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Austin Film Festival: The Texas Promise
Oscar-winner Vanessa Roth finds the lie and the hope in Texas schools
DAILY Screens  October 28, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...There are actually a couple of seconds in the opening of The Texas Promise during which I'm fairly sure I could see the back of my own head. It's definitely filled with Texas Legislature regulars, as documentarian Vanessa Roth uses parts of the live feed from the State House floor from the debate in 2011, during which lawmakers sliced out $5.4 billion from the public school finance funds..."

Tom Gauld at the Texas Book Festival?
Yes! Yes! The man himself! Signing! Chatting! Breathing!
DAILY Arts  November 1, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And, actually, we can’t promise that Gauld will be precisely “in the middle of it all.” Perhaps he’ll be off to one side? Maybe near one mildly trafficked corner? But, in any case, there he’ll be, sitting all British and drolly bearded in some chair upon the tree-lined lawn, faintly smiling among copies of his superlative books – books that often skewer, albeit somewhat gently and always with an insider’s precision, world literature and the world of literature and all the odd habits of authors and readers and, oh, what was that phrase we used earlier? The “whole madding literary crowd,” was it? And now we’ve used it again...."

Art of the State
Retiring director Rick Hernandez reflects on three decades with the Texas Commission on the Arts
Arts Story  August 17, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...RH: The promise of that was in the Texas Cultural Endowment Fund, which was never realized in the way it was supposed to be. The endowment is still there..."

The LuvDoc's Celebrity Corner
The LuvDoc chats with Marcus G. Ollington, rock star cartographer
DAILY Chronolog  August 8, 2012, by The Luv Doc
"...Marcus:  Bitches is apropos. So, I made myself a promise, "If I don't get the 6 month increase, I'm fucking quitting" I made that promise knowing full well I would not have to keep it because everyone got the 6 month increase...."

'The Next New Thing'
Author Larry Cuban on the history of reform in Austin schools
News Story  August 6, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...At first glance, the Promise Neighborhoods initiative looks like a great way to fix what has ailed Austin schools and to give AISD students a better chance at a worthwhile education. Then again, that's what the Office of High School Redesign was supposed to achieve when it opened in 2005..."

CNN Obama-Clinton Debate: The full transcript
Word for word, the whole shebang
DAILY News  February 21, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"... They go to die in Washington because too many politicians are interested in scoring political points rather than bridging differences in order to get things done. And so the central premise of this campaign is that we can bring this country together, that we can push against the special interests that have come to dominate the agenda in Washington, that we can be straight with the American people about how we're going to solve these problems and enlist them in taking back their government. You know, Senator Clinton mentioned Barbara Jordan, somebody who was an inspiration to me and so many people throughout the country. And she said that what the American people want is very simple: They want an America that is as good as its promise. OBAMA: I'm running for president because I want to help America be as good as its promise. Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) BROWN: All right, Senator Obama, thank you, and let's begin with questions. Jorge Ramos? RAMOS: Thank you very much (SPEAKING IN SPANISH). Thank you so much for being with us, and let me start with a little news..."

State of the City Address
As delivered by Mayor Lee Leffingwell today
DAILY News  February 2, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Most significantly, there were no cuts to police, fire, or EMS services – which I promised there would not be. While our budget did include an increase in our tax rate and some utility charges, we still have the lowest municipal tax rate of any large Texas city..."

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Tommy Lee Jones has made a modern Western in the culturally askew tradition of Peckinpah, Huston, and Boetticher. Don't let the near-impossible-to-remember title keep you away from this singular and slightly surreal scorcher.
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Film Review  February 24, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Pete, however, is an SOB with a code of ethics, which is part of what connects him to that lineage of the great, twisted Western directors of yore. The movie is an account of Pete’s promise to his friend – a Mexican cowboy named Melquiades Estrada, who works for Pete at his ranch – to bury him back in his native soil of Mexico in the event of his death in America..."

Where the Money Went
Report targets Texas Enterprise Fund and other incentive programs
DAILY News  February 3, 2016, by Amy Kamp
"...On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Workers Defense Project, in collaboration with the LBJ School’s Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, published “The Failed Promise of the Texas Miracle,” a report looking at “tax subsidy programs and other economic incentives utilized at the state and local level to spur economic development and job growth in Texas.”..."

On the Lege
Lawmakers accomplish what they failed to do so many times – approve a new education funding package that doesn't look half bad on paper
News Column  May 19, 2006, by Amy Smith
"...Scott Hochberg, D-Houston, said. "We have not changed anything in that regard, except to take the promise of a long-term funding source and dedicate it to tax relief in a way that prevents it from being used for schools."..."

The Med School Solution
A medical school, a teaching hospital, and a new health care system?
News Story  September 14, 2012, by Mike Kanin
"...The success of the medical school as a community project will to a degree depend on whether residents of Dove Springs (and similarly underserved regional communities) finally get their needs addressed. Come November, the citizens of Travis County will be asked for a massive down payment on that promise...."

Meet the New Neighbors
A fugitive sect of Mormon polygamists is building a home – and an end-time temple – in the West Texas town of Eldorado
News Story  July 29, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...As Krakauer wrote in 2003, Mormon founder Smith and his immediate successor Brigham Young preached that "certain grievous acts committed against Mormons ... could be rectified only if the 'sinners have their blood spilt upon the ground.'" In the modern era of the Jeffs-controlled FLDS, that doctrine has morphed into a "blood oath" – the promise that Jeffs' followers are willing to kill for him..."

The Lone Ranger
The legend of Jerry Lynn Williams
Music Story  January 27, 2006, by Bill Bentley
"...In the Sixties he'd been a member of High Country, which released an album on Atlantic, and upon going solo shortly thereafter, he found a guardian angel in producer David Briggs (soon to find fame working with Neil Young) and his Spindizzy imprint on CBS. The first LP came and went fairly fast, and while there were plenty of deep emotions and blazing style on it, the public never connected with either, no matter that label head Clive Davis had personally promised the singer that CBS would do whatever it took to break the album..."

Page Two: Roger Ebert Added a Star to His The Whole Shootin' Match Rating
Last Night at the Alamo restoration revives Eagle Pennell's early promise for posterity
Columns  March 10, 2016, by Louis Black
"...After this bar closes, the gang will find a new bar to hang out in. Here, the picture ripples at the seams with mundane detail, all aware of the always promise of unearthly magic that the most unhappy dive bar offers..."

Texas Sends Final Notice to Kick Planned Parenthood Out of Medicaid
Planned Parenthood says: We'll see you in court
DAILY News  December 20, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Texas officials have followed through with their months-long promise to boot Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid...."

How Texas Is Texas Wine?
What “Truth in Labeling” means for Texas winemakers and vineyards
Food Story  April 27, 2017, by Veronica Meewes
"..."I have been discouraging friends and neighbors from planting big acres in the last couple years because I can't promise them they could sell the fruit," he says. "There really is no limit to what we could plant..."

Breaking the Chains
Slavery may be illegal, but it's not eradicated
News Story  June 18, 2015, by Lizzie Jespersen
"...Stephen F. Austin's father, Moses Austin, was among the first who planned* to immigrate to what is now Texas, lured by the land grants promised by the Spanish* government to encourage settlement..."

Texas Book Festival 2014: The Full Party List
Among the 275 authors: Oates, Ellroy, Mosley, Lear, Dean
DAILY Books  September 11, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...If you thought it was difficult before deciding who to see at any given hour during the two-day event – Oct. 25-26 this year – the choices promise to be agonizing now...."

Point Austin: The Dietz Decision
Will Texas fulfill its constitutional promise?
News Column  September 4, 2014, by Michael King


West, Ammonium Nitrate, And the Myopia of Terrorism
House hearing shows emphasis on public safety, not health and safety
DAILY News  May 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"..."You're referring to the Oklahoma Bombing?" said Flynn, living up to Pickett's promise to stamp out jargon. Unfortunately, he missed McCraw glossing over the history of global terror...."

Rosey Times for the Texecutioners
Texas/Portland recap before this weekend's Texas Rollergirls bout
DAILY Sports  June 1, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Sinnerfold continued to be one of the season's most improved (or maybe she was always this good, and never got a chance to shine), and Chasing Amy (who impressed me in her rec league days) thrived under pressure. The pack holds promise too, with Vargas Grrl showing her pack general skills, and newcomer Action Jackson coming on like a next generation Crackerjack...."

As the Season Rots Away
Fair-weather fans flee the rotting burnt-orange corpse
DAILY Sports  November 11, 2010, by Joe O'Connell
"...Once full of promise, the Horns are festering. Coach Mack Brown comes right out and gives his team and coaches an F..."

Texas Baseball Flashes Sideways
Surprising similarities between 'Lost' and UT baseball
DAILY Sports  June 8, 2010, by Will Eidam
"...As a devoted Lost nerd, I will try to be as minimally dorky as possible while I explain this device so that all of you who didn’t watch the greatest drama on network television ever can follow along. A Lost history lesson and Texas baseball commentary (I promise) after the jump …..."

The Insiders at Introgen
As Texas looks for a new economic boost, the decision-makers like to have a piece of the action
News Story  March 5, 2004, by Lucius Lomax
"...Perry, in a much-criticized move, solicited and received tens of thousands of dollars from major companies in the state for his Texas One Round Table, a business promotion fund with still poorly described functions. Introgen gave $50,000 to the governor's fund, with a promise of $100,000 more...."

The Hottest Race in Texas
The David Fisher-Todd Staples Senate Contest in East Texas Will Decide the Fate of the State Senate -- and the U.S. House
News Story  October 27, 2000, by Michael King
"...Newton apparently thinks he is running not against Ralph Hall but against the late African dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, since he proposed nothing but the abolition of all foreign aid "to countries that don't support our interests" like Zaire. Later he promised to return "Reagan [his new infant daughter], Bush, and Cheney" to Washington..."

Call in the Rangers
A Memo to the Governor:
News Story  July 26, 1996, by Robert Bryce
"...So on August 17, 1931, Ross Sterling made good on his earlier promise, declared martial law, and dispatched 900 National Guard troops and 11 Texas Rangers into East Texas, and all pumping was halted for several weeks until effective limits could be enforced...."

Texas Book Festival 2017:
Writers and Their Dogs

Oh yes, there were pictures, and loads of love for canines
DAILY Arts  November 5, 2017, by Melany Jean
"...The panel “Writers and Their Dogs: There Will Be Pictures” put this to a test, staging just such a conversation before an audience. True to the titular promise, there were pictures...."

Austin, Texas Cities Promise Legal Fight Against SB 4
City Council to vote on SB 4 lawsuit resolution Thursday
DAILY News  May 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...San Antonio City Council Member Rey Saldaña and Houston Council Member Robert Gallegos pledged their support for potential litigation against SB 4, while Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chair Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, promised to stand with the immigrant community over the summer to ensure the courts rule on the right side of justice..."

Playback: David Yow Meets the Jazzus Lizard
David Yow fronts the Jazzus Lizard, Cherubs knock off 22 years of rust, Preston Hubbard dies, and Blind Lemon Jefferson gets kicked off Texas license plates
Music Column  August 25, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Saturday at midnight, a line spewed outside Beerland. Some in the queue, attracted by the promise of a "special guest" headliner, had no clue what awaited them..."

Alamo South Pulls Out All the Stops For Closing Bash
Cramming everything you love about the Drafthouse into one night
DAILY Screens  December 19, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Announced today were 11 special events, with a promise of more programming to come. Cult fave Don Coscarelli will be in attendance to screen his most recent film, John Dies at the End..."

Point Austin: The Quality of Mercy
If you're looking for compassion, you've come to the wrong place
News Column  July 22, 2011, by Michael King
"..."Now we're no longer surprised." Weeks said that the purpose of the organizing going forward is to "make education the number one issue" for the next election cycle. The group is nonpartisan, he said, and its members will support those candidates of any party who promise to support public schools...."

To the Nines
Previewing the 2009 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards
Screens Story  March 6, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...All this makes for great stargazing on our city streets, but what the evening really does has a much deeper effect on our community and state. The Austin Film Society stays true to its promise to promote the appreciation of film and support filmmaking through screenings, premieres, grants, programs, and other efforts to broaden the experience of film-watching..."

On the Lege
For the Senate Democrats, Labor Day was just another day (not) at the office.
News Column  September 5, 2003, by Michael King
"...Meanwhile, Dewhurst acknowledged that during the recent tropical storm Erika, Senate Sergeant at Arms Carleton Turner and his staff had staked out the homes of some South Texas Democrats -- without apprehending any AWOL senators. So unless the federal judges see fit to grant a temporary restraining order while they consider the case -- a request renewed by the Democrats' attorneys after Perry refused to promise advance warning of a session call -- it appears the Texas 11 minus one will not be able to rest easy in the meantime..."

Adiós! Don't Let the Door ...
A Quick Roundup of the Best and the Worst of the 78th Lege
News Story  June 6, 2003
"...John Smithee, R-Amarillo, returned from his daughter's graduation to find that some still-unidentified vandals had mysteriously removed a provision controlling unjustified "management fees" charged by big players like Farmers Insurance. Smithee said he would scuttle the bill -- until he received a promise from Gov..."

Room at the Top?
Part I of the Chronicle's preview of the Nov. 5 general election
News Story  October 11, 2002, by Michael King
"...As of this week, Sanchez ($54 million) and Perry ($15 million) have already broken all records for spending in a Texas campaign. Be warned: If you watch baseball or football, TNT or tiddlywinks, Sanchez and Perry, Ron Kirk and John Cornyn, David Dewhurst and John Sharp, and all the rest will look you straight in the eye, applaud your down-home values, and promise to fix all the state's problems without spending another dime...."

Turn Out the Lights ...
The Lege Has Barely Begun, and the Official Accountants Say We're Broke
News Column  February 23, 2001, by Michael King
"...He was promising to introduce -- as he has done before, without appreciable success -- a state income tax bill. Asked about Maxey's promise, a senatorial colleague shook his head..."

If You Can't Stand the Heat ...
Republican Jill Warren is behind in the polls and going negative on her Democratic opponent Ann Kitchen, in the race for House District 48 in Travis County.
News Story  October 13, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"..."More than half the AISD kids are eligible for free lunch programs," Kitchen points out. Both she and Warren promise to fight to keep every dollar possible in Austin, and agree that the "Robin Hood" plan was never intended to penalize districts in Austin's situation..."

Texas Platters
The Scabs
Music Story  July 29, 1999
"...When Bruce Iglauer formed Alligator Records in 1971, he promised "Genuine Houserockin' Music," and immediately made good on that promise with some Hound Dog Taylor albums that truly rattled the walls. More recently, Alligator's been a bit uneven, putting out releases as likely to whimper in the corner as rattle the walls, but with Lone Star Shootout -- an album Iglauer calls one of his best releases in years -- the Chicago-based indie is again on the road to some serious structural damage..."

Get Out the Bootstraps
Cause Texas Ain't Takin' Care of You No More
News Story  June 13, 1997, by Audrey Duff
"...Another motive the DHS has for convincing clients to smell the coffee is that the change of AFDC from an entitlement to a block grant to the states now puts the burden on Texas to get welfare recipients to work, or the state will suffer the loss of federal funds, further worsening the problem. With the welfare-to-work mantra in mind, to receive AFDC in Texas, lawmakers made it mandatory that clients sign a "personal responsibility agreement" that, in addition to promises not to use or sell drugs, and to take the children to the doctor, includes a pledge to participate in the JOBS (Job Opportunities and Business Skills) program administered by the Texas Workforce Commission..."

The Fight of His Life
Are Ronney Reynolds' Mayoral Hopes on the Ropes?
News Story  December 6, 1996, by Alex de Marban
"...For years, a prevailing opinion has been that Austin politics is less than the sum of its parts, that spatting among the city's various factions has undermined efficient and productive governance. So when some of Austin's most respected environmentalists like the matriarchal duo of Mary Arnold, vice-chair of the Save Our Springs Alliance and Shudde Fath, Electric Utility Commissioner stood on the bandstand with the likes of Joe Duncan and Jay Hailey, former presidents of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA), the development community's most powerful political organ, it did more than authenticate Watson's promise of a symbiotic future..."

Lege Lines: Straus vs. the Extremists
Railroad Commission spat highlights the divide between right-wingers and House leadership
News Story  April 6, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Schaefer, Tinderholt, and Stickland – along with Reps. Matt Krause and Kyle Biedermann – joined forces at the start of the year and formed the Texas Freedom Cau­cus, an ultra-conservative group that promises to take the Republican Party platform "seriously." And injecting anti-LGBTQ amendments into unrelated bills is clearly a part of that GOP strategy – albeit an unsuccessful one...."

Page Two: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Watching the Tide Roll Away
The Chronicle at 35
Columns  September 1, 2016, by Louis Black
"..."The track unfurls with the promise of destinations ahead. The whistle and horn blow with the resonance of times passed..."

Point Austin: "We the People"
The meaning of the anniversaries of the Civil Rights Struggle
News Column  March 12, 2015, by Michael King
"...After introducing SB 990 last week, Ellis wrote: "We must honor and fulfill the sacrifice of the men and women of our past, those who paved the way for generations to live the promise of this state and nation. Steps backward dishonor their memory and ignore the blood and tears shed in the pursuit of liberty." But Ellis acknowledged that passing even this limited bill, in this Legislature, will be an "uphill battle."..."

Keeping the Faith
Women lawmakers endure – and defy – the anti-choice wrath of the Catholic Church
News Story  April 6, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bishops, has since 2009 placed reproductive choice – no matter the context – at the top of its list of issues to oppose. In fact, Hutchinson says, the bishops were willing to oppose national health care reform – with its promise to provide millions of people with access to affordable health care – precisely because of the "small possibility" that access to legal abortion "wouldn't be restrictive enough." Rather than "falling back on the social justice issues," socioeconomic or otherwise, for which the church has traditionally advocated, the church has instead ratcheted up its rhetoric against any form of birth control...."

Show Them the Need
The great GOP wave breaks on the realities of the actual cost of government
News Story  June 10, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...He said: "It's easy to say, 'Cut government spending; cut the waste; cut the fat.' Show me where it is." His advice to his fellow freshmen was simple: Teach their constituents about the realities of need and cost in Texas. He warned, "I promise you they don't know what gets spent in our Texas Legislature or how it gets spent."..."

The Daily Hustle: 5/21/10
Live wires and Leffingwell at the legislature
DAILY News  May 21, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...Leffingwell and interim Austin Energy head Robert Goode appeared before the Senate's Committee on Business and Commerce this week, and the topic at hand was AE's recently adopted energy generation, mix and climate protection plan. According to an excellent write-up of the proceedings at In Fact Daily, chair Troy Fraser "mostly made good on his promise to keep the hearing from turning into an 'Austin bashing.'" That, it appears, was left to the indefatigable conservative action group Austinites for Action, there to testify against the council-approved measure...."

Football by the (Negative) Numbers
Welcome to the real athletics budget
News Story  April 2, 2010, by the News Staff
"...We have since learned that we were mistaken. We apologize for any inconvenience and promise to never, ever, ever, make similar mistakes again – at least until April 1, 2011...."

Back to the Trenches
AMD tightens its hold on Lantana – and the enviro opposition digs in
News Story  December 16, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...One e-mail writer from Circle C reminded Mayor Wynn of a promise he made to the homeowners' association early this year – to help deliver a "first-rate employer to our doorstep." But Wynn says he didn't mean an employer the size of AMD. "I frequently tell people that I want to see quality employers in Southwest Austin," he said..."

The LCRA Moves to Turn on the Tap
Future of Hill Country waits on Authority's decisions on water plan
News Story  December 3, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...It was Johnson who urged his friend Wirtz and the LCRA to begin capitalizing on the electricity generated at the dams. The idea fit neatly into Johnson's campaign bid for Buchanan's congressional seat, and he ran on a promise of bringing electricity to rural areas throughout the Hill Country..."

The Road to Rail
Can light rail in Austin work well with Smart Growth?
News Story  July 21, 2000, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...So much for planning for a land-use future that would make the light rail investment worth making. Do we then tie developers to the tracks, through regulation, or glue them there with incentives, to fulfill these plans promise? Maturing light rail cities have gotten land-use and redevelopment impact through some, or a lot, of public sweetening..."

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