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Tag Archives: Don Zimmerman

Monday, March 5, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Humanist mockery and moonlight towers

Thoughts and prayers… Following the most recent mass shooting, a familiar debate has emerged that pits those who argue in favor of gun control against those who emphasize mental health treatment and (in some cases) more guns. In a Facebook message…

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: ’Tis the season

No nativity scene for you, says Zimmerman… Former Council Member Don Zimmerman is evidently still smarting over his 2016 defeat, and especially the fact that a majority of his neighbors did not vote for him. In years past, Zimmerman and…

Friday, February 24, 2017 by Jo Clifton

New campaign finance rules in the works

Two City Council members, Ellen Troxclair and Jimmy Flannigan, are collecting campaign funds in anticipation of re-election campaigns that seem far in the future. Troxclair is likely to run for re-election in November 2018 for her District 8 seat, but…

Thursday, December 29, 2016 by Jack Craver

Zimmerman: “I’m out of here”

If City Council Member Don Zimmerman is unhappy about losing the seat he has held for two years, he’s not showing it.After losing re-election to Jimmy Flannigan – the same candidate he beat to earn his spot on the then-new…

Thursday, December 29, 2016 by Jack Craver

Flannigan brings new perspective on behalf of Austin’s northwest suburbs

Two years after losing narrowly in a runoff election to City Council Member Don Zimmerman, Jimmy Flannigan easily prevailed in a rematch with the incumbent.What changed?“Winning elections is luck and timing,” said Flannigan during an interview with the Austin Monitor.However,…

Friday, November 18, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman appeals campaign contribution limits

City Council Member Don Zimmerman has asked the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to strike down two provisions of Austin’s campaign finance laws: the $350 limit on contributions made by individuals to Council candidates and the…

Monday, November 14, 2016 by Cate Malek

Ethics Commission says voters have given Zimmerman a greater sanction than it ever could

Austin’s Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint against City Council Member Don Zimmerman on Nov. 9, saying there was no sanction it could give him greater than being voted out of office.Commissioners voted 5-3 in favor of the complainant. But, in…

Monday, October 17, 2016 by Jack Craver

Zimmerman campaign mailer provokes ethics complaint

City Council Member Don Zimmerman may once again face the wrath of the Ethics Review Commission for violating a campaign finance ordinance that he believes is not legal.The outspoken conservative possibly broke city campaign rules, the commission decided Wednesday, when…

Monday, September 12, 2016 by Jack Craver

City commissions move closer to gender balance

In Austin’s first election featuring geographic, single-member districts, voters sent seven women and four men (including the mayor) to the new 10-1 City Council, making the capital of Texas the first major U.S. city governed by a majority-female elected body.…

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Same as it ever was

Remember your dais voice… City Council members and city management are increasingly pushing back on Council Member Don Zimmerman’s tirades against city staff. It started at a Council budget work session Wednesday, when the cantankerous conservative expressed outrage that a…

Monday, August 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Reporter’s Notebook: Zimmerman and more Zimmerman

The dull bits cut out… After the frenetic fun of the It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World-style campaign season of 2014, it’s forgivable to survey 2016 and presume that electoral politics in Austin have gone into extended hibernation. Luckily,…

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council to consider videoconferencing for public testimony

In a quest to simplify the lives of constituents while easing some downtown traffic, City Council Member Don Zimmerman has proposed testing out videoconferencing for citizens communication during Council meetings.“I have a lot of constituents complaining about parking problems and…

Friday, July 22, 2016 by Jo Clifton

City wins lawsuit despite appearance of loss

On Wednesday, Federal Judge Lee Yeakel invalidated the city of Austin’s prohibition on collecting campaign funds outside the six months prior to a City Council election. However, the city’s outside counsel on the matter, Renea Hicks, says the city won…

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Judge strikes down two Austin campaign finance rules

A federal district court ruled late Wednesday that two rules governing how candidates for Austin office handle campaign funds violate the First Amendment. The ruling came after Council member Don Zimmerman filed a lawsuit challenging the city’s campaign finance rules…

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Coming around

I told you so… City Council Member Don Zimmerman may not get his Council colleagues to embrace his libertarian beliefs, but he appears hopeful that there may be a day when they view city staff with as much suspicion as he…

Monday, April 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Hi. It’s the Monitor.

Colossal clash of titans on Twitter… Even as the entire city of Austin is deep into the febrile delirium of a bitterly contested election that will determine the fate of several lines of city code, one can usually rely on…

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by Jack Craver

Zimmerman proposes funding for climate change skeptics

City Council Member Don Zimmerman, a self-described advocate for taxpayers, is not proposing that the city nix spending $116,000 to assess the impact of climate change on local water systems.But he is unhappy that all of the money in the…

Monday, April 18, 2016 by Jack Craver

Reporter’s Notebook: Could it be … Satan?

The devil is in the details… It may be a while before City Council members are willing to accept amendments offered to their resolutions by Council Member Don Zimmerman, no matter how inoffensive they appear at first glance. On Thursday,…

Monday, April 11, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Music and moments of vindication

Which genre do you live in?… In case you missed it, the city’s district music summits kicked off this weekend with the punk/alternative summit in District 2. Even if you didn’t go, there are nine summits left to catch, each…

Monday, April 11, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Council Member Don Zimmerman

Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk about abstentions, annexation, and the rest of his term-so-far. Sponsored by Austin Water. Post is embedded below.

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