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January 17, 2019

"The plaque should never have been put up by the Legislature in the first place, and it certainly shouldn't have taken sixty years to remove it."

– Texas Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, upon the banishment of the “Children of the Confederacy Creed” from the Capitol walls. See "Lege Lines," Jan. 18.

January 10, 2019

"I'm a rookie at this. But that means two things: It means I have a lot to learn, but it also means I have absolutely nothing to lose."

– Newly installed Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, in her inaugural remarks. See "Rebooted City Council Gets a New Chance to Fix Austin," Jan. 11.

January 3, 2019

"It doesn't look good on our books that we have so much dang money. It's bad financial practice to have so much cash just sitting there."

– State Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, noting that the state’s bloated rainy day fund balance could be paying for better education. See "Central Texas Lawmakers Speak Out About the 86th Legislative Session," Jan. 4.

December 27, 2018

1) Quote of the Year: "I'm so fucking proud of you guys!"
– U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, thanking supporters as he conceded his race to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz. (Nov. 9)

2) "We do not understand what motivated him to do what he did."
– Then-Interim Police Chief Brian Manley, announcing the death of Mark Anthony Conditt, the primary suspect in the Austin bombings. (Mar. 23)

3) "There are too many entrances and too many exits to our over 8,000 campuses in Texas."
– Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, blaming doors, not guns, after the shooting at Santa Fe High School that left 10 dead. (May 25)

4) "This is a wicked problem, but not about wicked people."
– Mayor Steve Adler opening City Council's first discussion of CodeNEXT. (June 8)

5) "Victims' rights should mean something in this state, even when the victim is asking for mercy and not vengeance."
– Kent Whitaker, after asking that his son Thomas' death sentence – for the murder of the rest of their family – be commuted to life in prison. (Feb. 23)

6) "Robin Hood has become Captain Hook."
– Austin ISD Trustee Ted Gordon, noting that via recapture (i.e., "Robin Hood"), the state will receive more Austin tax revenue than the district retains. (Oct. 19)

7) "I'm glad I stayed long enough to be sued by Paxton. What a badge of honor! If Ken Paxton is suing me, I know I must be doing something good!"
– Outgoing Planning Commissioner Tom Nuckols, after the Attorney General sued to remove him and other land-use professionals from the board. (July 13)

8) "For female victims of sexual assault in Travis County, there is overwhelmingly no justice at all, and their offenders therefore walk freely to rape again."
– Julie Ann Nitsch, Marina Conner, and other survivors in a lawsuit against the city, county, and local law enforcement. (June 22)

9) "It was a tough decision, but after 28 years in this newsroom, I am ready for a new challenge."
Austin American-Statesman Editor-in-Chief Debbie Hiott telling the newsroom she'd accepted a buyout from new owners, GateHouse Media. (Aug. 31)

10) "When you tell someone you're from Austin, they practically want to come over and sit in your lap."
– City Demographer Ryan Robinson on Austin's reputation as an IT city. (Feb. 2)

December 20, 2018

"People think Austin is really prosperous, but we have a large population that is not. ... We need to figure out how Austin can avoid being economically deprived."

– Gus Garcia, then a candidate for Austin mayor, speaking with the Chronicle back in 2001. Garcia passed away this week; see "Farewell and 'Gracias' to Gus Garcia, Austin Trailblazer," Dec. 21, for more remembrances.

December 13, 2018

"We're never up there playing around and wasting people's time."

– Council Member Leslie Pool at Tuesday's work-session discussion on making Council meetings more efficient and accessible. Others may disagree! See "City Council Heads Into Holiday Break Wrestling With Process," Dec. 14.

December 6, 2018

"The defendant also provided useful information concerning ."

– Special Counsel Robert Mueller, keeping his secrets while recommending a light sentence for retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, briefly Trump's national security adviser.

November 29, 2018

"The intercollegiate football teams of The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University shall play a nonconference, regular-season football game against one another on the fourth Thursday, Friday, or Saturday of November each year."

– From House Bill 412 by Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio (Aggie).

November 21, 2018

"My roots are in District 1, my home is in District 1, and I am running to represent and serve in District 1."

– City Council candidate Natasha Harper-Madison, after a complaint was filed seeking to disqualify her from the run-off on residency grounds. See "Election Ticker: Run, Run, Run-off Away."

November 15, 2018

"The city did not achieve all that we hoped. However, this contract is leaps and bounds better than the one the City Council rejected in 2017, and almost half the cost."

– Austin Justice Coalition Co-founder Chas Moore on the city’s proposed new four-year contract with the Austin Police Association (see "Community, Policing," Nov. 16)

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