Politics

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…

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Prop H critics want more inclusivity in ‘democracy dollars’ program

Advocates for local immigrant workers have come out against the “democracy dollars” ballot proposal set to go before voters in May, and are pushing City Council to pass an ordinance expanding its eligibility if the initiative succeeds. Proposition H would create…

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Prop G’s extra Council seat could mean gridlock if strong-mayor proposal fails

As voters ponder the eight ballot proposals they will see at the ballot box in May, City Council’s move to split the question of installing a strong mayor from the addition of a Council seat appears to have opened up…

Monday, March 29, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

‘Democracy dollars’ proposal looks to spread influence, participation in elections

Opinions are mixed about the potential impact of a ballot proposal that would provide city dollars to residents to fund local political campaigns, but proponents agree the intention is clear: to bring more people from throughout Austin into the political process.…

Friday, March 26, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Proposition C explained

Last month, City Council approved the language for seven ballot propositions Austin residents will cast votes for or against on May 1. Among them was Proposition C, an initiative that would transfer oversight power of the Office of Police Oversight from…

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