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Maxey Goes Statewide?
Is an openly gay Austin liberal the answer to rebuilding the state Democratic Party?
News Story  June 2, 2006, by Amy Smith
"...Insiders also point to Maxey's reputation for having a long memory – he doesn't easily forget slights – as a possible knock against his candidacy. Additionally, Maxey's recent reputation also hangs on two high-profile campaigns that failed miserably at the polls – the uphill fight last year to defeat the statewide marriage amendment; and, locally, the clean-water, clean-government proposition election earlier this month, which failed to gain communitywide traction and splintered the enviro/progressive community in one of the nastiest family feuds in recent history...."

Lege, Statewide, and Beyond
What does Trump's toxicity mean for downballot races?
News Story  August 25, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...If that number carries on to November, that would be the narrowest GOP victory in the state since Bob Dole beat Bill Clinton by five points in 1996. So the big question is, what does that mean for the downballot and statewide races?..."

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..."

Chronicle Endorsements: County, Statewide, and Federal Races
What, you expected us to endorse a Republican in 2018?
News Story  October 18, 2018, by The Chronicle Editorial Board
"...The Chronicle is a left-leaning paper; it should come as no surprise that the candidates we support for the partisan county, statewide, and federal races are left-leaning Democrats. The Texas Legislature did away with straight-ticket voting starting in 2020, but the option remains for the 2018 midterms; if you'd like to set the lever on auto, that's fine by us (as long as you then scroll through the ballot to get to the local nonpartisan races)..."

Other Statewide Races
Maybe more of a ripple
News Story  February 8, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...A string of surprise out-of-state upsets have left Dems newly optimistic about O'Rourke's Goliathan effort to displace the widely disliked incumbent. Down the ballot, determined Democrats are vying for a shot at statewide office in their own ambitious races..."

Statewide Candidate Filings Trickle In
A slight attendance dip and only a couple of traffic hiccups in event's second year
News Story  November 22, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, makes her long-awaited announcement about her 2014 election plans. It's all but confirmed now that she will run for lieutenant governor, but she's not the only Texas politico eying statewide office..."

City and Statewide Police Union Settle Dispute
CLEAT will pay for Sgt. Harrison's leave time
DAILY News  August 17, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Under the terms of the new agreement, CLEAT will pay the city the salary and benefits for Sgt. Todd Harrison to be on full-time leave while working for the statewide police union...."

Full Custom Gospel BBQ Guru Daniel Vaughn Takes a Statewide Tour
BBQ Snob reveals the true nature and nuance of Texas barbecue
DAILY Food  April 4, 2013, by Mick Vann


CenTex, Statewide Candidates to Debate
Forum Thursday at UT Bass Lecture Hall
DAILY News  February 10, 2010, by Lee Nichols


House Calls for Statewide Broadcasts of Legislature
Letter signed by 97 members goes out to cable companies
DAILY News  February 2, 2009, by Lee Nichols


Survey: Statewide Opposition to Proposed Power Plants Significant
DAILY News  December 8, 2006, by Daniel Mottola


Look Here for Important Statewide Results
DAILY News  October 23, 2006, by Lee Nichols


Who Pays For Police Union Work?
Police officers, union, and city officials argue over leave time
DAILY News  August 6, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Last week two Austin Police Department officers, Cpls. John Coffey and George Jackoskie, filed a grievance with their union, the Austin Police Association, arguing that the union and city have broken the police contract by paying a member to be off the beat and working on statewide union issues...."

The Common Law
Statewide ban on driving and texting
Columns  October 5, 2017, by Luke Ellis and Caroline Young
"...Some topics seem so narrowly focused that they leave you scratching your head. (Did they really spend time to pass bills that allow for hunting feral hogs from a hot air balloon or that let folks lawfully carry spears and machetes in public? Yes, they did.) Other new laws will have a more universal impact, including the new statewide ban on texting while driving...."

Greens On The Ballot (For Now) UPDATED
TX supremes grant stay on earlier ruling
DAILY News  July 2, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Texas Supreme Court has just ruled that the Green Party of Texas can certify their controversial ballot petition, thus getting their statewide candidates on to the November ballot. However, the question remains now whether they will stay there...."

All About Ann
HBO spreads the legend of Ann Richards in new doc
DAILY Screens  April 28, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...This time 20 years ago, Gov. Ann Richards was knee-deep in a re-election campaign that would bring about a sad, seismic shift in statewide politics and social policies..."

Judge: Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional
Now what? Legislators, education advocates and think tanks respond
DAILY News  February 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's been months in the coming, but when Judge John Dietz finally released his ruling yesterday on the Texas public school finance system, it was no surprise to anyone: The current system of "Robin Hood" recapture is unconstitutional on multiple levels, create a de facto statewide property tax, and is underfunded by the legislature...."

Naked City
A beleaguered Waco charter outfit enters the virtual-school derby.
News Story  December 26, 2003, by Michael King
"...The state's virtual charter school promoters are apparently determined to do another end run around the Legislature's repeated refusal to authorize their schemes for home-based online schools taught using software and computer equipment purchased with public-school funds. Turned away in several attempts during the 78th Legislature, the virtual vampires recruited the University of North Texas to submit a virtual charter program earlier this fall, but in the face of statewide and on-campus opposition, UNT administrators withdrew their bid to the Texas Education Agency...."

Election Results
Statewide Races
News Story  November 8, 1996
"...Texas is now a Republican state. The GOP went 10-0 in statewide races on Tuesday, and none of them were really even close..."

CEO Chuck Smith Leaves Equality Texas
Samantha Smoot tapped for interim executive director position
DAILY News  December 17, 2018, by Beth Sullivan
"...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...."

Simultaneous Votegasm
Early voting sets midterm records here and throughout Texas
DAILY News  October 30, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...After a full week of early voting, the local and statewide patterns are clear: slightly lower than 2016, but way beyond any previous midterm. We’ll have another stampede of early birds at week’s end, and then we’ll see if this votegasm signifies higher total turnout or is just cannibalizing the Election Day vote, as happened in 2008 and 2016...."

Title X Money in the Right Hands
Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas sole statewide grantee
News Story  August 9, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...WHFPT is the sole statewide grantee, according to a recent list posted by the U.S. Health and Human Services Commission, meaning Texas appears to be pushed out..."

2017 Texas Biennial: Putting It Together
Leslie Moody Castro on reviving the show after four years
DAILY Arts  September 27, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...When Leslie Moody Castro accepted the job of curating the 2017 Texas Biennial, she wasn't simply agreeing to select the art for another round of this statewide survey of contemporary art. She was also agreeing to help jump-start the Biennial after a four-year gap, to re-energize the show in the minds of artists all across Texas...."

Uber, Lyft Return to Austin Monday
Gov. Abbott expected to sign rideshare bill
DAILY News  May 25, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Greg Abbott is expected to sign transportation network company law House Bill 100. As a result, local rideshare rules like Austin‘s background check ordinance will be thrown out, to be replaced by weaker statewide rules...."

Partisan Races
Looking at the statewide, legislative, and county ballot
News Story  October 16, 2014, by The Chronicle Editorial Board
"...Whatever ideological criticisms can be leveled at outgoing commissioner Jerry Patterson, he ran this office with professionalism, and Cook seems far more likely to continue his record of good stewardship and commitment to veterans' services. Rather than a candidate looking for his first statewide stepping stone, Cook is legitimately interested in managing the state's land portfolio. Railroad Commissioner: Steve Brown..."

Down Low Deconstructs State Divide
Texas techno out of Dallas and dormancy - part I
DAILY Music  September 3, 2014, by Conor Walker
"...As a sprawling suburban wasteland, slag away, but when infrastructure ruptures into culture, our criticism gurgles forth as uninformed – much like our city slogan, live music capital of the world. That doesn’t even function on a statewide level..."

Greens Announce Thin Slate for 2014
51 candidates announced for November election
DAILY News  January 9, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Green Party of Texas confirmed itself as the fourth party in a two party state this week as it unveiled a statewide slate of 51 candidates for the November general election. Only four Greens are running for Travis County seats – and only two of those actually live in the Austin area...."

Food-related Benefits for West, Texas
Shop for groceries, dine out, eat barbecue, buy pastries to help
DAILY Food  April 21, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Only hours after a deadly fertilizer plant blast leveled part of West, Texas, people began looking for ways to help. H-E-B sprang into action, sending a mobile kitchen to feed first responders and displaced residents and setting up $1, $3, $5 donation options at store check out counters statewide..."

Re-Re-Redrawing the Delegation
Federal panel split on how to cut Travis House seats
DAILY News  November 18, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Texas voters may not know what their Congressional districts look like, but yesterday a three-judge panel in San Antonio issued interim House and Senate maps. Statewide, there were major changes, but what does it mean for Travis County?..."

Neighborhoods, Schools, and Budgets
Austin ISD's looming financial crisis is a statewide story
News Story  February 11, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...31, when the Texas Association of School Administrators gathered at the Austin Convention Center for its midwinter conference. On the tradeshow floor, dozens of national and statewide vendors offered everything from virtual whiteboards to new basketball courts, while architects compared notes and swapped business cards with catering supply firms..."

Cactus Decision Delayed
UT extends consultation through May 7, Texas Music Office backs current management
DAILY News  April 28, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Interesting news out of UT: As the Student Friends of the Cactus Cafe finalize their proposal for a self-operating model with current management and extra student input, the final decision on the campus institution has been pushed back, and two major statewide agencies have weighed in...."

Gov. Watson?
San Antonio senator steps out of gubernatorial primaries, touts Austinite's candidacy
DAILY News  June 23, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...There had been lots of rumors that she was eying a higher office ("Which started with nothing more than me not immediately saying 'no,'" she noted), and Van de Putte confirmed that she'd definitely been mulling it over. In her press release, Van de Putte said that while she wants to see both Republican front-runners out of office, she doesn't want to see her family caught up in an ugly statewide election..."

Capitol Chronicle
Apparently, the candidates for statewide office have better things to do than answer tough questions from the Texas NAACP.
News Column  October 12, 2001, by Michael King
"...It's a shame that a few more of the current candidates for statewide Texas office couldn't be bothered to show their faces at last weekend's annual conference of the Texas NAACP. Most are in such a hurry to get their indispensable names before the voters that they can barely manage to decide which offices they are running for..."

State and Local Elections
No new taxes!
News Story  November 5, 2015, by Richard Whittaker and Michael King
"...Travis County prides itself on being not like the rest of Texas. That makes statewide constitutional amendments an interesting litmus test: Did local residents vote the same as the rest of the state, or did they go down a different path? Statewide, all seven amendments on the Nov..."

Time Bandits in Uniform?
APD officers question whether union 'leave time' deal violates their contract
News Story  August 12, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Just after 4am on May 10, Austin Police Sgt. Todd Harrison – who is not only a board member of the Austin Police Association, the local officers' union, but also currently serves as president of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, a statewide umbrella organization of unions to which the APA belongs – sent a brief email to the administrative assistant for Austin Police Department Assistant Chief Sean Mannix..."

Election Results
State and local tallies
News Story  March 5, 2010
"...Statewide turnout: 5.22% in governor's race, less in others STATEWIDE, AND CENTRAL TEXAS DISTRICTS GovernorStatewideTravis County Bill Dear6,5741.0%3310.9% Bill White516,62176.0%34,41490.2% Felix Rodriguez Alvarado33,7085.0%5041.3% Farouk Shami87,26812.8%2,3846.3% Alma Ludivina Aguado19,5562.9%2890.8% Clement E. Glenn9,8521.4%1280.3% Star Locke6,2980.9%118 0.3% Lieutenant Governor Marc Katz72,36712.2%3,1288.5% Ronnie Earle205,05734.6%25,20268.4% Linda Chavez-Thompson314,72553.1%8,53023.1% General Land Office Commissioner Bill Burton273,03448.3%11,55435.6% Hector Uribe292,48651.7%20,86364.4% Agriculture Commissioner Hank Gilbert310,76252.3%22,87163.7% Richard “Kinky” Friedman283,24947.7%13,05036.3% Member, State Board of Education, District 5 Daniel Boone8,36022.5%1,96315.1% Josiah James Ingalls3,5749.6%8536.5% Robert M..."

The Destruction of Texas Health Care
The GOP crusade against Planned Parenthood is devastating basic care for Texas women
News Story  February 3, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Indeed, CAI is among 12 women's health contractors operating 22 clinics statewide that have been completely defunded as a result of last year's April Fools' Day slashing by Texas lawmakers of the family-planning budget traditionally used to provide low-income and uninsured women with access to health services. As it stands, there remains just $38 million of a roughly $100 million biennial budget to provide these vital health services – screenings for cervical and breast cancers and for diabetes and hypertension, as well as access to birth control, among other preventative health services that together make up a "well-woman checkup." Since 2005, this money – federal dollars passed back through the state to fund services – has paid for health care for an average of 244,000 needy women a year; with the small pot that remains, just $19 million this year, the Department of State Health Ser­vices estimates that just 60,000 low-income women will be able to access basic health services in 2012. Defunding Basic Care..."

Dream on, Dream Team
Democrats Fail to Convince Texas
News Story  November 8, 2002, by Michael King
"...Even at 10:15pm, with only 29% of the statewide vote counted, Sanchez's defiance seemed more than a little quixotic: At that point Perry was up roughly 1.06 million to 713,000, or 59-39%. Even with plenty of urban boxes still out, those were overwhelming numbers, and by mid-morning Wednesday (89% officially counted), Sanchez had tightened the race by all of one percentage point...."

'Chronicle' Endorsements
News Story  February 14, 2014
"...This office handles civil and criminal matters that are very important to the people whose lives they impact. Evans is a level-headed and progressive judge and should be allowed to continue to improve the quality of justice for those who come before him. Statewide U.S..."

Low Turnout or Bad Law?: Voter ID Effects Uncertain
Turnout boost heaviest in counties with local referendums
News Story  November 15, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...This was the first election under the new photo ID law passed in 2011. Republicans and statewide officials pointed out that, with 1,144,844 ballots cast statewide, turnout was actually higher than in the last two constitutional elections: 2009 (1,058,986 votes cast) and 2011 (690,052)..."

The New Texas Family Planning
Slashed budgets and anti-abortion politics undermine women's health care
News Story  January 27, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...More egregious is a second rider, authored by State Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, that sets aside another $5 million in family-planning funds over the biennium for grants to so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers – unregulated and unlicensed "support" centers that, by and large, offer no medical services, save for over-the-counter variety pregnancy tests – in order to implement a "statewide program for women seeking alternatives to abortion focused on pregnancy support services that promote childbirth."No Health Case Here..."

Power House
Will This Year Mark Dems' Last Stand at the Lege?
News Story  February 4, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...The sea change in the state's political makeup would have been nearly unthinkable a decade ago when Democrats held all but one of the major statewide elected offices (see chart). They also held one of the two U.S..."

The Take on Taxes
Dems host forum on property tax reform
DAILY News  July 18, 2014, by Michael King
"...Among the several dozen attendees, Newsdesk counted at least a dozen local candidates – most of them for Austin’s fall City Council elections – and among them likely County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, who took the mic for a moment to rattle off some estimates of the financial benefits to county homeowners of substantial tax reform. The forum was also webcast across the state; Shea introduced a brief video produced by Real Values for Texas, a new statewide coalition “taking action to expose the impact of our state’s broken property tax system on homeowners, kids, and local communities.”..."

Fighting for Justicia
Workers Defense Project celebrates 10 years on the front lines of Texas labor
News Story  September 21, 2012, by Nora Ankrum
"..."Building Austin" was also a turning point for WDP. It not only laid the groundwork for the ordinance, but prompted a statewide federal investigation of the construction industry..."

Election? Apparently.
Texas has 11 new amendments and a thimbleful of voters
News Story  November 6, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Congratulations: As of the Nov. 3 elections, Texas has 11 new constitutional amendments, with every item on the statewide ballot getting passed..."

Vote Pot!
DAILY News  November 7, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...The measure is the first of its kind to make it onto an Arkansas ballot. CALIFORNIA: Voters in Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Santa Monica, Calif., will also be asked to vote on muni measures (Measure P, Measure K, and Measure Y, respectively) that would make enforcement of all “adult marijuana offenses” the lowest police priorities. Voters in Seattle, Wash., in 2003 passed a measure similar to those on the California ballots, which resulted in a 75% decrease in marijuana arrests citywide, reports NORML. COLORADO: A statewide ballot question in Colorado, known as Amendment 44, would reduce pot-related criminal penalties, bringing them in line with penalties associated with alcohol use..."

Who Are These Guys?
Dem primary candidates try to strike a campaign flame
News Story  February 10, 2006, by Amy Smith
"...But with less than a month before the March 7 primary election, the two main contenders for the Democratic nomination – Chris Bell and Bob Gammage, both former U.S. congressmen – say they are undaunted by the party's skeptics who insist that one of their own can't possibly win a statewide post in Texas, much less the governor's seat, in 2006..."

The Class of 1985
The 69th Legislature, 1985, marked a turning point in the future of Texas politics
News Story  February 27, 2004, by Lucius Lomax
"...Many of the people who are now writing budgets and busting balls at a statewide level were in the House then. Not all, of course, because the majority party at that time was Democratic, and many of those members have moved on, willingly or unwillingly – or have long since changed party..."

Picking Up the TAB
The Travis Co. DA and the courts consider Texas Association of Business money spent during the fall campaign.
News Story  March 28, 2003, by Amy Smith
"...It's 1993, and Republicans are on the verge of attaining domination of statewide Texas politics -- except for one problem: A pesky Democratic district attorney has thrown a roadblock in their path. In response, GOP operatives -- led at the time by a relatively unknown consultant wunderkind named Karl Rove -- have mounted a bitter campaign to discredit that Democrat, Travis Co..."

Weird, Spooky, and Rich
David Dewhurst runs against everybody but money.
News Story  October 18, 2002, by Robert Bryce
"...The T.A.B. endorsed every other statewide Republican nominee...."

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