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10-1 election news round-up
The Chronicle spotted several candidates at last weekend's Pride parade, including but not limited to D9's Chris Riley – who rode his bike in the parade, unsurprisingly – and mayoral candidate Mike Martinez, who, along with his wife, was in a rainbow-flag version of his usual campaign tee. Sheryl Cole, working hard to live up to her title as Best-Dressed City Council Member, wore a ball gown to the festivities... Jimmy Flannigan of D6 quoted part of a Chronicle story on his campaign's Facebook page. However, while the sentence originally began, "He says all the endorsements are proof that he's the candidate best ready to work with the rest of Council," on his page, the quote reads, "[it is] proof that he's the candidate best ready...." The Ticker is not amused by the "edit"... D3 candidates – all but one – are holding a "Meet and Greet" Saturday night at the Moose Lodge. The flier for the event announces Los Texas Wranglers (Julian Limon Fernandez's band) will be performing, and features photos of 11 candidates: the 12th, Susana Almanza, "asked to be removed"... The things a candidate can't say: Saturday afternoon, D7 candidate Leslie Pool ("the Progressive candidate for District 7") invites residents to a round of "Chicken 'Splat' Bingo" at the Little Longhorn Saloon – Chicken Shit Bingo has been a tradition at the Saloon (currently owned by Dale Watson) for years, but we guess it's not "progressive" to call something by its right name... Most of the D8 candidates adopt a suitably suburban tone on social media, the exception being Ellen Troxclair, who, besides going after the current Council for "deliberatively [sic] passing" the Austin Energy resolution earlier this month, railed against the Downtown library project in a recent interview with the Austin American-Statesman... D5's Jason Denny is asking his fellow running mates to sign a pledge against the urban rail bond proposal. Whether or not they add their names to the petition, it's clear from this week's Ballot Boxing forums that no candidate in D5 or D6 is on board with Prop. 1... The Statesman dug up some dirt on anti-government D2 candidate Mike Owen. The Coca-Cola technician was placed under court supervision in 1998 after facing a prostitution-related charge. Owen says he was arrested when an undercover cop offered to perform "a sexual act" on him and he responded by saying "sounds good"... Mayoral candidate Steve Adler this week announced a seven-point public education platform – "Building a Student-Centered Austin" – promising primarily to expand city services for school-age kids, leverage support from nonprofits and the philanthropic community, and notably, create a position of education outreach coordinator in the mayor's office... Painting opponent Adler as wealthy – not a stretch – the Martinez campaign reported that Adler "owns an exotic villa" in Cabo San Lucas. Turns out it's a 1/12 timeshare, but Martinez spokesman Bo Delp declined to retreat, blaming his mistake on Adler's financial forms... Delp hit a little closer politically in a couple of subsequent releases: One announced that since 2000, Adler's law firm, Barron & Adler, had contributed $8,200 to GOP candidates, among them Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and former WilCo state Rep. Mike Krusee. A second slammed Adler, an eminent domain attorney, for a policy paper he presented at a conference in 2004, which, among other things, advanced a rather bizarre plan whereby zoning decisions would be put up to a bidding process, between those seeking a change and those wanting to maintain the current rules. The winner would have to pay up, in part to pay the losers the amount they bid. The article, clearly intended to be provocative, concludes: "While there would certainly be many issues to consider in implementing such a policy ... perhaps the 'most litigated and perplexing' area of current law should be addressed legislatively, and a bidding war is at least a place to start."... Another fundraising deadline falls today (Sept. 25), and candidates are busy dunning potential supporters for $$$ outreach and to look good at the next reporting deadline, the "30-day-out" report, due Oct. 6.