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

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

It Ain't Just About Trump

This week's marches begin a long and difficult resistance

Michael King, Jan. 19, 2017

Keeping Hope Alive

Obama and Doggett on our renewed responsibilities

Michael King, Jan. 12, 2017

The Age of Trump

As D.C. moves backward, cities must lead forward

Michael King, Jan. 5, 2017

Changing of the Guard

The mayor and the next City Council will have plenty to do

Michael King, Dec. 22, 2016

Losing Control ... of Your Bladder

The Lege knows what's best for you and your privates

Michael King, Dec. 15, 2016

Down in the Grove

Agreement on latest PUD portends … a little progress?

Michael King, Dec. 8, 2016

Hours to Burn

When they promote you to "supervisor," their hands are in your pocket

Michael King, Dec. 1, 2016

What's Past and What's Present

Capitol events provide a snapshot of current predicaments

Michael King, Nov. 23, 2016

Circle the Firing Squad

When you look for villains, look in the right direction

Michael King, Nov. 17, 2016

Dark Thoughts on a Dark Day

What will Trump do? Watch what he's done.

Michael King, Nov. 10, 2016

Only a Few More Days

The campaigns last forever, and the battles never end

Michael King, Nov. 3, 2016

Let Us Begin

The transportation bond represents useful and necessary progress

Michael King, Oct. 27, 2016

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