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Alter Holds Onto Her Council Seat, While Flannigan Is Narrowly Defeated
A tale of two incumbents in the run-off election
"...of the two conservative challengers, including the Travis County GOP, took credit for galvanizing pushback from the right against..."

Dec. 18, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Ten Defining Moments of Austin's Intense Year of Police-Community Conflict
We Fought the Law
"...do so while facing intense blowback from the state's GOP leaders: Gov. Greg Abbott, during the homestretch of the..."

Dec. 18, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Ten Key Moments in a Year of Endless Texas Election Drama
Vote Early and Often
"...progressive Julie Oliver, who set up a rematch with GOP incumbent Roger Williams...."

Dec. 18, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin at Large: Yup, He Goofed! Now What?
For Austin’s own good, we may want to patch up that hole Steve Adler shot in his foot
"...Of course, the state's GOP leaders, the cop lobby, those who'd like to strip..."

Dec. 11, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Council to Finalize Aid Programs for COVID-Hit Businesses
Ready for relief
"...bill, are mostly symbolic; there is little chance the GOP-controlled state government would let cities require developers to include..."

Dec. 4, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Share Some Truth, Justice, and Sustainability With These Civic-Minded Gifts
Keep the holidays real
"...Brushing up on the GOP's legacy of gerrymandering with David Daley's 2016 book is..."

Dec. 4, 2020 News Feature by the News Staff

Challengers Hit Speed Bumps in Run-Off Council Races
Almost at the finish line
"...by San Antonio's Haven for Hope and championed by GOP leaders including Gov. Greg Abbott, which has similarities with..."

Dec. 4, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Austin at Large: Make America Grateful Again
Even as white nationalism sticks around, kicking Trump to the curb is a Thanksgiving miracle
"...not that Apesh*t won the White House – a GOP victory in 2016 was always plausible – but that..."

Nov. 27, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Council Member Jimmy Flannigan Harassed by Opponent’s Biker Friends
Confrontation between D6 CM and Wind Therapy Freedom Riders CEO caught on tape
"...and pro-military WTFers, in which Kelly and other local GOP candidates were featured guests. At the rally, Kelly, the..."

Nov. 27, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Save Austin Now Files Lawsuit Over Rejected Signatures
Invalid petition signatures kept SAN's mission to reverse decriminalization of homelessness off the ballot
"...Austin Now, the "educational nonprofit" founded by Travis County GOP Chair Matt Mackowiak with support from the Austin Police..."

Nov. 27, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...to "abstinence only") instruction at younger ages. However, the GOP-dominated board rejected amendments earlier in the fall that would..."

Nov. 20, 2020 News Feature

Will the GOP Return to City Hall?
Right-leaning challengers aim to unseat CMs in run-offs
"...in 2020, and Kelly has latched on to the GOP (see "APD Officers, Proud Boys, and Candidates Don’t Mix"),..."

Nov. 13, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Hey, at Least Trump Lost!
The best news came last in the longest election ever
"...the White House. Right now, the president and his GOP allies are making a great deal of noise, without..."

Nov. 13, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin at Large: New Voters for a New Texas?
Kirk Watson says it’s possible: “Two million more people are now paying attention”
"...and they did not underperform per se, but the GOP was able to match them – despite being the..."

Nov. 13, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...Not to Get Litigious, But ... The Travis County GOP has executed a legal agreement with county election officials..."

Nov. 13, 2020 News Feature

APD Audit and DACC Move Top Council Agenda
Back to business at City Hall
"...as they prepare for December run-offs (see "Will the GOP Return to City Hall?"), but regular business resumes at..."

Nov. 13, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Qmmunity: Less Hate, More Glitter and Glam
Try out a drag makeup tutorial, help solve a virtual whodunnit, and more queer fun
"...first time in more than 20 years. Because the GOP-dominated SBOE rejected adding, at its last meeting, amendments that..."

Nov. 13, 2020 Column by Beth Sullivan

Taking a Dive Into the Travis County Election Numbers
The biggest blueberry ever!
"...exception is along East Riverside.) Most of the hardest-core GOP boxes in the county are outside the city limits,..."

Nov. 13, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Voters Opt for Status Quo in Statewide Races
Bluenami proves illusory in Texas stalemate
"...news for the blue team was that the Texas GOP also did not make any gains on its existing..."

Nov. 6, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin Freshmen Survive in Unflipped House as the County Sees a Dem Landslide
The blueberry abides (barely)
"...but Berry's sizable percentage of the vote signals the GOP still has a lot of power in parts of..."

Nov. 6, 2020 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Coming Out of the Ashes
After Election 2020, it’s not right, but it’s OK
"...people who cast their ballots for Trump and the GOP and owning-the-libs also support a wide variety of progressive..."

Nov. 6, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Westside City Council Races Go to Polarized Run-Offs
Districts 6 and 10 head to another race
"...In 2020, Virden contributed $225 through WinRed, the national GOP's online fundraising platform, some of which was earmarked specifically..."

Nov. 6, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Election Day Live Coverage for Travis County
Tracking the local races
"...of the Texas House, but nor did the Texas GOP reclaim much of the ground they lost in 2018...."

Nov. 3, 2020 News Post by the News Staff

Election Ticker: Are We There Yet?
The latest – and last! – news from the campaign trail before Election Day
"...of the Legislature remains firmly (19R, 12D) in the GOP's grasp – or does it? The big prize for..."

Oct. 30, 2020 News Feature by the News Staff

Austin at Large: For Team Blue, So Much Green
More money, more voters for Texas Democrats aiming to flip the state House
"...of Israel's fellow Central Texas reps, whose seats the GOP is trying to reclaim, in some cases with the..."

Oct. 23, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Election Ticker: Wading Into the Final Week of Early Voting
Serenity now! Ahead of Election Day
"...his $38 million campaign war chest to help embattled GOP legislators and target vulnerable freshman Dems, including four from..."

Oct. 23, 2020 News Feature by the News Staff

Austin at Large: Old Beliefs, No Longer True
One in five Texas voters have never known a non-embarrassing ruling regime
"...party has solid leads in seven of the 17 GOP-held Lege seats it's targeted (along with holding all 12..."

Oct. 16, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

State Races Make for Critical Choices in the Middle of the Ballot
Taking a look at the state slate
"...County Attorney Delia Garza. Even the ones who've drawn GOP or Libertarian challengers, such as district attorney nominee José..."

Oct. 16, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Totally Under Control
Alex Gibney drops his October Surprise in this dissection of Trump's coronavirus disaster
"...virus! That's like politicizing air or water, which the GOP has already done, throwing out accepted logic and the..."

Oct. 9, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

A World-Class Scandal Snowballs on Paxton
And let's not forget 2015's felony securities-fraud charges
"...and fear being exposed. This is hard for many GOP allies to swallow; the Seven are more respected as..."

Oct. 9, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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