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All content by Chad Lyle

Student Government elections happen every year. But what does it take to run?

Chad Lyle March 9, 2020

Amie Jean was running late to her own celebration. Last spring, on her way to find out whether she was elected UT’s next student body vice president, Jean stopped to turn in a scholarship application. Meanwhile...

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Elizabeth Warren taught at Texas Law in the 1980s. Here’s what we found in her faculty file.

Sami Sparber and Chad Lyle February 18, 2020

AUSTIN - In the 1980s, before she ran for president or was elected to the United States Senate, Elizabeth Warren was a professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Warren’s time...


Scooter restrictions passed by Texas Senate would ban use on sidewalks, add an age limit

Chad Lyle May 3, 2019

The Texas Senate approved a series of rules for electric scooter use on Wednesday, sending the regulations — laid out in Senate Bill 549 — to the Texas House of Representatives for consideration. Authored...


Marijuana reform bill passes Texas House, faces opposition from Senate leaders

Chad Lyle May 1, 2019

The Texas House voted in favor of legislation that would lessen penalties for marijuana possession on Tuesday. The bill will now be considered by the Texas Senate, where state Senators have indicated it...

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Digital driver’s license test program approved by Texas House

Chad Lyle April 19, 2019

Texas has moved one step closer to launching a pilot program for digital driver’s licenses and personal identification certificates after the House of Representatives voted in favor of the program...


Texas Senate committee approves bill to push back on political censorship by tech companies

Chad Lyle April 16, 2019

The Committee on State Affairs committee in the Texas Senate approved a proposal Monday that would protect Texans from censorship by social media platforms. The bill will now be considered by the Senate...


Texas House Public Health committee holds emotional hearing on medical marijuana bills

Chad Lyle April 12, 2019

The Texas House Public Health committee convened Thursday to consider a slate of bills for expanded medical marijuana use. Testimony in support of the bills frequently became emotional. Of the 10 proposals...


Controversial religious freedom bill passes Texas Senate, faces backlash from LGBTQ activists

Chad Lyle April 5, 2019

The Texas Senate passed a proposal Tuesday that would prevent state agencies from revoking the licenses of workers who refuse service to certain customers based on “sincerely held religious belief(s),”...


Campus activists respond to bill requiring university employees to report sexual assault incidents

Chad Lyle April 2, 2019

The Texas Senate unanimously approved a bill last week requiring employees at universities to report cases of sexual assault or harassment if they witness the incident or learn about it afterward. Under...


State rep. seeks to create Texas border security fund

Chad Lyle March 28, 2019

Earlier this month, a member of the Texas House of Representatives proposed a bill to create a “border security enhancement fund” dedicated to strengthening security resources such as physical...

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University of Texas: Faculty will no longer be allowed to use Airbnb for University business

Chad Lyle March 27, 2019

The University informed staffers Tuesday they would no longer be permitted to use lodging service Airbnb for University business citing Texas law about boycotts of Israel. Earlier this month, Texas...


Young Conservatives of Texas chairman attends Trump’s signing of executive order protecting free speech at universities

Chad Lyle March 22, 2019

Young Conservatives of Texas chairman Saurabh Sharma was one of the students present at the White House on Thursday when President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at protecting free speech...

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Texas House member wants college campuses to have liaisons for students who are parents

Chad Lyle March 14, 2019

College students who are also parents have a different set of priorities than other students. Because of this, a member of the Texas House of Representatives wants each public Texas university to provide...

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State lawmakers push to raise Texas tobacco smoking age to 21

Chad Lyle March 8, 2019

Last week, nine state senators filed a bipartisan bill to raise the age one can legally purchase and consume tobacco products in Texas to 21. Senate Bill 21 includes smoking products such as cigarettes, e-cigarettes...


State senators request a study of eating disorders in Texas

Chad Lyle March 7, 2019

To evaluate the prevalence of eating disorders and eating disorder-related deaths in Texas, two state senators filed a bill asking the Department of State Health Services to investigate the matter. According...


Texas senators author bill to protect student free speech on college campuses

Chad Lyle March 1, 2019

Two high-ranking state senators have filed a bill to establish broad parameters for the free speech rights of students at public universities.  State Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, partnered with...

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State Sen. Charles Perry wants to create Texas’ first flood plan

Chad Lyle February 22, 2019

With Hurricane Harvey still fresh on the minds of many Texans, one state senator has filed a series of bills to create the state’s first flood plan to better respond to future disasters. Sen....


State Rep. Erin Zwiener files bill to allow college students to vote at the ballot with their student IDs

Chad Lyle February 20, 2019

State Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood, filed a bill to add student IDs to the list of acceptable forms of voter identification at polling locations, according to a press release by her office. This would...


Texas has over 2,000 untested rape kits, state lawmakers are ready to change that

Chad Lyle February 14, 2019

There is a backlog of 2,138 untested rape kits in Texas, according to August 2017 data from the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, and state legislators are working to pass a solution in the coming...


How to testify before the state Legislature

Chad Lyle February 12, 2019

Testifying before the state Legislature is one of the few ways — aside from voting — Texans can affect the legislative process. The process of testifying is not well known, and it is...


Gov. Greg Abbott urges immediate action on school safety, disaster relief at State of the State address

Chad Lyle February 6, 2019

Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his biennial State of the State address Tuesday morning before members of the Texas House and Senate, outlining the political issues he wants the Legislature to immediately consider. The...


Everything you need to know about the state budget

Chad Lyle February 5, 2019

In the Texas Legislature, only one bill is required to pass each session: the state budget. Because the Legislature only meets once every two years, budgets are designed to fund state agencies for two-year...


Freshman lawmakers Jon Rosenthal, James Talarico reflect on how UT impacted their future

Chad Lyle January 31, 2019

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series of profiles on freshman lawmakers who went to UT.  State Rep. Jon Rosenthal, D-Houston, takes pride in being the only mechanical engineer in...


Legislature may legalize beer-to-go sales from craft breweries thanks to a bipartisan bill

Chad Lyle January 30, 2019

Two state legislators from across the aisle are working together to legalize the sale of beer that can be taken to-go from craft breweries.  Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, and Sen. Dawn Buckingham,...


Freshman state Sen. Nathan Johnson says UT inspired run for office

Chad Lyle January 29, 2019

Editor’s note: This article is the first of a series of profiles on freshman lawmakers who graduated from UT. State Sen. Nathan Johnson, D-Dallas, is new to the Texas Legislature this year,...


Texas lawmakers prepare bipartisan push to loosen state marijuana regulations

Chad Lyle January 25, 2019

Advocates for marijuana decriminalization in Texas might score a major victory this year if the state legislature passes House Bill 63, a bill proposed by Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, that has attracted bipartisan...


Austin lawmakers Gina Hinojosa, Sheryl Cole land key spots on major Texas House committees

Chad Lyle January 24, 2019

In an announcement from the House floor Wednesday morning, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, revealed his list of committee assignments for the 86th legislative session.  Committees...


The Texas Legislature kicked off earlier this month. Now what?

Chad Lyle January 22, 2019

Texas lawmakers began a 140-day sprint on Jan. 8 to get as many of their policy initiatives passed as possible before the 86th legislative session concludes on May 27. The Legislature only meets in the...


Young people still underrepresented in Texas Legislature

Chad Lyle December 10, 2018

Texans under the age of 35 are significantly underrepresented in the state legislature, according to a study of current lawmakers by the Texas Tribune. The minimum age requirement to hold a seat in...


State legislators advocate fewer restrictions on marijuana use

Chad Lyle December 6, 2018

In a state historically strict when it comes to marijuana use and possession, two Texas state lawmakers have proposed bills designed to soften that stance. Rep. Joe Moody, a Democrat from District 78,...


State representative proposes test program for digital drivers licenses

Chad Lyle November 29, 2018

Texas will begin a pilot program for providing digital copies of drivers licenses and other forms of state-issued identification if House Bill 181 passes in the upcoming legislative session. The bill...


Texas Republicans face more competitive political landscape following midterms

Chad Lyle November 28, 2018

The Republican Party has been the dominant political force in Texas for decades, but in the aftermath of the recent midterm elections, signs of competition are starting to appear across the state’s...

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UT alumnus to be sworn in as youngest member of state legislature

Chad Lyle November 19, 2018

Twenty-nine-year-old James Talarico, a UT alumnus, will be sworn in tomorrow afternoon as the youngest member of the Texas State Legislature. On Election Day, Talarico was one of a small number of Democrats...

What to expect from the 2019 Texas Legislative Session

Chad Lyle November 15, 2018

The Texas Legislature will convene for its 86th legislative session on Jan. 8. The Texas Legislature only meets during odd-numbered years, and lawmakers have to be prepared to hit the ground running as...


Texas Democrats look to the future after midterm defeats

Chad Lyle November 13, 2018

While Democrats on the national stage celebrated winning the U.S. House last Tuesday, Texas Democrats were unable to bring the “blue wave” to the Lone Star State. In spite of this, Democratic...


Federal appeals court halts Trump administration attempt to end DACA

Chad Lyle November 9, 2018

The Trump administration is not allowed to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday afternoon. DACA, which shields undocumented immigrants...


Federal appeals court halts Trump administration attempt to end DACA

Chad Lyle November 8, 2018

The Trump administration is not allowed to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday afternoon. DACA, which shields undocumented immigrants...


‘Texas is changing’: Ted Cruz clings to US Senate seat after competitive challenge from Beto O’Rourke

Chad Lyle November 7, 2018

Incumbent Republican Ted Cruz held onto his seat in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday night, holding off an energetic and well-funded challenge from Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke. In his victory...


Get to know the propositions on the ballot before heading to the polls today

Chad Lyle November 6, 2018

Candidates are not the only items on the ballot today in Travis County. Austin voters are asked to consider 11 propositions that would have direct implications for city residents.   Although bond...


El Paso native supports Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke

Chad Lyle November 5, 2018

Jordan Steyer, journalism and sustainable studies senior and El Paso native, is an enthusiastic supporter of fellow El Pasoan Beto O’Rourke’s bid to become the first Democrat elected to statewide...

Are polls for the upcoming election missing student voters?

Chad Lyle November 1, 2018

Incumbent Republican Ted Cruz is leading opponent Beto O’Rourke by 5.5 points, according to the polling aggregation website FiveThirtyEight, but these polls may not be representative of the wave...


Midterm elections give first-time voters opportunity to make their voices heard

Chad Lyle October 29, 2018

The largest group of registered voters in Travis County is now between the ages of 18 and 25, which means many people voting in the upcoming midterm election will be doing so for the first time. Maya...

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Congressional candidate Mike Siegel: Students turning out to vote can ‘impact this whole country’

Chad Lyle October 23, 2018

If more young people than usual vote in the upcoming midterm election on Nov. 6, this country will be a very different place, congressional candidate Mike Siegel said. The Democrat and Austin native vying...

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Gabriel Nila is not running a typical Republican campaign for Texas House

Chad Lyle October 18, 2018

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles of candidates running for State House District 46.  It is not immediately apparent when reading Gabriel Nila’s campaign platform that...


Todd Phelps, mayoral candidate, says he wants to save Austin’s iconic businesses

Chad Lyle October 18, 2018

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles on the Austin mayoral race.  When he ran for Austin mayor in 2014, Todd Phelps eventually dropped out and endorsed now-incumbent mayor Steve...


Cruz, Beto tackle hot button issues in second Texas Senate debate

Chad Lyle October 17, 2018

For the second — and possibly final — time before election day, incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz and his challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, sparred in a televised debate highlighting their...

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Joseph Kopser trying to turn a historically red congressional seat blue

Chad Lyle October 11, 2018

Without UT’s impact on his life, Joseph Kopser said his campaign for Congress would look very different. The Iraq War veteran, who is a Democrat competing against Republican nominee Chip Roy for...


Chip Roy is betting on desire for change in Washington to get elected to Congress

Chad Lyle October 8, 2018

Editorial note: This article is part of a series on local candidates.  UT alumnus Chip Roy, the Republican nominee to succeed Rep. Lamar Smith in Congressional District 21, said he is drawing on...


UT alumnus starts Facebook group to combat perceived liberal bias on campus

Chad Lyle October 4, 2018

Mark Pulliam created the Facebook page “Stop the Insanity at UT” in response to what he called an information “void” surrounding campus events. The retired lawyer and UT alumnus...


Texas state leaders weigh in on YCT protest as students claim free speech violations

Chad Lyle October 3, 2018

State lawmakers have begun to weigh in on Young Conservatives of Texas’ demonstration in support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh yesterday, calling for the University to do more to protect...

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Get to know bond proposals that will be on the ballot this November

Chad Lyle September 27, 2018

At the bottom of every midterm election ballot in Austin this November, there will be seven bond propositions that will cost the city $925 million total if enacted.   Though bond propositions...


Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke clash in Dallas during the first Texas Senate debate

Chad Lyle September 22, 2018

Incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz took on Democratic rival Beto O’Rourke for the first time Friday night in Dallas at the first of three debates across the state, focusing on domestic issues, like...

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UT alumnus Sri Kulkarni is running for Congress on principle that personal stories matter

Chad Lyle September 21, 2018

Sri Kulkarni’s college career was put on hold when his father was diagnosed with cancer. This life-altering event is among a series of experiences that informed the UT alumnus in his run for Congress. Kulkarni...


Students react to FDA proposal to ban Juuls, other flavored e-cigarettes

Chad Lyle September 19, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration announced last week it is considering a ban on flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to curb underage use of the product. Alexandra Loukas, principal investigator...


Beto O’Rourke probably has young voters on his side, but that doesn’t mean they’ll help him win

Chad Lyle September 17, 2018

Democratic senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke has gained a lot of attention from younger voters, but their support may not help him win.  Joshua Blank, manager of polling and research at the Texas...

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Meet six Longhorns running for public office in the upcoming November midterms

Chad Lyle September 14, 2018

For Texans, early voting for the midterm elections begins in less than six weeks, and several former Longhorns are on the ballot across the state. Six UT alumni currently running for office spoke with...

Texas is leading a federal lawsuit against Obamacare. What does that mean for students?

Chad Lyle September 14, 2018

The Affordable Care Act is no longer constitutional according to State Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading a lawsuit at the federal level to repeal the health care law. Paxton, along with lawyers...


Elizabeth Warren, former UT-Austin Law professor, endorses former student Julie Oliver for Congress

Chad Lyle September 11, 2018

UT Law School alumna Julie Oliver is in the middle of campaigning to unseat three-term incumbent Congressman Roger Williams in House District 25, which stretches from Fort Worth to Austin.  Last...


Austin Mayoral Candidates discuss housing and West Campus development

Chad Lyle September 10, 2018

Two top contenders for the Austin mayorship, former city councilwoman Laura Morrison and incumbent mayor Steve Adler, went head to head on Sunday in a forum hosted by Blue Action Democrats, an Austin club...


Is Harvard’s affirmative action policy protected by UT’s precedent?

Chad Lyle September 6, 2018

A lawsuit challenging Harvard University’s admission practices is putting affirmative action back in the national spotlight two years after UT defended its own affirmative action suit in the Supreme...


Republican Travis Clardy of Nacogdoches is now the fifth candidate angling for Texas House speaker

Chad Lyle August 30, 2018

State Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, announced his candidacy for speaker of the Texas House of Representatives last Monday, joining three other Republicans and one Democrat also angling for a seat...


Dealing with roommates is (usually) easier than you think

Chad Lyle August 29, 2018

For a lot of people, the first year of college is overflowing with new experiences, such as living with someone who isn’t a parent or a sibling for the first time. Many students find this to be a...


‘Showing up is fundamental:’ Beto O’Rourke rallies UT-Austin students at packed town hall

Chad Lyle August 29, 2018

Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat running for U.S. Senate, rallied UT students and Austinites inside a packed town hall Tuesday evening at the Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe near campus. Speakers...


Andrew White really wants to debate his Democratic opponent, so why isn’t it happening?

Chad Lyle April 27, 2018

The runoff election deciding which Democrat will run against incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott is less than a month away, and candidate Andrew White is not pleased with his opponent’s reluctance to debate...

Texas Law alumni compete for student votes in runoff election for US Congress

Chad Lyle April 16, 2018

Texas Law School alumnae Chris Perri and Julie Oliver returned to UT Saturday to earn student votes ahead of a runoff election that will determine which one of them will be the Democratic nominee for Congressional...

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Austin organization aims to humanize the city’s homeless

Chad Lyle April 10, 2018

People are more likely to help familiar faces than strangers in need, said Kevin Price, who launched Hearing the Homeless to familiarize the city of Austin with its homeless population. “The idea...

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Thousands march downtown to protest gun violence in nationwide March for Our Lives

Chad Lyle March 26, 2018

One month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, roughly 20,000Austinites marched from City Hall to the State Capitol for the Austin March...

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LIVE COVERAGE: Thousands march downtown to protest gun violence in nationwide March for Our Lives

Chad Lyle March 24, 2018

Update (2:30 p.m.): First to speak on Saturday was Austin Mayor Steve Adler. He was introduced by organizer Conor Heffernan. “You need to demand of your elected officials that they do what’s...


March for Our Lives builds grassroots momentum at student volunteer meeting

Chad Lyle March 5, 2018

After an unexpected showing of student volunteers, organizers for the Austin March for Our Lives event were forced to relocate their Saturday meeting from Mozart’s Coffee Roasters to a large picnic...


Meet the high school students bringing #NeverAgain to Austin

Chad Lyle March 2, 2018

While most high school seniors are focused on their futures after graduation, the organizers for the March for Our Lives in Austin are focused on the future of gun control after the shooting at Stoneman...


University Democrats pull all-nighter to be first in line to vote

Chad Lyle February 20, 2018

The University Democrats have spent the past few weeks encouraging students to get excited about voting, and now they’re putting their words into action. On Monday night, University Democrats...


Student groups hustle to energize voters ahead of coming primary elections

Chad Lyle February 19, 2018

Only 30 percent of registered voters in the state turned out for the most recent primary elections in March of 2016, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s office. In an effort to reverse this...


Student art is held up next to iconic works of the past at the visual arts center

Chad Lyle February 12, 2018

As a crowd of people assembled around his daughter’s painting, Tony Huang made a point of letting them know he was in town for one reason: to support his daughter, Kaelyn Huang, at her first appearance...


New film series offers students a chance to educate themselves about immigration

Chad Lyle January 24, 2018

When it comes to migration, UT history professor Joan Neuberger wants people to know there’s more to the subject than the heated rhetoric coming out of Washington, D.C. Neuberger launched a series...


‘Keep Composers Weird’ reminds Austin that classical artists are not a thing of the past

Chad Lyle January 19, 2018

Nathan Felix might not be a household name, but three up-and-coming composers are probably glad they know it. Felix brought three composers to Austin as part of his program, Keep Composers Weird, to...

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