Because of what came later — Donald Trump’s refusal to say whether he’d accept the results of the election — Hillary Clinton’s similar, if somewhat less incendiary, remark about our system’s legitimacy went nearly unnoticed.
He wasn’t the flashiest debate moderator this cycle or the most aggressive. But Fox News’ Chris Wallace showed the rest of us how it’s done Wednesday night when he hosted the third and final debate of the 2016 presidential campaign cycle.
With staggered four-year terms, five of Austin’s 10-1 council positions are up for re-election. Among them, incumbents Delia Garza of District 2 and Greg Casar of District 4 face two opponents each in their respective races.
by Editorial Board, Special to the American-Statesman
This year’s Austin Community College election is more crowded than many had initially predicted. The nine-member board has staggered six-year terms, which means that usually only three races at a time are on the ballot.
For the past four decades, leadership of the Travis County district attorney’s office has essentially been an unbroken chain, which has not kept pace with a changing criminal justice arena that requires not just toughness, but transparency, compassion, community outreach and new-age reforms.
by Robert Henneke and Emily Pataki, Special to the American-Statesman
In 1776, 13 colonies declared their independence from the British Empire. Last year, more than twice this number — 28 states in total — joined together in opposition to the federal government’s carbon-dioxide emission regulations known as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.
As reported by the Austin American-Statesman’s Chuck Lindell, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced that he will press legislators to provide all 59,000 Texas patrol officers with a bulletproof vest capable of stopping high-caliber rifle rounds.
WASHINGTON — The second presidential debate — bloody, muddy and raucous — was just enough to save Donald Trump’s campaign from extinction, but not enough to restore his chances of winning, barring an act of God (a medical calamity) or of Putin (a cosmically incriminating WikiLeak).
The Prop. 1 mobility bond that will be on the ballot Nov. 8 is the result of a largely closed process orchestrated by a number of business, development and enthusiast interest groups, rather than the community and entire Austin City Council.
When the Austin Independent School District recently announced it would sell, lease or swap 10 prime properties it owns, including its West Sixth Street headquarters, it quietly sent notices to the 40 or so public charter school districts in its boundaries so they could be first in line to make offers on the properties.
by David DeMatthews, Special to the American-Statesman
As millions of Americans are shocked to learn about 10-year old Kayden Culp, of Kerrville, fighting for his life after being doused in gasoline and lit on fire by two boys similar in age, I can only hope his suffering raises awareness about bullying and how children with disabilities are mistreated in schools and communities.
The point of town hall debates is that regular voters get to ask questions. In every town hall I’ve seen, the candidate turns to the voter, listens attentively and directs the answer at least partially back to that person.
Front-page stories continue to trumpet Austin as one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. What does this mean for us, our children and our children’s children beyond pollution, wasted time in traffic and decreasing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity in the city proper?
by Archer Hadley, Special to the American-Statesman
I was born prematurely on March 12, 1996. After being in the intensive care unit for the first few months of my life, I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects body movement, muscle coordination and balance.
My father, Bruno, worked as a janitor in San Antonio. He had no education and spoke only Spanish. So when I was 13 and my dad was laid off, his only option was to pack up his family and join a migrant workers caravan.
by Michael E. Webber, Special to the American-Statesman
The irony for Texas — a state that hasn’t had a Democratic governor or senator since 1995 and that has made a competitive sport out of suing President Barack Obama — is that Hillary Clinton’s energy platform is better for the Lone Star state than Donald Trump’s.
by Anne Wynne and Mercedes Feris, Special to the American-Statesman
Imagine Austin’s streets, highways and bridges as a circulatory system. Nearly everything our city needs to thrive – from our workforce and emergency vehicles to vegetables and guitars – flows through this network of arteries, veins and capillaries.
Mike Pence went into the Farmville, Va., vice presidential debate as a lame-duck, one-term governor and left two hours later as the favorite for conservative Republicans to win the GOP presidential nomination for 2020.
by Beth Martinez, Special to the American-Statesman
As a parent of a child with multiple life-threatening food allergies, I watched with great interest the recent congressional hearings focused on accusations of price-gouging of EpiPens by Mylan Pharmaceutical.
by Philippa Levine, Special to the American-Statesman
Designer baby, anyone? It seems that is what the future may hold. Just this past February, for example, model Chrissy Teigen and her husband, singer John Legend, revealed that they decided to choose the gender of their baby, a daughter.
As reported by the American-Statesman’s James Barragán, City Council members, school board trustees and others held an event in which they called for the new owners of an East Austin apartment complex to give tenants more time to find new housing before putting them out of their homes.
by Scott W. Tinker, Special to the American-Statesman
The United States and China recently ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change, with the Obama administration’s contribution being the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan — the largest climate-change regulation ever attempted in the United States, whose legality is currently being argued before the U.
On Sunday, on the front of the American-Statesman Insight section and online, I will be able to update you on the temporary whereabouts of the Jefferson Davis statue that was unceremoniously removed from the University of Texas Main Mall last year.
What happened in America on Monday night was that two famous people went door-to-door, dropping in to visit with more than 84 million people who had mostly known them only from afar, having watched occasionally as they were being praised and cheered or vilified and caricatured.
by Charles Luke, Special to the American-Statesman
We all know that many politicians are prone to exaggeration. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s recent statement that private school vouchers, or “school choice” as he puts it, are a civil rights issue is such an exaggeration and far from the truth.