Michael Smith

The Alamo, that shrine to Texas’ war for independence from Mexico, has again become a battleground, this time over plans for a major project t…

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Michael Smith commented on Police: Dead woman carried legitimate IDs

Our reporters don't have the power to compel the police to answer questions. We ask, they answer or they don't, which is the case here. We've asked how possession of multiple IDs can be legitimate and the police have declined to say exactly how that can be. We think, but don't know, that thi…

Because Commissioner Holmes didn't respond to the same request for comment to which the other four did respond. The story should have made that clear.

Michael Smith commented on Postal Service going AWOL was inexcusable

Since you asked:
The Daily News has been delivered everywhere it could be delivered every day of this event. That delivery area has expanded every day and we’ve attempted to deliver back issues to subscribers that we couldn’t reach.
We also have delivered bundles of papers to evacuat…

Michael Smith commented on Anywhere but Austin, this would be fraud

I wasn't insinuating anything; not on purpose anyway. I was trying to state what I had to say plainly. Politicians have been doing similar things since there have been politicians. A lot longer than the 1950s. I didn't write about that because I wasn't writing a history column. I was writing…

I think you found unclarity in the sentence because you were looking for it. But I'll be glad to clarify it for you as best I can. Yes, the market-rate units are occupied by people paying market-rate rent, according to sources MBS and GHA.

I think that part of the law applies to meetings during which the quorum of the public body and the presiding officer are at some remote location, not when a single member is participating from a remote location. So if the posting said the meeting would be in the council chambers at city hal…

As far I know, no one has made a complaint about this violation to the DA. I can't say why that is.

I'm sure because the Texas Open Meetings Act forbids pubic bodies, such as city councils, from even deliberating public business outside a legally called and posted meeting. It forbids them from meeting in numbers fewer than a quorum for the purposes of circumventing the act. Clearly, more w…

Michael Smith commented on A duck walks into a voting booth ...

Bernie Sanders never claimed the voting machines in Texas or anywhere else were rigged to change votes. Donald Trump at least implied that and his comments drew responses from state officials. No Bernie Sanders supported ever called the newspaper worried that a rigged machine might have chan…

That's a very good point. We were remiss in not reporting that fact. I'll have the reporter update the story with that information. Thanks for pointing it out.