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Sen. Kirk Watson on the 86th Texas Legislature
“In Texas, we don’t focus on what our needs are; we focus on what we want to pay”
"...Kirk Watson, the former Austin mayor, is entering his fifth..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Kirk Watson Begins His Long Goodbye
Headed to Houston, the ex-mayor and senator reflects on his legacy
"...his transition from partisan player into Elder Statesman, state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, was reflective with the local press..."

Feb. 18, 2020 News Post by Mike Clark-Madison

Greg Casar Will Not Run for Kirk Watson's Vacant Senate Seat
Austin council member says: “I’m staying right where I am”
"...Member Greg Casar will not run for the Texas Senate seat opened up by Kirk Watson’s retirement. In a..."

May 4, 2020 News Post by Austin Sanders

As Kirk Watson Exits, a Special Election for Senator's Successor Looms
Three Democratic elected officials are considering the race
"...Texas Sen. Kirk Watson is not dying, nor is he being..."

Feb. 28, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison and Austin Sanders

Kirk Watson Resigns From Texas Senate
Headed to Houston, the ex-mayor and senator reflects on his legacy
"...his transition from partisan player into Elder Statesman, state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, was reflective with the local press..."

Feb. 21, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Gov. Watson?
San Antonio senator steps out of gubernatorial primaries, touts Austinite's candidacy
"...Republican gubernatorial primary punch-up between Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Democratic Party's own nomination fight..."

June 23, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Watson to Lead Senate Dems
Travis County senator to replace San Antonio's Van de Putte
"...With the special session winding down, and the Senate calling Sine Die, a major shuffle in the Democratic..."

June 28, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Watson Makes It Rain
Kirk Watson teaches the kids about money. Step 1 - Get a contract with the city!
"...Who better to lead Austin's "Financial Fitness Week" than Sen. Kirk Watson, who knows a thing or two about..."

April 16, 2008 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Watson Versus Major Events
Austin Senator switches F1 funding position in tight budget
"...lions lying down with your lambs yet? Last night Sen. Kirk Watson, the Austin Democrat that got Formula One..."

May 26, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Watson Says 4-Way Travis Split Unnecessary
Senator submits own map that keeps most of Austin in Dist. 14
"...Testimony on the proposed Senate redistricting map broke along partisan lines in this morning’s..."

May 12, 2011 News Post by Lee Nichols

Watson's 'Honesty Agenda' Moves Forward
Fiscal clarity bills attached to others as amendments
"...LegeLand pronounced his “Honesty Agenda” on life support, Austin Sen. Kirk Watson found a way to revive the patient...."

May 4, 2011 News Post by Lee Nichols

Watson Takes What He Can Get
Austin senator cuts budget breather from five days to two
"...Austin state Sen. Kirk Watson definitely understands lawmaking sometimes requires taking half..."

Jan. 21, 2011 News Post by Lee Nichols

Watson for State Senate
Travis County Senator strikes himself off gubernatorial candidate list
"..."I will run for re-election to the Texas Senate in 2010."..."

Aug. 14, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Watson Neglected Transit
"...Dear Editor, Lee Nichols wrote that Sen. Kirk Watson has been "heavily involved" in transportation issues..."

Dec. 14, 2009 Postmarks

Watson: Appointees Could End TXDoT 'Us Versus Them Mentality'
Austin Senator weighs in on Texas Transportation Commission appointments
"...Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, who doesn't normally weigh in on..."

April 30, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

On the Lege: Freshman Watson Thrives in Senate Environment
Lege is preferable to City Hall for former mayor
"...Freshman senators do not ordinarily make significant political strides during their..."

May 18, 2007 News Column by Amy Smith

Budget: The Kirk's Notes Version
Watson secures 48 hours for reviewing budget changes
"...Austin state Sen. Kirk Watson understands that lawmaking sometimes requires taking half..."

Jan. 28, 2011 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Brown Lands Watson and Doggett
County Judge candidate garners major endorsements
"...a trio of prominent Democrats: philanthropist Ellen Richards, state Sen. Kirk Watson, and Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett. Brown followed..."

Sept. 6, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

Watson Supports Obama
Austin state senator says candidate "offers hope."
"...Austin state senator and former Mayor Kirk Watson just declared his support..."

Feb. 12, 2008 News Post by Lee Nichols

Watson Wants Travis Whole in SBOE
Senate committee moves map keeping Travis split
"...The Senate Redistricting Committee today sent its committee substitute for State..."

April 27, 2011 News Post by Lee Nichols

Watson Says Renewable Energy Bill Likely Dead
SB 541 "the victim of House politics"
"...Austin Sen. Kirk Watson had high hopes for his Senate Bill..."

May 27, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Watson Fumbles the Hardball
Austin state senator clearly wasn't ready for professional jerk Chris Matthews
"...Austin state Sen. Kirk Watson went on MSNBC's Hardball last night to..."

Feb. 20, 2008 News Post by Lee Nichols

'Texas Monthly' Names Watson 'Rookie of the Year'
Magazine says former Austin mayor was best of the newbies
"...just-completed legislative session, and the magazine rated Austin Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson as the "Rookie of the Year." In..."

June 14, 2007 News Post by Lee Nichols

Watson's 3/17 Speech Against Voter ID
Transcript of Austin senator's remarks
"...Whatever complaints one may have about Austin Sen. Kirk Watson, one of them can't be that the..."

March 18, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Looking at the Hard-to-Handicap Race for a Texas Senate Seat
Who will take Kirk Watson's Texas Senate District 14 seat?
"...Texas Senate District 14, up for grabs in this month’s special..."

July 10, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

Back in the Saddle
Sen. Kirk Watson files for Senate, ending statewide speculation
"...event in a room too small for the press; Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, confirmed he's back for another round;..."

Dec. 3, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Election 2014 Begins as Senate Draws Lots
Term lengths allocation starts to reshape plans for higher office
"...Time for Travis County Senators Kirk Watson and Donna Campbell to start fundraising: After..."

Jan. 23, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Senate Committees Announced
Lt. Gov releases committee appointments with few changes for Travis delegation
"...Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst quietly released the list of Senate Committees for the 81st Session. Comparing the list to..."

Jan. 30, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

News Ticker: July 3
All the news that's fit to blog
"...an intimate evening, John Cornyn makes no impression, and Kirk Watson shows off his moves. Freedom is on the..."

July 3, 2013 News Post by Brandon Watson

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt's Long Goodbye
State Senate race to succeed Watson complicated by pandemic and controversy
"...announced she would step down to run for state senator. Two weeks later, March 23, she said she would..."

April 3, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

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