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Friday, January 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

New sheriff defiantly reverses course on ICE cooperation

Travis County’s brand new Sheriff Sally Hernandez has thrown down the gauntlet at the feet of President Donald Trump. Late Friday afternoon, Hernandez officially announced, effective Feb. 1, the end of her office’s cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement…

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Friday, January 6, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Gómez brings seniority, optimism into 2017

Affordability, public safety, annexation and the Trump administration are at the top of Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gómez’s mind as she starts the second half of her latest term in office. Gómez is the longest-serving member of the Commissioners Court,…

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Friday, January 6, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Daugherty, policy-obsessed viral sensation, starts fourth term with broad agenda

In October, Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty shot to international viral fame thanks to a campaign ad that sold him as an unmitigated policy geek. And based on his outlook for 2017, that was no act. In an interview with…

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Friday, January 6, 2017 by Michael Kanin

Videos from City Summit 2016: state vs. local

Our third edition of City Summit, produced this year with our partners at KUT and Glasshouse Policy, tackled a range of topics centered around interactions between state and local governments. Complete videos from each of the six panel discussions are…

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Thursday, January 5, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioner Brigid Shea: Preparing for the worst in 2017

Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea will spend her 2017 much as she spent her previous two years in office: ensuring that the county and its residents are ready for the threats posed by climate change. “I’ve worked on climate-related issues…

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Thursday, January 5, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Travillion ready to hit the ground running

As newly minted Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion moves into his office at 700 Lavaca Street, the Precinct 1 representative is unpacking an ambitious agenda for 2017. “There will be a lot of measuring,” Travillion told the Austin Monitor in…

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt charts steady course for 2017

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt says her administration is moving full speed ahead into the new year. In an interview with the Austin Monitor, Eckhardt said 2017 will be a year of continued progress on long-standing issues, and embracing a…

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Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Feds clear county’s path to new old courthouse

Travis County is one step closer to claiming ownership of a historic federal courthouse in downtown Austin. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rejected homeless advocacy group Front Steps’ bid to take control of the U.S.…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Williamson County upends park-and-ride plans

The Williamson County Commissioners Court last week refused to go along with an ambitious plan aimed at planting eight new park-and-rides along Central Texas toll roads. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority cooked up the proposal last month in partnership…

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