Mark Strama http://kut.org en Starting Next Week, HD 50 Voters Head to the Polls for Special Election http://kut.org/post/starting-next-week-hd-50-voters-head-polls-special-election <p>Democrat Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle <a href="http://kut.org/post/hd-50-special-election-headed-january-runoff-update" target="_blank">emerged as the leaders</a> in a <a href="http://kut.org/post/meet-candidates-hd-50-special-election" target="_blank">four person race in November</a>. VanDeWalle leads the pack with about 39 percent of the vote. On election night, he said the win was driven by energy from Republicans who want a change after nine years of <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-rep-mark-strama-resigns-run-google-fiber-rollout-update" target="_blank">Democrat Mark Strama</a>.</p><p>“Yes I think there’s been a pent up excitement waiting to happen," VanDeWalle&nbsp;told KUT. "And I think we’re seeing it now.”&nbsp;</p><p>But the concern for VanDeWalle’s campaign is that the November victory could be his ceiling—the remaining 61 percent of voters picked one of the three Democrats in the race. With Israel getting the majority of that support, the long-time Democratic activist and real estate agent knows a special election runoff brings its own set of problems for her.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129371912&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 9534 at http://kut.org Starting Next Week, HD 50 Voters Head to the Polls for Special Election HD 50 Special Election Headed for a January Runoff (Update) http://kut.org/post/hd-50-special-election-headed-january-runoff-update <p class="p1"><strong>Update:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.drmikefortexas.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mike VanDeWalle</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;lead a crowded field in the race to finish out Mark </span>Strama's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Austin) term as State Representative. But the local chiropractor only </span><a href="http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/content/images/election_results/2013.11.05/Run06/20131105d50cume.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">hovered around 40 percent</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the vote.</span></p><p>VanDeWalle was the only Republican in the race. So even though he came in first he’s still easily trails the cumulative Democratic vote. That’s something VanDeWalle knows his team will have to address during the runoff.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 05:09:44 +0000 KUT Staff 9102 at http://kut.org HD 50 Special Election Headed for a January Runoff (Update) Early Voting Underway: What Voters Need to Know for the Nov. 5 Election (Update) http://kut.org/post/early-voting-underway-what-voters-need-know-nov-5-election-update <p><strong>Updated Friday, November 1 at 7:37am:</strong> Early voting ends today for the Nov. 5 election.</p><p>There are <a href="http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=E.47" target="_blank">19 early voting locations in Travis County</a> and several mobile locations.</p><p><strong>What's On the Ballot:</strong></p><ul><li>Austin residents will vote on the <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/801238-final-affordable-housing-bond-voter-information.html" target="_blank">city’s $65 million affordable housing bond</a>. Voters <a href="http://kut.org/post/map-how-prop-15-affordable-housing-bond-lost" target="_blank">narrowly declined</a> a proposed $78.3 million bond last November.</li><li>There's a special election in <a href="http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/fyiwebdocs/PDF/house/dist50/m1.pdf" target="_blank">Texas House District 50</a> to fill the seat vacated by former State Rep. Mark Strama. Strama <a href="http://kut.org/term/mark-strama">announced his resignation last spring</a>. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:37:08 +0000 Emily Mathis & Laura Rice 8980 at http://kut.org Early Voting Underway: What Voters Need to Know for the Nov. 5 Election (Update) Meet the Candidates in HD 50 Special Election http://kut.org/post/meet-candidates-hd-50-special-election <p>The early retirement of former State Rep. Mark Strama, who's now heading Google Fiber's operations in Austin, means we're going to have a special election on November 5th to pick someone to fill out the rest of Strama's&nbsp;term.</p><p>Strama's&nbsp;term ends January 2015, which means the winner of the special election will also have to win the 2014 March primary and November General Election as well if they want to represent Central Texas in the 2015 Legislative session.</p><p>So to help you decide who gets your vote, we've put together a short bio of each candidate, including endorsements and top campaign issues.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:57:40 +0000 KUT Staff 8963 at http://kut.org Meet the Candidates in HD 50 Special Election Austin Rep. Mark Strama Resigns to Run Google Fiber Rollout (Update) http://kut.org/post/austin-rep-mark-strama-resigns-run-google-fiber-rollout-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Texas Gov. Rick Perry <a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/news/proclamation/18733/" target="_blank">announced a special election</a> to fill the State House of Representatives seat formerly held by Austin State Rep. Mark Strama will be held Nov. 5.</p><p>Strama resigned late last month to become the head of Google Fiber in Austin. The person elected will serve out the rest of Strama’s term – which expires in January 2015.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(June 26): Democratic Austin <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=50" target="_blank">State Representative Mark Strama</a> is leaving politics to become the head of Google Fiber in Austin.</p><p>Strama <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/strama-mulling-mayoral-bid-wont-seek-reelection" target="_blank">announced earlier this year</a> that he’d be resigning his seat in the Texas House. At the time, he was considering running for Austin mayor. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:29:48 +0000 Rachel Adams-Heard & Laura Rice 8226 at http://kut.org Austin Rep. Mark Strama Resigns to Run Google Fiber Rollout (Update) Proposed Tax Break for Clubs Isn't Music to Some Ears http://kut.org/post/proposed-tax-break-clubs-isnt-music-some-ears <p><span style="line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Although the crowd of clubs and concert halls on Austin’s famous Sixth Street is just a few blocks from the state Capitol, the worlds of live music and policymaking seldom meet. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">But this session, lawmakers are considering subsidizing live music.</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:25:00 +0000 Maurice Chammah, Texas Tribune 7609 at http://kut.org Proposed Tax Break for Clubs Isn't Music to Some Ears Strama on Sequestration: Enormous Cuts to Texas http://kut.org/post/strama-sequestration-enormous-cuts-texas <p>We’re just one week away from across-the-board budget cuts known as “sequestration” and State Representative Mark Strama (D-Austin) is warning of the impact it could have on Texas.</p><p>“If we have to suffer the cuts of sequestration on top of the cuts we just made last biennium, it would be really harmful to the state economy,” he said after a Friday press conference at the Capitol.</p><p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:52:55 +0000 Marissa Barnett 6718 at http://kut.org Strama on Sequestration: Enormous Cuts to Texas Strama, Mulling Mayoral Bid, Won't Seek Reelection http://kut.org/post/strama-mulling-mayoral-bid-wont-seek-reelection <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">State Rep.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/mark-strama/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/mark-strama/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Mark Strama</a>, D-Austin, is considering a run for mayor of Austin and won’t seek another term in the Texas House, he said Wednesday.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:05:28 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 6669 at http://kut.org Strama, Mulling Mayoral Bid, Won't Seek Reelection