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Weekend Political Party

Wendy Davis, Ted Cruz and Castro brothers to headline 2013 Texas Tribune Fest

By Ryan Lakich

Summer 2013 at the Texas Capitol has provided the most buzzworthy political headlines since quorum-busting Democrats fled across the state line in 2003. When it came to the special session battle o ...


From The Capitol

The Legislative Cocktail Hour: Of casinos and cool people

By Karen Brooks Harper

The business of the rich, the plight of the poor, big-money casinos and food trucks with humble beginnings. The economic spectrum made their way into the Capitol conversation this week. Here's ...


From The Capitol

The Legislative Cocktail Hour: Shark fins and pecan pie wins

By Katie Friel

Lawmakers aren’t the only sharks in this week’s Cocktail Hour! We have bullies on the Board of Regents and a budget that just won’t go away. Board of regents: No more temper t ...


Session Talk

The Legislative Cocktail Hour: High school kids and hookers

By Katie Friel

The saying is that March weather comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Well, the opposite can be said for the Texas Legislature. In early March our lawmakers were still politely filing bills an ...


Session Recap

The Legislative Cocktail Hour: Coffee and buns, CPR, hit and runs

By Katie Friel

So we have a new Pope and Rick Perry dodged the “will he or won’t he” campaign questions at the Conservatives Political Action Conference this weekend. But none of that matters he ...


Session Talk

The Legislative cocktail hour: Pies, guns, civil rights and milk fights

By Katie Friel

Welcome back to our weekly recap of all things Legislature. It was another raucous week at the Capitol! Just kidding. It was pretty tame. But here is what delighted us, confused us and made us thin ...


Session Talk

The Legislative cocktail hour: A look at this week's happenings inside the Capitol

By Katie Friel

If you’re like us, you know that the Legislature is in session. You may even know that there are Representatives and Senators and they meet in the Capitol. They drink at the Cloak Room, wear ...


Do it for the children

Lamar Smith wants to Protect Children from Internet Pornographers, but also record your Internet activity

By Austin Sanders

While the Internet has been clamoring over its defeat of SOPA and PIPA, TX Rep. Lamar Smith — who drafted the House bill — has reintroduced legislation he originally authored ...


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AustinGO! launches in beta, streamlining public services and connecting communities

By Samantha Pitchel

AustinTexas.gov, also known as AustinGO!, has officially launched in beta today. The city’s redesigned web portal offers Austinites an easier, faster way to explore public resources ...


mailroom doldrums

Mail holiday cards early: United States Postal Services slows next-day delivery to combat increasing debt

By Austin Sanders

Next day delivery through the U.S. Postal Service will soon be a thing of the past as the mail carrier announced Monday they will no longer guarantee arrival of first-class stamped mail within one ...


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