Tag Archives: November 2018 elections

Monday, October 15, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Differences stark among D8 candidates vying to succeed Troxclair

In the City Council district with the lone conservative Republican representative on the 11-member body, voters in District 8 face a choice in November: elect a Council member who will remain a brake of sorts on policies that largely reflect…

Monday, October 15, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The next wave of humanity

Visit commission meetings… The fractious nature of the city’s newly convened Tourism Commission brought about consideration Monday of amending the group’s bylaws, with the possibility of requiring at least seven votes to approve recommendations that would be forwarded to City…

Monday, October 15, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: District 3 candidates, Part 1

This week City Council candidates Jessica Cohen and Justin Jacobson sit down with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk District 3 and why they are vying for a seat on the dais.Austin Monitor Radio is…

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by Jo Clifton

IndyAustin raises funds to fight Precourt, Adler

IndyAustin’s specific-purpose political action committee reported raising nearly $30,000 in their campaign finance report filed on Tuesday.IndyAustin recently started gathering signatures for a petition to trigger an election on the city’s deal with Precourt Sports Ventures, which plans to bring…

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by Jack Craver

One month from election, candidates report fundraising figures

Reports from each candidate for mayor and City Council were due at the Office of the City Clerk on Tuesday. Mayor Steve Adler reported raising nearly $140,000 for the latest time period. His total raised for the current race is…

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Prop J initiative exposes rift among Austin environmentalists

Environmentalists in Austin worry about methane emissions from Texas oilfields, plastic pollution clogging up creeks and rivers or nuclear waste being shipped through the state. But one thing they rarely worry about is each other – at least until recently,…

Monday, October 8, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Affordability, CodeNEXT and displacement steer candidates in District 3 forum

The city’s failed CodeNEXT process – a nearly two-year rewrite of the Land Development Code that was scrapped in August – continues to be one of the most provocative issues in local politics. One needed only to listen in to…

Monday, October 8, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Council Member Greg Casar

On this week’s radio show, Council Member Greg Casar talks bonds with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano. To hear all about the city bond package, plus a little news about what’s going on at City Hall,…

Friday, October 5, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Housing, CodeNEXT restart and Houston’s positions shape D1 candidate forum

Ora Houston’s decision to exit City Council at the end of the year has ushered in a crowded field of contenders for her District 1 seat, but her presence and influence are still well felt in the positions and talking…

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Candidates in Districts 1 and 8 working hard

In City Council District 8 and District 1, incumbents Ellen Troxclair and Ora Houston are retiring. In each case, the current council member has announced her endorsement of a candidate to take her seat in January. However, that has not…

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council candidates offer different ideas on housing policy

The decision by Mayor Steve Adler and City Council last month to abandon CodeNEXT, a proposed rewrite of the Land Development Code, reflected the deep divisions in the community over the prospect of increased residential density in single-family neighborhoods.However, in…

Monday, September 24, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Environmental group opposes propositions J, K

Austin Environmental Democrats on Friday voted to oppose two propositions placed on the November ballot by citizen petitions.Like a number of other groups, the environmentalists voted to oppose Proposition K, which seeks to have a comprehensive audit of all city…

Monday, September 24, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Who stands alone?

You can’t say that… During a discussion at Thursday’s City Council meeting about a city home repair program for low-income households, Mayor Steve Adler took an opportunity to remind those watching about the $250 million affordable housing bond that will…

Monday, September 17, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The meatloaf index

Don’t tell your constituents… During a Cap Metro board meeting at the Austin Convention Center attended by City Council members, transportation consultant Jeffrey Tumlin bemoaned the current state of transportation planning in most American cities, which prioritizes minimizing “vehicle delay…

Friday, September 14, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Plenty of PACs for November bond election

District 2 Council Member Delia Garza wants to make sure that when Austin voters go to the polls to vote on the city’s $925 million bond package on Nov. 6, they understand how important it is to support Proposition E,…

Monday, September 10, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Music groups take aim at the ballot box with new nonprofit

Two months before the November midterm elections, a consortium of businesses and nonprofits involved in Austin’s music industry have banded together with the goal of having a greater influence at the ballot box.The new Music Moves Austin 501(c)(4) nonprofit has…

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Texas Supreme Court denies challenges to two ballot items for Austin voters this fall

The Texas Supreme Court has denied petitions from two Austin residents asking that the city rewrite a pair of November ballot measures.Attorney Bill Aleshire filed challenges earlier this month with the court over the wording of a citizen-initiated petition that…

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

The Austin city clerk is no longer challenging Lewis Conway Jr.’s City Council bid

The Austin city clerk has reversed her decision to challenge Lewis Conway Jr.’s candidacy for Austin City Council.Conway, a candidate for District 1, has a felony record, and City Clerk Jannette Goodall requested clarification on his eligibility to run for…

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin city clerk challenges convicted felon’s eligibility to run for City Council

Lewis Conway Jr., a candidate for Austin City Council who has a felony record, may not be able to run after all.Austin City Clerk Jannette Goodall sent Conway an email Friday challenging his eligibility and asking for documents showing that…

Monday, August 20, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City facing two suits over ballot wording

On Friday afternoon, attorney Bill Aleshire filed suit on behalf of a voter against the city of Austin over language City Council adopted to describe the proposition on the November ballot related to CodeNEXT or any other rewrite of the…

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