Politics

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Prop H gets support from community leaders pushing ‘democracy dollars’

Leaders from a variety of community and political advocacy groups voiced their support Tuesday for Proposition H, the ballot proposal popularly known as “democracy dollars” that is intended to bring public financing into local elections. Members of Austinites for Progressive…

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Mayor, City Council express opposition to state legislation

Mayor Steve Adler and several City Council members expressed their frustration with the Legislature at Tuesday’s work session, after Intergovernmental Relations Officer Brie Franco described legislation aimed at curbing Austin’s authority to govern itself. Among Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s announced…

Friday, April 2, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Ranked-choice voting proposal faces legal, legislative questions after May election

There are two questions at play for Proposition E, which would seek to create ranked-choice voting in city elections. One of those questions will be decided by voters in May, while a larger one will likely play out between city…

Friday, April 2, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Ballot item backers report $100K in donations

Austinites for Progressive Reform, the group that’s sponsoring propositions D, E, F, G and H on the May 1 ballot, has reported raising more than $100,000 since the beginning of the year to fund its campaigns. The group has spent…

Thursday, April 1, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Mayors, environmental groups oppose strong-mayor plan

Three former Austin mayors and six local environmental organizations have announced their opposition to Proposition F, the charter amendment that would change Austin’s Council-manager form of government to a system that would eliminate the city manager and give the mayor the…

Thursday, April 1, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Should mayoral election be moved to presidential years?

When voters cast their votes on the May 1 ballot, they will have a chance to weigh in on the question of whether Austin’s mayor should be elected in November of presidential election years, instead of on a cycle that…

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