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Austin at Large: We Need to Talk About Apesh*t
Whether Trump is trivial or catastrophic, the rules of engagement have now changed
"...perhaps in states like Georgia and Wisconsin, the shameless GOP efforts to fuck Democrats can be allowed to shock..."

Feb. 4, 2022 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Inside the Central Texas Congressional Map
What's going on in the districts surrounding Austin?
"...map – which was mostly drawn by the incumbent GOP members of the Texas delegation – is still hella..."

Feb. 4, 2022 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

The Gloves Come Off in Travis County Precinct 4 Race
Primary contest between Margaret Gómez, Susanna Ledesma-Woody heats up
"...for the people of Southeast Travis County, not the GOP donor class," said Ledesma-Woody. "I challenge Commissioner Gómez to..."

Jan. 28, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Austin at Large: Your Servants Are Listening
Angry readers, busted City Hall aides, triumphant politicians: The system works!
"...the long-running bizarro First Amendment case brought by the GOP to harass her for almost five years. When she..."

Jan. 21, 2022 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Young Protesters Score Small Wins in Fight for Democracy
Hungry for the vote
"...called session of the 87th Texas Legislature and their GOP colleagues' "election integrity" measures, also lobbied for the John..."

Dec. 31, 2021 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Election 2022: We Got Ourselves Some Contests!
Filing has now concluded for the March 1 primaries
"...switching seats and counties) have fairly easy paths. The GOP will see blood spilled in the primaries to fill..."

Dec. 17, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Top Austin Headlines of 2021: A Hard Restart
The biggest news stories of the year
"...stories are ongoing; 2022 will show if the Texas GOP regime's rightward shift pays off with voters, if a..."

Dec. 17, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Top Austin Headlines of 2021: Whole Lotta Lege News, Mostly Bad
May 30: Texas House Democrats walk out en masse at the end of the regular session, thwarting (for a while) not only “election integrity” legislation but also a ban on trans student athletes
"...anti-trans legislation policing bathrooms onto Gov. Greg Abbott's desk, GOP lawmakers were successful this year in their efforts to..."

Dec. 17, 2021 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

Top Austin Headlines of 2021: Voters Resurrect Camping Ban
May 1: Austin voters approve Proposition B, a citizen initiative from Save Austin Now to restore some criminal penalties for camping in public and panhandling
"...of criminal consequences for the experience of homelessness. The GOP-backed political action committee co-founded by county party Chair Matt..."

Dec. 17, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Top Austin Headlines of 2021: D.A., C.A. – Knock Off the Cophead BS
Aug. 3: The district and county attorneys challenge Austin police intransigence and dishonesty as they attempt to reduce the number of arrests for minor crimes
"...Along with their allies in the local and state GOP, the APA and CLEAT were also bothered by the..."

Dec. 17, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Top Austin Headlines of 2021: Save Austin Now Learns How It Feels to Lose
Nov. 2: By a more than 2-to-1 margin, Austin voters reject Save Austin Now’s second ballot initiative of 2021, a measure to increase the size of Austin’s police force
"...GOP-backed political action committee, which could only muster up half..."

Dec. 17, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Parents' Rally Accuses Round Rock ISD of Corruption
As tensions mount between conservative parents and the school board, statewide figures join the fight
"...For West, who's challenging Gov. Greg Abbott in the GOP primary this spring, the event was another opportunity to..."

Dec. 10, 2021 News Feature by Morgan O’Hanlon

Austin at Large: Brightness on the Edge of Town
Samsung’s Taylor expansion lights up needs, opportunities in the Eastern Crescent
"...drain money from local coffers, and which the Texas GOP right wing considers abhorrent corporate welfare and is trying..."

Dec. 10, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Texas' Rickety Health Care System Heads for a Fiscal Cliff
As D.C. dollars dry up, millions of uninsured Texans see no signs of improvement
"...Because of the recalcitrance of a dozen GOP-led states, several million Americans live in health care limbo,..."

Nov. 19, 2021 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

Austin at Large: Seek, Matt, and Ye Shall Find
In the battle for Texas' attention, Dowd and Mackowiak each amble toward the center
"...more things, to more diverse audiences, than the rump GOP base of MAGAmuffins demands of their side. Dowd's own..."

Nov. 12, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Local Candidates Launch Their 2022 Campaigns
Off to the races with Greg Casar, Eddie Rodriguez, and Jose "Chito" Vela
"...Vela has the D4 race to himself, although local GOP chair and Save Austin Now co-founder Matt Mackowiak has..."

Nov. 12, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Election Results: Austin Can Save Itself, Thanks
Pro-policing GOP-aligned campaigners crash into city’s fiscal reality on Election Day
"...at the polls Nov. 2, rejecting Propo­sition A, the GOP-aligned political action committee's police staffing initiative, by a greater-than-2-to-1..."

Nov. 5, 2021 News Feature by Lina Fisher

From the Bloody Streets of Austin, it's a Dia de los Muertos Election-Night Dead-Blog
Spoiler alert: Good has triumphed over evil
"...police staffing initiative brought to the ballot by the GOP-aligned political action committee Save Austin Now - going down..."

Nov. 2, 2021 News Post by Mike Clark-Madison

Texas Primaries Loom as Redistricting Lawsuits Drop
New maps and new challenges
"...retrogression used to be a no-brainer VRA violation that GOP mapmakers would go to lengths to avoid (or pretend..."

Oct. 29, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

As Texas Redistricting Maps Advance, Lawmakers Aspire for Newly Drawn Seats
Talarico goes south, Doggett west, as Casar trades up
"...Greg Abbott. His three colleagues who also flipped former GOP seats in 2018 – Reps. John Bucy III and..."

Oct. 22, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Battle Over APD Staffing Gets Louder
Election Ticker: Battle over APD staffing gets louder
"...initiative backed by the Austin Police Association and the GOP-affiliated Save Austin Now PAC would impact other city services...."

Oct. 22, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Austin at Large: Really? You and What Army?
Hand-wringing on all sides of all issues reflects our emerging crisis of legitimacy
"...There's much hand­-wringing from the #resistance left about the GOP's increasing "turn to authoritarianism" as exemplified by the lawless..."

Oct. 22, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Hiring More Police Is Not a Great Way to Prevent Murders
A closer look at Austin's growing number of homicides
"...the initiative, backed by the police union and the GOP-affiliated Save Austin Now political action committee, as an expensive..."

Oct. 15, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Chronicle Endorsements for the Propositions on the November Ballot
November 2021 Statewide General Election and City of Austin Special Election
"...for more stringent qualifications wasn't evident to the state's GOP elites (which include many wack jobs who were nonetheless..."

Oct. 15, 2021 News Feature by The Chronicle Editorial Board

State Redistricting Chairs Pretend They Don’t See Color
New maps respond to the growth among Texans of color by including fewer opportun­ity districts for Black and Hispanic Texans
"...counties, Hunter's ability to make big gains for the GOP solely through redistricting is limited. The map voted out..."

Oct. 8, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...receiving 46.5% of the vote. Collier will face former GOP operative Matthew Dowd and perhaps current state Sen. Beverly..."

Oct. 8, 2021 News Feature

New Austin Congressional District Would Help Protect GOP Incumbents
New TX 37 has a 73.8% Democratic vote share. We should be happy, right?
"...here is incumbent protection, and reportedly all the state's GOP members of Congress have signed off on this draft...."

Oct. 1, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin Police Live by Their Own COVID Rules, It Seems
A closer look at vaccine and mask policies among Austin's first responders
"...ongoing alignment between officers and police unions and the GOP is reflected in campaign contributions. According to a report..."

Oct. 1, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

New Districts Set the Stage for the Politics of the 2020s
The city and state begin to show their work
"...2022 election cycle. Simply put, the problem for the GOP is thus: Texas grew faster than any other state,..."

Sept. 24, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...GOP Race to the Bottom: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton..."

Sept. 24, 2021 News Feature

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