This Week in Texas: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Posted August 21, 2014 in The Mignon Memo

Things to know this week:

  • For the first time in almost a century, Texas’ sitting governor has been indicted. In 1917, it was Gov. Jim “Pa” Ferguson. In 2014, it is Gov. Rick Perry. Who would’ve thought Texas politics could get any weirder…


  • A debate between the candidates for lieutenant governor, Leticia Van de Putte (D) and Dan Patrick (R), has been scheduled for September 29, 2014. It will be televised from the KLRU studio in Austin and will be moderated by the Texas Tribune.


  • Monday, recent San Antonio mayor, Julian Castro, was officially sworn-in as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by Vice President Joe Biden.


  • Vince Young, former quarterback who led the Longhorns to win a BCS National Championship, will return to the University of Texas-Austin to work for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. In this position, he will raise money to support programs for outreach to first-generation and low-income college students.


Only in Austin…

Night Wings sculpture

Photo credit:

Night Wings, by Dale Whistler, is an 18’ x 20’ aluminum sculpture located on the traffic island at Congress and Barton Springs. It slowly spins so that you are able to view it from any angle. This piece is part of Austin’s Art in Public Places program and was donated in 1998 by the Downtown Austin Alliance. Check it out if you’re attending Bat Fest this Saturday!


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