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New CNN Ohio poll: Obama 50%, Romney 46%

Oct 29, 2012 By Paul Burka

From CNN: According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday [10/26], President Barack Obama holds a four point advantage over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the contest for Ohio’s much fought over 18 electoral votes. Fifty-percent of likely voters questioned in the poll say they are backing the president,…

Aggregating the latest polls in swing states

Oct 28, 2012 By Paul Burka

In each of the following swing states, I looked at the ten latest polls as aggregated by the Huffington Post. This is the source of the data that I used. The decision on whether a state is a swing state is mine, not the Huffington Post’s. Here are the results:…

Recent battleground states polls (10/28)

Oct 28, 2012 By Paul Burka

I have no credentials as a statistician, but it seems evident to me that the three Ohio polls serve to reinforce each other and enhance the probability that Obama is ahead in that state by at least +2.

A short history of presidential election wagering

Oct 25, 2012 By Paul Burka

From the Huffington Post: In 2008, 90 percent of gamblers correctly forecast an Obama victory. They were also on the money with 48 of 50 states. Gamblers’ success in this arena is nothing new. In presidential races beginning in 1896, the New York Times, Sun, and World…

New Ohio Polls

Oct 25, 2012 By Paul Burka

Time/SRBI — Obama 49, Romney 44 Lake Research — Obama 46, Romney 44 Rasmussen (automated) — Obama 48, Romney 48 Survey USA (automated) — Obama 47, Romney 44 HuffPost Pollster (aggregate) — Obama 48.4, Romney 45.8 * * * * I would not go so far as to say that…

Gravy, Anyone? Tomorrow is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day

Oct 25, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Ready your gravy boats, fellow Texans; Tomorrow – Friday, October 26 – is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day. This culinary holiday honors one of the most famed dishes in the Lone Star State, and in celebration of Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day, different restaurants across the state are offering chicken fried steak specials…

A Conversation with Nathan Tate of Boulevardier

Oct 23, 2012 By Layne Lynch

For October, Pat Sharpe selected Boulevardier, a modern French bistro in Dallas, as Pat’s Pick. I spoke with Nathan Tate, executive chef of Boulevardier, about his brand new restaurant, French food, and his favorite dishes on the menu. (In case you haven’t heard, Pat’s…

Obama cruises to victory in 3rd debate — but will it move votes?

Oct 23, 2012 By Paul Burka

This was the best of the debates. Both Obama and Romney were at the top of their games. Romney’s camp positioned him as reassuring and, to the extent it was possible, presidential. This was very smart; it smoothed the rough edges that emerge whenever Romney goes on the attack. Clearly…

What to expect in the final debate

Oct 22, 2012 By Paul Burka

1. Romney will renew his criticism of Obama’s muddled explanation of the attack on the consulate at Benghazi. Obama will respond with an attack on Romney’s ill-timed press release critizing the White House’s performance. Romney will not repeat his previous (false) accusation that it took Obama two weeks to call…

Austin Chef Sonya Coté Named One of Marie Claire’s ‘Women on Top’

Oct 22, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Austin chef Sonya Coté, executive chef of Hillside Farmacy and former chef of East Side Show Room, has been named one of Marie Claire’s “Women on Top,” an award that celebrates women under forty who are creatively reinventing their industries. Coté earned the distinguished honor for her valiant support of…

“Draft Castro” movement emerges in San Antonio

Oct 22, 2012 By Paul Burka

From the Express-News: In the home stretch of a crucial election effort to pass his pre-K education plan, Mayor Julian Castro is being drafted for a different race, two years away. Bexar County Democratic Party Chairman Manuel Medina launched a social media movement last week to draft…

FDA questions Perry’s stem cell procedure

Oct 22, 2012 By Paul Burka

From the Houston Chronicle: The Food and Drug Administration has informed the Sugar Land company involved in Gov. Rick Perry’s adult stem-cell procedure that it is illegally marketing an unlicensed drug. In a warning letter, the FDA gave Celltex Therapeutics Corp. 15 business days to submit a plan to…

The Dewhurst agenda

Oct 19, 2012 By Paul Burka

I’m told by sources who heard it from the horse’s mouth, that the light gov has decided on his top priorities for the 2013 session, issues he would like to see designated as “emergencies.” (They would have to be designated as emergencies by the governor.)  This is what my list…

A New Definition of Cow Tipping: Tell Us Your Favorite BBQ Joints!

Oct 17, 2012 By Patricia Sharpe

Dear barbecue buffs, fans, mavens, hounds, fanatics, cognoscenti, nuts, addicts, maniacs, aficionados, zealots, enthusiasts, devotes, groupies, and lovers: Do you have a barbecue destination that you think is worthy of being on Texas Monthly’s “The Top Fifty BBQ Joints in Texas” list? Now’s the time to tell us!…

Bryce Gilmore Announces Plans for Odd Duck Restaurant

Oct 16, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Bryce Gilmore has announced plans to open a brick-and-mortar location of the food trailer that propelled him into local fame: The Odd Duck. Bryce Gilmore The 120-seat Odd Duck restaurant will re-open in Spring 2013 in its original location at 1219 South Lamar Boulevard with “a rustic and casual atmosphere…

KTRK Houston: Gallegos succumbs

Oct 16, 2012 By Paul Burka

From the KTRK story: “Mario Gallegos was the first Mexican American elected to the Texas Senate from Harris County. He served two terms. Gallegos was a firefighter and a senior captain for 22 years. In 2007, he was elected “Governor for a day,” an honorary position awarded to…

Taxes for UT?

Oct 16, 2012 By Paul Burka

The university says that it cannot build and operate its proposed new medical school without a permanent source of funding. It is seeking an increase in local property taxes (amounting to $107.40 per homeowner for the average home), the revenue from which would help fund the medical school. Austin historically…

Austin Film Festival Hosts 10th Annual Film & Food Party

Oct 15, 2012 By Layne Lynch

The Austin Film Festival will host their 10th annual Film & Food Party on Wednesday, October 17 at The Driskill Hotel from 7-10 p.m. The culinary event kicks off the 19th annual Austin Film Festival, which takes place from October 18-25. The honorary chair…

Pâté Letelier and Tiff’s Treats detail their ACL prep work

Oct 14, 2012 By Layne Lynch

On Friday, I began looking into how different food vendors and restaurants were gearing up for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. So far, I’ve spoken with Second Bar + Kitchen, Torchy’s Tacos, and The Salt Lick; today, I finish off my inquiry with Pâté Letelier and Tiff’s Treats. Read…

The vice presidential debate

Oct 12, 2012 By Paul Burka

The first question from moderator Martha Raddatz was about the attack on the consulate in Libya: “Wasn’t this a massive intelligence failure?” Biden could only say, “What it was, was a tragedy.” Ryan: “It took the president two weeks to say this was a terrorist attack.” Biden said Ryan’s answer…

ACL Music Festival attracts more than just music fans

Oct 12, 2012 By Layne Lynch

The Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) kicks off today, and it isn’t just the music scene that is attracting hoards of attendees to the festival grounds. The food lineup is just as alluring as the assortment of bands scheduled to play this…

D.C. panel clears South Carolina Voter I.D. law but not for 2012

Oct 11, 2012 By Paul Burka

From TPM [Talking Points Memo] A panel of federal judges ruled on Wednesday that South Carolina’s new voter ID does not have a discriminatory effect, but they also blocked it from going into effect in November. South Carolina had many of the same problems Texas encountered in trying…

Coming Soon: Where To Stay Now 2012

Oct 11, 2012 By Jordan Breal

So I’ve been MIA from the blog lately, but I think I have a pretty good excuse, as I’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on a Texas travel feature for our November issue. For the latest installment of “Where To Stay…

La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival Takes Place Tonight

Oct 11, 2012 By Layne Lynch

The 23rd La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival that sponsors the AMOA-Arthouse will take place tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Laguna Gloria. Food will be served from several Austin restaurants including East Side Showroom, Foreign & Domestic, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Olive &…

Post-argument report on Fisher v. UT

Oct 10, 2012 By Paul Burka

Here is some analysis from SCOTUSblog on the day’s proceedings: Analysis Affirmative action is alive but ailing, the idea of “critical mass” to measure racial diversity is in very critical condition, and a nine-year-old precedent may have to be reshaped in order to survive.  Those were the dominant…

Tax beer? Bad ideer.

Oct 10, 2012 By Paul Burka

The Amarillo Globe-News recently published a story suggesting that lawmakers might contemplate raising the tax on draft beer. The tax was the suggestion of Dick Lavine, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. The beer tax hasn’t been touched for some thirty years–and it…

“Five myths about Latino voters”

Oct 10, 2012 By Paul Burka

This piece ran in the Washington Post on October 5. The author, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, is a professor of political science at the University of North Texas and is co-editor of the American Political Science Review. Her article follows: At their recent national conventions, the Democratic and Republican parties…

Fisher v. UT case will be argued today

Oct 10, 2012 By Paul Burka

This morning the Supreme Court will hear the case of Fisher v. UT, which I wrote about in our April issue. SCOTUSblog has a thorough discussion of the case, parts of which appear below: America’s Constitution embraces the cultural ideal that all persons are equal, and that…

A crucial judicial race

Oct 9, 2012 By Paul Burka

Texans elect the judges on the state’s two courts of last resort: the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals. Except for the legal community, voters often don’t know much about the candidates. In a contested race, they tend to vote based on the party, not on the individual.

Paul Qui’s New East Side King Truck Opens Thursday

Oct 9, 2012 By Layne Lynch

East Side King‘s new food truck will reopen at 6 p.m. on Thursday (October 11) at the Grackle with a revamped menu. “The food is surprisingly refined for a food truck,” Qui told TEXAS MONTHLY. “We have items like saba (mackerel), quail,…

Bridget Dunlap talks her new Austin restaurant Mettle

Oct 8, 2012 By Layne Lynch

With a handful of successful bars on Rainey Street, Bridget Dunlap has become a force to be reckoned with in the Austin nightlife scene. Recently, however, Dunlap announced that she is done with Rainey Street bars and is now ready to move forward with a few culinary projects. To commence her plans “to take on Austin,” Dunlap and…

Romney wins first debate

Oct 4, 2012 By Paul Burka

It was a very good debate involving two strong candidates. Romney was in top form; Obama wasn’t. He recited his lines, but without fire or passion. It was very much like his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention, which was just cheerleading. He had run out of useful things to…

One ugly debate

Oct 2, 2012 By Paul Burka

Yuck. That was one ugly debate between Cruz and Sadler. There was no winner, and the loser was the audience watching on TV. Moderator Brad Watson spent most of the debate trying to stop Cruz and Sadler from speaking at the same time, without much success. Sadler was unrestrained. He…

A German Looks (Longingly) at Texas Barbecue

Oct 1, 2012 By Patricia Sharpe

At the third annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival on September 23, one person was amazed by the spectacle of the species Carnivorus texensis engaging in its defining behavior. That person was Takis Würger, 27, a visiting writer for the German magazine Der Spiegel, which is published in Hamburg. Würger has…

Austin’s El Naranjo gets some love from EveryDay with Rachael Ray

Sep 26, 2012 By Layne Lynch

In the October issue of EveryDay with Rachael Ray – on stands now – the El Naranjo food trailer is mentioned in “From Wheels to Walls,” a feature article that showcases a handful of food trucks that have added a brick-and-mortar space to their concepts. In case you don’t rememeber, El…

“The League of Dangerous Mapmakers”

Sep 24, 2012 By Paul Burka

Robert Draper, my former colleague at TEXAS MONTHLY, has written a piece about redistricting in the current issue of the Atlantic. One of the main characters in his story is Tom Hofeller, the former redistricting director of the Republican National Committee, now a paid consultant and a master…