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Quotes to Note for the week of Oct. 31 – Nov. 7

November 8, 2013

Making a deal with the devil “I don’t have any policies to advance, but I do have a college to advance. I would go and talk to the devil himself, if necessary, to explain what a wonderful...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 7

November 7, 2013

Horns Up: Ten for ten on the 2013 ballot. On Nov. 5, Texas voters approved all nine constitutional amendments on the ballot. The Affordable Housing Bond, the only bond on the ballot in Austin, passed...

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Voters approved Proposition 6, but it must guard against potential conflicts of interest

November 7, 2013

Texas voters overwhelmingly approved the creation of a permanent source of funding for water infrastructure projects and a $2 billion initial investment in that fund Tuesday. State political leaders like...

Rape prevention efforts must be aimed at everyone, not just young women

November 6, 2013

 On Monday, this newspaper published a front-page story with the headline “Breaking the Silence.” That story was about sexual assault on the UT campus and how, despite growing awareness...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 6

November 6, 2013

Horns Down: Texans clinging tightly to the right Newsweek recently reported that the Republican U.S. state senator from Texas, John Cornyn, has been losing popularity in his home state since his decision...

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Horns Up for Nov. 5: Microsoft invests in Texas, UT’s favor to the postal service

November 5, 2013

Horns Up: UT keeps rent low for the postal service According to an article published on the Daily Texan website Monday and in Tuesday’s paper, the United States Postal Service pays UT just $1...

Don’t forget to cast your vote for affordable housing

November 5, 2013

On Tuesday, the polls open across Texas for the Nov. 5 ballot election, which boasts nine propositions for state constitutional amendments and, in Austin, one for the creation of an affordable housing...

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The Daily Texan editorial board’s endorsements for the Tuesday, Nov. 5 election

November 4, 2013

On Tuesday, the polls will open across Texas for a ballot election containing propositions that confront issues ranging from water planning to reverse mortgages. Students can vote on campus at the Flawn...

Friday Firing Lines for Nov. 1, 2013

November 1, 2013

Every Friday, the Daily Texan editorial board will publish a selection of tweets and online comments, along with direct submissions from readers. Our intention is to continue the tradition of the Firing...

Quotes to Note: Water, Hall, voter ID and vocational training

November 1, 2013

The vice president comes to town “[The National Domestic Violence Hotline] drop[s] somewhere around 50,000 calls. We need more people; we need more resources to be able to service the demonstrable...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 31

October 31, 2013

Horns Up: Why would the UN want the Alamo, anyway? Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson had the correct reaction to the recent outbreak of Internet indignation over the prospect that the United Nations...

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West needs better chemical storage solutions to prevent further tragedies

October 30, 2013

It’s been just over six months since an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West wiped out much of the town. While massive rebuilding efforts have been undertaken, the town has a long way to go before...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 30

October 30, 2013

Horns Up: Longhorn Network offers military members free service The Longhorn Network has announced that it will offer itself for free to anyone on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connecting from a .mil...

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District Court decision on HB2 offers small pro-abortion rights victory

October 29, 2013

As of Tuesday, abortions performed after 20 weeks are illegal in the state of Texas. That change comes by way of House Bill 2, the same piece of omnibus abortion legislation that set the Texas Capitol...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct.28: Rising HIV rates in Travis County, Water for the homeless

October 28, 2013

Horns Down: HIV rates rise in Travis County  In an in-depth story on HIV infection rates in Travis County, the Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday that the county’s rate of new diagnoses...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 25

October 25, 2013

Horns Up: Nigeria takes Ted Cruz to task. Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joked at a Texas tea party event that the government’s website for the Affordable Care Act had been built...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 24

October 24, 2013

Horns Up: SG votes to support undocumented students Last night, amid a crowd of protesters, the Student Government Assembly passed by a vote of 18-9-2 a heavily-debated resolution in support of undocumented...

Quotes to Note: Regent impeachment

October 24, 2013

Editor’s note: This week, the Texas House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations has heard public testimony concerning UT System Regent Wallace Hall’s...

Vote yes to Prop. 6 and Affordable Housing Bonds

October 23, 2013

Early voting is now open for the Nov. 5 election, which includes nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, along with different regional issues depending on location. Many of the issues are easy...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 23: We’re never, ever, ever getting back together (with the Aggies)

October 23, 2013

Horns Down:  Aggies Still Aren’t Over it Despite the fact that our 118-year-old rivalry with Texas A&M has been dead for over two years, the good folks over in Aggieland still haven’t...

SG should be honest about the needs of undocumented students

October 22, 2013

Tuesday night, the Student Government Assembly will take up and consider a revised version of AR 16, a resolution in support of Undocumented Students and Undocumented Longhorns Week. The resolution is...

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Q&A: Kevin Hegarty on Shared Services and UT’s declining funding

October 21, 2013

Every week, the Daily Texan Editorial team will sit down with a campus or community figure to ask them about campus issues. These conversations, edited and condensed for clarity, will run in the paper...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 18: Texas will soon have more wind energy, Ted Cruz profits from bad government and fast food workers continue to struggle

October 18, 2013

Horns Up: Wind energy project almost complete. As the Texas Tribune reported on Monday, Texas’ Competitive Renewable Energy Zone, which seeks to connect the nation’s largest expanse of wind...

Friday Firing Lines for Oct. 18: Student government stipends, cop cars, still no love for sex columns

October 18, 2013

Every Friday, the Daily Texan editorial board will publish a selection of tweets and online comments culled from the Daily Texan website and the various Daily Texan Twitter accounts, along with direct...

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UT’s Student Government stipends should stay

October 17, 2013

At Tuesday night’s Student Government meeting, John Brown, a government sophomore and a College of Liberal Arts representative in the Student Government Assembly, stood and announced that members...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 16: The cost of incarcerating undocumented immigrants, support for water funding and Dewhurst’s pandering

October 16, 2013

Horns Down: An immigration Rorschach test. Texas county jails reported this month that they spent more than $150 million on the incarceration of over 130,000 undocumented immigrants over the past two...

The Supreme Court should reject Texas and other states’ lawsuit against the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations

October 16, 2013

Only yesterday, we wrote an editorial concerning the abysmal job the Texas state government has done of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In the editorial, which argued that Texas should be held accountable...

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality should protect the atmosphere too

October 15, 2013

Pop quiz: Is the atmosphere a public resource that we all have the right to use? If you answered yes, congratulations, we think you’re absolutely right. If you answered no, you might work for the...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 15: What is Hegar running for anyway, Health science center reaccredited

October 15, 2013

Horns Down: Aren't you running for comptroller?  On Monday, state Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, released an ad in his campaign for Texas state comptroller. In the roughly minute-long piece, the...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 14: Beating the Sooners, Bring on the rain

October 14, 2013

Horns Up: OU Still Sucks (But this time we have proof) The Longhorns sent the No. 10-ranked Oklahoma Sooners back to Norman with their tails between their legs on Saturday, and no one is more surprised...

Friday Firing Lines for Oct. 11, 2013

October 11, 2013

OU still sucks -From commenter “Jim” on the Daily Texan website in response to our editorial trash-talking the University of Oklahoma.  -Rebecca Neu (@TexasNeu) in response...

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Despite flaws, open access is worth the price

October 11, 2013

Open-access journals haven’t had an easy go of it lately. In its current special issue, the esteemed journal Science has published an article detailing how Harvard biologist John Bohannon duped more...

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Correspondence with the Oklahoma Daily: The Texas side of Saturday’s game

October 10, 2013

Editor’s Note: In the spirit of the University of Texas’ friendly rivalry with the University of Oklahoma, the editorial boards of The Daily Texan and The Oklahoma Daily have exchanged editorials....

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Texas shouldn’t make shady deals for death penalty drugs

October 9, 2013

Texas executes more people than any other state by a wide margin — more than the next five states on that list put together. On Wednesday, Texas will add another name to the list of inmates executed,...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 8: Goodbye to US Postal Service at UT, hello to new campaign ads

October 8, 2013

Horns Up: Wal-Mart to stock more U.S.-made goods. In a reversal of American businesses’ shift to cheaper labor markets overseas, discount retailer Wal-Mart has agreed to increase spending on U.S.-made...

Lt. Governor candidate Dan Patrick is wrong to attack law providing in-state tuition to undocumented students

October 8, 2013

On Monday, State Sen. and current candidate for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, released his first televised campaign ad, in which he vowed to both “secure the border” and “fight Obama.”...

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Be sure to register, stay informed on key issues before Nov. 5 election

October 7, 2013

For students frustrated with the political gridlock occurring at the federal level, the next month may offer a bit of relief from all the political disenchantment, at least as it relates to local politics....

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 7: Wendy Davis at ACL, women in School of Engineering and Allan Ritter’s retirement

October 7, 2013

Horns Down: I came here to see Wendy, not Kings of Leon. After the Texas Tribune published an article on Saturday afternoon saying that Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who announced her campaign for...

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On Nov. 5, the future of Texas depends on water funding vote

October 4, 2013

In almost exactly one month, the state of Texas will vote on one of the most important issues in its history. More important, certainly, than the much more publicized races for attorney general, lieutenant...

Friday Firing Lines: Too few rights for heterosexual white males, Mark Regnerus should resign

October 4, 2013

Every Friday, the Daily Texan editorial board will publish a selection of tweets and online comments culled from the Daily Texan website and the various Daily Texan Twitter accounts, along with direct...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 4: Commissioners show commitment and Smitherman supports hate groups

October 4, 2013

Horns Up: Commissioners' commitment. In interviews with the Texas Tribune, candidates for the Texas Railroad Commission have taken the incredibly selfless step of committing to a full six-year term...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 3: Student loan default rates, Tommy Williams’ resignation and cooler weather on the way

October 3, 2013

Horns Down: Every time we turn around... Student loan default rates have grown for the sixth year in a row, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Monday. The two-year default...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 2: Government shutdown edition

October 2, 2013

Horns Up: Rain, snow, sleet or shutdown, you'll get your mail  While many important federal agencies have closed their doors, we’re happy that the U.S. Postal Service isn’t one...

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Wendy Davis should run for governor, even if only to lose

October 2, 2013

This Thursday, State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is expected to announce whether she will seek the Democratic nomination for governor. All signs point to yes. We’re keeping our fingers crossed...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Oct. 1: Voting victory at A&M, poor numbers for young people in the workplace

October 1, 2013

Horns Up: Voting victory at A&M Prarie View After decades of fighting for a campus polling place, the students at Prairie View A&M University have finally won more convenient access to the ballot...

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Students must continue to fight for Austin City Council district

October 1, 2013

On Saturday, the citizen commission tasked with drawing the district lines for Austin’s new single-member City Council districts released a preliminary map. That map included the University-centric...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Sept. 30: Same-sex benefits, coaching controversy and bake sales

September 30, 2013

Horns Up: Exxon will provide same-sex benefits Exxon Mobil has announced that it will start offering benefits to employees in same-sex marriages, in accordance with the Supreme Court decision overruling...

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The best of TribFest 2013

September 30, 2013

Over the weekend, the UT campus was overrun with plastic-badge-wearing festival-goers, all of them attending the Texas Tribune Festival, a three-day event featuring politicians and policy wonks from across...

September offers a chance for reflection on gun laws

September 27, 2013

In his poem “The Waste Land,” the Anglo-American poet T. S. Eliot famously wrote, “April is the cruellest month.” September, too, has been a particularly cruel month to Americans,...

Friday Firing Lines for Sept. 27, 2013

September 27, 2013

Sex columns turn some on, others off - From commenter “healthyhorn” on our website in response to Sexy Sally’s column on masturbation. - From “Laurie/Blondie”...

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Students need a city council district

September 26, 2013

On Tuesday, UT’s Student Government Assembly passed a resolution calling for the creation of a “student district for city council elections.” The creation of such a district would be...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Sept. 26: Ted Cruz loses allies, a racially-charged bake sale is held and most Texans believe in global warming

September 26, 2013

Horns Up: Cornyn's not falling for it. On Tuesday and Wednesday, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz railed against the alleged evils of the Affordable Care Act for over 21 hours. Cruz’s tactic does nothing...

Austinites should take one for the team and let the water level in Lake Austin be lowered

September 25, 2013

One of the most important and overlooked episodes in the history of the American West was the battle over the water of Owens Valley in California around the turn of the 20th century. The California...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Sept. 24: Junot Diaz dazzles, LGBTQ Texans struggle for representation

September 24, 2013

Horns Down: LGBTQ Texans struggle to find representation on Republican ballot In an article published in the Austin-American Statesman on Saturday, The Associated Press pointed out that none of the...

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Students should continue to question Wickersham and Cameron Road shuttle closures

September 24, 2013

The Capital Metro Board of Directors met Monday to discuss a number of issues, including the possible shutting down of two low-ridership shuttle routes that cater mainly to graduate students.  According...

If Texas executes at all, it must do so fairly

September 23, 2013

In a speech before Parliament in 1868, the English political philosopher John Stuart Mill — an ardent supporter of capital punishment — pointed out the sole argument against it that gave him...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Sept. 23: Breaking Bad and Ballot Imbalances

September 23, 2013

Horns Up: Emmy win gives reason for "Breaking Bad" binge  As busy college students, we’re always looking for an excuse to spend more time with our Netflix accounts. It comes as...

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Monday Q&A: Dr. Gregory Vincent, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement

September 23, 2013

Every week, the Daily Texan editorial board will sit down with a campus or community figure to ask them about issues related to students. These conversations, edited and condensed for clarity, will run...

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Horns Down for Sept. 19: At least someone’s getting by

September 19, 2013

Horns Down: System official pay The chancellor of the UT System and several other System officials have been given pay raises, in some cases of six figures. Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa’s...

How much progress does enrollment data really show?

September 19, 2013

On Monday the University released its preliminary Fall 2013 Enrollment Analysis. The report, which examines the most recent enrollment and retention numbers, shows mixed results: While four-year graduation...

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Point/Counterpoint: Should fans leave the stadium early?

September 18, 2013

During last Saturday's game against Ole Miss, many Longhorn fans left the stadium early, either out of shame or boredom. But was that the right move? Two of our opinion columnists have weighed in in...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Sept. 18: Energy conservation, poverty numbers, bag ban and Lou Holtz

September 18, 2013

Horns Up: High ratings for energy conservation Austin has yet another reason to pat itself on the back. In a report released Tuesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Austin was...

McLeroy tries once again to discredit scientific fact at State Board of Education

September 18, 2013

Some politicians just don’t know when to let things die. That much was made clear Tuesday at a meeting of the State Board of Education. The meeting was called to discuss seven high school biology...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Sept. 17: Texas inhospitality and Mack’s admittance

September 17, 2013

Horns Down: Texas Inhospitality  Carson Otter, a visiting student from Ole Miss is in intensive care after being assaulted in Austin in the very early hours of Saturday morning before the football...

Hold fire on UTIMCO’s Burck

September 17, 2013

As The Daily Texan reported Friday, a former UT System chancellor, R.D. Burck, serves on the Executive Committee of the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council, an advising board to the current...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Sept. 16: Somebody loves Mack Brown, LGBTQ rights

September 16, 2013

Horns Up: LGBTQ Group stands up to guard  The clock is ticking: LGBTQ rights group Lambda Legal is putting pressure on the Texas National Guard to reverse its policy against granting federal benefits...

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Q&A: Vice Provost David Laude

September 16, 2013

Every week, the Daily Texan Editorial team will sit down with a campus or community figure to ask them about issues related to students. These conversations, edited and condensed for clarity, will run...

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West Campus workers deserve humane conditions

September 13, 2013

Current freshmen not withstanding, UT students couldn’t have missed the new high-rise apartment complexes being built in West Campus last year. However, beneath the cranes and exposed beams of 2400...

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Horns Down for Sept. 11: Tesla in Texas

September 11, 2013

Horns Down: Tesla cars can't be sold in Texas Texas politicians claim loudly and often to be the champions of the competitive free market, but there are exceptions to every rule. The state government...

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Making sense of madness: the Texan’s response to 9/11

September 11, 2013

Editor’s Note: This editorial, in response to the horrific events of 9/11, ran in the Texan on Sept. 12, 2001. Although controversial for urging careful reflection, rather than war, at a time of...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Sept. 10: Property taxes and textbook woes

September 10, 2013

Horns up: Lawmakers stand up for LGBTQ rights  A group of Democratic state lawmakers sent a letter to Maj. Gen. John Nichols of the Texas Military Forces on Monday asking him to allow same-sex...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Sept. 10: Property taxes and textbook woes

September 10, 2013

Horns up: Lawmakers stand up for LGBTQ rights  A group of Democratic state lawmakers sent a letter to Maj. Gen. John Nichols of the Texas Military Forces on Monday asking him to allow same-sex...

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How to survive this UT football season: think of it as anything but football

September 9, 2013

Last Saturday night’s whooping on the football field at the hands of the BYU Cougars had us hiding under our tables out of embarrassment. Given how painful it was to have our dreams of a comeback...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Sept. 9: Foot chases and football sacrifices

September 9, 2013

Horns Down: Gerrymandering aimed at minorities  A federal panel of judges ruled Friday that the voting maps adopted by the Texas Legislature this summer will be used in next year’s primary...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Sept. 6: Bandwidth blues and LGBTQ victories

September 6, 2013

Horns Up: After a great deal of controversy and debate, the San Antonio City Council voted 8-3 to include the LGBT community in its list of classes protected from discrimination. Although Austin,...

Texas Supreme Court shouldn’t take away the right of undocumented immigrants to sue

September 6, 2013

As reported by the Texas Tribune on Sept. 4, the Texas Supreme Court might rule this month on Rodriguez v. Boerjan: a case that seems straightforward, but highlights a gray area in the legal status afforded...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Sept. 4: Cornyn on Syria and rights for same-sex military couples in Texas

September 4, 2013

Horns Up: Cornyn shows restraint on Syria On Tuesday, The Dallas Morning News reported that Sen. John Cornyn had stayed silent throughout a meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional...

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Early results are in, but voter ID still needs further scrutiny

September 4, 2013

Last week, Texas’ voter ID law was put into practice for the first time when early voting began for a special election in Edinburg. The law was passed in 2011 but had been prevented from taking effect...

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AG candidate Smitherman’s one-size-fits-all-families thinking is wrong

September 3, 2013

In an Aug. 15 address to the Texas Alliance for Life, an anti-abortion organization, Texas Railroad Commission chairman and Attorney General candidate Barry Smitherman gave quite a speech. The best sound...

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Why students should care about Syria

September 3, 2013

On Friday, before Americans began their three-day weekend, President Obama stood in the White House Rose Garden and announced that he would seek congressional approval for U.S. military action against...

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Horns Up for August 30: Prison Guards and Voter Fraud

August 30, 2013

Horns Up: Prison guards stand with inmates The union representing Texas’ prison guards declared its support for lawsuits filed on behalf of convicts against the lack of air conditioning in state...

AISD should use a realistic graduation plan for high school students

August 29, 2013

Last week the Austin American-Statesman reported that Austin Independent School District leaders, including Edmund Oropez, the district’s associate superintendent of high schools, want to start Austin’s...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Aug. 29: Manziel, fast food and the Briggo line

August 29, 2013

Horns Down: Manziel's non-punishment The NCAA has said that it can’t prove that Texas A&M University quarterback Johnny Manziel was paid thousands of dollars for signing autographs. Consequently,...

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Horns up, horns down for Aug. 28: Trail of Lights, LGBTQ Rights

August 28, 2013

Horns Up: The Trail of Lights Returns The Trail of Lights is coming back. After a few years of unreliable illumination, the Austin tradition will now include better parking and multiple paths through...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for August 5

August 5, 2013

Horns Up: Flip-flopping on its earlier decision to withhold additional aid, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared West, the town devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion in April, a disaster...

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Legislators should approve transportation plan before end of special session

July 29, 2013

Congratulations may be in order for the Texas Legislature for finally sealing up this session’s last official item of business: transportation funding. While nothing is set in stone yet, on Friday...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for July 29

July 29, 2013

HORNS UP: The city of Austin has developed an ambitious water treatment system that will give customers the option of purchasing cheap, though non-potable, reclaimed water for purposes other than...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for July 22

July 22, 2013

Horns Up:  The University of Michigan Board of Regents voted Thursday to allow students living in the U.S. illegally to pay in-state, rather than out-of-state, tuition. Texas has done so since 2001,...

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MyEdu’s student services still not worth system’s investment

July 22, 2013

 For nearly two years, the students of UT have been waiting to see how the UT System Board of Regents’ $10 million investment in the course-scheduling and now job-matching service MyEdu.com...

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After legislation, Texans still need safe abortion

July 15, 2013

On Friday, July 12, after more than nine hours of discussion on the Texas Senate floor, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2, an omnibus abortion bill by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Murphy) that criminalizes...

Credit for media attention should go to protesters

July 8, 2013

On October 15, 1971, this newspaper ran an article headlined “Fems to Rally for Abortion, March Ends at Capitol.”  Two years before the Supreme Court would vote in a 7-2 decision to...

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Horns Up, Horns Down: Week of July 8

July 8, 2013

Horns Up: The governor has all but said that he won’t place the issue of tuition revenue bonds on the second special session call, but that didn’t stop state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, from...

Impeach Hall only if it puts an end to infighting

July 1, 2013

In last week’s chaotic news cycle, you might have missed the proclamation from Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, expanding the purview of the House Transparency Committee to include...

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Real victor in Fisher v. Texas yet to be determined

July 1, 2013

On June 24, the Supreme Court voted 7-1 to kick back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals the case of Fisher v. Texas, which pitted Abigail Fisher, a white woman who was denied admission to UT-Austin,...

LGBT couples in Texas deserve benefits

June 27, 2013

Cheers went up across the country Wednesday as the LGBT community and its supporters celebrated the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to strike down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, which denied...

Students must fight for a voice after redistricting splits campus community

June 24, 2013

If you voted in last November’s election, you are likely aware of the geographic topsy-turvy that a panel of San Antonio judges imposed on Austin’s congressional districts last year. Part of...

Of Post-it notes and President Powers

June 17, 2013

Recently, The Texas Tribune uncovered an open records request made on June 6 by Regent Wallace Hall directed at the office of President William Powers Jr. The extensive request called for “any and...

Perry should have let the drama die

June 17, 2013

Last Friday, Gov. Rick Perry vetoed Senate Bill 15, a piece of legislation by Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) that would have limited the power of governing boards of Texas public universities by, ...

Texas needs tuition revenue bonds

June 10, 2013

The fate of funding for more than 60 campus construction projects across the state, totaling more than $2.5 billion, rests in the hands of Gov. Rick Perry, who can choose to either add the issue of tuition...