Stories by Ashley Lopez

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by Ashley Lopez

House Speaker Pelosi says attempted voter purge in Texas shows need for stronger federal protections

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a visit to East Austin on Tuesday to promote sweeping voting reform legislation currently before Congress.Among other things, House Bill 1 would ensure online voter registration or automatic registration for citizens across the country. The…

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by Ashley Lopez

Civil rights group sues Texas over its call to remove alleged noncitizens from voter rolls

A Latino civil rights organization filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against Texas’ effort to identify noncitizens who are registered to vote.The lawsuit brought by the the League of United Latin American Citizens argues that state officials violated the…

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by Ashley Lopez

Sheryl Cole and ‘Chito’ Vela head to runoff in Texas House race, pushing Dawnna Dukes out

Democrats Sheryl Cole and Jose “Chito” Vela will move on to a runoff election for Texas House District 46 after pushing out embattled incumbent Dawnna Dukes in the primary on Tuesday.The district includes parts of East Austin, Manor and Pflugerville.Cole,…

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Ashley Lopez

Is it really legal to walk down the street with a beer in Austin neighborhoods?

Colter Sonneville had a hunch that it might be legal to walk down the street with an open beer in most of Austin’s residential neighborhoods. It started when he noticed some big signs around Chicon and East Cesar Chavez streets.“The…

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by Ashley Lopez

Democrats call on Dukes to step down for failing to show up

Democratic House Rep. Dawnna Dukes of Austin was already in hot water at the start of the legislative session. She had walked back a promise to resign and, soon after, was indicted.But Travis County Democrats say she then failed to…

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by Ashley Lopez

The decades-old theory behind speed limits might make it harder to change them

High speeds are one of the biggest killers on our roadways. As city officials tackle an uptick in traffic fatalities here in Austin, speed limits come up a lot.But it’s unlikely that city and state officials will be able to…

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