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Senate Redistricting Chops Up Travis County
Austin split four ways in proposed map
DAILY News  May 11, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

UPDATED: Travis County Allows First Texas Gay Marriage
Travis County clerk issues marriage license to gay couple this morning
DAILY News  February 19, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Guns Return to Travis County Agenda {UPDATE}
Saxet contract "left pending" once again
DAILY News  January 21, 2014, by Michael King
"...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...."

Travis County Catches a Judicial Break
Feds transfer vacant courthouse to county for probate court
DAILY News  December 29, 2016, by Michael King
"...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 Needs Poll Workers
Clerk asks for 100 to fill paid positions
DAILY News  October 29, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said the county needs more workers for the election on Nov. 2 – about 100..."

Face-to-Face Visitation Returns to Travis County
Change currently affects certain inmates in Del Valle
DAILY News  April 20, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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 Election Day Workers
Staff needed for Tuesday run-off
DAILY News  April 8, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Travis County needs more help with Tuesday's run-off elections. And it pays! Press release below:..."

New Data on Suicide Counts in Travis County
More millennials commit suicide than any other age group
News Story  January 19, 2017, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...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..."

Travis County Still Needs Election Workers
DAILY News  November 6, 2006, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

Travis County Needs Election Day Workers
County clerks calls for 250 to staff primaries
DAILY News  February 22, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

Libertarians on the November Travis County Ballot
Third party files for 12 offices
DAILY News  March 24, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

Travis County Early Voting Results: Day Seven
Turnout strong and rising before weekend lull
DAILY News  October 29, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Travis County Recount Begins
GOPer Neil targets Dem Howard's 16 vote lead
DAILY News  December 1, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...The recount in House District 48 has begun today. The Travis County Elections Division will be examining the ballots that gave Rep..."

Travis County Voting Boom Means Extra Booths
Elections division meets demand with semi-permanent mobile location
DAILY News  October 31, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Travis County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Shot Dead Monday Morning
Craig Hutchinson shot and killed in his Round Rock backyard
DAILY News  July 25, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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 Morrow to Protest Trump
Morrow plans to carry "Trump is a child rapist" sign
DAILY News  August 22, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Travis County Republican Chairman Robert Morrow plans to protest Donald Trump, while the GOP presidential candidate visits Austin on Tuesday, Aug. 23...."

Travis County Election Early Voting Results
More numbers than you know what to do with
DAILY News  November 4, 2014, by the News Staff
"...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...."

Travis County Voting Hours Extended
Votes after 7 considered provisional
DAILY News  March 4, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...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..."

Guns Hang Fire at Travis County
Motions to amend or approve contract both fail, "left pending"
DAILY News  January 7, 2014, by Michael King
"...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...."

Travis County Early Voters Favored Obama
DAILY News  November 6, 2012, by Monica Riese
"...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 Won't Play Nice With ICE
TCSO on new "policy on cooperation" with federal immigration agency
DAILY News  January 20, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Christian Versus Travis County
GOPer targets ed finance bill to move Public Integrity Unit
DAILY News  June 9, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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?..."

A New Jail for Travis County?
County moves forward with new women's building despite vote to delay and community outcry
News Story  September 6, 2018, by Lindsay Stafford Mader
"...Lauren Johnson knows what it's like to be booked into Travis County Jail and to feel the world spinning as her freedom, her community, and her privacy disappear. She knows what it's like for her pregnant body to ache on a thin jail mattress and to give birth with a guard at her hospital room door..."

From Austin to Travis County -- With $$$$$$
Travis County's upcoming bond election asks mostly urban voters to fund suburban sprawl.
News Story  October 19, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...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..."

ICE's Freezeout in Travis County
Gov. Abbott has threatened to cut off grant funding to the county
News Story  January 26, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Chronicle Endorsements: Travis County
Endorsements for district attorney, county sheriff, judges, constables, and more
News Story  October 20, 2016
"...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..."

New Courthouse for Travis County?
Commissioners to discuss possible downtown land purchase
DAILY News  December 13, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Travis County Needs Election Workers
Go to the Elections Open House if you're interested.
DAILY News  October 1, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...And the county will be holding an Elections Open House to recruit them on Oct. 3..."

Travis County Crowdfunding: Still Stronger
The county has raised $135,000 to offset Gov. Abbott's February stunt
News Story  April 27, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...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..."

Rick Cofer Withdraws From Race for Travis County Democratic Chair
Frontrunner's exit clouds what looked like one-horse race
DAILY News  October 25, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

New Program Aims to Boost Voter Registration at Travis County Jail
Are county inmates aware that they’re eligible to vote?
News Story  February 15, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

Super Tuesday in Travis County
Live coverage of the primary election
DAILY News  March 2, 2016, by the News Staff
"...Biggest vote winners in Travis County? Dem: Sanders, 64,143. GOP: Melissa Goodwin, 3rd Court of Appeals, 45,677..."

CSI: Travis County
Why Is the Medical Examiner's Office so screwed up?
News Story  June 30, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

A New Era for the Travis County Democratic Party
After years of infighting and a tumultuous election in March, the TCDP must now proceed as one
News Story  June 14, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Just after 11pm on the night of this year's primary election, Dyana Limon-Mercado announced to a crowd of advisers and supporters gathered at the South Austin Third Base that local attorney Anne Wynne had just called to concede the race for chairperson of the Travis County Democratic Party...."

Peacock Politics in Western Travis County
Handful of holdout ranchers expected to sell their family spreads in name of what some see as suburban sprawl
News Story  January 26, 2007, by Kimberly Reeves
"...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..."

Travis County
News Story  August 25, 2016, by Michael King and Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Travis County 'Death Spiral'
Facing a personnel dilemma, the commissioners respond: Fire everybody!
News Story  October 2, 2009, by Amy Smith
"...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...."

Pondering Planning in Southwest Travis County
Citizens try to balance development and conservation in sensitive Hill Country land
News Story  January 28, 2005, by Kimberly Reeves
"...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..."

Travis County Plans New Women's Jail
Del Valle's new digs
News Story  January 25, 2018, by Lindsay Stafford Mader
"...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..."

Travis County Celebrates Marriage Equality
Clerk issues 313 marriage licenses by close of business
DAILY News  June 26, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...“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..."

Travis County Holding Steady ... for Now
County braces for bigger economic challenges in 2010
News Story  July 31, 2009, by Amy Smith
"...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...."

Election Info for the Rest of Travis County
News Story  April 25, 2014
"...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 Catches a Judicial Break
Feds transfer vacant courthouse to county for probate court
News Story  January 5, 2017, by Michael King
"...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..."

Travis County ME: Who's on First?
Lots of finger-pointing over who's to blame
News Story  June 30, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

Travis County Commissioner Precinct 2: Toll Roads, Taxes, TYC
With minor opposition, Eckhardt is setting priorities for next term
News Story  October 15, 2010, by Amy Smith
"...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...."

Travis County
Same song, with slight variation of lyrics
News Story  July 23, 2010, by Amy Smith
"...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...."

Victory for Howard, Travis County
Neil concedes defeat in election challenge
News Story  March 25, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

New Medical Director for Austin/Travis County
EMS union expresses enthusiasm for Mark E. Escott hire
News Story  June 16, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Austin and Travis County have themselves a new medical director. On Friday, City Manager Marc Ott announced the hiring of Dr..."

Travis County Border Conflict Smolders On
Commissioners work precinct boundaries with politics in mind
News Story  September 16, 2011, by Mike Kanin
"...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...."

'Chronicle' Endorsements, Travis County Early Voting
Democratic Primary Run-offs
News Story  March 28, 2008
"...Travis County voters may vote at any early-voting location. On election day, voters must vote in their precinct...."

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