Point Austin

City politics and commentary from a progressive perspective, with an occasional detour into state and national events.
181-210 of 719 entries
Intentional Ignorance
5th Circuit goes out of its way to avoid pointing the finger on Voter ID

Michael King, Aug. 13, 2015

Back to the Future
On the foresight demanded by the challenge of climate change

Michael King, Aug. 6, 2015

Death in Custody
Sandra Bland's death a truly American story

Michael King, July 30, 2015

Point Austin: The Machinery of Death
The Machinery of Death
Supreme Court considers the poison of capital punishment

Michael King, July 9, 2015

Happy Fourth!
Amidst a world of conflict – real reasons to celebrate

Michael King, July 2, 2015

Racism and Heroism
Thoughts about Charleston and the aftermath

Michael King, June 25, 2015

Point Austin: A Word About
A Word About "Wards"
We don't live in Chicago, and inequality is real

Michael King, June 18, 2015

The Appraisal Scam ... Updated
TCAD disputes the city's numbers, but the challenge marches on

Michael King, June 11, 2015

Counting the Casualties
The latest Lege battles end, but the struggle continues

Michael King, June 4, 2015

It's Rainin' Down in Texas
Marking time and history by the Texas floods

Michael King, May 28, 2015

The Appraisal Scam
TCAD can't accurately appraise commercial properties – and the Lege likes it that way

Michael King, May 21, 2015

Balancing Budget Numbers and Needs
Council wants a property tax cut but service needs are real

Michael King, May 14, 2015

Point Austin: Budgets Is Hard
Budgets Is Hard
Council takes on the annual number crunching

Michael King, May 7, 2015

Know Thyselves
Zandan Poll a snapshot of Central Texans' preoccupations

Michael King, April 30, 2015

Point Austin: Budget in a Box
Budget in a Box
Council sharpens pencils over city budget forecast

Michael King, April 23, 2015

Point Austin: Cutting and Spending
Cutting and Spending
City Council flashing unsynchronized financial signals

Michael King, April 16, 2015

Point Austin: Waging Peace
Waging Peace
Our strident politics demand war as the only option

Michael King, April 9, 2015

Point Austin: What Would Cole Porter Say?
What Would Cole Porter Say?
The Hoosier composer would gaily mock Indiana's booboisie

Michael King, April 2, 2015

Firestarter
If you want to attack institutional racism, you might pick an actual target

Michael King, March 26, 2015

Point Austin: Austin's Ruination
Austin's Ruination
If you lived here ... you'd be complaining about newcomers

Michael King, March 18, 2015

"We the People"
Obama at Selma recalls us to the unfinished journey

Michael King, March 12, 2015

A Work in Progress?
The new Council is getting ready to decide to decide

Michael King, March 5, 2015

Desegregating Austin
Latest study on inequality should provoke action

Michael King, Feb. 26, 2015

Buying a Better Austin
Mayor's foundation raises questions of self-governance

Michael King, Feb. 19, 2015

Putting Out the Fire
Deal between fire chief and union could be a breakthrough

Michael King, Feb. 12, 2015

One Last Chance
Council moves to resume firefighter negotiations

Michael King, Feb. 5, 2015

Reinventing the Wheel
Council goes to work on the process

Michael King, Jan. 29, 2015

Perry's Farewell
Nothing in his tenure became him like his leaving it

Michael King, Jan. 22, 2015

Welcome Back!
Shock, awe, and hypocrisy return to the dome

Michael King, Jan. 15, 2015

The Day That 10-1 Began
The first day of the new Council is celebratory

Michael King, Jan. 8, 2015

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