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Lege Ticker: Someone Has to Pay the Post-Storm Electric Bill
The price is right?
"...The 87th Lege features the return of GOP lawmakers' obsession with policing transgender Texan youth. This time,..."

March 19, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Qmmunity: Queer Rights and Queer Lives at the Texas Lege
News from Austin’s Pink Dome, plus this weekend’s top queer events
"...especially for trans youth who are being targeted by GOP lawmakers with at least 10 anti-trans bills ranging from..."

March 19, 2021 Column by Beth Sullivan

As Abbott Blows Off COVID, Austin Just Wants to Stay Alive
The unmasking commences and the governor goes after his own constituents yet again
"...severe COVID spikes but were overruled by more pliable GOP appellate courts. Livingston, Adler, and Brown all expect this..."

March 19, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Judge Declines Paxton's Push To Rip Austin's Masks Off ASAP
AG's latest COVID lawsuit set for trial in two weeks
"...in the pandemic, but were overruled by more pliable GOP appellate courts...."

March 12, 2021 News Post by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin at Large: In Control, but Not In Charge
Amid the ruins of the Texas power grid, following two different paths to failure
"...you were of a mind to cause the Texas GOP grief during this legislative session and in next year's..."

March 12, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

House Makes Its First Post-Freeze Moves to Fix the Grid
Who's got the power?
"...with Las Vegas Sands, the casino empire of late GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson. In addition to Kuempel and Alvarado's..."

March 12, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin at Large: At the Bottom of the Well
Greg Abbott's still making horrible things happen, but at least now he's in charge!
"...describe in those same terms earlier eras of Texas GOP governance, from Ann Richards' loss to George W. Bush..."

March 5, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Renounce the GOP

Feb. 27, 2021 Postmarks

Austin at Large: Help Is Not on the Way
By design, decadence, and default, Austin and Texas have entered a DIY era
"...who have sustained the state's increasingly decadent and incompetent GOP ruling regime for the last two decades, every political..."

Feb. 26, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...A Surprise to None: The GOP-led group Save Austin Now is now suing the city..."

Feb. 26, 2021 News Feature

Lege Takes Direct Aim at Austin Abortion Aid
"...go unchallenged. The bills – which bring together the GOP majority in the Lege's obsessions with punishing both Austin..."

Feb. 19, 2021 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...More GOP "Leadership": As the Chronicle's Austin Sanders first reported, Matt..."

Feb. 19, 2021 News Feature

Legislators Take Direct Aim at Austin’s Support for Abortion
Bills target city's funding of logistical assistance
"...go unchallenged. The bills – which bring together the GOP majority in the Lege’s obsessions with punishing both Austin..."

Feb. 12, 2021 News Post by Mary Tuma

Once Again, Redistricting Looms in Texas
Republicans hold all the power to draw new lines, but there's more attention on the process than ever before
"...ventured rogue to re-redistrict Texas in 2003, after the GOP flipped the state House and gained complete control of..."

Feb. 12, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Paxton Emerges From Seclusion, Faces Senate Skeptics
Embattled Texas Attorney General appeared Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee
"...the pre-riot Trump rally on Jan. 6. While other GOP senators on the panel are pretty MAGA themselves, they..."

Feb. 12, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

The Eighth Street Survivors
They came out to protest police brutality. They were met by a life-altering wave of police violence. Eight months later, they still await justice and change.
"...police union, Manley and his executive team, and state GOP leaders ever since...."

Feb. 5, 2021 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Austin at Large: “It’s Time to Get <blank> Done”
As we dive deep into 2021, let’s complete that sentence with real talk, not “stuff”
"...white privilege. Even in our local affairs, where the GOP's relevance is modest at best, the marquee items on..."

Jan. 29, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Qmmunity: Hope For the Queer'd Future
Plus, OUTsider Festival’s launch party, Queerbomb’s Queer History Series, and more local LGBTQIA events
"...stated on the student's official birth certificate" – aka, GOP gobbledygook for: "Student athletes are only allowed to compete..."

Jan. 29, 2021 Column by Beth Sullivan

City Hall Looks at Retracing Its Steps on Homelessness
Back up, try again
"...against the city's homelessness strategy as a supporter of GOP-aligned Save Austin Now. That group last week resubmitted its..."

Jan. 29, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Mayor Pro Tem Contest Kicks Off New Council Storylines
A leading role at City Hall?
"...Alter's District 10, which narrowly reelected her over GOP-backed Jennifer Virden in last month's run-off, is more conservative..."

Jan. 22, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Austin at Large: Forget the Alamo
It’s strike three for Texas in the white-power rebellion game. Time to call folks out.
"...dozen. These role­-playing "militias" and "freedom fighters," with Texas GOP Chair Allen West serving major Raid-on-Entebbe realness, scared people..."

Jan. 15, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Will the Texas Legislature Take On Police Reform?
George Floyd Act, APD takeover, TCOLE all on Lege's agenda
"...to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk, after he and other GOP leaders joined Democrats in expressing their revulsion at the..."

Jan. 15, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Amid Chaos and Crisis, the 87th Texas Legislature Gets to Work
Can we rebuild a democracy?
"...as a biscuit, become a toxin poisoning the 20-year-old GOP ruling regime that was already fracturing under stress. So..."

Jan. 15, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Freshman State Senator Sarah Eckhardt Lays Out Her Agenda
Sarah Eckhardt prepares for an uncertain session
"...small government, the idea is gaining steam even with GOP lawmakers like state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio...."

Jan. 15, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Will Texas Expand Medicaid?
Long-running health care debate looks different through a pandemic prism
"...with the lottery and things of that nature, where [GOP reps] might not feel like they can vote for..."

Jan. 15, 2021 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

Has the Lege Truly Moved Past LGBTQIA Bigotry?
Slow progress toward equality and respect may continue
"...progressive protections, however, will encounter more resistance from hard-right GOP members who've already filed harmful anti-trans legislation. [inset-1-right]..."

Jan. 15, 2021 News Feature by Lilli Hime

What Is Going On With Ken Paxton and Nate Paul?
What we know – and don't know – about the strange connection between the embattled Austin real estate magnate and the Texas attorney general
"...alleged securities fraud and scamming of, among others, his GOP colleagues in the Legislature, and his heavy labors to..."

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

Public Notice: Georgia on My Mind
It was the best of days, it was the worst of days
"...as whatever last-ditch assaults on the democratic process the GOP's Sedition Caucus may have intended were drowned out and..."

Jan. 8, 2021 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Austin at Large: Carnival of the MAGAnimals
Baroque, sugar-soaked fantasies, fueled by copaganda, litter our streets
"...like Aus­tin destroyed the party's chances downballot, and the GOP is happy to pretend so, but it's not so...."

Dec. 25, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Ten Local Stories That Got Overshadowed
Most of these could top the charts in a normal year ...
"...But on August 5, the city clerk ruled the GOP-aligned campaign had failed to reach the threshold of 20,000..."

Dec. 18, 2020 News Feature by Lina Fisher

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