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"I don't think that the right way to get a culture change at the police department is to rip the rug out from under 1,600 officers who are out doing their jobs and serving us right now."
– Chair Rebecca Webber, before the Public Safety Commission voted on Monday to recommend the police union contract to City Council
"That a woman may make the decision to have an abortion before a fetus may survive outside her womb is solely and exclusively the woman's decision. The power to make this decision is her right."
– U.S. Federal Judge Lee Yeakel, in his order striking
down the state's ban on D&E abortions
"After much deliberation, I have decided that I am not strong enough to continue serving, so am resigning with much regret."
– Shudde Fath, 101, resigning from her seat on the Electric Utility Commission, in a letter to City Council Member Delia Garza
"The whole officialdom is a totally different animal. We're not employees. We're elected. A lot of the rules don't apply to us."
– State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, to the Texas Tribune, on accountability at the Capitol concerning allegations of sexual harassment
"I was just nominated for best activist in the city – of course, I lost to Austin Pets Alive!, because we care more about pets in this city than we care about people that are affected by issues like [police brutality]."
– Austin Justice Coalition founder Chas Moore at Monday’s Public Safety Commission meeting
"First, ACA is still the law."
– Elizabeth Colvin, director of Insure Central Texas, encouraging Austinites needing health insurance to enroll under the Affordable Care Act, via www.getenrolledatx.com
"Our party should be dynamic and forward-thinking, and it should appeal to our diverse population with an optimistic vision that embraces the future."
– House Speaker Joe Straus, taking a swipe against racists and hard-liners in the Republican Party upon the announcement of his retirement from the Texas House
"Can we just shoot ourselves?"
– Zoning & Platting Commissioner Ann Denkler, on the CodeNEXT timeline
"The only math problem you're gonna have is if you don't take it."
– Abby Lerma, from Elle G and SaulPaul’s hot new pro-math track “Mo’ Math Mo’ Money,” with a video featuring a cameo from Mayor Steve Adler
"I apologize for using the word 'pissed.'"
– Zoning and Platting Vice Chair Jim Duncan on his reaction to the city’s affordable housing program