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SMD: Seventh Time's the Charm?
Citizens' group collecting voter signatures for 10 City Council districts
"...still outstanding, along with an overarching one: Will this SMD vote be any different?..."

Oct. 28, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Doing the SMD Shuffle
Single-member district supporters gather at the Carver
"...“Everybody in this room is all in favor of SMDs, but not in favor of any particular map.” Of..."

May 24, 2011 News Post by Michael King

City Hall Hustle: Political Drought Withers SMD ... Again
'Gentleman's agreement' stays intact after unsuccessful effort to change Austin's system of electing council members
"...SMDs died at the ballot box six times since 1973,..."

Aug. 22, 2008 News Column by Wells Dunbar

TDH: 6/16/11
We've got your single-member district maps
"...unto the breach on single-member districts. But what's a SMD column without maps? After the jump, we've got more..."

June 16, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

City Hall Hustle: It's Not Easy Being Single
For the seventh time ... the SMD devil is in the details
"...representation – the historical impetus for most forms of SMDs...."

May 6, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

The Single-Member Situation
Movement afoot – once again – to ask voters to endorse City Council districts
"...Lee Leffingwell is set to announce a proposal for SMDs at his annual State of the City address this..."

Feb. 25, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

May 4 Election Wrap-up
"...which called for dividing the council into single-member districts (SMD) and expanding it from seven to 11 members. In..."

May 10, 2002 News Feature by Lee Nichols

City Hall Hustle: Next Act, Major Drama
Mayor anticipates a year of living dangerously for City Hall
"...hybrid system will likely be tested as well (see "SMD: Seventh Time's the Charm?")...."

Oct. 28, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large: Mixed Signals
Why is the City Council trying to undercut single-member districts?
"...church, or whatever), which is where we presume most SMD candidates would get their start. Nor is Slusher's own..."

March 8, 2002 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

City Hall Hustle: Down the Long Road to SMDs
Council takes another step toward districting ... and other stuff
"...mechanisms, and classist tribal hatreds, the shopworn issues surrounding SMDs are reassuring perennials, like a worn pair of blue..."

June 17, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

City Hall Hustle: Win, Place, and No-Show
One race, two walkovers, and games to be played later
"...ChangeAustin.org, fresh off of complaining that the mayor's initial SMD proposal (aimed at November 2012) hadn't solicited community input,..."

March 18, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Beside the Point
Single-member districts proposal shoehorned into discussion and vote, barely in advance of city's election-setting deadline
"...districts. Having inspired little discussion among Austin voters, the SMD proposal, containing an only recently proposed configuration (six districts,..."

Feb. 29, 2008 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...way to induce voters to approve a single-member district (SMD) amendment they had rejected four times already. The council..."

April 12, 2002 Column

Your Geographic Representation Cheat Sheet
A guide to competing maps and more Charter Revision issues
"...early this year, when Leffingwell proposed a six-district, hybrid SMD/at-large system totaling nine council members in his State of..."

Dec. 1, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

City Council: Butler Honors and Charter Foresight
Council on the trail to honor the Butlers and revise the charter
"...form of City Council governance on the ballot (see "SMD: Seventh Time's the Charm?," Oct. 28). AGR members have..."

Nov. 4, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Point Austin: Citizens Needed
The city is considering charter revision, but the citizens are still yawning
"...much. Council Member Mike Martinez, who initiated the current SMD discussion, remains strongly in favor of the change and..."

Nov. 30, 2007 News Column by Michael King

Mapping the Changes
A preview of proposed new single-member districts
"...doesn't violate the federal Voting Rights Act. Even if SMDs pass and are implemented next year, that still gives..."

April 5, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Chartering a Course
A preview of the Charter Revisions Proposals
"...City Council planned to vote last week to put SMDs on the ballot, but various council members instead revealed..."

Feb. 15, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Early Returns
Four declare candidacy for the Pct. 1 Commissioners Court Primary Race
"...system – although he notes that in the preceding SMD campaign, Linder opposed districting on the grounds that it..."

Oct. 2, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

Mo' Music: February 19
Shake it to the latest in new tunes
"..."Snake Bile Wine" Simian Mobile Disco Speaking of food, SMD are back with with another delicacy-inspired dance track. While..."

Feb. 20, 2014 Qmmunity Post by Rob Cohen

Peck Young Goes Away Mad
Young likes to insult people behind their backs – and deny it later
"...So apparently, Young likes to insult people behind their..."

Feb. 8, 2013 News Post by Michael King

Point Austin: Elections and Consequences
You never know what you're gonna get
"...those of us at the Chronicle, have been endorsing SMDs for so long we'd gotten accustomed to the expectation..."

Nov. 9, 2012 News Column by Michael King

Council Math: 1 + 1 = ?
"...Heading into the Thursday public debate, the SMD issue was murky at best. Four council members had..."

July 6, 2012 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Civics 101
"...CHARTER AND SMD FORUM Black Austin Democrats host members of the Charter..."

April 20, 2012 News Column

It's Your City Council!
Brigid Shea and Clay Dafoe vs. Lee Leffingwell
"...the 10-1 single-member district plan, and he supports "whatever SMD plan has the best chance of voter approval." Shea..."

April 13, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

Point Austin: Déjà Vu
Austin's perennial SMD hobby approaches another reprise
"...won't say which is which (the Chronicle has endorsed SMDs all six previous times, which shows you the power..."

Feb. 10, 2012 News Column by Michael King

City Hall Hustle: Tall and Short Stacks of Money
The biggest chunk of change is fueling Place 3 race
"...activists collect enough signatures to put their own larger SMD proposal on a ballot this year, that could delay..."

April 29, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

TDH: 4/25/11
The Daily Hustle asks if time's up for Single Member Districts
"...years, if they collect enough signatures to put a SMD proposal on a ballot before 2012, that could delay..."

April 25, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

A Smarter Charter?
Austin could make big-city changes
"...2012 vote passes, the city would see its first SMD council election in 2013...."

Feb. 25, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

The Daily Hustle: 2/24/11
More with the mayor on single-member districts
"...One complaint lodged against SMDs is that they encourage “ward politics,” a bugaboo Point..."

Feb. 24, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

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