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Texas Governor Greg Abbott is looking out for the unborn, but he’s not quite as enthusiastic about protecting the already born, at least not all of them.
Giving the Anti-Strong Mayor Campaign Its Due – A Ray of Good News About Barton Creek – Another Major Zoning Case In East Austin
The Independent gives the stong mayor campaign its due; office towers proposed at former East Austin tank farm site, good news on Barton Creek, but a tragedy in the local environmental community.
Council Approves Police Cadet Class in Wake of Prop B – Legislature Ominously Hones In On City Budget Authority Over APD
A majority of the Austin City Council pulls back from the political brink and approves a polce cadet class. Meanwhile the Texas Legislature considers bills to hobble City budget authority over APD.
Almost two years of breakdowns in civilized order lead voters to overturn the Austin City Council’s repeal of the public camping ban.
The math on Austin’s Prop B, the public camping ban. Basically Republicans voted yes and Democrats split.
Austin voters speak on Charter amendments and the camping ban.
Let’s start by checking in on Governor Greg Abbott, who we haven’t discussed in a while. Abbott is actually an Austin voter and he took time after voting early on Tuesday April 20 to tell waiting media that he voted for Proposition B. That is the proposed reversal of...
Travis County’s COVID-19 fatality rate is less than half that of Texas. Commissioner Shea wonders if others in Texas will try to learn from Austin
Let’s hit a few points not covered in the accompanying article. First, a lot of questions were raised yesterday about why downtown Austin was still lit up while adjacent East Austin was almost totally dark — as were many other parts of town. Austin Energy responded...
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