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By Tony Elias | Broker in 97068
  • Sen. Paul Reaches Victory Through Filibuster!

    Posted Under: General Area in Austin, Quality of Life in Austin, Crime & Safety in Austin  |  March 7, 2013 3:08 PM  |  428 views  |  1 comment

    rand paul filibusterToday, following his historic 13-hour filibuster on the Senate floor that ended early this morning, Sen. Rand Paul received correspondence from the White House regarding the legality and constitutionality of the U.S. government using lethal force, including drone strikes, on Americans and in U.S. territory.  Sen. Paul's repeated correspondence to President Obama's nominee to be CIA director, John Brennan, was finally answered today, in part, with the following response from Attorney General Eric Holder: "'Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?' The answer to that question is no."

    "This is a major victory for American civil liberties and ensures the protection of our basic Constitutional rights. We have Separation of Powers to protect our rights. That's what government was organized to do and that's what the Constitution was put in place to do," Sen. Paul said. "I would like to congratulate my fellow colleagues in both the House and Senate and thank them for joining me in protecting the rights of due process."

    (news reference: www.paul.senate.gov)

     

    Interview by CNN with Sen. Paul today concerning his speech

     

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  • Governor Perry stands firm against texting-while-driving ban

    Posted Under: General Area in Travis County, Traffic & Public Transportation in Travis County, Crime & Safety in Travis County  |  February 27, 2013 10:57 AM  |  860 views  |  No comments

    no texting while drivingAccording to the Austin American-Statesman, despite a teary hearing at the capital yesterday to ban texting while driving, Texas Governor Rick Perry stands firmly against enacting a law to regulate the dangerous habit but rather strong education programs to enlighten citizens to stop using their phone for such actions while driving and only use hands-free phone options while behind the wheel.

    The reaction from Perry aide Lucy Nashed would seem to bode ill for state Rep. Tom Craddick’s second attempt to push through a law barring adult drivers from texting or emailing while driving a moving vehicle. Perry vetoed a similar bill by the Midland Republican and former House speaker in 2011, calling it a “government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.”

    “Gov. Perry continues to believe texting while driving is reckless and irresponsible, and as he noted last session, current law already prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from texting or using a cell phone while driving,” Nashed told the American-Statesman in an email. “The key to dissuading drivers from texting while driving is information and education, not government micromanagement.”

    Craddick, after listening to a series of emotional witnesses replay the loss of loved ones to texting-related wrecks, said after the hearing that he hadn't yet spoken to Perry about the proposed law this session.

    “If we get the bill passed, I do intend to go talk to (Perry),” said Craddick, who said he doesn't engage in text messaging at all, driving or not. “It’s all about saving lives, not about whether I text or not.”

    The legislation, House Bill 63, would impose a fine of up to $100 for anyone caught reading, writing or sending a “text-based communication” on a hand-held device while driving. That would include other portable electronic equipment, such as notebooks and tablets. Doing any of the above while the car is stopped wouldn't be a violation.

    The maximum fine for a second offense would be $200.

    At least 39 states and the District of Columbia have banned texting while driving as have 23 Texas cities. Austin was the first to do so, in 2009.

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  • Is Austin, TX prone to many Natural Disasters?

    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life, Crime & Safety  |  September 3, 2012 11:07 AM  |  530 views  |  No comments

    The answer to the above question is, no, Austin is not prone to many Natural Disasters. The primary force of nature which Austin is hit with is tornadoes. Second to that would be flooding, however there has been a drought for approximately two years - thus eliminating that from the current Natural Disaster scenario.

    One can view the breakdown of the Natural Disaster records for the Austin area here: http://www.usa.com/austin-tx-natural-disasters-extremes.htm

    Overall, this makes Austin a pretty safe place to live if one has a concern about Natural Disasters.

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