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In Austin the idea of using taxpayer money to assist in funding election campaigns of mayoral and City Council candidates may seem novel. But the practice of using public funds to reduce the influence of wealthy candidates and big donors has been around for a long time.

Seventeen states have adopted various forms of publicly funded elections, though some to those have been repealed due either to U.S. Supreme Court decisions, legislative action, or voter referendums, according to Wikipedia. Now on May 1st it is Austin's turn to decide whether to allocate a relatively small amount of money taken from the general fund to boost campaign funding of qualified candidates.

Read the full story on The Austin Bulldog.

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(Tito's Handmade Vodka)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz of hibiscus-infused Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 2 oz sparkling water
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1 tsp allspice dram
Directions: Add infused Tito's Handmade Vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass over fresh ice. Top with sparkling water, and garnish with a lime slice. Enjoy!

More people left Los Angeles than moved to the city in 2020, a pattern that can be seen in many California cities. (City of Los Angeles/Twitter)

A week after Texas added two congressional seats and California lost one, state officials reported a population decline in 2020 for the first time in the Golden State's history.

California fell by over 182,000 people from January 2020 to January 2021, dropping almost 0.5% to cap out at around 39.5 million people. It is still the nation's most populous state.

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