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City politics and commentary from a progressive perspective, with an occasional detour into state and national events.

What to Do About CodeNEXT

Opponents offering plenty of fear but precious few solutions

Michael King, Nov. 16, 2017

Building Cathedrals

Public libraries and schools sustain a common culture

Michael King, Nov. 2, 2017

A Turning Point?

Flake, Corker, and Straus ... does the new GOP have room for decency?

Michael King, Oct. 26, 2017

The Amazon Invasion

We could handle another giant, but let's let 'em open their own wallets

Michael King, Oct. 19, 2017

Postponing the Code

CodeNEXT rewrite generating inexplicable panic

Michael King, Oct. 12, 2017

Another Night of Blood

One more episode in the culture of the gun

Michael King, Oct. 5, 2017

Rounding Up the Usual Suspects

Targeting immigrants is only one step in an era of repression

Michael King, Sep. 28, 2017

As the Budget Goes, So Goes Council

Turf battles over uncommitted funds may prefigure 2018

Michael King, Sep. 21, 2017

Looking For a Magic Bullet

CodeNEXT arguments reflect the complexity of affordability problems

Michael King, Sep. 14, 2017

About That Puzzle

Council seeks consensus on a still-hatching Downtown project

Michael King, Sep. 7, 2017

Hot Over HOT

City Council wrangles over Convention Center, hotel taxes, and Downtown's future

Michael King, Aug. 31, 2017

Celebrating the Kellers’ Exoneration

On a happy day, too many others endure criminal injustice

Michael King, Aug. 24, 2017

What History Teaches

Charlottesville resistance an inspiration here and everywhere

Michael King, Aug. 17, 2017

Priority Problems

While the world burns, City Council does what it can

Michael King, Aug. 10, 2017

Through the Looking Glass

City Council considers its threatened budget in a topsy-turvy Texas

Michael King, Aug. 3, 2017

Inside the Whirlwind

From D.C. to Austin, a relentless political storm

Michael King, Jul. 13, 2017

Fireworks for the Fourth

Reflections on Independence Day from Frederick Douglass

Michael King, Jul. 6, 2017

Summer Stock Agenda

The heat arrives with a litany of work for Austin and Austinites

Michael King, Jun. 29, 2017

Truly Free

Exonerated at last, may Fran and Dan Keller finally "breathe free"

Michael King, Jun. 22, 2017

Justice Too Long Delayed

Fran and Dan Keller continue to wait in vain for their exoneration

Michael King, Jun. 15, 2017

What's That Smell?

Our Austin-bashing governor knows how to spread manure

Michael King, Jun. 8, 2017

Shoot First

Boys and their toys, at the Legislature and elsewhere

Michael King, Jun. 1, 2017

Awake in the Hurricane

Enduring the last few days of the Lege's biennial cataclysm

Michael King, May. 25, 2017

Saved by Billionaires?

The fight against climate change gathers allies high and low

Michael King, May. 18, 2017

It's Getting Harder to Stay Weird

Amid state and federal nonsense, it's getting harder to stay weird

Michael King, May. 11, 2017

The Best of Times …

Remaining optimistic in a world spinning into darkness

Michael King, May. 4, 2017

On the Backs of Immigrants

In the war over "sanctuary," the victims are most vulnerable

Michael King, Apr. 27, 2017

Prisoners of Success

The ever-elusive Austin determination to "manage growth"

Michael King, Apr. 20, 2017

Discrimination Station

Another victory for judicial fairness leads to … more discrimination at the polls

Michael King, Apr. 13, 2017

Race Matters

The Mayor’s Task Force on racism provides a lengthy to-do list

Michael King, Apr. 6, 2017

The Mayor's Tightrope

Tip-toeing our way toward a consensus on housing supply

Michael King, Mar. 30, 2017

Cold as ICE

For Trump, ICE, and Abbott, tyranny and dishonesty go hand-in-hand

Michael King, Mar. 23, 2017

A Victory for Travis

Court decision on districts raises possibility for fairer politics

Michael King, Mar. 15, 2017

Through the Lege Looking-Glass

Alice's tea party was never as mad as the Lege this session

Michael King, Mar. 9, 2017

Waxing "Presidential"

Trump delivers the same threats in a more polite package

Michael King, Mar. 2, 2017

What We Think of Us

City's "community survey" an annual public selfie

Michael King, Feb. 23, 2017

Living In Emergency

One day at a time in the former republic

Michael King, Feb. 16, 2017

The Whiplash Generation

On trying to maintain humane sanity in a dangerously insane era

Michael King, Feb. 9, 2017

Driving the "Austin Bargain"

Mayor Adler's dream of a compromise on housing supply

Michael King, Feb. 2, 2017

Slamming the Golden Door

The sheriff, the governor, the president – and the new politics of fear

Michael King, Jan. 26, 2017

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