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Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir says she couldn't have scripted a better scenario for the first day of early voting. "You would hardly know it, but 25,000 people voted yesterday. Nobody waited in line; everything ran smoothly." DeBeauvoir says a half million Travis County...
Socar Chatmon-Thomas, Chair of the Austin Board of Realtors, says homes sales remain steady, but that doesn't tell the whole story. "Our new numbers indicate that we have an eight percent drop in our sales from the same time last year." Chatmon-Thomas says that still represents...
The Texas Association of Business has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of campaign finance laws related to the 2002 state legislative races. The plea wraps up a five-year investigation into the business group's role in the campaign that saw Republicans win a majority in...
A Western Hays County homeowner was shocked to find vandals had damaged her car because of her support for Barack Obama. The incident was first reported on the political web site Daily Kos . It happened when the woman was entertaining friends in western Hays County. She says she...
JA-TravCoClerkExtSign.jpg The first day of early voting in Texas was only a few hours old when the Travis County Clerk says a man tried to feed some voters a line of baloney at a south Austin early voting location. "He was asking voters 'ok, who are you supporting', and then if...
VOTE_LOGO.jpg Record numbers of Texans packed the polling locations from Houston to El Paso monday to start early voting for the Nov. 4 election. Early voting continues through Oct. 31. State officials reported no major voting problems, most counties chalked up delays to usual...
An investigation is underway to determine how a death row inmate got his hands on a cell phone to make more than 2,800 phone calls in the last 30 days, including several to state Senator John Whitmire of Houston. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice raided 29-year-old...
Williamson County Elections Administrator Rick Barron says recent claims circulated through e-mails that Democratic voters are not able to vote a "Straight Party" ticket on the electronic voting machines are not accurate. Barron says all voters can select the "Straight Party"...
The bus operator subsidiary to Capital Metro, StarTran, has selected a health plan for 2008 for contract employees. "In the dental area, they'll have orthodontics and more wellness plans available. Another aspect is that employees can go out of network, and that's a benefit that...