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Campaign eyebrows were briefly raised in District 1 when a photo of four guys spelling "ANDY" was posted on Ora Houston's campaign Facebook page next to a New York Times story on racism. The surmise was a subtle dig at opponent Andrew Bucknall; turned out the photo (deleted now) was inadvertently cyber-plucked from a story about tennis player Andy Roddick... A stealth group calling itself "Coalition for a Thriving City" was doing robo-polls this week, asking voters about their choices for D1 candidates (and urban rail) – alas, the call was being received in Dis­trict 4... In D2, candidate Mike Owen is apparently not only a late filer, but a dubious one; the Austin Bulldog reports that Owen has not only never voted in Travis County, he's never bothered to register... Mayoral candidate Randall Stephens calls himself a "Blue Dog Democrat," but according to the Bulldog, he's voted more often in GOP primaries... D3 candidate Susana Almanza has evoked another oppo complaint with the city, this time that she's serving on the Govalle/Johnston Terrace Neigh­bor­hood Plan Con­tact Team, though she doesn't live in the neighborhood, and simultaneously chairs the Montopolis NPCT... In D4, Laura Pressley regularly issues press releases taking personal credit for City Coun­cil and other official policy changes (e.g., reducing fee waivers for the medical school, adjusted AISD bus routes); she hasn't yet announced her role in Austin's recent rains... D5's Jason Denny is calling for "immediate legalization" of Transportation Net­working Com­panies (i.e., private vehicles-for-hire), saying "TNCs are here to stay" – although he doesn't say why they should be rewarded for already operating illegally... D6 candidate Mackenzie Kelly is apparently the latest victim of notorious racist and wannabe pick-up artist Romeo Rose: She's contacted APD alleging that Rose refuses to stop harassing her. It's unclear what led up to this – there are pictures of the two in public, though Kelly says they never actually dated – but Rose never seems to need a reason for his, as Kelly puts it, "grotesque" behavior... On a lighter note, D6's Matt Stillwell announced on his Facebook page that he was "down 30 pounds and yesterday cracked 170 for the first time since high school." The Chronicle has also learned that D6 candidate Pete Phillips Jr. is a volleyball fan. Pete, if you're reading this, you have a standing invite to join us on the Chronicle's volleyball court for a friendly game... D8 candidate Ellen Trox­clair is accusing Council of "sending everyone home" before "deliberatively [sic] passing" the resolution regarding long-term Austin Energy renewable energy goals; Council certainly stumbled, but Troxclair's version of the episode is "deliberatively" misleading... Yet another, exhaustive phone poll was asking Prop. 1-related questions, after first asking opinions of the Koch brothers, Gerald Daugherty, the Chamber of Commerce, anti-rail Jim Skaggs, Austin Sierra Club, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, the Tea Party, and Austin Community College. Then followed 10 potential arguments for rail. Two were about Prop. 1 making Austin more affordable, one was about "this is ONLY the first leg, and Lamar is on the list."

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