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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!

 

New to The Austin Common? Here’s two ways we suggest learning more about local government:

#1 – Get yourself a copy of “A Beginner’s Guide To Local Government: Austin Edition.” 

#2 – Start reading our Civics 101 news stories, conveniently laid out for you below. 

State of the City
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

What is the state of the city? A recap of the mayor’s speech

On Wednesday night, Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivered his annual State of the City Address, discussing his major priorities & goals for the city. Didn’t have a chance to watch? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our handy little guide. You can also watch

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Budget Update
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Budget 101: An Update on APD’s Budget

Summary The city is in the process of developing a budget for its new fiscal year (which starts on October 1st). The main point of debate & discussion is over the police department budget. Action Box Get involved in the city’s budget process! Sign up

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Police Budget 101
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Budget 101: Policing In Austin

Summary City Council is in the process of debating and revising the proposed budget for its 2020-2021 fiscal year. In this guide, we break down and explain the main point of discussion – the police department’s budget. Action Box Have opinion’s about the city’s budget?

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Budget 101: How Does The City Spend Your Money?
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Budget 101: How Does The City Spend Your Money?

Summary The city is in the process of developing a budget for its new fiscal year (which starts on October 1st). The new budget will influence everything from Austin’s response to COVID-19 to police reform efforts. Action Box Get involved in the city’s budget process!

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Let's Get Political
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Elections 101: Everything You Need To Know Before You Vote

Let’s face it. Not a lot of people vote in July primary runoff elections. And it’s understandable why. Keeping track of so many different races and understanding what a runoff election even is can be  extremely overwhelming. But it doesn’t mean that these elections aren’t

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How To Vote During A Pandemic
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Elections 101: How To Vote During A Pandemic

Summary Austin is having a primary runoff and special election on July 14th. Learn how to vote safely with our visual guide. Action Box Vote. Vote. Vote. Feeling nervous about voting in the midst of a pandemic? Here’s our list of tips & info for

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State Senate Guide
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Elections 101: Our Guide To The State Senate Race

Summary Austin is having a primary runoff and special election on July 14th. Learn about the state senate race with our easy-to-read guide. Action Box Vote. Vote. Vote. Care about health care? Affordability and property taxes? Education? These are all things that a state senator

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District Attorney
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Elections 101: Police Reform & The DA’s Race

Summary The Democratic primary runoff for the next Travis County District Attorney is on July 14th. Have no idea who’s even running? Check out our easy-to-read guide below. Action Box Vote. Vote. Vote. One of the biggest races in this election is for our next

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A Beginner's Guide
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

A Beginner’s Guide To Local Government: Austin Edition

Newly interested in getting more involved in what’s happening at City Hall? Then you’ve got to get yourself a copy of “A Beginner’s Guide To Local Government.” It’s fun, it explains all the basics of Austin’s local government system, and it comes with stickers. What

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Guide To July Elections
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Elections 101: Our Easy-To-Understand Voting Guide

Summary Austin is having a primary runoff and special election on July 14th. Learn about all the positions that are on the ballot (and what the heck they even mean) with our easy-to-read guide. Action Box Vote. Vote. Vote. Raise your hand if you’ve ever

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Video
Essays
Amy Stansbury

What We’re Watching, Reading, Etc: History of Police Reform

Every Monday, The Austin Common staff shares what we’re reading, watching, and listening to. This week, we’re focusing our recommendations on police reform & the upcoming election. For more, follow us on Instagram – @the_austin_common. Read: Black Lives Matter’s Years of Pressure Paved Way For

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