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Over the years I have worked with many Republicans to get things accomplished, particularly during my military career. As members of the U.S. Navy we put duty, honor and country first. Chances are good that there will be at least one Republican on the next Austin City Council. But will this person bring irrational GOP craziness to the position? ... See MoreSee Less
From Sarah Palin to John Boehner: the range of GOP craziness
Politically speaking, Sarah Palin is crazy — but in an entertaining way. Speaker of the House John Boehner may look reasonable by comparison, but his supposed rationality is pretty dubious.
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If there is a newspaper in America that is unafraid to utter the word "inquality," the New York Times would be it. The current mayor of New York used that word often and consistently before being overwhelmingly elected to office. ... See MoreSee Less
Austin’s Black Population Leaving City, Report Says
Among large, fast-growing cities, Austin is the only one with a shrinking African-American population, according to a recent study.
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I have been a patient at the VA Outpatient Clinic on the corner of Montopolis Drive and Oltorf for almost 20 years. Central Health now owns the property, and its plans for adaptive reuse and upgrade so far look promising. Our community desperately needs this mental health facility. ... See MoreSee Less
St. David's Foundation grants $9M to create short-term mental health facility - Austin Business...
The Southeast Austin center will open in 2015 and fill a gap in area mental health services.
Throwback Thursday: in 2008 I made headlines back in my German hometown for my work with the Obama campaign. It was truly an honor and a privilege to have served as the President of Black Austin Democrats during such a momentous time. ... See MoreSee Less
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The recent decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to allow the display of the Confederate battle flag on Texas license plates is in the news. When this controversy first arose three years ago, I wrote this article for the Texas Observer to set the record straight.As an Afro-German I am in a unique position to discuss this issue. As I note in the op-ed, my maternal grandfather fought and died in World War II on the German side, whereas my father was a part of the post-war American occupying force. ... See MoreSee Less
Confederate Flag License Plates Evoke Slavery, Not Heritage - The Texas Observer
Jerry Patterson is the current Texas Land Commissioner and has declared himself a 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor. Patterson has been in the news …