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Reefer Madness
As questions about possible political improprieties dog White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy, agency head John Walters hits Austin in search of good PR
"...politicking activities by Wal­ters and others during last year's election season -- apparent violations of the 1939 Hatch Act,..."

July 27, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...of trustees voted 5-3 Monday to hold a special election in May to fill the vacant seat left by..."

Dec. 22, 2006 News Feature

Finding a New D.A.
The Dem primary race turns from a default succession into a three-way wrestling match
"...two district attor­neys since 1977. From that year through 2008, the post was held by Ronnie Earle, an icon..."

Jan. 22, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Sump vs. Wagner for AISD Board
Vacant D7 seat will be filled for 14 months
"...approved $32 million for a land purchase in the 2008 bond election. Sump, as a CBOC member, is intimately..."

Sept. 18, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Early Turnout Low As Always
Council elections tracking close to 2008 numbers
"...of early voting, turnout in the May 12 council elections has staggered into single digits – just...."

May 4, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Brigid Shea: 'A Proven Leader'
Brigid Shea sits down for a Q&A on a wide range of city topics
" Then the economy went into a nosedive in 2008, so everybody put everything on hold. In 2010, they..."

April 27, 2012 News Feature by Amy Smith

On the Lege: House GOP Goes to War – With Itself
Even in victory, Republicans are divided
"...On election night, the 51 remaining House Democrats in the Texas..."

Nov. 19, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

House Districts 47 and 48: Suburbs Flex Muscle
Anti-Obama sentiment motivated Republican voters
"...As usual with Travis County elections, these two races came down to urban vs. suburban/rural,..."

Nov. 12, 2010 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Naked City
"...anticlimax, City Council adopted on Monday the fiscal year 2008 budget, at a cool $2.5 billion and amidst an..."

Sept. 14, 2007 News Feature

Craddick's Cash
Texans for Public Justice file ethics complaint about former speaker
"...It all goes back to 2008, when Texas J.O.B.S. (apparently, there's no F'ing "Future" in..."

Oct. 7, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Welcome to the Circus!
The redistricting fight and the grassroots politics of chaos
"...extended process has sparked an explosion of unintended consequences: Election officials are struggling to redraw precincts and find the..."

March 9, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

This Way to the Big Top!
From budget disaster to hysterical bloodletting, the legislative circus is back in town
"...Homer held his Paris seat by only 2% in 2008 (a Democratic high-water year), and so was not expected..."

Jan. 14, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Taking Politics Back to School
State Board of Ed races highlight educational tensions
"...Dec. 9, 2009, that she would not run for re-election...."

Sept. 17, 2010 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Lege Races: Austin and Elsewhere
These candidates are all over the map on issues
"...only eight Texas Senate seats contested in the November elections, a leadership switch in the upper chamber next session..."

Feb. 19, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Travis County 'Death Spiral'
Facing a personnel dilemma, the commissioners respond: Fire everybody!
"...take action. By waiting from roughly 2002 until late 2008 to try to resolve the problem – first with..."

Oct. 2, 2009 News Feature by Amy Smith

Craddick Promises Money to Burn
"...It's an election year, so Texas Republicans are talking property-tax cuts and..."

May 23, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Same Old Song for Texas GOP
Texas Republicans kick off 2008 campaign
"...exploratory committees, Texas Republicans have formally kicked off their 2008 election campaign. Anyone expecting policy changes would be disappointed,..."

July 20, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Deep in the Heart of Texas Political Scandals
Crimes, carousing, and contravention from the Capitol grounds
" 69, shortly after deciding not to run for re-election. – Michael King Jonathan Stickland: The Icky Sticky Icky..."

Jan. 6, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

Chronicle Endorsements
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Feb. 12, 2016 News Feature

Dukes vs. Ludlow ... vs. Ethics
Dukes files CFR late, again; Ludlow seeks to make it a campaign issue
" to the Texas Ethics Commission 30 days before election day. In this cycle, that report covered the period..."

Oct. 31, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Climate Change Stories: A Traveling Sisterhood
The Climate Wise Women visit SXSW Eco
"...her single family home. The subsequent severe drought of 2008 exacerbated widespread disease and starvation, and called to action..."

Oct. 14, 2013 News Post by Jessi Cape

Big-Ticket Races Filling Up
If Rick Perry runs for president, who'll run for governor?
"...Filing for a place on the 2012 primary election ballot may not open until Nov. 12, but that..."

July 29, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

City Hall Hustle: Diminishing Returns
We didn't quite break the record ... for unvoting
"...somewhere around 64 percent," Chris Riley noted in his election night address to supporters at Zocalo Cafe. His early..."

May 20, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Climate, Meet Mobility
Copenhagen is all about green transport – and Austin should be, too
"...happened. Leffingwell also has called for a transportation bond election in November 2010; in his State of Downtown Address..."

Nov. 6, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Municipal Death Match!
With five council seats open, mayor and Place 1 look like the headliners
"...politics is here once again: the 2009 City Council elections. And compared to bouts past – in 2003 and..."

Feb. 13, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Roger Duncan's Night Visions
Austin Energy's GM invites us to wrestle with the conundrum of clean energy
"...increasingly valuable in the event of a clean-energy bond election. Bond monies could become necessary for the city to..."

Oct. 24, 2008 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Spring Training
Seasonal snapshots of the council candidates
"...shot into his ass didn't tip your antennae, the 2008 baseball season is right around the corner. In Florida..."

March 21, 2008 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Letters @ 3AM
Joe Biden and Chris Dodd rise above the other primary candidates in terms of achievement and hands-on experience in what a president needs to know
"...Lost in our election-year demolition derby of crashing head-on rhetoric, images shining and/or..."

Jan. 4, 2008 Column by Michael Ventura

Campaign Buzz
Distant city and county elections begin to draw early feelers
"...His first hurdle, of course, is winning re-election to council in May 2008. But provided that Leffingwell..."

June 29, 2007 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Perry's Big $$$ Ideas
The governor reaches for a legacy – is anybody listening?
"...years ago, when Rick Perry was ramping up his re-election campaign, the Methodist Aggie governor got all Christian on..."

March 2, 2007 News Feature by Amy Smith

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