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Statesman Watch
Keeping Tabs on the Daily's Agenda
News Column  June 21, 1996, by Chris Walters
"...A lead story on Tuesday, June 11 was headlined "Utility officials bracing for jolt of deregulation." Written by Laylan Copelin, the story unfurled from a genuine news peg, the decision by the local Service Merchandise store to get electricity from a provider in St. Louis as soon as the Texas Legislature makes it legal to do so. This is interesting, but not earth-shaking..."

Insuring Disaster
Austin: Just Another Outpost
News Story  November 10, 1995
"...Moffett himself testified at the federal trial in May that commercial development was needed to make the residential portions work financially. Theoretically, they might get wastewater service through state-authorized municipal utility districts (MUDs), which the Legislature later approved, but Freeport still lacks a discharge permit to handle the level of wastewater that would be generated by commercial and industrial developments..."

Day Trips & Beyond: November Events Roundup
Pre-holiday travel tips
DAILY Travel  November 2, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Abilene now claims the title of “Storybook Capital of America.” In 2015, the West Texas town was declared the “Storybook Capital of Texas” by the state Legislature. The new moniker became official when the U.S..."

Fear & Loathing
Travis County says goodbye to a coyote-killing machine
News Story  December 21, 2017, by Lindsay Stafford Mader
"...Though the Texas Legislature put TWS under the A&M AgriLife Extension Service in 2003, it is TWS Director Michael Boden­chuk, a federal employee, who tells AgriLife how to distribute money throughout the program. AgriLife Director Doug Steele said WS oversees daily TWS activities and that all employees – federal and state – report to Bodenchuk, who does his own hiring, firing, and evaluations..."

Becoming Drought Tolerant
Central Texas looks for ways to balance population growth with future water supplies
News Story  August 28, 2014, by Lizzie Jespersen
"...Still, critics of LCRA, from the grassroots level to the Legislature, fault the agency for not responding sooner, and for failing to conserve the region's water supply at the height of the drought in 2011, when it released enormous amounts of water downstream to rice farmers. Many of these downstream farmers have since been cut off from the Highland Lakes water supply...."

Windmill State of Mind
A Q&A with the authors of a new book on the story behind Texas wind power
News Story  August 23, 2013, by Nora Ankrum
"...I will say that I think that the CREZ lines are kind of a classic example of how the state has maybe shifted its views a little bit on wind power. The Legislature approved these lines, and the public utility commission mapped them out after this agonizing process..."

Perry the Executioner
Texas leads the country in executions, and Rick Perry holds the record tally
News Story  September 16, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Rather, it was the fact that Foster and Brown, the triggerman, had been tried together, that Perry said compelled him to grant the commutation. "I am concerned about Texas law that allows capital murder defendants to be tried simultaneously, and it is an issue I think the Legislature should examine." The Lege has done so; in 2009 two bills were filed to address the issues raised in Foster's case, but both ultimately died..."

Point Austin: A Tale of Two States
How you see Texas depends on where you're standing
News Column  February 18, 2011, by Michael King
"...There was Gov. Rick Perry last week, in his biennial address to the Legislature: "By any meaningful measure, the state of our state is strong."..."

The World Is Flat
How King of the Hill helped make Texas three-dimensional again
Screens Story  September 11, 2009, by Cindy Widner
"...Interviewing The Dallas Morning News' Wayne Slater about some psychotic Texas Nationalist Movement rally at the state Capitol, she asks, with only a soupçon of condescension, if it's "even possible" to seem too extreme, "politically, right now in Texas," and if Perry "would support there being a referendum on secession or there being some sort of formal debate of it in the Legislature."..."

Just Watch the Livestock
Texas schools' sex ed favors 'don't ask, don't tell ... and keep 'em ignorant'
News Story  March 20, 2009, by Jordan Smith


Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
News Story  July 7, 2006
"...City officials will be on hand to witness the historic event. The Texas Legislature, alas, is beyond hope, but the monks will bless the rest of Texas from the Capitol steps at 9:30am Wednesday..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  December 16, 2005
"...– K.R.Beyond City Limits• In a surprise decision hailed by Democrats and downplayed by Republicans, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it would consider the constitutionality of a 2003 congressional redistricting map that threw the Texas Legislature into partisan turmoil before finally passing in a special session..."

The Dropout Problem
Not students, but teachers – AISD struggles to retain qualified educators
News Story  August 12, 2005, by Rachel Proctor May


Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  February 27, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Bush urged Congress to quickly enact a constitutional amendment defining "marriage" as a union between a man and a woman. LGRL executive director Randall Ellis predicted an equally volatile debate in the Texas Legislature and other state capitals, "where the ultimate battle will take place." In a statement released shortly after Bush's remarks, Ellis noted there are more than 1 million children in lesbian and gay homes in the nation and more than 43,000 same-sex households in Texas..."

Migrating North
As the Texas and national film industry feels the burn of runaway production, many agree with one directive: Blame Canada.
Screens Story  October 4, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Additionally, the so-called Industry Alliance -- consisting of labor organizations such as the Director's Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, the American Federation of Theatrical Stage Employees, the Screen Actors Guild, the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the American Film Marketing Association, and Film US (which comprises some 200 national, state, and local film commissions -- but not the Texas Film Commission) -- is lobbying federal and state legislatures for a two-tiered, wage-based system of tax credits for film and television/cable production in the U.S. via House Resolution 3131, sponsored by U.S..."

W.'s Paper Chase
Bush attempts to have his state papers declared federal property.
News Story  September 28, 2001, by Lucius Lomax
"..."We were going to have a second conference call," said a State Library official who participated in the first, "but that got sidetracked when the governor's office felt that the statute took us out of the picture altogether." The law, which Gov. Bush had asked for and signed, is a brief section of an omnibus state archives bill, House Bill 1812 of 1997's 75th Texas Legislature..."

Pride of the Yankees?
Evan Smith translates a New York pedigree into the editorship of Texas Monthly.
News Story  July 20, 2001, by Mike Clark-Madison
"..."We weren't kids, but it was just fun. We wrote what interested us, and that's still part of the culture," says Paul Burka, a former Daily Texan editor who joined TM in 1974 after five years as a staff lawyer at the Legislature..."

Capitol Chronicle
Surveying the George W. Bush Legacy in Texas
News Column  March 16, 2001, by Michael King
"...It's not at all clear that SJR 36 has much chance of passage -- there were immediate grumbles from the GOP leadership -- but it's worth remembering that the homestead exemption, the "$1 billion tax cut!" (which passed easily only four years ago) was an early centerpiece of the Bush presidential campaign. Now a prominent state Republican has officially admitted that maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all, while the Legislature is tying itself in knots trying to figure out how to fund essential state programs..."

In and Out
Controversial sodomy law may be struck down
News Story  August 11, 2000, by Jonathan David Carroll
"...In 1974, the Texas Legislature freed heterosexual couples in their bedrooms from the constraints of the sodomy law, but the same freedom was not given to gay and lesbian couples. Section 21.06, the "homosexual conduct" statute, was passed that year, stating that "A person commits an offense if he engages in deviate sexual intercourse [defined elsewhere as "any contact between any part of the genitals of one person and the mouth or anus of another person"] with another individual of the same sex."..."

Money to Burn
John Cornyn tries to keep tobacco case lawyers from reaping all of the financial benefits.
News Story  October 22, 1999, by Robert Bryce
"...Cornyn and the legislators who are led by Sen. Troy Fraser, a Republican from Horseshoe Bay whose 1996 campaign was financed largely by tort reformers, claim that only the Texas Legislature has the power to make contingency fee contracts with lawyers...."

Get Out the Bootstraps
Cause Texas Ain't Takin' Care of You No More
News Story  June 13, 1997, by Audrey Duff
"...(Texas was one of several states that applied for and received a waiver from the federal government to enact reforms at a slightly slower pace. The state will eventually have to comply with federal reforms, but due to the 6-year waiver, not until March of 2002.) Texas lawmakers rewrote the AFDC program to reflect its own overhaul of the welfare system made in Texas in the 74th Legislature of 1995 under B 1863...."

Cowboys & Critters
Take Back Texas' Marshall Kuykendall Says It's Simply a Choice Between...
News Story  January 26, 1996, by Audrey Duff
"...I'd rather have a sister in the whorehouse than be a brother of Marshall Kuykendall. How many Ranchers does it take to screw us? None -- they've bought the Legislature to do it for them."..."

Van Boven Fallout Continues
While appeals proceed, Baylor professor campaigns to save SOAH
DAILY News  January 10, 2019, by Michael King
"...Beal argues that the committee could choose to convene a hearing on Ginn’s qualifications, but Watson says he disagrees. “That only applies to recess appointments,” Watson said, in which case a new Legislature “may” legally convene a committee to consider an appointee whom the governor hasn’t confirmed by reappointment..."

The Top 10 Austin News Milestones of 2018
Days like these
News Story  December 27, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison, Mary Tuma, Nina Hernandez, Sarah Marloff, Austin Sanders and Michael King
"...Matt Krause, R-Ft. Worth, has already filed a bill for the upcoming 86th Texas Legislature that would ban cities from implementing paid sick leave rules..."

Election Ticker: Last Chance for Controversy
E-Day is tomorrow! Here's the latest news before it's too late.
DAILY News  November 5, 2018, by News Staff
"...Enough Is Enough: Tired of relentless efforts by Waller County officials to suppress student voting, students at Prairie View A&M University announced they will march to the polls on E-Day, joined by community allies, to emphasize their voting rights. The march will draw attention to the county’s decades-long campaign of voter suppression targeting the historically black university; the coalition will also make known five demands for justice and kick off an advocacy initiative targeting both Congress and the Texas Legislature..."

Sheryl Cole and Chito Vela: The Prize Fight
All eyes on the Democratic primary run-off in House District 46
News Story  May 3, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"..."I needed that time off for mental and spiritual separation and renewal – it's a horror show," he told me in April. "But it prepared me for the Texas Legislature." [inset-1-right]..."

Point Austin: Welcome to the Future
Texas is just like America, only more so
News Column  March 14, 2018, by Michael King
"...But he notes that Texas is growing in population astronomically, and is therefore likely to dominate national politics for the foreseeable future. Simultaneously, the state's Republican leadership – with a stranglehold on a Legislature seated in a town where they happily reside yet pretend to despise for its own easygoing, expansive, progressive, Texan culture – remains determined to further militarize the state's borders, further undermine its public schools, further weaken public health care (especially for women), all in a quest to maintain white suburban political power over the multicultural majority of Texas cities and small towns, and the multicultural population of our common future...."

Austin Wages Legal Battle Against SB 4 in Court
Austin filing argues SB 4 violates U.S. Constitution
DAILY News  June 2, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...“We want our day in court because for far too long the Texas Legislature has been playing political football with the safety of our city and now we get to move to a different forum,” Mayor Steve Adler told press Friday morning, June 2. “One of the main impetuses behind the city filing suit is the keen and earnest desire to keep this community safe.”..."

How to Raise Worker Wages
Organize, arrive, persist, persist, persist
News Story  March 30, 2017, by Jack Craver
"...While attempts to scale back criminalization of the American poor have gained support from leaders across the political spectrum, there is a clear left-right divide when it comes to helping those with convictions find fair paths toward employment. Repub­licans who control the Texas Legislature are pushing legislation via HB 577 to undo Austin's Fair Chance ordinance, which bars employers from asking job applicants about criminal convictions prior to making a conditional offer of employment. What's Your Status?..."

Undocumented, Unafraid
Balancing fear and power in the wake of ICE arrests
News Story  March 9, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Of course, under the Texas Legislature's plan to pass a so-called "sanctuary cities" bill this session, safe shelter is equally under threat ("Matters More Than the Law," Feb. 10)..."

Reproductive Rights Advocates Prepare for the Fight
Groups, lawmakers relaunch "Trust. Respect. Access." campaign
DAILY News  February 9, 2017, by Mary Tuma


Local Businesses Warn Lege on Anti-LGBTQ Laws
Discriminatory laws not just morally corrupt but financially damaging
News Story  November 17, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...League and nearly 90 other Austin business owners are joining the fight against state discrimination of the LGBTQ community by sending a message to the Capitol. In an open letter compiled by Equality Texas that's ballooned from 180 signatures to nearly 300, small Texas businesses have urged Texas' Legislature to lay off discriminatory bills in 2017's upcoming session, which begins Jan..."

Advocates, Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into $1.6 Million Health Contract With Anti-Choice Group
News Story  August 18, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"..."If we're going to talk about ideology, let's talk about ideology – but in another setting. Right now what this taxpayer money is for is to provide health care," said Farrar, chairwoman of the Texas Legislature's Women's Health Caucus..."

Notes on Kamp: Reining in the Vote
Winning elections is so much easier when there are so few voters!
News Column  March 17, 2016, by Amy Kamp
"...I could show you many voter registration applications where it is almost impossible to decipher the person's handwriting. Our Legislature could easily resolve this lawsuit, save taxpayer dollars and make voter registration more accessible, accurate, and secure by approving online voter registration for Texans."..."

Making Reuse Mainstream
Austin needs a combo of government leadership, corporate responsibility, and individual commitment to meet reuse benchmarks
News Story  February 11, 2016, by Robyn Ross
"...TCE successfully campaigned for legislation to require manufacturers to take back their products at the end of their useful life. A computer takeback initiative passed the Texas Legislature in 2007, and a similar rule for televisions was signed into law in 2011..."

News Roundup: Sad Stories for Christmas
Foster care unconstitutional; voting rights rolled back; and more
DAILY News  December 21, 2015, by the News Staff
"...Accordingly, the Texas Bankers Association is letting its members know that with properly posted notice, “it’s up to each individual bank to decide how they’d prefer to notify customers whether openly carried handguns are permitted on bank property,” said Celeste Embrey, TBA’s Assistant General Counsel. According to a TBA press release (helpfully accompanied by samples of the only warning signs deemed sufficient by the Legislature), “If proper notice is given, banks have the right to pursue criminal trespass charges against customers who choose to openly carry handguns onto the bank’s premises in violation of notifications to the contrary.” Violators can be subject to Class C misdemeanors – or Class A misdemeanors if they refuse to leave the premises after an oral warning..."

Paxton Indicted on Three Felony Counts
Prosecutors confirm grand jury handed down three felony charges
DAILY News  August 1, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The lesser charge is old news, dating back to Paxton's time in the legislature. Moreover, he has already basically admitted to the underlying offense..."

News Roundup: Lawsuits, Laws, and Plea Bargains
Brian Rodgers vs. COA, Abbott vs. women's rights, etc.
DAILY News  June 15, 2015, by News Staff
"...• Rainbow Corps: A business coalition organized this year to combat discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ legislation, Texas Competes announced last week that 270 companies, including 15 Fortune 500 companies, had signed its nondiscrimination pledge, saying discriminatory laws contemplated (and defeated) during the just-ended 84th Legislature “would have been harmful to the pro-business Texas brand.” “Texas businesses proactively took a leadership role on equality this year …” said Jessica Shortall, managing director of Texas Competes. “Now we must keep the momentum going..."

Season of Risk
What can be done to stop the rising rate of HIV in Austin?
News Story  May 21, 2015, by Sarah Marloff
"..."You have to understand your own behaviors – what's risky, what's not, and then know what strategies we have. It's about expanding our education." Considering San Francisco's success, the Texas Legislature's most recent push for greater abstinence-only funding, which would reallocate money from HIV prevention work, is all the more dire..."

Jade Helm and Tinfoil Hats
Abbott, Cruz, Jade Helm, and the death of the sane GOP
DAILY News  May 5, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...And then there's the pretty much hourly basis on which the Legislature and every other Texas politician praises the US military...."

Campaign, Legislators Back Bill to Repeal Anti-Abortion Law
"Trust. Respect. Access" campaign hosts lobby day at Capitol
DAILY News  February 27, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...“The right to a safe, legal abortion has been constitutionally protected for many, many years. We cannot allow this legislature to place insurmountable barriers to their constitutional rights,” said Rodríguez, charging colleagues with waging a “relentless war on women’s health.”..."

News Roundup: MLK, Eric Holder, and Abortion
A.G. announces end to "asset forfeiture"; NARAL gives Texas an "F"
DAILY News  January 19, 2015, by the News Staff
"...In the group’s annual report on the status of reproductive health policies in all 50 states, the nation averaged a “D” score and more than half of states joined Texas in a failing grade. The state’s anti-choice Legislature and numerous abortion restrictions, including Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws, helped earn it the low score..."

News Roundup
Your Monday morning news update
DAILY News  October 20, 2014, by the News Staff
"...• Yucca Yucca Yucca: Although the Texas Legislature and TCEQ have bent over (perhaps backwards) to expand the amount of low-level radioactive waste that can come to Texas for final burial in Far West Texas, early discussions about opening Waste Control Specialists' pit for possible high-level waste from the nation's nuclear power plants were dealt a blow Thursday. The U.S..."

Group Claims Abbott Works Less Than the Queen
Abbott's vacation time amounts to two years total, says PAC
DAILY News  August 29, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Rick Perry came under fire in 2011 for subsidizing personal trips with taxpayer dollars. During a time when Perry’s Legislature massively cut the budget, taxpayers were billed more than $294,000 in security detail expenses for the Perry clan’s out-of-state trips (which include state business, political trips, and vacation)..."

Austin Film Festival Showcases Linklater, Cumberbatch
First round of films announced mixes world and Texas premieres
DAILY Screens  August 20, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Texas Promise World Premiere D: Vanessa Roth (In attendance) From Academy-Award ® winning documentarian, Vanessa Roth, The Texas Promise is the gripping story of equity, politics, money, and our children as historic decisions are being made about opportunity, the economy, and our democracy. When the Texas legislature cut $5.4 billion from public schools, it affected the daily lives of the 5 million students in Texas public schools and made Texas 49th in the country in per pupil spending..."

Then There's This: The Awesome Power of Women
Political group aims to increase voter turnout and so much more
News Column  August 14, 2014, by Amy Smith


How Not to 'Stop Patriarchy'
New York group has a curious way of "helping"
News Story  August 14, 2014, by Mary Tuma


GOP Marches Backward
2014 Texas platform veers hard right
News Story  June 12, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...The repeal of the 17th Amendment – again allowing the appointment of U.S. senators by state legislatures – graduated from marginal idea to rallying cry...."

'No Undue Burden': 5th Circuit Upholds HB 2
5th Circuit overrules Yeakel, upholds HB 2
News Story  April 4, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...Rick Perry and gubernatorial hopeful, Attorney General Greg Abbott, each praised the ruling. In a press release, Abbott called it a "vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women." Perry applauded it as a win for Texas women "and the unborn."..."

Turning Back the Clock on Reproductive Rights
Council members endorse bill that would fight abortion restrictions
DAILY News  January 8, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...Indeed, the potentially negative impact of the law has prompted three Austin city council members to write to Congress to urge support for legislation that would ensure women's access to reproductive health care, and to Texas lawmakers asking that they repeal HB 2. "We urge Congress and the Legislature of the State of Texas to protect each woman's health, her right to determine whether and when to bear a child, and her ability to exercise that right," Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, and Council Members Laura Morrison and Bill Spelman wrote in a Jan..."

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