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Travis County

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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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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Monday, December 19, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin/Travis County Central Health

Travis County Central Health president and CEO Patricia Young Brown joins Austin Monitor reporter Caleb Pritchard to chat about her organization, the University of Texas Dell Medical School and the organizations’ role in the community. Post is embedded below.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Courthouse committee winnows options for eventual house of justice

Travis County’s search for a new site for a civil courthouse could soon narrow in on the final two candidates: a private property versus the county’s current administrative headquarters at 700 Lavaca St. On Wednesday night, the Civil and Family…

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