A suburban Dallas lawmaker wants to cordon off Austin as a stand-alone district under the thumb of the Texas Legislature.
Driving the news: State lawmakers started filing bills for next year's legislative session this week.
Nearly a week after an election that saw Gov. Greg Abbott decisively defeat Democrat Beto O'Rourke to win a third term, this map could either be triggering or a thing of rose-colored beauty.
Austin Police Department vacancies are continuing to climb amid staffing shortages in the city's 911 call center.
Why it matters: How to approach public safety remains a lightning rod in the post-George Floyd era, with Austinites divided about police spending.
Voting patterns in the first round of Austin's mayoral race laid bare, once again, Austin's east-west divide.
Running statewide in Texas — and buying ads in the major media markets of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, not to mention cities like Amarillo, Lubbock and Tyler — requires a lot of taco money.
By the numbers: With the combined amount spent by candidates Greg Abbott and Beto O'Rourke, you could buy more than 50 million tacos at Austin's El Primo on South First Street.
The bottom line: The most expensive gubernatorial election in Texas history is now finished.
State Rep. Celia Israel and former mayor Kirk Watson will head to a runoff next month after no candidate received more than 50% of the vote in the crowded field for mayor.
- The big picture: Israel maintained a lead over Watson with 40.5% of the vote compared to his 35%, according to Travis County's unofficial election results which show nearly all precincts reporting as of 6:30am Wednesday.
Austin voters won clarity — but not conclusiveness — in a handful of key city council races.
Driving the news: The top two vote-getters in districts 3, 5 and 9 are headed for a runoff after a traffic jam of candidates meant that no one won more than 50% of the vote in those races, according to Travis County election results.
While the top-of-the-ticket matchup between Beto O'Rourke and Gov. Greg Abbott will earn the most attention in Texas on Election Night — the state's policy direction on immigration, abortion, environmental protection and social services hangs in the balance — we're keen on the outcome of a few local races.
- Here are our three big questions.
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