I was going on a road trip, and my parents weren't going to hear about it. My mother would've freaked out anyway. I could hear her now, "You have Crohn's disease, so why are you trying to travel across the country?"
The use of a referendum in such high-profile ways, however, also suggests that governments must continue to examine and re-examine what it means to engage the public effectively--before a matter reaches the ballot. Are governments enabling those affected by decisions to affect those decisions, without ballots?
We're bruised, but now, we're stronger. Let's prove it at these post-June Pride events.
While the myth is that everything is bigger in Texas, our politics seem to follow that cliché. Our governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general are actively portraying our state as dangerous for LGBTQ individuals. As you can see, Texas is more than the sum of its politicians.
If you're more of the adventurous type and are looking to move to a different city after you graduate, I've ranked the U.S. fastest growing cities for jobs in 2016.
This spring has been challenging for Central Texas animals. After an unusually warm winter, the region has been plagued by a series of severe thunderstorms and floods, causing the displacement of large numbers of people and animals. As a result, animal shelters have seen high intake of both stray and surrendered pets.
I live in Austin, Texas, and at once upon a time it was a city where freeways were unencumbered by long lines of traffic. According to Politifact Texa...
Chicago Gay Pride Parade photo by C. Robertson flickr.com Break out the white shoes and rainbow flags. This weekend isn't just the unofficial sta...
We're lucky to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes, such as national parks, in our American backyard that keep us active, healthy, and sane. Their views may leave you at a loss for words, but Andy Roddick, American former World No. 1 professional tennis player, can elaborate.
Prop 1 could cost Austin millions of dollars in income, new revenue for the city itself, opportunity for entrepreneurs to create more jobs in Austin, much needed solutions to our transportation crisis, and worst of all, the very safety of citizens it purported to protect.
When a single company or interest has the power to overwhelm democracy's deliberative and decision making processes because investors reward rapid corporate growth over respect for local democracy, something is broken.
If Uber and Lyft choose to take their fight to the state level against basic local safety standards, the results may undermine the will of the voters and would certainly demonstrate a disregard for local democracy.
Last Monday Uber and Lyft left Austin because they lost an election on a proposition that would have allowed them to use their own background checks instead of using the city's fingerprint-based system.
I have no doubt that Uber and Lyft will be back in Austin soon, but until then, the real "losers" in this situation are the thousands of full-time drivers in Austin who have just been put out of work with less than 48 hours' notice.
What do Uber, Airbnb, Lyft and a host of other "gig" economy companies have in common? Disruption, right? If that was your answer, I agree - but m...
If you thought comparison shopping was hard with traditional travel companies, just try the sharing economy. Lightly regulated companies such as Airbnb and Uber can make it as difficult as traditional travel sites -- and sometimes even harder -- to determine the final price you'll pay, let alone compare prices on other forms of transportation or accommodations.