Sam's Town Point
"...UPDATED: Conservative Attorney General Ken Paxton swiftly filed and was granted a temporary emergency stay by the Texas Supreme Court to halt gay marriages in Travis County after this morning’s historic order that allowed a long-time lesbian couple to wed...."
"...Clearly, Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett's fears that Travis County might get split four ways in congressional redistricting are not paranoia: A map of proposed state Senate redistricting released this afternoon does exactly that, threatening Austin Sen. Kirk Watson and pairing some Austinites with cities as distant as Abilene and Laredo...."
"...Despite a "compromise" proposal by Saxet Gun Show ownership to encourage background checks by private sellers at future shows, Travis County Commissioners Court took no action today to extend the lease of the Travis County Exposition Center for future Saxet shows. Barring further action or negotiation, next weekend's show will be the last...."
"...General Services Administration, but the U.S. government's (technically, the National Park Service) disused 1936 courthouse just happened to match the pressing needs of the Travis County justice system..."
"...Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said the county needs more workers for the election on Nov. 2 – about 100..."
"...In-person visits returned to the Travis County Correctional Complex on Tuesday, marking the first time since 2013 that inmates have been able to communicate on-site with their loved ones face-to-face through Plexiglas panes – and not video conference terminals installed by a for-profit company...."
"...Travis County needs more help with Tuesday's run-off elections. And it pays! Press release below:..."
"...This just in from Travis County Elections: Election Poll Clerks and Election Night Workers Needed Austin – Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir today put out a final call for Election Day polling place clerks and election night workers. “The election process relies on the active participation of our citizenry,” DeBeauvoir said today..."
"...Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Travis County millennials, according to new statistics released by Austin Public Health's Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit. The mortality data report, published last week, studied county mortality counts from 2010 through 2014 and found that more residents between the ages of 15 and 34 died by suicide than any other age group..."
"...You wouldn't think this would be the case given the pathetic turnout thus far (over six days of early voting, barely over 1% of Travis County registered voters have cast ballots), but the county clerk insists she needs many more workers on Primary Election Day (Tuesday, March 2). Early voting continues through Feb..."
"...For what it's worth, the Travis County Libertarian Party has nominated 12 people for the November ballot. So if the Dems and Republicans aren't doing it for you, here is one of the main alternatives..."
"...Early voting in Travis County remains strong, but down from 2008. But first, an important message for all Texas voters: If someone tells you that you need photo ID to vote, tell them they're wrong..."
"...The recount in House District 48 has begun today. The Travis County Elections Division will be examining the ballots that gave Rep..."
"...Early voting turnout isn't just high; it's so high that the Travis County Elections Division has opened a major new mobile early voting location in North-Central Austin, the epicenter of local electoral excitement...."
"...The Travis County Sheriff’s Office is reeling this morning as it begins to investigate the events that led to the shooting death of one of its own deputies. Sergeant Craig Hutchinson was found dead in his Round Rock backyard Monday morning after requesting backup from his own colleagues...."
"...Travis County Republican Chairman Robert Morrow plans to protest Donald Trump, while the GOP presidential candidate visits Austin on Tuesday, Aug. 23...."
"...At 7pm, the Elections Division of the Travis County Clerk's Office issued the early voting numbers for the general and special elections. Results after the jump...."
"...The Travis County Clerk has announced that voting hours in today's primary election will be extended until 9 tonight due to the bad weather late start this morning. However, those voters who arrive at the polling location after 7 will be filling provisional ballots according to state law..."
"...Just after noon today, Travis County Commissioners Court could not agree on what to do about background checks at future Saxet Gun Shows – so for the moment, they've done nothing. Competing motions either to add background checks or to maintain the current contract each failed for lack of a second – the contract, and issue, was left pending...."
"...According to the Travis County Clerk's Office, of the 238,071 early voters in the county, some 60% favored Barack Obama over challenger Mitt Romney in the general election...."
"...Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez published her long-awaited policy concerning how her office will work with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Friday..."
"...But why is Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, using it to get the Public Integrity Unit transferred out of the Travis County Attorney's office over to the Attorney General?..."
"...2 preservation land acquisition). This year's county bond election could turn out to be a milder, sleepier throwback to those pre-conciliatory days -- and then again, it might not..."
"...Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez released her policy regarding the county's compliance with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday, and hoo-boy, is Texas' Gov..."
"...It's been 143 years since Travis County elected a Republican into this office. Odds are, with or without our endorsement, history won't change in this election..."
"...Travis County Commissioners will reportedly discuss in executive session tomorrow (Tuesday) whether to purchase a plot of Downtown Austin land for the development of a new civil courthouse...."
"...And the county will be holding an Elections Open House to recruit them on Oct. 3..."
"...On Tuesday, during a voting session at Commissioners Court, County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced that #StrongerTogether, the crowdsourcing campaign started by state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, has raised nearly $136,000 since launching in February..."
"...In the wake of Speaker Joe Straus declaring he will not run for re-election for the Texas House, another unexpected exit from the 2018 election cycle: Rick Cofer, the sole declared candidate to become the next chair of the Travis County Democratic Party, is withdrawing from the race...."
"...The majority of the roughly 2,500 inmates in Travis County are eligible to vote, but many aren't aware of that right. A new initiative, introduced Monday morning by Tax Assessor-Collector/Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant and Sheriff Sally Hernandez, is planning to fix that..."
"...Biggest vote winners in Travis County? Dem: Sanders, 64,143. GOP: Melissa Goodwin, 3rd Court of Appeals, 45,677..."
"...It's been a rough year for the TCME and Lari Burson isn't the only person questioning the quality of the agency's work. An outside audit last summer prompted by the county's goal to secure accreditation by the National Association of Medical Examiners described an office that is underfunded and understaffed (forcing the office's pathologists to perform in excess of 500 autopsies each year, far exceeding NAME's standard of a 350-autopsy maximum), is in desperate need of equipment and technology upgrades, and that operates without a stringent set of policies and procedures..."
"...west of the village at Bee Cave. "The county closed this road to through traffic at the request of landowners back in the early Nineties," Muse said..."
"...One evening last September, an employee at the local organization Grassroots Leadership was scanning through Travis County's proposed budget when she stumbled upon plans for a new $91 million women's jail on the county's Del Valle correctional campus. She spread the word to her co-workers, who were blindsided by the news..."
"...The most strongly contested Travis County campaign is likely to be the race for Precinct 3 Commissioner, where Republican incumbent Gerald Daugherty is being challenged by Democrat David Holmes, a mediator and crisis communications consultant who has also worked in the Legislature. Precinct 3 has shifted back and forth between Democrats and Republicans in recent elections – Daugherty, first elected in 2002, lost in 2008 to Democrat Karen Huber, but was reelected to his Commissioners Court seat in 2012..."
"...“We’ve fought for this for so long. It still feels surreal,” Bier told the Chronicle while awaiting her license at the Travis County Clerk’s office..."
"...When the Travis County commissioners narrowly voted Sept. 1 to terminate two long-tenured and high-ranking employees, the official explanation was that the two women simply could not get along, and their feud was taking an unacceptable toll on county operations and employees...."
"...You would never confuse Southwest Travis County with Austin at least not yet. The smell on the air is not exhaust fumes but cut grass..."
"...Austinites won't be headed to the polls May 10, but Travis County voters outside of Austin will have some ballot choices to consider...."
"...Travis County budget officers on Monday rolled out a bare-bones, yet balanced, preliminary budget for 2010, the first step toward preparing for bigger financial challenges in 2011 – thanks in large measure to a projected $1 billion tumble in new property value, a reflection of hard times in a construction industry that had spent the last several years turning dirt at a frenetic pace...."
"...General Services Administration, but the U.S. government's (technically, the National Park Service's) disused 1936 courthouse just happened to match the pressing needs of the Travis County justice system..."
"...Until recently, Bayardo says, county officials have rarely even visited the office. County Judge Sam Biscoe concedes that he hasn't spent much time at the TCME but says that's because the commissioners believed they could rely on Bayardo to come to them with important information and for personnel and other budgetary requests, but he rarely has..."
"...Donna Howard. As much as the news represents a victory for the incumbent, it also vindicates how the Travis County Elections Division ran the election...."
"...What a difference an election cycle makes. Four years ago, a wave of anti-toll-road sentiment helped fuel Sarah Eckhardt's drive to unseat three-term incumbent Karen Sonleitner in a bruising primary battle, after which Eckhardt went on to claim the Precinct 2 seat on the Travis County Commissioners Court...."
"...Crafting a county budget in tough times is a long, difficult, and not terribly exciting process, but somebody's got to do it. Travis County commissioners are in the initial stages of balancing the 2011 books and will take their first formal gander at a preliminary budget July 26, followed by a staff briefing July 27 covering the document's finer details...."
"...Austin and Travis County have themselves a new medical director. On Friday, City Manager Marc Ott announced the hiring of Dr..."
"...Last Tuesday at the Travis County Commissioners Court, Stanley spoke in support of Precinct 1 Commissioner Ron Davis. He laid out one last minor suggestion in what has been a protracted redistricting squabble among Travis' four geographically elected representatives, setting off a minor tempest that briefly opened a window into the role of consultants in the redistricting process...."
"...Travis County voters may vote at any early-voting location. On election day, voters must vote in their precinct...."
"...Travis County voters may vote at any early-voting location. On election day, voters must vote in their precinct..."
"...On Wednesday evening, in a dramatic rebuff to the city of Austin, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted against allowing the city to build Water Treatment Plant No. 4, on the Cortaña tract in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve..."