KUT’s Morning Newspod for March 24, 2011
The Texas House Passes Voter ID
After more than 11 hours of debate, the Texas House gave initial approval to a voter ID bill Wednesday night. It would require Texans to show a photo ID before casting a ballot at the polls. Democrats used a variety of parliamentary procedures to delay the bill but didn’t have the votes to stop it. Democratic lawmakers say it would disenfranchise minority and elderly voters. Republicans say it would protect the integrity of the voting system by preventing voter fraud.
Endorsements Rolling out Ahead of City Elections
Last night, the Austin Neighborhoods Council voted on its endorsements for the Austin City Council’s upcoming elections. The ANC endorsed incumbent Laura Morrison for Place 4 and one of Randi Shade’s challengers, Kathie Tovo, for Place 3. Tovo is former vice president of the Neighborhoods Council. The ANC did not make an endorsement for Place 1, currently held by Chris Riley. The ANC is not the only sought after endorsement for council candidates. On today’s pod, KUT’s Mose Buchele looks at the groups who are shaping Austin’s political future.
Austin Bulldog Files Formal Complaint Against the City
There’s a new development in the ongoing dispute between The Austin Bulldog and the City of Austin over the Texas Public Information Act. The Bulldog has filed a formal civil complaint with Travis County Attorney David Escamilla against the city and city council members. It’s related to but separate from the Bulldog’s lawsuit against the city claiming officials did not fully comply with an open records request.