2012 Election http://kut.org en Meet 8 People Who May Decide the Fates of Some City Employees http://kut.org/post/meet-8-people-who-may-decide-fates-some-city-employees <p>The City of Austin is hosting a community meeting tonight to introduce the top eight applicants to serve on the Municipal Civil Service Commission.</p><p>The commission, <a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/props-10-and-11-wider-civil-service-job-protection-2/">approved in November</a> by voters as Proposition 10, will propose personnel rules for most City of Austin employees. They will also make final decisions in the cases of city employees who are appealing disciplinary action such as being suspended or demoted. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:41:02 +0000 Austin Feldman 7382 at http://kut.org Meet 8 People Who May Decide the Fates of Some City Employees Austin’s Next City Council: Primarily Made of Newbies http://kut.org/post/austin-s-next-city-council-primarily-made-newbies <p></p><p>This May, Austinites will learn the names of the people who will be <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/infographic-how-austins-city-council-districts-will-get-drawn">drawing the city’s 10 new district maps</a>, and then the redistricting process will start to take shape. After the maps are drawn, Austinites will learn the district boundaries. Then people interested in running for City Council will know which district they can represent.&nbsp;</p><p>Seems like a lot of changes. And the biggest one is that the next Austin City Council is likely to be made up of rookies.</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:21:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 7329 at http://kut.org Austin’s Next City Council: Primarily Made of Newbies One Week Left to Apply for Austin's New Municipal Civil Service Commission http://kut.org/post/one-week-left-apply-austins-new-municipal-civil-service-commission <p>There is one week left to apply for the five-member <a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/austin-city-council-seeks-applicants-municipal-civil-service-commission">Municipal Civil Service Commission</a>.&nbsp;It's part of <a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/props-10-and-11-wider-civil-service-job-protection-2/">Proposition 10</a> that Austin voters approved in November. It establishes a municipal service system for most city employees.</p><p>According to the City of Austin, the Municipal Civil Service Commission will help to establish certain personnel rules. The commission will then make final decisions on appeals of disciplinary actions by most City of Austin employees. The commission is expected to hear cases from city employees or are fired, demoted or denied a promotion. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:19:26 +0000 Austin Feldman 7013 at http://kut.org One Week Left to Apply for Austin's New Municipal Civil Service Commission New AISD Board Members Take Oath (Update) http://kut.org/post/new-aisd-board-members-take-oath-update <p><strong>Update (Nov. 20, 7:38 a.m.):&nbsp;</strong>The dynamics of the Austin School Board of Trustees continue to shift. The board voted to elect officers last night—including two newcomers.</p><p>Vince Torres, District 4, will move from Vice President to President—replacing Mark Williams, who decided not to seek another term.</p><p>New member Gina Hinajosa, At Large Position 8, was picked to take Torres' place.</p><p>Another new member, Jayme Mathias, District 2, is taking over the role of Secretary. Lori Moya, District 6, had served in the role. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:38:40 +0000 Laura Rice 5674 at http://kut.org New AISD Board Members Take Oath (Update) Updated: Canseco Concedes CD-23 to Gallego http://kut.org/post/updated-canseco-concedes-cd-23-gallego <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; "><strong>Update, Nov. 9, 2:30 p.m.:</strong></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">U.S. Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco conceded the Congressional District 23 race on Friday. He congratulated state Rep. Pete Gallego, while renewing allegations that voter fraud skewed the results.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">“While there is no doubt there were improperly counted votes and improperly cast ballots, a full investigation and recount would be prohibitively expensive and time consuming,” Canseco said in a statement.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; "><strong>Original Post</strong>: In the aftermath of a close and costly campaign for Congressional District 23, incumbent Republican U.S. Rep.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/francisco-quico-canseco/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/francisco-quico-canseco/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); text-decoration: underline; " title="">Francisco “Quico” Canseco</a>&nbsp;has alleged voter fraud and is not conceding to his Democratic challenger, state Rep.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/pete-gallego/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/pete-gallego/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Pete Gallego</a>. Gallego&nbsp;finished 9,222 votes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-congressional-election/congressional-round-gallego-closely-defeats-cansec/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">ahead</a>&nbsp;of Canseco as of Wednesday morning.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">“The race is not over, and it won't be until&nbsp;all votes are properly and legally counted," Canseco said in a statement the morning after the election.</p><p> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:54:00 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 5570 at http://kut.org Updated: Canseco Concedes CD-23 to Gallego Against the Grain, Texas GOP Dominated on Election Day http://kut.org/post/against-grain-texas-gop-dominated-election-day <p>Democratic victories across the nation left Republican voters and activists with the political version of a hangover last week. In the alternate universe known as Texas, they are blaming the Champagne.</p><p>Republicans here are celebrating another statewide sweep. They held onto huge majorities in the Legislature and the Texas congressional delegation. And at a time of increasing angst about their ability to thrive as the Hispanic population grows, the Texas Republican Party has fielded the first Hispanic U.S. senator from Texas —&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/">Ted Cruz</a>.</p><p>“Thank God for Texas,” Chris Turner, a Republican consultant, said in a post-election speech to Republican activists in a conservative suburb of Austin. He said, joking, that the state might consider using stimulus money “to build a moat around our northern border.”</p><p>Nationwide, conservatives watched as Democrats scored come-from-behind victories in some red-state U.S. Senate contests and thinned out the Republican Party’s majority in the U.S. House. Victories by gay rights proponents and supporters of legalized pot did nothing to lift their spirits.</p><p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:00:19 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 5591 at http://kut.org Against the Grain, Texas GOP Dominated on Election Day Lawsuit Aims to Stop Certification of Medical School Vote http://kut.org/post/lawsuit-aims-stop-certification-medical-school-vote <p>Travis County voters <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/so-prop-1-passed-now-whats-next-austins-medical-school-updated" target="_blank">passed Central Health Proposition 1</a> this week, which increases property taxes to help <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/ut-moves-forward-med-school" target="_blank">bring a medical school to Austin</a>.</p><p>But a group of citizens is trying to stop the vote from being certified or canvassed.</p><p>A <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/legal-battle-brewing-over-medical-school-ballot-language" target="_blank">lawsuit filed by the Travis County Taxpayers Union</a> (TCTU) says the ballot language of Prop 1 was misleading and made promises that the health care district is not legally able to fulfill.</p><p>“We want a federal judge to agree with us that the misleading and illegal ballot language contributed to the victory of Prop 1 at the polls. So the point being, if they had told the truth, we thing the voting outcome would have been different,” Don Zimmerman, TCTU Treasurer, says. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 20:20:21 +0000 Laura Rice 5584 at http://kut.org Lawsuit Aims to Stop Certification of Medical School Vote UT Moves Forward on Med School http://kut.org/post/ut-moves-forward-med-school <p>Now that <a href="http://kutnews.org/term/prop-1">Proposition 1</a> has passed, the University of Texas is moving ahead with plans for its new medical school.</p><p>UT officials held a press conference this morning about a possible timeline for the complex. University President Bill Powers said with an aggressive approach, the first freshman class could start as soon as 2015. “This isn’t off in the 2020s,” Powers said. “We might take a little breather today and start tomorrow on all the processes. We’d like to break ground within a year.”</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 19:33:04 +0000 Kelly Connelly 5572 at http://kut.org UT Moves Forward on Med School VIDEO: An Awkward Moment, As Karl Rove Objects To Fox's Ohio Call http://kut.org/post/video-awkward-moment-karl-rove-objects-foxs-ohio-call <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJg3z5c93zU</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:05:19 +0000 5569 at http://kut.org VIDEO: An Awkward Moment, As Karl Rove Objects To Fox's Ohio Call Following a Technical Delay, Unofficial Results From Williamson County Are In http://kut.org/post/following-technical-delay-unofficial-results-williamson-county-are <p>Williamson County released its <a href="http://www.wilco.org/CountyDepartments/Elections/tabid/450/Default.aspx" target="_blank">unofficial elections totals </a>early this morning, following a technical delay that required one of the voting machines to be read by a technician.</p><p>Following poll closures last night, one of the iVotronic machines at a Williamson County precinct malfunctioned and election administrators at the precinct were unable to access the results from that machine. Administrators called a technician to obtain the results from the machine.&nbsp;</p><p>"The backlight went out on one of our voting machines and so the election judge couldn't see the screen in order to get it properly closed. And so we had a technician that had come down from Dallas to repair the machine so that we could get the votes counted from that machine," Connie Watson, Public Affairs Manager for Williamson County, says. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:35:00 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5566 at http://kut.org Following a Technical Delay, Unofficial Results From Williamson County Are In So Prop 1 Passed. Now What's Next For Austin's Medical School? (Updated) http://kut.org/post/so-prop-1-passed-now-whats-next-austins-medical-school-updated <p><strong>Update (Nov. 7, 6 a.m.):&nbsp;</strong>The final tally shows Central Health's Proposition 1 passed 54.67 percent (186,128 votes) to 45.33 percent (154,308).</p><p><strong>Original Story (Nov. 7, 12:12 a.m.):&nbsp;</strong>It looks like Austin is getting a medical school.</p><p>As of this writing, Central Health’s Prop 1 is ahead 54 percent (176,755 votes) to 46 percent (148,375). Numbers like that were enough for Prop 1 supporters to declare victory at the Driskill Hotel earlier this evening.</p><p>As part of Prop 1, the University of Texas has <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/ut-pledges-25-million-annually-medical-school">pledged upwards of $25 million</a> annually for a medical school, while Seton Hospital has announced it will build <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/am-update-aisd-budget-medical-school-funding-and-ron-pauls-austin-appearance">a $250 million “teaching hospital”</a> to replace the aging University Medical Center Brackenridge.</p><p>“Almost immediately, you will start seeing an effort to recruit a dean of a medical school,” State Sen. Kirk Watson tells KUT News.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 12:00:20 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5560 at http://kut.org So Prop 1 Passed. Now What's Next For Austin's Medical School? (Updated) Mathias Wins East Austin AISD Race By 104 Votes http://kut.org/post/mathias-wins-east-austin-aisd-race-104-votes <p>Unease with the Austin school district’s decision to implant a charter school into an East Austin campus helped an East Austin priest narrowly defeat a well-entrenched incumbent by the razor-thin margin. The Rev. Dr. Jayme Lee Mathias defeated five-year incumbent trustee Sam Guzman by a mere 104 votes. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>"There are so many people in East Austin, Dove Springs and Travis Heights who feel that they have not had a voice on the school board or a trustee who has listened to them for so long," Mathias said in a phone interview. "It is our agenda to bring a voice to them to the students and parents.”</p><p>Mathias is a priest in the <a href="http://www.accus.us/">American Catholic Church of the United States</a>, a progressive breakaway from the Roman Catholic church. Mathias says he will be the first openly gay school board member in AISD, a detail he didn't mention during the campaign but disclosed to KUT last night.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:57:24 +0000 Nathan Bernier 5565 at http://kut.org Mathias Wins East Austin AISD Race By 104 Votes Transcript: President Obama's Victory Speech http://kut.org/post/transcript-president-obamas-victory-speech <em>Transcript of President Obama's victory speech in Chicago. Source: </em>Federal News Service<p><em>Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.</em><p>(Cheers, applause.)<p><strong>AUDIENCE MEMBERS:</strong> (Chanting.) Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!<p><strong>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:</strong> Thank you. Thank you. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:21:11 +0000 5564 at http://kut.org Transcript: President Obama's Victory Speech Audio And Transcript: Romney's Concession Speech http://kut.org/post/audio-and-transcript-romneys-concession-speech <em>Transcript of Mitt Romney's concession speech in the presidential race in Boston. Source: </em>Federal News Service<p><em>Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.</em><p>(Cheers, applause.)<p><strong>MITT ROMNEY:</strong> Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you so very much. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you.<p>I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:04:49 +0000 5563 at http://kut.org Audio And Transcript: Romney's Concession Speech Watching the Returns With Austinites for Geographic Representation http://kut.org/post/watching-returns-austinites-geographic-representation <p>By 8 p.m. the mood at Opal Divine's was already celebratory, with Proposition 3 supporters pumping 10-1 signs in the air.</p><p>Members of <a href="http://trustaustin.org/">Austinites for Geographic Representation </a>(AGR), the backers of Prop 3 and sponsors of the watch party, were clad in 10-1 stickers. Drinks and laughter flowed freely. &nbsp;An oversized projector at the back of the private room displayed local election coverage.</p><p>Former State Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos – chair of the city commission that narrowly recommended the 10-1 plan, and a staunch backer of Prop 3 – greeted fellow guests. "I've been around elections for a long time," Barrientos said. "It's a weird feeling in the beginning. I never like to jump too quickly upon hearing good news, and it's been good news up to this point. If I were a betting person, I would bet that proposition three would win."&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 06:54:57 +0000 Reshma Kirpalani 5562 at http://kut.org Watching the Returns With Austinites for Geographic Representation Elenz Wins AISD's Downtown District 5 http://kut.org/post/elenz-wins-aisds-downtown-district-5 <p>Amber Elenz, a former broadcaster and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) leader, will replace school board president Mark Williams as the AISD trustee in District 5. Elenz&nbsp;easily defeated technology consultant Charlie Jackson in a school board district that covers downtown and the relatively affluent areas west and southwest of the urban core. With 20,000 votes counted, Elenz led 62 percent to Jackson's 38 percent. &nbsp;</p><p>“What I’m really bringing to the table is a true embedded knowledge of District 5 and our school district,” Elenz <a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/aisd-district-5-candidates-address-parental-mistrust-2/">told us in a pre-election interview.</a> “I’ve been working directly with these parents and teachers for 13 years. And through that, you know what is important. You know how to work within the system, and really bring about change.”</p><p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 06:24:27 +0000 Nathan Bernier 5561 at http://kut.org Elenz Wins AISD's Downtown District 5 Hinojosa Wins At-Large Seat on AISD Board http://kut.org/post/hinojosa-wins-large-seat-aisd-board <p>In electing <a href="http://www.ginahinojosa.com/">Gina Hinojosa</a> to the Austin school board, local voters appointed a civil rights attorney who has pledged to challenge some of the educational overhauls championed by Superintendent Meria Carstarphen. With 128,000 votes counted,&nbsp;Hinojosa leads&nbsp;<a href="http://www.soochfoundation.org/">Sooch Foundation</a> director <a href="http://www.maryellenforaisd.com/">Mary Ellen Pietruszynski</a> 69 percent to 31 percent.</p><p>“Our community has reaffirmed its belief in supporting our public schools and engaging the community,” Hinojosa said in a phone interview. “We have the potential to make Austin a great destination for public schools like it is for so many other things.”</p><p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 06:13:47 +0000 Nathan Bernier 5559 at http://kut.org Hinojosa Wins At-Large Seat on AISD Board Pete Gallego Defeats Fransciso 'Quico' Canseco in CD-23 http://kut.org/post/pete-gallego-defeats-fransciso-quico-canseco-cd-23 <p>Republican incumbent <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/francisco-quico-canseco/">Rep. <strong>Francisco "Quico" Canseco</strong></a>, R-San Antonio, was defeated by challenger state Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, for the 23rd congressional district, according to projections by the<em> Texas Tribune</em>. The district encompasses much of far West Texas, <a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/TX/23">from San Antonio to El Paso along the border</a>. With 82 percent of precincts reporting, Gallego has fifty percent of the vote to Canseco's&nbsp;46 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>The race was among just a handful of competitive races for congressional seats in Texas this fall, along with Republican <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/randy-weber-defeats-nick-lampson-cd-14">Randy Weber’s race against Democrat Pete Lampson</a> for the 10th congressional district.<br><br>Canseco was a Tea Party candidate who won office two years ago, but lost re-election to Gallego, who has served in the state legislature for 22 years. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 05:58:08 +0000 Terrence Henry 5558 at http://kut.org Pete Gallego Defeats Fransciso 'Quico' Canseco in CD-23 Randy Weber Defeats Nick Lampson in CD-14 http://kut.org/post/randy-weber-defeats-nick-lampson-cd-14 <p>Randy Weber, a Republican state representative from&nbsp;Pearland, defeated former Democratic congressman Nick Lampson&nbsp;in the race to replace Congressman&nbsp;Ron Paul in the 14th Congressional District. With 51 percent of precincts reporting, KUT's&nbsp;political reporting partner <em>Texas Tribune </em>has called the race for Weber.&nbsp;</p><p>CD-14 is in <a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/TX/14">Southeast Texas</a>, running from outside of Houston to the outskirts of Corpus Christi along the Gulf Coast. It was one of the <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-elections/keeping-dead-voters-away-and-live-ones/">few competitive congressional races </a>in the state this year. The seat came open after Ron Paul, a former presidential Republican primary candidate, decided not to seek re-election.</p><p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 05:27:14 +0000 Terrence Henry 5556 at http://kut.org Randy Weber Defeats Nick Lampson in CD-14 Teich Unseats Incumbent Brister in AISD District 3 http://kut.org/post/teich-unseats-incumbent-brister-aisd-district-3 <p>Retired teacher Ann Teich defeated incumbent trustee Christine Brister in Austin ISD District 3 in North Central Austin. The win was not a surprise, as&nbsp;Brister&nbsp;had suspended her campaign weeks ago, citing non-life threatening health issues.</p><p>With almost 10,000 votes counted, Teich led Brister 65 percent to 35 percent.</p><p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 05:25:56 +0000 Nathan Bernier 5557 at http://kut.org Teich Unseats Incumbent Brister in AISD District 3