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December 7, 2017

"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

November 30, 2017

"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

November 21, 2017

"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

November 16, 2017

"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

November 9, 2017

"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

November 2, 2017

"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

October 26, 2017

"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

October 19, 2017

"Can we just shoot ourselves?"

– Zoning & Platting Commissioner Ann Denkler, on the CodeNEXT timeline

October 12, 2017

"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

October 5, 2017

"I apologize for using the word 'pissed.'"

– Zoning and Platting Vice Chair Jim Duncan on his reaction to the city’s affordable housing program

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