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  • Austin sees spikes in violent crime, officer retirements after defund police vote

    10/31/2020 1:12:51 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 30 2020 | Megan Henney
    Austin has seen a spike in violent crime and officer retirements after the city council voted over the summer to immediately slash $20 million from the police department budget, becoming the first major Texas city to do so. In August, Austin City Council members voted unanimously to cut about $150 million, or roughly one-third, from its police department and allocate those funds to areas like violence prevention, housing and mental health services. Only about $21.5 million was immediately removed from the department's funding in part by canceling three upcoming cadet classes and slashing overtime expenses. "It is demoralizing for the...
  • Could Weird Austin Go Red? Local GOP Says Dems Are Donating to Republicans in Record Numbers

    10/22/2020 7:43:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/22/2020 | Megan Fox
    Austin has long been the blue dot in Texas’ red sea. But that could change soon. The Travis County GOP Communications Director Andy Hogue says there’s every reason for citizens of Austin to be optimistic about Republican races this year. Hogue told PJ Media, “Democrats are donating to us in unprecedented numbers. We’ve never seen this before.” Hogue says that the local GOP recognizes regular donors but when new names started coming in, they started looking them up to see who they are. “We kept finding Democrats who have never donated before.”Two seats on the all-Democrat Austin City Council are...
  • Black Lives Matter Led to Record Number of Mass Shootings; Three Democrat cities will account for 5,000 shootings.

    09/13/2020 7:37:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/13/2020 | Daniel Greenfield
    Even as gun violence breaks records in New York City, Chicago, and Philly, the Democrats dont have much to say about the epidemic of shootings or their pet cause, gun control. While activist Democrat prosecutors like Attorney General Letitia James have neglected to deal with the violence and are instead targeting the NRA, they arent really talking about gun control. Mass shootings are rarely mentioned anymore even though there are more of them than ever. A Washington D.C. mass shooting at a cookout last month that wounded 20 people was treated as another local crime story. And there are a...
  • Texas cop group puts up billboards on interstate near Austin warning drivers to 'enter at your own risk' after the city cut $150 million in funding from police department

    09/11/2020 10:10:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 11, 2020 | Harriett Alexander
    Motorists driving into Austin, Texas are now greeted by series of billboards warning: 'Austin Police Defunded, Enter At Your Own Risk!' The signs have been placed at the entrances to the city by the Texas Municipal Police Association. It came after Austin's City Council voted to cut the police budget by $150 million - about 34 per cent of its current total.
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott says hes considering state control of Austins police department

    09/05/2020 1:39:24 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 32 replies
    fox news ^ | 09/04/2020 | Caitlin McFall
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that he is reviewing legislation that would remove control of the Austin Police Department from the capital city, and place them under state authority. Abbotts tweet is the latest attempt by the GOP to protect police from defunding as Austin became the first Texas city to vote in favor of shifting financial resources in the wake of the Blake Lives Matter protests, which have erupted across the nation in response to police brutality against Black Americans. This proposal for the state to takeover the Austin Police Department is one strategy I'm looking at, Abbott...
  • Monday News Roundup: Austin Becoming the San Francisco of Texas; Trump to Shine Spotlight on Kenosha

    08/31/2020 4:39:21 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 18 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    [Note: This piece is heavy on video.] Austin is destined to become the San Francisco of Texas. Hell, it already is, in part, with homeless encampments lining the sidewalks of its downtown area and piles of homeless-generated trash and human refuse stacked under its freeway overpasses. 30 years of uninterrupted Democrat stewardship will do that to any city. On Friday, Democrat leaders in Austin took the next step towards total destruction, reallocating 95 police jobs in ways that will ensure the citys crime rate will continue to skyrocket. The move comes after a new study finds that Austin already...
  • Salon Owner Shelley Luther Announces Run For Texas Senate Seat

    08/24/2020 11:12:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | August 22, 2020 | Catherine Marfin
    NBC 5 Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther, who made national headlines by reopening her shop during the pandemic in defiance of business closure orders by Gov. Greg Abbott, announced Saturday that she is running for Texas Senate District 30. Luthers announcement comes after Republican activists elected Pat Fallon to replace Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe as the GOP nominee for Texas congressional District 4. If Fallon wins, as is widely expected, he would be ineligible to be a state senator once sworn into Congress, creating an opening for the seat in Austin.
  • Texas County Requests Help from State Troopers After Austin Defunds Police

    08/23/2020 7:53:45 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Aug 2020 | LANA SHADWICK
    A Texas county called for law enforcement reinforcements from Governor Greg Abbott after the Austin City Council cut its police department budget by one-third. The county judge from Williamson County said the $150 million budget cut to the Austin Police Department by the city council places Austin officers and their families in great peril.... District 6 Councilman Flannigan wrote in his plan posted on We should expedite the demolition of the APD Headquarters by directing the City Manager to move all remaining APD staff out of the existing headquarters building and into other underutilized city facilities. The city council...
  • Democrats Destructive Decisions Spark Austinites to Take Back City Government [Austin, TX]

    08/23/2020 7:31:19 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 13 replies
    Texas Scorecard ^ | August 21, 2020 | Jacob Asmussen
    Theres a pivotal war for power unfolding in Austin. Amid scenes of citizens forced out of their homes, iconic businesses shuttering from suffocating taxes, uncontrolled homelessness scattering across town, intensifying lawlessness spreading on the streets, and defunded police officers leaving their jobs, some citizens are now arising to take city hall back from the all-Democrat Austin City Council who helped create the current reality in Texas capital. For this Novembers local election, 20 candidates are running for just five available seats on the city council. All of the incumbent Democrat councilmembers trying to stay in power this year are facing...
  • Citizens Invade Closed Austin Park Shutdown By Communist City Council

    08/23/2020 3:31:20 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies ^ | Sunday, August 23, 2020 |
    By Sunday, August 23, 2020 In the spirit of nonviolent civil disobedience, Alex Jones and Owen Shroyer led the charge against Austins authoritarian public park lockdowns on Saturday by swimming at Barton Springs with fellow patriots in defiance of their COVID tyranny. We have seen police officers take a knee for riot mobs that want to defund them and call for their deaths in the streets, Shroyer told supporters. By Sunday, August 23, 2020 In the spirit of nonviolent civil disobedience, Alex Jones and Owen Shroyer led the charge against Austins authoritarian public park lockdowns on Saturday by...
  • Houston Police Chief Tells Officers In Defunded Depts Come To Houston

    08/19/2020 2:59:11 PM PDT · by Zenyatta · 32 replies
    LaCorte News ^ | 8/19/2020 | Damjan Tutarkov
    Art Acevedo, the police chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD), is calling on officers with the Austin Police Department unhappy over the recent budget cuts to come and work for him. The Austin City Council last week unanimously approved to slash about $150 million from its police departments funding, or nearly a third of the departments annual budget. People of Houston, they dont want less policing, they want better policing and well-trained police officers, Chief Acevedo said. The HPD welcomed 44 new officers to the force during a Cadet Class #245 graduation ceremony Monday, Fox 26 Houston reported.
  • Austin Defunded Its Police. Texas Steps Up to Defend Them.

    08/19/2020 9:07:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08/19/2020 | Bryan Preston
    A little less than a week ago, blue Austin made itself a laughingstock across the rest of Texas. The all-Democrat city council and its left-wing Mayor Steve Adler voted unanimously to chop $150 million out of the citys $434 million dollar budget. Thats a cut of one-third. Austin did this as the WSJ revealed that the fast-growing city of about a million leads the nation in the percentage increase of homicides in 2020. Yes, its rate of increase is worse even than New York and Chicago. Austin recently billed itself as safe. It can no longer honestly say that it...
  • Canceled cadet class would have been Austin Police Departments most diverse group ever, APA says

    08/18/2020 1:56:22 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    The now-canceled APD 144th cadet class would have been the first one where more than half of graduates were minorities, the Austin Police Association says. Earlier this week, Austin City Council voted to change the citys 2020-21 budget resulting in around $150 million of Austin Police Departments funding being transitioned to other public health and safety areas. Austin City Council approves budget, yearlong process of moving $150M out of APD The APA says it was recently provided with the number of the class racial makeup, saying that 51% were minorities. The numbers indicate that it would have been APDs...
  • Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich Celebrates Austins Move to Defund Police

    08/17/2020 1:11:41 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 16 2020 | WARNER TODD HUSTON
    San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich once again used his press availability to launch into politics instead of basketball, as he heaped praise upon Austin, Texas, after their recent vote to defund the police. The coach then went on a rant about how racist Trump is because of what Popovich thinks is voter suppression. During his comments, Popovich waxed ecstatic that the City of Austin is moving to slash a third of its police department budget and added that he hopes his hometown of San Antonio would do the same, according to San Antonios KENS Channel 5. Popovich was asked...
  • Austin City Council Joins the 'Defund the Police' Movement

    08/14/2020 8:16:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 8/13/2020 | Julio Rosas
    The Austin City Council voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of a new city budget that sees an estimated $150 million in planned cuts to the Austin Police Department. About $20 million will be immediately removed from the departments funding, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The vote took place after the city council listen to hours of public testimony on Wednesday, which saw many speakers in favor of cutting the police budget. The cuts that will take place immediately will include: "Cutting three upcoming cadet classes, slashing overtime costs by nearly $3 million, pulling more than $3 million from commodities...
  • Texas Governor Slams Austin City Council for Defunding Police

    08/14/2020 4:21:13 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 13 2020 | Bob Price
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott slammed the Austin City Council for its decision to strip $150 million from the capital citys police department. Some cities are more focused on political agendas than public safety, Governor Abbott said in a written statement. Austins decision puts the brave men and women of the Austin Police Department and their families at greater risk, and paves the way for lawlessness. The entire Austin City Council voted to cut $150 million from the citys police department budget on Thursday, the Texas Tribune reported.
  • Austin, TX Cap Metro trains run almost completely empty always, corruption for Federal money.

    08/08/2020 4:50:25 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 19 replies
    First hand testimony | 8 August 2020 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    The Capital Metro (Cap Metro) trains in Austin, TX run without passengers, not a single one, almost every day during the weekday. This is first hand witness knowledge over a several month period. The drivers of those trains must have one of the best jobs in the world, with high pay, health benefits and retirement, etc. and almost never a passenger with whom they have to interact. I asked someone knowledgeable in Austin why this his happening and that person told me it is because they are receiving millions in Federal money for the trains. The thought then came, "Are...
  • Texas Bike Shop Stops Selling To Police After Woke Employees Complain (Austin, TX)

    08/08/2020 4:14:48 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 63 replies
    Blue Lives ^ | 8/8/202 | Sandy Malone
    Austin, TX An Austin bike shop owned in part by Lance Armstrong has announced it will no longer fulfil its lucrative contract keeping the Austin Police Departments bicycle patrol on two wheels after after three employees complained that officers used their bikes to control violent protesters. Mellow Johnnys Bike Shop, located in downtown Austin, is the brainchild of racing legend Armstrong, according to the shops website. KXAN reported that the bike shop, which took a Paycheck Protection Program loan of between $150,000 and $350,000 in April, is walking away from a $314,000 contract with the city. The most recent...
  • Attorney of Driver in Austin Shooting Releases Details Confirming Self Defense

    08/07/2020 7:06:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 5 August, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    There are new developments in the shooting case where a driver shot a protestor who was armed with an AK47 type rifle, as his car was being swarmed by the crowd of protestors. The following is a press release from the attorneys of Daniel Perry, who has identified himself as the driver who shot Garrett Foster on the evening of 25 July. This account tells what happened from the viewpoint of Daniel Perry. From the press release: F. Clinton Broden and Broden &Mickelsen issue the following statement on behalf of our client, Daniel Perry.Daniel Perry is an active duty sergeant...
  • Record number of people from New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles are looking for new homes in cheaper, smaller metro areas like Phoenix, Sacramento and Las Vegas as mortgage rates dip and working remotely becomes the new norm

    08/06/2020 6:03:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 5, 2020 | Karen Ruiz
    A record number of people from the country's largest metropolitan areas, including New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, are flocking to smaller, more affordable cities amid the coronavirus pandemic, new data reveals. A recent report by real estate company Redfin shows 27.4 per cent of website users were looking to move to smaller metro areas in the second quarter of 2020, with the top five destinations being Phoenix, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Austin and Atlanta. The migration analysis was based on a sample of more than 1million Redfin users who searched for homes across 87 metro regions in the...