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Austin
8:57 am
Wed February 29, 2012

AM Update: Moontowers Temporarily Vanish, Ron Paul's Michigan Finish, Texas' New Railroad Commish

One of Austin's historic moontowers. Austin Energy is refurbishing towers recently removed due to a construction project.
Photo courtesy flickr.com/wadeferd

Moontowers Temporarily Taken Down

An Austin moontower on the corner of West 22nd and Nueces streets has been temporarily dismantled due to a nearby construction project, and another on the corner of Trinity and Cesar Chavez is slated to move over to Third and Red River.

Austin is the only city in the world that still operates under a moonlight tower lighting system, made up of those ethereal structures that provide large areas of illumination and – as every "Dazed and Confused" fan knows – the occasional party.  According to the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Energy plans to refurbish the towers that have been removed, and because of their designation in the National Register of Historic Places, any repairs have to be historically accurate. You can read more from KUT News about the towers.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:17 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

For Loyalists, Is It Ron Paul Or Nothing?

Fans of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul show their support outside the Mesa Arts Center before Wednesday night's Republican debate in Mesa, Ariz.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 23, 2012 3:31 pm

Benom Plumb, a 31-year-old music industry executive from Nashville, thinks the country is on the wrong path, and that Ron Paul is the only candidate who can turn things around.

As for the other Republicans, Plumb doesn't mince words: Mitt Romney? Too slick. Rick Santorum? Too religious. Newt Gingrich? Untrustworthy. "They are all liars and cheaters, if you ask me," he says.

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2012 Presidential Election
1:01 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Signs of a Ron Paul/Mitt Romney Alliance?

Opponents of the candidates allege a beneficial relationship between Ron Paul, left, and Mitt Romney.
Paul photo courtesy house.gov; Romney photo courtesy Gage Skidmore

After last night’s Republican debate, supporters of Rick Santorum are alleging a cease-fire agreement between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

The British press is even floating the idea Romney may have offered Paul the vice-presidential slot.

Romney and Paul have certainly warmed to each other on the campaign trail. The Washington Post noted so earlier this month:

Despite deep differences on a range of issues, Romney and Paul became friends in 2008, the last time both ran for president. So did their wives, Ann Romney and Carol Paul. The former Massachusetts governor compliments the Texas congressman during debates, praising Paul’s religious faith during the last one, in Jacksonville, Fla. Immediately afterward, as is often the case, the Pauls and the Romneys gravitated toward one another to say hello.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:25 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Desert Face-Off May Have Closed Out Debate Season. So What Did We Learn?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to the crowd as he is introduced at the start of Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate in Mesa, Ariz.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Thu February 23, 2012 5:53 am

Ten months and a score of debates ago, the Republican Party and a slew of news organizations brought forth on our TV screens a new definition of a presidential nominating process — conceived in targeted marketing and dedicated to the proposition that no number of debates was too many for hardcore conservatives.

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Austin
8:48 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/8/12: Amber Alert, Ron Paul's Minnesota Showing, UT Studies Prof Performance

Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for 11-year-old Jessica Smith (left). They believe she is with her mother, Kimberly Smith.
Photos courtesy Texas Dept. of Public Safety

Amber Alert Issued

Forth Worth authorities have issued an Amber Alert for 11-year-old Jessica Smith. Jessica is a white female, 5’1” tall, weighs 120 pounds and has brown hair and eyes.  

Police believe Jessica’s abductor is her mother, 42 year-old Kimberly Smith. Smith is a white female, 5’2” tall, weighs 150 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. Smith has a cross tattoo on the back of her neck and a decorative tattoo on her back.  

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2012 Presidential Election
8:46 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Paul Maintains Focus on Smaller Caucus States

Ron Paul addresses supporters at a recent campaign stop.
Photo by Gage Skidmore, Texas Tribune

Rather than invest millions of dollars in a Florida campaign, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul has focused on states farther down the Republican presidential calendar. So his fourth-place finish in Tuesday’s Sunshine State primary was probably no surprise.

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2012 Presidential Election
9:01 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Paul Yet to Connect With Mainstream Republicans

Republican candidate Ron Paul speaks to an overflow crowd at the Holiday Inn in Rock Hill, S.C. on January 17, 2012.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Ron Paul can’t win the Republican nomination for president unless the mainstream of the GOP changes direction.

The Texas congressman is not going to come to them, and if you’re wagering that he will prevail, you’re betting that Republican voters will collectively slap their foreheads, drop what they’ve done for years and throw in with someone who has made his public career out of telling them they’re wrong about almost everything.

Paul is popular, smart, experienced and, so far, able to successfully duck anti-Semitic and racist writings that appeared in newsletters under his name in the 1980s and 1990s. He’s done well in the primaries, raised money and made his points.

He just can’t get voters outside of his core group to take him seriously.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:51 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Paul, Perry Survive Fiery GOP Debate in South Carolina

Gov. Rick Perry delivered a strong debate performance, but it may be “too little, too late,” according to the Texas Tribune.
Photo courtesy Fox News

The 16th debate of the Republican presidential primary season ended Monday with front-runner Mitt Romney bruised but not beaten. Gov. Rick Perry delivered one of his stronger performances, while Congressman Ron Paul remained blunt and unwavering on his anti-war, noninterventionist foreign policies.

During a two-hour debate before a highly enthused and vocal audience in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the moderators from Fox News and The Wall Street Journal mentioned the notable absence of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who dropped out of the race earlier in the day. That left the four underdogs scrambling for more airtime. They spent the first quarter of the debate criticizing Romney’s business record as the former head of Bain Capital, disputing his job-creation claims.

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Opinion
10:23 am
Fri January 13, 2012

The Nation: Paul Won't Be A Third Party Candidate

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 8:06 am

Ben Adler is a blogger for The Nation.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:00 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Romney Wins New Hampshire, Paul Secures Second Place

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney grabbed first place in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, his second victory after narrowly securing Iowa by eight votes exactly a week earlier. (Full results)

“Tonight we celebrate,” Romney said in a victory speech you can watch above. “Tomorrow, we go to work.”

Romney is scheduled to hit the campaign trail in South Carolina Wednesday, where he’s expected to face a considerably more difficult contest ahead of that state’s primary on Saturday, January 21.

Texas Governor Rick Perry scarcely registered one-percent of the vote in New Hampshire. He skipped the Granite State to focus on South Carolina, hoping his socially conservative religious beliefs, his pro-military rhetoric, and the story of Texas economic success will trump Republican skepticism over his ability to win a general election.

“Tonight's results in New Hampshire show the race for 'conservative alternative' to Mitt Romney remains wide open,” Perry said in a campaign email Tuesday night. “I skipped New Hampshire and aimed my campaign right at conservative South Carolina, where we've been campaigning hard and receiving an enthusiastic welcome.”

The other Texan in the race, Congressman Ron Paul, met expectations with a solid second place finish in New Hampshire. The Texas Tribune’s Thanh Tan reports that Paul’s runner-up status will provide solid momentum as he pushes forward to South Carolina.

You can watch Paul’s victory speech here, and check all the other victory speeches at PBS Newshour’s YouTube page.

2012 Presidential Election
9:27 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Paul Meets Expectations, Takes Second in New Hampshire

Photo by Texas Tribune

In the end, no one was really surprised.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul survived the New Hampshire primary Tuesday with his runner-up status intact. The candidate had been polling in second place for days, and voters proved the surveys right. 

Though the candidate could not overtake former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's commanding lead, the second-place finish will give his campaign another kick-start in fundraising and momentum as it moves to the first-in-the-South primary Jan. 21 in South Carolina.

"We've had a victory for the cause of liberty ... and there's no way they're going to stop the momentum," Paul said Tuesday night in a speech laced with underdog rhetoric and aimed at his fans across the country. "We are dangerous to the status quo!"

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2012 Presidential Election
8:32 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Romney Wins N.H. Primary; Paul Captures Second

Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., after winning the state's primary on Tuesday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:08 am

It's just the first Republican primary. But a convincing win in New Hampshire should give former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney considerable momentum in his quest toward the GOP nomination.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had more than 39 percent of the vote. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was solidly in second, with about 23 percent, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman had secured third place, with nearly 17 percent of the vote.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:48 am
Tue January 10, 2012

It's Prime Time for Paul in New Hampshire

If the polls are any indication, it's unlikely that U.S. Rep. Ron Paul will emerge as the victor in today's primary in New Hampshire. But he's strongly positioned to take second.

Finishing anywhere in the top tier would help to propel his campaign forward, said the University of New Hampshire's Dante Scala, an expert on the first-in-the nation primary.

Paul's following in the Granite State has been well documented in recent days. His fiscally conservative and anti-federal government stances, plus his non-interventionist foreign policies, attract a motley crew of supporters, from the young to the elderly, the most liberal to the ultra conservative.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:31 am
Tue January 10, 2012

What GOP Candidates Need From New Hampshire

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 7:01 am

If the New Hampshire primary goes as widely expected, Mitt Romney should emerge the winner among the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. For weeks, polls in the state have shown him with a commanding lead.

But the 2012 campaign season has already delivered some surprises. Maybe New Hampshire will provide the latest in the series of unexpected twists?

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Opinion
2:22 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

The Nation: Progressive Man-Crushes On Ron Paul

Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, greets supporters in Ankeny, Iowa after his third-place finish in the Iowa caucus.
Mark Kegans Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 8:46 am

Katha Pollitt is a columnist for The Nation.

What is it with progressive mancrushes on right-wing Republicans? For years, until he actually got nominated, John McCain was the recipient of lefty smooches equaled only by those bestowed upon Barack Obama before he had to start governing. You might disagree with what McCain stood for, went the argument, but he had integrity, and charisma, and some shiny mavericky positions — on campaign finance reform and gun control and... well, those two anyway.

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2012 Presidential Election
11:23 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Iowa Republican Caucus Results

With a meager ten percent showing in the Iowa caucuses, Governor Rick Perry says he is returning to Texas to reassess his political campaign. Read our story here and watch his speech here

Here are the latest results from across Iowa. 

  1. Mitt Romney 25% (Declared winner)
  2. Rick Santorum 25%
  3. Ron Paul 21% 
  4. Newt Gingrich 13%
  5. Rick Perry 10%
  6. Michele Bachmann 5%
  7. Jon Huntsman 1%

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2012 Presidential Election
3:38 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Get To Know an Iowa Voter: Ron Paul Supporter Chuck Wheeler

Chuck Wheeler is a precinct captain in Des Moines, Iowa
Photo by Matt Largey, KUT News

Iowa Republicans choose their candidates for president tonight, and KUT has reporters following both Texans in the race: Governor Rick Perry and Congressman Ron Paul.

We’ve been talking with voters, and KUT’s Matt Largey in suburban Des Moines had this conversation with Ron Paul supporter and lifetime Des Moines resident Chuck Wheeler. 

KUT News: You’re going to be caucusing for Dr. Paul tonight?

Chuck Wheeler: Yup. I’m precinct captain of Precinct 54. We’ve been going at it since 7 a.m. this morning. The energy level is like nothing I’ve ever experienced.

I’ve been apathetic since 1984, and working with all these young people, it’s fun because I get their point of view and they get my point of view.

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2012 Presidential Election
2:04 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

The Caucuses: A Quick Guide

Edward Lewis of Council Bluffs waved an Iowa state flag outside the Family Table Restaurant in Atlantic on Sunday, before the arrival of former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 1:11 pm

Those who remember newspapers might recognize this as a "clip and save." Maybe the more modern term would be a "cut and paste." Whatever, if you want some of the details and logistics about Tuesday night's caucuses in Iowa, here they are:

-- When: 7 p.m. Central time (8 p.m. ET).

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2012 Presidential Election
1:03 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

Will Ron Paul Take Iowa?

Ron Paul's new ad airing in New Hampshire

Texas Congressman Ron Paul has confounded the Republican establishment by racing to the top of the pack in Iowa. Two polls out this morning show Paul either in second place behind Mitt Romney or tied in a statistical dead heat, leading New York Times’ columnist and statistician Nate Silver to place Paul within one percentage point of Romney.

Silver gives Romney a 42 percent chance of winning and Paul a 34 percent chance. A steady beat of mainstream Republicans have openly hoped Paul tanks in Iowa.

The latest is Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush. He sounds gobsmacked by the poll results in a Washington Post column today titled, “Seriously, Iowa? Ron Paul?”

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NEWS ROUNDUP
12:45 pm
Sun January 1, 2012

Sunday Roundup for January 1, 2012

Fireworks (and a lot of smoke) filled the air late Saturday, during the fireworks display capping "Austin's New Year" celebration.
Photo by Ian Crawford/KUT News

Happy New Year! A warm start to 2012 brought crowds to Auditorium Shores for ring out the old year, it brought some warm news to Ron Paul's presidential aspirations just ahead of Iowa GOP caucuses and 2012 could bring some warmth to people living on Austin's streets.

Austin Welcomes 2012

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