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Austin at Large: The Pleasure Is Not Ours, Sir
If GOP bad boys like Chip Roy dislike Austin so much, why not just leave us alone?
"...County, as we did when Tom DeLay began the GOP gerrymandering tradition in 2003, rather than the six-way one..."

Sept. 17, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Live From (Your Laptop on) Congress Avenue, It's #TribFest2021!
The virtual Texas Tribune Festival kicks off on Sept. 20
"...the week you can catch one-on-ones with the two GOP candidates for Texas Attorney General who aren't the indicted..."

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

Feds Escalate Legal Intervention Over SB 8
Biden's DOJ sues, files emergency motion to block Texas abortion ban
"...other areas in other states," said Garland. Indeed, other GOP-led states, including Florida, Arkansas, Ohio, and South Dakota, have..."

Sept. 17, 2021 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Record-Breaking Murder Count, Still a Low Murder Rate. Huh!
"...Nov. 2, so the Austin Police Association and the GOP operatives who run SAN are cranking the Fear-o-Meter up..."

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

U.S. Department of Justice Sues to Block Texas Abortion Ban
State prohibits most abortions, even as Roe v. Wade remains law
"...other areas in other states,” said Garland. Indeed, other GOP-led states including Florida, Arkansas, Ohio, and South Dakota have..."

Sept. 13, 2021 News Post by Mary Tuma

The Work Matters
A look back at some of our most impactful reporting
"...up and rumpled zombies who hours before had been GOP club kids darted like squirrels in the streets, and..."

Sept. 3, 2021 Features Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin at Large: Days Seem Harder and Meaner
Mayor Steve Adler put it best this week: “We’re tired and we’ve had enough”
"...formerly calm and almost cuddly Matt Mackowiak, the local GOP chair and SAN main man whose ubiquity as a..."

Sept. 3, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin at Large: One Step Forward, Two Steps ...
The Texas Democrats walk back their walkout amid hard feelings, flashes of hope
"...many in his caucus, let alone the larger Texas GOP, seem to think is not only just fine and..."

Aug. 27, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Opinion: Texas Republicans Want to Jail People in Poverty Indefinitely and Call It “Reform”
Almost 75% of people sitting in Texas jails have not been convicted of any crime; they simply can't afford to go home
"...policy in attractive terms is old hat for the GOP. The most prominent example is the term "pro-life." The..."

Aug. 27, 2021 Column by Kenna Titus

Qmmunity: Anti-Trans Bill Starts Moving With Quorum Restored
Plus, queer film fest aGLIFF kicks off hybrid festival and more queer events
"...always been clear that should a quorum be established, GOP-backed bills like SB 2 would pick up right where..."

Aug. 27, 2021 Column by Beth Sullivan

Save Austin Now Unhappy (Surprise!) With Prop A Ballot Language
Ballot spells out price tag for proposed mandated mimimum staffing levels at Austin Police Department
"...language City Council adopted on Aug. 11 for the GOP- and police­-backed citizen initiative to mandate minimum staffing levels..."

Aug. 20, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Keep Kids Actually Safe
"...lose clout with the conspiracy theory wing of the GOP he’s willing to make children the harbinger of death..."

Aug. 14, 2021 Postmarks

Austin at Large: Be of Good Cheer, Be Not Afraid
When venomous fear becomes a weapon, we ourselves can become the antidote
"...Dems not only bend the knee and allow the GOP to pass more offensive culture-war crap (along with the..."

Aug. 13, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...Fight: State Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, will filibuster the GOP-backed Senate Bill 1, which seeks to further restrict voting..."

Aug. 13, 2021 News Feature

Austin at Large: Reform Follows Dysfunction
José Garza and Delia Garza didn't get elected by accident. The cops' own lies show us why.
"...over your news cycle, SAN co-founder and Travis County GOP Chair Matt Mackowiak!) My column in our May 27..."

Aug. 6, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...is likely headed to a Nov. 2 vote. The GOP-led and police union-funded political action committee has been accused..."

Aug. 6, 2021 News Feature

From Georgetown to Austin, a March to Defend Democracy
Barber, O’Rourke hosting 27-mile trek to force action on voting rights
"...activism on Texas’ proposed “election integrity” laws and the GOP’s attempts across the country to turn the voting-rights clock..."

July 27, 2021 News Post by Mike Clark-Madison

Dems Dig In for a Long Stay in D.C.
Quorum-breakers hone message, try to dodge COVID
"...war, and we need to do better when battling GOP comms operatives."..."

July 23, 2021 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Pro-Cop Group Submits Signatures for High-Priced Staffing Plan
Save Austin Now 2.0 eyes the ballot
"...Shortly after Save Austin Now, a GOP-backed political action committee closely allied with the Austin Police..."

July 23, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Safer Legal Abortion? Not in This State!
The Texas Legislature's special session aims to trample even further on Texans' constitutional right to legal health care
"...to expand abortion access "under the guise" of COVID-19, GOP senators overlooked Abbott's own order banning all abortions, including..."

July 23, 2021 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Texas Dems Take the Voting Rights Fight to D.C.
Breaking quorum again, lawmakers leave state to thwart Abbott's restrictive bill
"...to pass the elections bill, along with 10 other GOP grievance issues. Over the weekend, a newly formed House..."

July 16, 2021 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...Texas GOP's Finest: Former state Rep. Matt Rinaldi was elected chair..."

July 16, 2021 News Feature

Voting Rights, Other GOP-Aligned Measures Back in the Crosshairs for Special Session
More red meat as Abbott puts the Lege into overtime
"...who now has three declared opponents in the 2022 GOP primary, and who still has aspirations of a 2024..."

July 9, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Qmmunity: Fear, but Make It Queer
Abbott revives attack on trans kids, Netflix brings queer Fear Street party to Austin, and more news
"...two, BTW). In an unsettling echo of the Texas GOP's anti-trans bathroom panic in the 2017 special session, Gov...."

July 9, 2021 Column by Beth Sullivan

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...priorities are the usual suspects that rankle the Texas GOP: meaningful bail reform, trans Texans' rights, and the undoing..."

July 9, 2021 News Feature

Progressives Push to Get Justice Reforms on November Ballot
Oliver, Siegel leading campaign to decriminalize pot, end no-knock
"...likely share the ballot with one from pro-police, anti-homelessness, GOP-backed Save Austin Now that seeks to make "2.0 staffing"..."

July 2, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Voting Rights Action
Texas Dems storm the Capitol (peacefully!)
"...the walkout, "I said, 'It's become evident that [state GOP leaders] are actually just terrorizing us. I'm not talking..."

June 25, 2021 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Texas Dems Storm the Capitol (Peacefully!) To Demand Voting Rights
O'Rourke, House quorum-breakers rally thousands
"...the walkout, “I said, ‘It's become evident that [state GOP leaders] are actually just terrorizing us. I'm not talking..."

June 21, 2021 News Post by Clara Ence Morse

Beto's On His Way: "We've Got To Show Up, And That Means Coming to the Capitol on Sunday"
Weekend rally wraps up "Texas Drive for Democracy" tour
"...that he'd be willing to support. Here in Texas, GOP leaders are so embarrassed by the Texas House Dems'..."

June 18, 2021 News Post by Mike Clark-Madison

The Fumbling, Bumbling Letdown of the 87th Legislature
Sine dead
"...be even worse than that sounds, because the state's GOP leaders couldn't even take care of their own dirty..."

June 4, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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