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85th Texas Legislature Preview
Can the GOP-run House and Senate get along well enough to get anything accomplished?
"...moment captured the underlying conflict leading into the 85th Texas Legislature, it came on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan...."

Jan. 13, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

Horns, Hilltoppers Remain Undefeated; Champions League Results
"...St. Ed's women (2-0 after beating Angelo State) host Texas Women's Univ., 4pm Thursday, then West Texas A&M, 1pm..."

Sept. 17, 2008 Sports Post by Nick Barbaro

The Hottest Race in Texas
The David Fisher-Todd Staples Senate Contest in East Texas Will Decide the Fate of the State Senate -- and the U.S. House
"...personal political event was in progress up in East Texas. In the auditorium of Frankston High School in Anderson..."

Oct. 27, 2000 News Feature by Michael King

May 7 City of Austin Special Municipal Election
Early Voting April 25-May 3; Election Day: Saturday, May 7.
"...VOTER ID: Texas law requires registered voters to show one of seven..."

April 22, 2016 News Feature

Big City Blues
Although it has three of the 10 largest cities in the United States, Texas is still largely a state of home-rule cities. A brief look at the prospects for a real urban policy in Texas.
"...For decades, the state of Texas had a very straightforward relationship with its cities: You..."

Jan. 12, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

"This Is Austin Bashing on Steroids"
This legislative session, state GOP lawmakers ran an all-out assault on municipal values
"...85th Leg­is­lature was getting going, Gov. Greg Abbott declared Texas would "hammer" Travis County for Sheriff Sally Hernandez's decision..."

June 16, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Best-Laid Plans
How does the patchwork of separate plans for the future of Central Texas fit together? No one knows.
"...In Central Texas, right now, there's a whole lot of planning going..."

July 16, 2010 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Making a List
Examining the prospects for Austin's lobby at the 77th Legislature
"...In that spirit, the city intends to follow the Texas Municipal League's lead in opposing legislation that might seek..."

Dec. 29, 2000 News Feature by Amy Smith

So Many Elections, So Little Time
Senate bill could have unintended consequences for local elections
"...for some completely different election news: A seemingly innocuous Texas Senate bill, passed and awaiting the governor's signature, may..."

June 10, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Does the Open Meetings Act Go Too Far?
Pflugerville joins other Texas cities in challenging portions of the Texas Open Meetings Act
"...The Texas Open Meetings Act was designed to blow the doors..."

Jan. 8, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

What School Finance Crisis?
The Lege considers school finance, and recommends ways to cut wages and fire teachers
"...charge, which was in brief (borrowing language from the Texas Constitution) to "establish and make suitable provision for the..."

March 26, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Naked City
Calling Chairman Chiz
"...Friends in High Places. No, not Heaven -- the Texas Legislature. The church, embroiled in an ongoing controversy over..."

April 27, 2001 News Feature by Michael King

Naked City
The City Council adopts a legislative agenda focused on protecting the city’s right to govern itself.
"...legislation across the state. The legislative program of the Texas Municipal League closely echoes Austin's, promising to "vigorously oppose..."

Feb. 2, 2001 News Feature by Emily Pyle

The Daily Hustle: 3/28/11
Marc Ott acts on naming City Attorney: Karen Kennard
"...Kennard has more than two decades of municipal law experience, including the past six and one-half years..."

March 28, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Lege Lines
Lege makes an anti-city push, nixes a bill limiting police filming, the Senate passes its budget, and more...
"...Foreigners. Anyone who's not born again. It seems the Texas Legislature has a long list of targets, but this..."

April 17, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Unlikely Allies
Eastsiders and Suburbanites Unite to Fight City
"...neighborhoods which included Diane Spencer of Northwest Travis County Municipal Utility District #1. According to Gavino Fernandez of Eastside..."

Nov. 7, 1997 News Column by Kayte VanScoy

Houston's Long Shadow
Austin-Bashing: It's Not Over Yet
"...its annexation and regulatory powers. He then cautioned his colleagues to protect Houston's rights, under attack this session: "Be..."

April 4, 1997 News Column by Louisa C. Brinsmade

Sheryl Cole and Chito Vela: The Prize Fight
All eyes on the Democratic primary run-off in House District 46
"...me in April. "But it prepared me for the Texas Legislature." [inset-1-right]..."

May 4, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Mayor Appoints Council Committees
10-1 Council members begin to take their places
"...to “important” or even “critical” committees – just like Texas House members anointed by Speaker Joe Straus – it’s..."

Feb. 10, 2015 News Post by Michael King

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
"...The Texas Municipal League is up in arms over "last-minute legislative..."

June 13, 2003 News Feature

Tug of War
Changing Chamber Funds
"...Troxell said the program equaled an unfunded mandate on municipal courts. He chided the city for not supporting last..."

Aug. 6, 1999 News Column by Jenny Staff Johnson

Lege Lines: Guns vs. Business, Strange Bedfellows, and More
Lege walks the line between proliferating guns, protecting businesses
"...though the owners clearly didn't want it. In testimony, Texas Gun Sense noted that the signs were deliberately designed..."

April 10, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines
School finance debate heats up, HHSC consolidation on hold?, and more
"...Texas schools are in feeble fiscal shape. In case you..."

April 3, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Open and Shut
Council members hope they've closed the door on their Open Meetings legal troubles. Trouble is, that won't be the end.
"...promptly began an investigation into possible violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The effort was stoked by the..."

Oct. 26, 2012 News Feature by Mike Kanin

On the Lege
Eminent-domain fight moves to Perry's desk
"...the El Paso proposal has gained momentum since The Texas Observer's May 4 cover story on the matter...."

June 15, 2007 News Column by Amy Smith

What's So Special?
Gov. Perry calls a special session, and pits property taxes against schoolchildren
"...the nature of political power and its exercise in Texas. Like it or not, we're about to receive a..."

April 23, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...the City of Georgetown but the entire State of Texas." Perhaps that is why the Texas Municipal League, the..."

Sept. 21, 2001 Column

Who You Gonna Call?
Small Texas towns look to Austin and Washington to jump-start economic development
"...they've defied economic trends that have reduced most small Texas towns to dust, especially towns in semi-arid and overgrazed..."

Feb. 23, 2001 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Media Bills Chill
Reporters Get the Cold Shoulder From Legislators
"...to note that M.J. Niccio, a lobbyist for the Texas Daily Newspaper Association (TDNA) identifies an anti-ambulance-chaser bill as..."

Aug. 15, 1997 News Column by Lee Nichols

Lege Lines: Weak Oversight Rules, School Vouchers Pass Senate, and More...
Lege pushes weak oversight rules, school voucher bill sails through Senate, and more...
"...move the investigation of public corruption cases to the Texas Rangers – a unit of 150 investigators that is..."

April 24, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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