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Local government is important. It’s the branch of government that affects your life the most, and yet, many of us can barely remember the name of our mayor or City Council member. That’s why we break it all down for you in a way that’s clear, easy-to-understand, and even a little fun.  No PhD in poli sci needed!

 

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Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

An Austin Common Year In Review: 2021

Summary Austin Common Editor-In-Chief Amy Stansbury looks back at some of the biggest moments at The Austin Common in 2021. Action Box Join The Common Club and give the gift of a strong local democracy this holiday season. 2021 was quite a year… and a

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Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Here’s How Austin Fits Into Global Efforts To Act On Climate

Summary From October 31st to November 13th, global leaders gathered in Scotland for the COP26 United Nations climate summit. The decisions they made will impact our planet for generations to come. Action Box Get involved with a local organization that is dedicated to encouraging climate

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Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

It’s Time To (Early) Vote Austin!

Summary On November 2nd, there will be two local City of Austin propositions & eight statewide propositions on the ballot. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Early voting begins October 18th and lasts through October 29th. Election Day is on November 2nd. Early voting has

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Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Here’s What’s On Your Ballot: Prop B

Summary On November 2nd, there will be two local City of Austin propositions on the ballot. Prop B is about a land swap that has the potential to bring more parkland to Austin. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Early voting begins October 18th and

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Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Here’s What’s On Your Ballot: Prop A

Summary On November 2nd, there will be two local City of Austin propositions on the ballot. Prop A is about police budgets & staffing. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Early voting begins October 18th and lasts through October 29th. Election Day is on November

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Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

How Much Affordable Housing Does Austin Really Have?

Summary A new report shows that Austin is falling really short of meeting its affordable housing goals. Action Box You can learn more about HousingWorks Austin and their affordable housing advocacy work at HousingWorksAustin.org. There’s been a lot of talk lately about housing affordability in

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Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

The Latest On Austin’s Homelessness Policies

Summary Austin’s homelessness policies and programs have changed a lot over the past year. With our latest post, we provide an update on everything from Prop B enforcement to the city’s new HEAL Initiative. Action Box The Other Ones Foundation is raising money to build

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Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

What The Heck Is Happening With I-35?

Summary TxDOT has released several proposals for major changes to I-35, which include lowering the highway & expanding it to 20 lanes in some sections. Action Box Share your feedback on the future of I-35 with TxDOT at CapExCentral.Mobility35openHouse.com Been reading a bunch of headlines

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