Is Austin losing grip on its music scene? I thought about this popular notion after touring the handsomely refurbished Scoot Inn in East Austin last week.The scene is under stress, no doubt, what with the affordability and mobility crises that affect all of us. Also, greater density means music venues are closer to where people want to live, work and play, perhaps more quietly. Jay Janner/American-Statesman A recent Austin Music People study revealed that Austin lost 1,200 music industry jobs in the past four years. At the same time, year-round economic activity dipped 15 percent, according to the study.Yet the music industry’s economic impact grew from $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion due to our “festival economy.” (I like that new term.) UPDATE: A reference to an earlier music census was deleted. But wait. Which jobs were lost? And how do we know that? It’s not clear. By at least one measure, the scene seems to be growing. Back … [Read more...] about Is Austin’s music scene really shrinking?
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By Mike Allen ( [email protected]; @mikeallen), with Daniel Lippman ( [email protected]; @dlippman) EXCLUSIVE: Jeb Bush continues to clean up with establishment money, and is attracting a new generation of fundraising muscle. He’ll pick up at least $150,000 this morning in the boardroom of Blackstone, the private-equity giant, at a reception organized by Michael Chae, 46, a senior managing director in private equity. The recommended contribution is $5,000 to Bush’s Right to Rise PAC, the max an individual can give in a calendar year. Chae’s invitation to his Blackstone colleagues says: “It will be an opportunity to discuss his background, policies and philosophy, ... to ask questions, and, if interested, to get involved at an early stage with Jeb’s efforts.” Story Continued Below Chae was introduced to Bush by mutual friends about six years ago, and the two played a round of golf together. Chae’s involvement is significant because he … [Read more...] about JEB CORNERS ESTABLISHMENT $$$ – BOB SIMON was working on a ‘60 Minutes’ piece with his daughter – IN COLLEGE, Scott Walker haters called him ‘Niedermeyer’ – B’DAYS: RGIII, Ben Sherwood, Susan Page
Driving the Day NEWS -- @maggieNYT: Exxon CEO Rex "Tillerson meeting w Trump today, per source." Good Saturday morning. Read this Washington Post bombshell, and then read Donald Trump’s reaction.Story Continued Below BOMBSHELL -- “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House,” by Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller: “The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter. Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the [DNC] and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider … [Read more...] about WaPo blockbuster: CIA: Russia tried to help Trump win — TILLERSON leading SECSTATE candidate — Working the ACELA for votes — ALEX CONANT’s WSJ debut — OBAMAS to HAWAII Friday — B’DAY: Kip Wainscott
Driving the Day VLADIMIR PUTIN ON NORTH KOREA, via CNN’s Hilary Whiteman: “A day after predicting ‘global catastrophe’ if North Korea’s nuclear tests lead to anything other than talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the situation may be ‘impossible’ to resolve. “Putin made the comments after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia. Moon had his own stark message about the situation on the Korean Peninsula: ‘If North Korea’s provocation doesn’t stop here, I think could fall into an uncontrollable situation.’” http://cnn.it/2vL6E66 Story Continued Below -- AP at 2:53 a.m.: “MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for talks with North Korea, says sanctions are not a solution.” Happy Wednesday. REPUBLICAN LEADERS were at the White House yesterday to talk about tax reform. The administration -- … [Read more...] about CONGRESS COULD EXTEND debt limit until midterms — DACA: Trump wants something done, but will act if Congress does nothing, and Congress doesn’t know what to do — SPOTTED: McCARTHY at Oceanaire
In the still of the night at a New Mexico home for the mentally ill, Betsy Hodges turned on the television. It was 1992, and late-night host Dennis Miller opened his show with news that three officers had been acquitted in the high-profile beating of Rodney King. Hodges, a 22-year-old recent college grad working the overnight shift, was outraged. “I said to myself, ‘What?’ ” Hodges recalled. “And I turned over to all-night news and the uprisings had started.” It’s a moment Hodges, now a member of the Minneapolis City Council, would recall 20 years later as a catalyzing event that spurred her career in politics and interest in tackling racial inequalities. Now vying to be the next mayor of Minneapolis, she is hoping to capitalize on experiences as a social activist and holder of the city’s purse strings to propel her into the seat being vacated by Mayor R.T. Rybak. Her eight years on the council have been marked by work on … [Read more...] about Minneapolis mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges also seeks social justice