Austin has always been a liberal oasis in the vast conservative state of Texas. I have always liked it here, but the state government’s ongoing vendetta (if that is the word) against the city has always bothered me. It seems to be getting worse. Too many things to cover here (like why was half of Austin blacked out for days during the Big Freeze, even as Austin Energy had enough capacity to power the city). Seems other people have noticed. From the local media.