Ashcroft nipping at his nose ... Yes, the holidays fill the Chronicle news staff with, uh, good cheer, and you can share in our high spirits by giving the gift of politics this season..."
"...As an organization that is long on enthusiasm but currently short on cash, the ALWC is hoping that such philosophical arguments will sway Austinites to support them in their likely battle against a formidable -- and well-funded -- business lobby. But in the television- and direct mail-drivenworld of politics, money often speaks louder than ideology..."
"...In January of 1975, after a campaign in which he spent $149,000, Bullock took over as comptroller, a job that he revolutionized and turned into one of the most powerful elected offices in Texas. Under the cover of "fiscal responsibility," the comptroller can throw rocks at any and all of the agencies in state government without being accused of playing politics...."
"...AC: Why the switch to politics? That differentiates Still Brazy...."
"...Glenn Greenwald, the Constitutional attorney who became a blogger and then reporter – and Ed Snowden’s go-to journalist to publish his cache of National Security Agency documents – Skyped to SXSW Interactive this afternoon, talking the nature of politics and the necessity of public journalism...."
"...Indeed, in the wake of her termination, Hyatt and her lawyers have discovered that playing politics while on the job at the state's water development agency is an apparent everyday occurrence, at least for Republican employees who received and/or forwarded dozens of emails – everything from newsletters, including the regular newsletter of U.S. Sen..."
"...Indeed, in the wake of her termination, Hyatt and her lawyers have discovered that playing politics while on the job at the state’s water development agency is an apparent everyday occurrence – at least for Republican employees who received and/or forwarded dozens of emails – everything from newsletters, including the regular newsletter of U.S. Sen..."
"...Live performance footage often abstracts location in these YouTube times, so keep in mind while watching TGMC's three clips here that Politics' sharp, tight, Nineties-reminiscent indie rock emanates locally. That includes the Joy Division/Interpol guitar toll on “In Your Place.” See the band at Pachanga Fest in Fiesta Gardens next Saturday, May 12...."
"...We've already recommended this gift once – last year, shortly after former Texas Monthly Editor-in-Chief/President Evan Smith launched his grand idea for a membership-supported, nonprofit website dedicated to state politics. But now the gift is even more timely, with the Tribune about to throw itself into the grinding flurry of its first Lege session..."
"...As for his chances in the general election, he's taking a wait-and-see approach: "I work to control the things I can control, and I don't worry about the rest," he says. "Politics end at the courthouse door."..."
"...Dear Editor, Your article about the dysfunctional politics of East Austin [“City Hall Hustle,” News, April 16] struck a familiar note with me. I have lived in East Austin for many years and own a house by the old Holly Power Plant..."
"...AT&T has estimated that the hit they will potentially take will be in the range of $1 billion in the first quarter. It may take 10 years or more to see if the new law will achieve its goals, but one thing we can all agree on now is that “the politics of the entire process were depressing.”..."
"...The Really White Vigilante is back, and, judging from the mushrooming influx of chic scenesters peopling East Austin, not a moment too soon. The third installment of the comic series, written and drawn by local artist Michael Schliefke, sees the Vigilante drawn into a nefarious plot by the Legion of Hipsters (who meet at new Eastside haunt the Good Knight) and further into City Council politics (where Will Wynn is still mayor)..."
"...Klepfer has questioned his opponent's relationship with the development community, while Conley suggests Klepfer may lack the necessary history to inform his decisions. Compared to Precinct 1, this is politics as usual...."
"...Very soon, it will be a time for stories, songs, and movies, not politics a time to find something closer to calm, abandoning the way of turbulence: standing my ground in an open field as violent lightning storms of ideological hysteria rage all around. There is a rain, a light I look at from the window, and words somewhere off in the distance..."
"...Public mass-media discourse had been dramatically stunted and slanted. Red-white-and-blue-blooded, two-fisted patriots insisted on a vision of American purity, based on the unswerving certainty of Christian principles, as well as the world domination of Western culture, religion, philosophy, economics, and politics...."
"...17] is simply one of the most brilliant things I've read recently about the current state of our nation. It manages to make a case for American exceptionalism without sounding smug and self-satisfied, and reminds us that much of what is important about our country takes place below the radar of conventional politics...."
"...Dear Editor, I was disgusted to see that the Democrats cannot even lay aside partisan politics for a little while, not even inside a church, not even at Coretta Scott King's funeral service. Speakers used the opportunity to talk about weapons of mass destruction, played the race card with the Katrina response, and announced that the poor were being neglected..."
"..."The professional staff was pretty much entirely cut out of the last round of decision-making and didn't have much impact on the first round," said Dr. Susan Wood, who resigned from her post as director of the FDA's Office of Women's Health in protest of what can only be construed as politics trumping science..."
"...4]. It has all of the earmarks of dirty Louisiana politics to a kangaroo court..."
"...Heimer, your ability to toe the party line and regurgitate rhetoric while simultaneously alienating your audience makes you extremely well qualified to be White House press secretary. Have you considered a career in politics? Or possibly as an unpaid intern on the O'Reilly Factor?..."
"...Dear Editor, I mean no disrespect to Terri Schiavo and everyone who personally knows and loves her, but Tom DeLay, George Bush, and many in politics have grandstanded once again to distract the nation. Their spin campaign went too far long ago, but this is a new low. DeLay completely debunks his recent public advocacy campaign for Mrs..."
"...It’d be nice to be able to vote Democrat once in a while without having your only options limited to which is the most anti-Republican. I didn’t think politics was about being against everything the other side offers; I thought it was a process of compromise and give and take, a slow, deliberative process..."
"...I'm just curious where she read this. In the future can't we at least keep the Food section politics-free?..."
"...30]. What I can't stand is the multitude of people writing in who seem to be more shocked over pronoun ambiguity than anything else. This kind of pickiness is why I despise identity politics..."
"...While the rest of Texas' media seems determined to boost our governor's drive for the presidency, Ivins and Dubose (the latter of whom just recently left The Texas Observer to become The Austin Chronicle's politics editor) actually bothered to scrutinize W. and see if this guy really has what it takes to be leader of the free world, and put it all down in this page-turner...."
"...And scandalous? Well, maybe his skirts leave too little to the imagination. But some would say that Leslie, the hairiest downtown drag queen to run for mayor in this publication's memory, was the best thing to happen to Austin politics in the past year..."
"...Perennial readers' favorite Slusher may have endured some growing pains since his scruffier days as the Chronicle's politics editor, but through it all -- Smart Growth, watershed protection, and the city's seemingly endless expansion -- he's managed to stay on top by remaining true to his environmental roots. Slusher's dedication to keeping Austin livable has made him your favorite for three years running...."
"...Of the several solid challengers, Ortiz did the best job of putting new ideas on the public agenda. We urge him to not be a stranger to local politics...."
"...Yet 1997 could also be called the Year of the Bike. After all, Austin bike advocates pedaled their way into local politics this past year like never before..."
"...They are discussing the construction of a new type of political organization, the transition to democracy in Mexico, a new Congress and constitution, culture and mass media, the project for humanity and against Neoliberalism. As the governing party crumbles, the Zapatistas have move quickly to the politics of alliances..."..."