Politics

Asher Price
Nov 17, 2022 - News

Austin-bashing commences at the Texas Legislature

Illustration of the Texas State Capitol with lines radiating from it.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

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.

Nicole Cobler
Nov 14, 2022 - News

County results underscore Republicans dominance in Texas

Data: AP, New York Times; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios Visuals

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 struggles to fill vacancies

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

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.

Asher Price
Nov 10, 2022 - News

Dissecting the Austin mayor's race

Data: Travis County Clerk; Map: Erin Davis and Simran Parwani/Axios Visuals

Voting patterns in the first round of Austin's mayoral race laid bare, once again, Austin's east-west divide.

Driving the news: Jolting the punditry class, state Rep. Celia Israel out-dueled her better-funded opponent, Kirk Watson, by about 15,000 votes, dominating precincts in East Austin.

What you could buy with Texas governor's race spending

Data: Texas Ethics Commission campaign finance reports for Texans for Greg Abbott and Beto for Texas. Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios
Data: Texas Ethics Commission campaign finance reports for Texans for Greg Abbott and Beto for Texas. Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

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.

Austin mayoral race heads to a runoff

Photo illustration of Celia Israel, and Kirk Watson.

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photos: Israel campaign, Hutton Supancic/Getty Images for SXSW

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.
Asher Price
Nov 9, 2022 - News

Austin voters weigh in on city council and bonds

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Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

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.

Asher Price
Nov 8, 2022 - News

Three things we're watching in Austin elections returns

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

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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