Mark and Charlie's Blog

The six file boxes of signed petitions festooning the City Hall plaza Tuesday, even taken as a group, weren’t all that heavy. But as winter turns into an Austin spring, they will carry considerable political weight. Ridesharing Works for Austin, the nascent political action...
Over recent years there’s been a steady escalation of concern about the admissions process at the most revered, selective American colleges. And little by little, those colleges have made tweaks. But I get the thrilling sense that something bigger is about to give. The best...
The tweet came late for those on the East Coast and, depending on your browser, in a tiny font. But shortly after director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith announced they would be sitting out the Oscars because of its lack of diversity , Academy of Motion Picture Arts...
With less than two weeks to go before Austin’s stricter vehicle-for-hire ordinance goes into effect, Ridesharing Works — a group supported by Uber and Lyft — says it has collected 65,103 signatures on a petition to overturn the new regulations or force a public vote on them. If...
Jennifer Ouellette is like many conservatives two weeks before the first votes are cast: thrilled that Sen. Ted Cruz is a leading Republican presidential candidate but flummoxed that his top challenger is Donald Trump. Read More
Buford Arning, a retired building supply executive in Statesville, N.C., went to church each week until a pinched nerve made it hard for him to leave his house. He believes in living a faith-filled life. But he does not demand piety of his preferred presidential candidate,...
A learn-at-your-own-pace classroom with more than 600 computers . A growing list of partnerships with Central Texas high schools for dual-credit and early college courses. Closer tracking of struggling students. These and other initiatives at Austin Community College are...
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday that he would pay for his plan for a single-payer health-care system with a suite of new taxes, including a 2.2% “premium” applied to all income, a new payroll tax paid by employers, and a variety of tax increases on...
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton put rival Bernie Sanders on the defensive Sunday over health care and gun control, in a series of sharp exchanges during their final debate before voting for the presidential nominations begins in Iowa. Read More