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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

At PUC hearing, a push for smart meter opt-out plan

In front of a crowd of more than 200 people, the Public Utility Commission on Tuesday heard repeated calls to create an opt-out program for people who do not want smart electric meters installed at their homes.

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Runoff voters were in mood to oust incumbents

The message from Texas runoff voters? Out with incumbents.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Conley claims mandate for roads, capital projects

Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley says Republican primary voters' verdict in his race is a mandate to keep investing heavily in roads and infrastructure while modernizing Hays County government.

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Galbraith to speak on ‘irrational fears’ of deficit

Local Democratic Party groups are hosting a talk by economist James K. Galbraith on "irrational fears" of budget deficit he predicts will stymie economic recovery.

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Commentary: Take back Hays County

There are real reasons to be concerned about debt, national and local, but a small band of malcontents think they can smear overwhelmingly approved local projects with the uneasiness about state and national debt and financial policies.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Texas legislature convenes, facing hard choices

Expect a heated word or two over immigration legislation and border security, threats of major cuts to education and health and human services, and continuing struggles to keep up with the state’s transportation and criminal-justice concerns. Here’s...

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Medical marijuana supporters look to conservatives

Advocates for legalized medical marijuana in Texas are holding fast to hopes that the specter of an ever-encroaching government will resonate with Tea Party and like-minded lawmakers when the legislative session convenes in January.

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Tea Party protesters rally despite afternoon rain

Despite rain all afternoon, about three dozen Tea Party ralliers protesting federal government taxation turned out on the San Marcos courthouse square Thursday. The rally was about one-third as large as last year's effort, when April 15...

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Second crack yields $610K apartment incentive

San Marcos Councilmember Chris Jones decided to vote Tuesday after his February abstention deadlocked a $610,000 incentive package for an apartment complex on the edge of downtown. Jones voted for the incentives, which passed by a 4-3...

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Commissioners close in on lawn policy

Hays County commissioners discussed a policy Tuesday covering which public gatherings on the county courthouse lawn will pay deposits or insurance or both or neither.