The North Texas Tollway Authority has been taking an increasingly punitive approach to chasing down toll scofflaws. First came the public shaming, then the lawsuits. Now, it could start impounding cars.
A bill to give the NTTA the power to block vehicle registrations and ban cars from its tollways ... More >>
The Austin-based nonprofit group Texans for Public Justice must enjoy a cold beer at the end of each working day. They've been watching the package of beer-related bills at the state capital and on Thursday completed a thorough investigation into the money behind big beer. It's quite the read.
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Last week's City Council meeting, at which City Manager Mary Suhm was alternately grilled and applauded over her side deal to allow natural gas drilling on city parkland, was an amazing piece of political theater. How could it not be, what with Vonciel Jones Hill donning her preacher voice and compa ... More >>
Water -- or the lack thereof -- has already made it to the top of the state Legislature's priority list, and it's an area of rare bipartisan agreement. After all, it doesn't take a hydrological engineer to figure out that growing population plus soon-to-be-maxed-out water sources plus historic droug ... More >>
Wind, sun and bullshit: Texas has plenty of all three, and we've done a good job converting wind to electricity. So, why hasn't the sunny Lone Star State done more to create more power from the sun?
Well, you could blame the bullshit.
Today in Austin, The Clean Energy Works for Texas coalition, a ... More >>
The Texas Baker's Bill is getting closer to being useful to bakers.
Late last week, news circulated about new language for the Texas Food Cottage Law, which passed last year and allows home bakers to legally sell their goods with a few certain conditions. After the law was passed, the Texas Departm ... More >>
Austin's not a "major city"? Hunh. Tried to drive in Austin in the last 15, 20 years? Traffic seems pretty major. And last I looked, there was some big college there -- that's what my diploma says, anyhow. And something about a state capitol? Look, I dunno. I'm always drunk when I'm in Austin. Or ... More >>
Dallas Police VideoA woman arrested for DWI during a so-called No-Refusal Weekend has her blood drawn inside Lew Sterrett. In her left hand? A search warrant that orders her to give up her blood.The Texas Senate yesterday refused to send to Governor Rick Perry a bill that included an
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About an hour ago, I called the Senate Committee on Nominations to find out how Shanda Perkins's Board of Pardons and Paroles confirmation hearing went this afternoon. Shortly after that, I received a call from Beth Shields, communications director for state Sen. Mike Jackson, the Republican from La ... More >>