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Top 10 Local Stories
The year in Austin: from the APD to urban rail
"...but the collision of increasingly reactionary abortion laws with statewide and national movements to fight back – with Austin..."

Jan. 3, 2014 News Feature by Michael King

Top 10 State Stories
Obamacare provoked, a star was born, and the Tea Party kept on steeping.
"...Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, resurrected the party's hopes for statewide office in 2014 after her 11-hour filibuster of the..."

Jan. 3, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Third-Party Candidates Lining Up Again
It's still busy at the bottom of the ticket
"...more than 5% of the vote in the last statewide election. Now they have to capitalize on that. In..."

Dec. 20, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Candidate Filings
"...primary, only seven see incumbents fighting for their seats. Statewide, the Democrats saw filing day close with an unexpected..."

Dec. 13, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

It's Official: Van de Putte Running for Lt. Gov.
In a historic first, two women will top the Democratic ballot
"...either major party has seen two women lead its statewide ticket...."

Nov. 29, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: Lessons on the Wind
Random speculations on the returns
" less) suggests that, like Travis County voters, Texans statewide believe in the state's future and are willing to..."

Nov. 8, 2013 News Column by Michael King

Prop. 6: Rainy Day Flows Downhill
State Water Implementation Fund wins in landslide
"...million – a drop in the bucket for a statewide election – and before e-day some supporters quietly voiced..."

Nov. 8, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Election day is here, so don't forget your voter ID
"...This year there are nine statewide constitutional amendments on the ballot, including the establishment of..."

Nov. 5, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Davis Gains in Latest Polling
Abbott's lead tightens to single digits
"...The numbers for the other statewide races did not provide much in the way of..."

Nov. 4, 2013 News Post by Brandon Watson

Prop. 6: Strange Bedfellows on Both Sides
Boondoggle or necessary step? Odd alliances form on both sides of state water proposal.
"...will also encourage more large scale public-private partnerships and statewide thinking, rather than local agencies paying premium prices to..."

Oct. 25, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

News Ticker: September 12
All the news that's fit to blog
"...not good" for him to be handsome on a statewide level...."

Sept. 12, 2013 News Post by Brandon Watson

News Ticker: August 1
All the news that's fit to blog
"...a mysterious Democrat is seeking an aide for a statewide "exploratory effort." We guess at this point Anthony Weiner..."

Aug. 1, 2013 News Post by Brandon Watson

Abbott Starts His Campaign Battle At the Alamo
The gubernatorial candidate is armed with a $21 million war chest
" reelection. Abbott undoubtedly has the money for a statewide race. In the most recent semi-annual campaign finance reports,..."

July 19, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Perry's Vexing Vetoes
Perry kills 24 more bills
"...repeated attempts to either defund or disband the sole statewide prosecutor of malfeasance by elected officials. In that time,..."

June 21, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Brown Makes It Official
Former Dem County Chair Announces Run for Judge
"...representation and to expand health care locally if not statewide. Speaking of GOP attempts to throttle local initiatives, Brown..."

June 8, 2013 News Post by Michael King

Point Austin: Underfunded and Overtested
Save Texas Schools builds a groundswell for public education
"...recklessness, but in the interim they've been building a statewide movement. Weeks is hoping that this year's march will..."

Feb. 22, 2013 News Column by Michael King

Jumping the Shark on Women's Health
For the sake of anti-abortion politics, the governor and the Legislature turned their backs on women's health care – with disastrous consequences. Is there any way to fix this mess?
"...over 1,000 clients. (One direct consequence of these massive statewide cuts is a spike in the number and public..."

Jan. 18, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

"...Court of Criminal Appeals: The most important statewide race this year is for presiding judge of the..."

Oct. 19, 2012 News Feature

Your Word Is Your Bond
Travis County moves toward broader pretrial release of the accused, but commercial bondsmen say it will never work
"...nearly half of the more than 67,000 jail inmates statewide were being detained pretrial. In 2010 alone, pretrial detainees..."

Oct. 12, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: What's Not on the Ballot
The ballot has some choices, but not all choices
"...only those races affecting her precinct: the presidential and statewide races, her congressional and legislative districts, and various propositions..."

Oct. 12, 2012 News Column by Michael King

AISD Weighs Tax Increase
District considers joining already crowded election ballot
"...voters for a tax increase – four years of statewide cuts and local layoffs. Each year since, the district..."

June 29, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Unconventional Conventions
Two smaller political parties gather this weekend
"...Trail, Grey Forest). The party aims to select its statewide candidates and national convention delegates (see "Vote: Go Green,"..."

June 8, 2012 News Post by Monica Riese

Welcome to the Circus!
The redistricting fight and the grassroots politics of chaos
" the county level. Matt Glazer, executive director of statewide think tank Progress Texas, foresees chaos on the convention..."

March 9, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Election Results: Travis Props Win Handily
Local voters respond more favorably to roads than open space
"...ballot, was sluggish, with only 5.3% of registered voters statewide making it to the polls, passing all but three..."

Nov. 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Just Say No!
Rick Perry's approach to sex education has helped Texas boost its teen pregnancy rate
"...if there is to be any sustained and effective statewide action to reduce the number of adolescent pregnancies and..."

Oct. 28, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Big-Ticket Races Filling Up
If Rick Perry runs for president, who'll run for governor?
"...and the state GOP's first African-American candidate elected to statewide office quit in March to run for Senate, but..."

July 29, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Show Them the Need
The great GOP wave breaks on the realities of the actual cost of government
"...every significant committee chairmanship under its control, and every statewide office in its pocket, the GOP controlled the pace..."

June 10, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Out of the Schools and Into the Polls
Lege (and voters) still fighting over how much to cut public schools
"...may have the numbers on its side. A recent statewide survey by the University of Texas at Austin and..."

May 27, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Can Austin Be Reunited in One Congressional District?
Hearing on redistricting at 9am Thursday
"...a similarly large advantage in the Senate, and all statewide offices. Statewide demographic trends are running against them –..."

April 6, 2011 News Post by Lee Nichols

Point Austin: We Have Just Begun To Fight
The budget battles are only skirmishes in the long march toward democracy
"...budgets reflect a potential 100,000 layoffs of public employees statewide, meaning at least that and perhaps a third again..."

March 18, 2011 News Column by Michael King

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