This Week in Texas: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Posted February 19, 2020 in The Mignon Memo

Early Voting in Texas Has Begun

Early voting in Texas started yesterday and will run through Friday, February 28 – here’s everything you need to know to vote early and make Ryan Gosling happy.

Texas State Senator Kirk Watson Resigns

Effective April 30th, Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) will resign from the Texas Senate to become the founding dean of the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs.  Sen. Watson was first elected to the Texas Legislature in 2006, after having previously served as Austin mayor from 1997 to 2001.  Governor Greg Abbott will set the date for a special election to serve the remainder of his term, which ends in 2023.

Only in Austin…

For the 10th consecutive year, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport set an annual record for passengers, with more than 17.3 million in 2019.  Airport visitors also had a record-breaking appetite for the unique fare offered at the newly enlarged airport, whose expansion included more than 30 new and remodeled restaurants.  Last year travelers enjoyed:

  • 1,603,602 tacos
  • 71,798 pounds (35.9 tons) of brisket
  • 28,281 Lammes Candies
  • 489 kegs of Real Ale Axis IPA
  • 3,000 bottles of Tito’s Vodka
  • 12,107 guitar picks
  • 1,327 live music performances across seven stages throughout the terminal

With amazing local restaurants like Salt Lick BBQ, Huts Hamburgers, East Side Pies, Peached Tortilla, Saxon Pub, 24 Diner, Ruta Maya Coffee and Amy’s Ice Cream, a layover at the Austin airport might actually be considered a good thing!