League of Women Voters
"...During the second day of hearings to challenge a state health department rule that would force women to bury or cremate their fetal and embryonic remains after an abortion, miscarriage, or ectopic pregnancy (regardless of gestation period), the court heard from state witnesses, who often failed to ensure their ability and capacity to handle the new rule...."
"...For Fran Hagerty, CEO of the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, which earlier this year won the right to grant millions in federal family planning funding, there have been both good and not so good consequences of winning access to those Title X funds – funds that had previously been granted directly to the state for allocation...."
"...My grand experiment: Watch/listen to every game this season as the Texas State Bobcats embarked on FBS (Big-Time Football!) in an expanded stadium with new/old coach Dennis Franchione in a dying Western Athletic Conference. Do you want the good news or the bad news?..."
"...The Texas Attorney General and his anti-LGBTQ legal team have mounted an aggressive, taxpayer-funded effort to allow schools to discriminate against transgender youth. In May, AG Ken Paxton, citing a threat to student safety and privacy, filed suit on behalf of 13 states to block guidelines issued by the Obama administration that encourage school districts to let transgender students use the restroom or locker facility that aligns with their gender identity..."
"...This morning, Governor Greg Abbott announced the state will end Medicaid enrollment for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers...."
"...Against the wishes of dozens of family members of the intellectually and physically disabled, the Texas Senate passed legislation that would allow for the closure of the Austin State Supported Living Center yesterday, April 13...."
"...A federal court in Waco Friday denied the state an injunction that would allow it to receive Medicaid dollars to fund the healthcare providers it believes should be a part of the Women's Health Program, and to deny funds to Planned Parenthood if it so chooses...."
"...Want to get fired as a football coach? Play Texas State...."
"...Gov. Rick Perry got plaudits yesterday for asking legislators to fast-track reform of the state school system (it's a misnomer: It's actually the residential facilities for people with developmental disabilities run by the Department of Aging and Disability Services.)..."
"...If pregnant teenagers in Texas are hoping to get the facts about their abortion rights from the state, they’re out of luck. A new version of the little-known pamphlet “So, You’re Pregnant, Now What?” is rife with factual errors, inflammatory language, and anti-abortion bias...."
"...Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s State of the County address last Thursday evening may well have been called a State of the County Within the State...."
"...The old Texas legislative sport of picking on the capital city. Such a production can vary: lawmakers giving city staff a tough time in committee hearings; aggressive legislative intervention in local affairs; resting the state school finance system on the backs of Austin's property owners..."
"...Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Joe Straus sent a message to all state agencies: Expect to see your funding cut by 4% in the upcoming biennium, and prepare your draft budgets accordingly...."
"...State Constitutional Amendment Results..."
"...All hail Texas’ two-game winning-streak, but let’s not get carried away. The Longhorns put up 31 points in a nerve-wracking 31-30 victory at Iowa State Thursday night, scoring absolutely zero points on style...."
"...No, it's not a dream, not a hoax, not some parallel dimension. A Texas Republican is not only spending money on new infrastructure investment, but he's suggesting that the state use the Rainy Day Fund to pay for it..."
"...Texas State has officially joined the ranks of the “pesky.”..."
"...The stadium has been expanded to 30,000 seats. The Texas State Bobcats will compete at the Football Bowl Subdivision for the first time this Saturday, putting them at a semi-even playing field with those big shots at the University of Texas...."
"...Mayor Lee Leffingwell delivered his State of the City Address before the Real Estate Council of Austin today. Reprinted below is the full text...."
"...Recently, I immersed in a few coffeetable books covering subjects relating to my home state, Florida. In the intro of the review, I said, "In the post-Postmodern re-embrace of Modernism, few rearview mirrors serve as well as Florida..."
"...A less personally absorbed sensibility might have defused some of the film’s narcissistic tone and brightened some of the script. As a story about the first heartbreak of a 20-year-old actor who is at the start of his career in New York City, The Hottest State is destined to a certain degree of self-absorption by the very nature of its subject matter..."
"...Love him or hate him, Tony Scott only steals from the best. Enemy of the State is littered with echoes of previous thrillers -- everything from The Conversation to The Parallax View and from The In-Laws to Scott's own True Romance..."
"...A government watchdog is taking aim at an anti-choice group that won millions from state coffers...."
"...A federal hearing challenging a proposed state health department rule that would force women to bury or cremate their fetal and embryonic remains after an abortion, miscarriage, or ectopic pregnancy (regardless of gestation period) began in U.S. Judge Sam Sparks’ downtown courtroom on Tuesday, Jan..."
"...Despite thousands of objections from the medical community and pro-choice advocates, the Texas Department of State Health Services this week finalized an error-riddled booklet required for abortion-seeking women...."
"...Just three days after state officials cavalierly announced they would cut off Planned Parenthood from Medicaid enrollment, representatives of the inspector general’s office at the Health and Human Services Commission stormed affiliate clinics in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Brownsville unannounced, demanding thousands of documents...."
"...In the fourth day of trial in the suit to block sections of Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2, the state continued to offer witness testimony in U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel’s Austin federal courtroom on Thursday that has been aided and edited by national anti-abortion figure, Dr..."
"...The big prize has Texas State salivating. There have been wins this season – six in all..."
"...The Longhorns played No. 6 Kansas State tough on the road, leading 17-14 in the third quarter, thanks to the play of QB Case McCoy and speed around the edges..."
"...Just ask the Texas State Bobcats. For much of the past 30 years they’ve been a footnote at best in what should be expected to be home television markets in Austin and San Antonio..."
"...This film has attitude problems, too, chief among them being a penchant for over-the-top action set-pieces that come so fast and so furious that it’s a wonder you don’t have whiplash by film’s end. Normally I’d say that’s a good thing, but XXX: State of the Union just doesn’t know when to kick things down a notch, and so you exit the theatre suspecting you’ve just watched one of the slyest action parodies in ages..."
"...Starring: Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm, Jean Smart and Method Man. "I am thinking it’s a sign that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images, and when we kiss they’re perfectly aligned." That snippet of lyricism from indie-pop heartbreakers the Postal Service is quoted to enormous emotional effect in a tender acoustic cover version by Iron and Wine in Zach Braff’s debut feature, Garden State, a zealously dreamy tale of love, loss, and ecstasy among twentysomething misfits in the brackish wilds of modern New Jersey..."
"...On stage, Chris Rock is a force to be reckoned with, a shrewd and sharp-tongued stand-up comic with real balls. So why does he come off so castrated in the ineptly made Head of State, a fumbling comedy about a black Washington, D.C., alderman chosen by the Democratic Party as its unlikely candidate for president? There’s only the faintest glimmer of Rock’s talent for piercingly funny humor here, a shortcoming for which the comic can only blame himself, given that he also produced and directed the movie..."
"...In a motion addressed to U.S. Judge Sam Sparks, city attorneys point out that Austin couldn't have possibly violated the law or caused the state harm because ....."
"...Against the backdrop of a looming U.S. Supreme Court decision on Texas' abortion restrictive House Bill 2, the ACLU of Texas sharply accused the state health department of shielding valuable statistics on the state's abortion rates from the public...."
"...San Angelo State Park receives around 20.5 inches of rain in an average year. That's just enough to keep the desert plants alive...."
"...In western North Carolina, about an hour south of Asheville, DuPont State Recreational Forest is an island of public land with majestic waterfalls and 100 miles of multi-use trails. The 10,300-acre nature preserve has a surprising Texas connection...."
"...The Texas Constitution may read more like a particularly dry epic poem than a working governing document, but that didn't stop state voters today from adding nine more amendments to the 90 already listed...."
"...Diane Hyatt was stunned by the memo. She was being terminated from her job with the Texas Water Development Board after six years of employment, allegedly for violating the board’s “ethics policy” related to engaging in political activity while on state time...."
"...Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus have asked all state agencies to find cuts from their current budgets so the state can slice 2.5% from General Revenue and General Revenue-Dedicated appropriations...."
"...He is the near-invisible artist, careful not to draw attention to himself, but nonetheless determined to make movies about social and political issues in which he feels personally invested. Sunshine State may be the best thing that he has done so far -- it's that good..."
"...With a river running through campus and the two booming metropolises of Austin and San Antonio only a stone’s throw away, Texas State University offers students a unique backdrop for their college experience. If starting anew in one of America’s fastest growing cities seems like an intimidating task, these tips have you covered...."
"...Among the state defense witnesses who took the stand on the third day of trial against Texas’ abortion-restricting House Bill 2 were two women with overt objections to abortion and one physician whose testimony in support of abortion regulations was recently discredited by a federal court...."
"...Most of us have at least a small, secret yearning to know what goes on behind the camera -- not the nuts-and-bolts stuff of tracking shots and best boys, of course, but rather, splashy accounts of tawdriness and temptation, bloated egos and professional backbiting. Writer-director David Mamet's State and Main delivers that splash, with the authority of an insider and the smirk of a dissident..."
"...Texas State’s student government voted to impeach Student Body President Connor Clegg on Monday night, bringing to end a whirlwind five-day period at the San Marcos college. Clegg was found guilty of the six articles of impeachment brought against him, and was subsequently voted to be removed from office...."
"...However, we struggle to give the nod to Dukes: While we appreciate her work on the House Appropriations Committee, with rumbling scandals and long-term health issues, we cannot fathom why she filed to run for another term. Now that she has confirmed she will retire at the beginning of the 2017 session, we urge voters to support her one last time so they may select a better replacement in a special election next February. State Board of Education..."
"...Writer/director Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) brings to the screen a fascinating yet little-known episode of American history in Free State of Jones. Nevertheless, this ambitious and well-researched movie often trips over its own feet while translating its knowledge into a dramatic tale, leaving little but Matthew McConaughey’s focused lead performance and Benoît Delhomme’s lovely cinematography to stir viewers’ interests...."
"...Gov. Rick Perry has just delivered his state of the state address to the gathered masses of the House and Senate..."
"...The Austin Independent School District will send over half a billion dollars to the state next year, and by 2019 over half of all non-construction related taxes raised by AISD will go into state coffers. According to the latest projections given to the board on Feb..."
"...The Longhorns returned to Earth this weekend, landing with a thud that reverberated around the Big 12. The Longhorns 38-13 defeat Oklahoma State doubled as the worst home loss in Mack Brown’s sixteen seasons, and served as precisely the kind of loss that could recharge the recently quieted discussion about Coach’s security up top...."