Mark and Charlie's Blog

Uber has come under fire for sending text message blasts this week asking customers to head to the polls and vote to overturn Austin’s fingerprinting regulations for drivers with ride-hailing apps. The text messages, which were purportedly sent by Uber employees, directly...
The Austin Political Action Committee (PAC) against Prop. 1 wants local, state and federal agencies to investigate the campaign tactics of Uber and Lyft. If Prop 1 passes, it will repeal the current city ordinance that regulates transportation network companies (TNCs), including...
Cliff Molak tried everything he could to tell his brother to brush off the attacks. "He got to the point of being so low he took everything to heart," Cliff said. David Molak, 16, had model good looks, a loving family and a mind that could run down almost any statistic in sports...
Insurers have begun to propose big premium increases for coverage next year under the 2010 health law, as some struggle to make money in a market where their costs have soared. The companies also have detailed the challenges in their Affordable Care Act business in a round of...
A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal...
Donald J. Trump , turning his attention to the general election, has begun quietly reaching out to key elements of the Republican establishment as he seeks to unite the party behind his candidacy before his anticipated battle against Hillary Clinton . Mr. Trump, who is expected...
The Texas Republican Party, much of it aligned with Ted Cruz until he dropped out of the presidential race Tuesday, is beginning to accept Donald Trump as its national standard-bearer. In the hours following favorite son Cruz's exit, some of Texas' top Republicans leaders and...
Early voting closed with a rush Tuesday evening on Proposition 1, the most expensive municipal election in Austin’s history and a closely watched decision on the rules for ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft that will have implications far beyond the city’s borders . Just...
UT students could soon get a cash bounty for reporting professors who make their offices a gun-free zone. A pro-campus carry group says that's one proposal they're considering. It's upsetting many faculty members who say their office is their home. There are certain areas of...