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Potential special election in House District 46 heats up

December 5, 2016

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, announced she plans to resign from her elected position in September after winning her November election in a landslide. Dukes has cited lingering health concerns...

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Student voters weigh in after Election Day

November 10, 2016

After a historic Election Day that resulted in a Donald Trump presidential victory, The Daily Texan followed up with the 12 students profiled for a voter series that ran between Oct. 24 and Nov. 8.  While...

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Travis County area incumbents win reelection bids

November 9, 2016

Incumbents Celia Israel (D-Austin), Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) and Donna Howard (D-Austin) won last night, carrying all three representatives to another term for the 85th Texas Legislature. Celia...

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Dawnna Dukes re-elected to serve House District 46, despite intent to resign

November 9, 2016

With 70.31 percent of the early vote, Democrat Rep. Dawnna Dukes secured her 12th term to serve House District 46 Tuesday night, despite the representative’s intent to resign before the state’s...

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Student elections forecaster predicts presidential election outcome

November 8, 2016

Today is Election Day, marking the end of a frenzied political battle between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and Americans who didn’t...

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Former Austin City Council member announces HD 46 run, in case of special election

November 8, 2016

Sheryl Cole, the first African-American woman elected to the Austin City Council in 2006, plans to run for the House District 46 seat should the position become vacant in 2017. Rep. Dawnna Dukes,...

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New citizen votes for Clinton, down-ballot Democrats

November 7, 2016

Just two months after becoming an official U.S. citizen, Mathew Piotrowicz exercised his newly attained right to vote by casting an early ballot for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. Piotrowicz,...

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Non-citizen encourages civic duty, supports Clinton

November 3, 2016

Shannon Doyle isn’t eligible to cast her ballot this election cycle by nature of not being an American citizen, but encourages others with the right to do so. Originally from London, Doyle...

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Government major makes his election choice in third-party candidates

November 1, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the seventh profile in a series The Daily Texan is publishing during the 2016 election season, featuring a wide variety of student political perspectives. Beginning with the...

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Second-generation student cites immigration policy in decision to vote Clinton

October 28, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the fifth profile of a series The Daily Texan is publishing during the 2016 election season, featuring a wide variety of student political perspectives. Beginning with the...

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LGBT activist Annise Parker reflects on past, weighs the future

October 28, 2016

“I had to figure out how to not make ‘lesbian’ my last name,” said Annise Parker, the former mayor of Houston, in a speech to UT students Thursday night at the SAC Auditorium. Parker,...

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Right-leaning student foregoes Trump, chooses write-in candidate

October 26, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the third profile of a series The Daily Texan is publishing during the 2016 election season, featuring a wide variety of student political perspectives. Beginning with the...

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Former Jeb Bush backer switches sides, supports Hillary Clinton

October 25, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the second profile of a series The Daily Texan is publishing during the 2016 election season, featuring a wide variety of student political perspectives. Beginning with the...

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Voter profile: Texas native casts his first presidential ballot for Republican candidate

October 24, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the first profile of a series The Daily Texan is publishing during the 2016 election season. Beginning with the first day of early voting, Oct. 24, the series will run up until...

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No Board of Regents members have donated to Trump so far

October 11, 2016

None of the nine UT System Regents have donated to current GOP nominee Donald Trump so far, despite their longtime associations with high-dollar donations to Republican candidates, adding to the unconventionality...

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Clinton leads Trump with huge margin among UT-Austin students

October 10, 2016

As the nation inches toward the finish line in the 2016 race for president, undergraduate students at UT-Austin overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, for president. Around...

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Student organizations promote voter registration during National Voter Registration Day

September 30, 2016

Three civic engagement organizations registered more than 1,200 students to vote on Sept. 27, National Voter Registration Day. Since the start of the fall semester, UT Votes, Texas Rising and Hook...

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Transgender bathroom battle continues with Texas lawmakers

September 26, 2016

The battle over gender-neutral restrooms has been highly contested on both sides of the political aisle in recent months, and over the weekend, top Texas and local lawmakers weighed in on the issue and...

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Diversity, tuition costs on college campuses addressed at Texas Tribune Festival

September 26, 2016

Panelists at the Texas Tribune Festival met over the weekend to discuss issues in higher education affecting students across Texas. The slow growth of racial diversity and high tuition costs at Texas...

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The Daily Texan guide to political organization endorsements on campus

September 23, 2016

With Election Day just 46 days away, tension between the two main-party candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, has left the University’s politically active organizations questioning: Is it...

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UT talks voter rights amid 2016 election

September 19, 2016

Amid a controversial state voter identification law and an upcoming presidential election, Texas was dubbed the “epicenter of voting rights battles” during a panel Sunday at the Lyndon B. Johnson...

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UT celebrates the 60th anniversary of its first black undergraduate class

September 12, 2016

A weekend-long celebration kicked off Friday afternoon with a salute to the 1956 black undergraduate class, the first year the University allowed black students to enroll and attend UT. The tribute,...