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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. 

All In Favor Vote Socks
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

Today Is Election Day. Here’s What You Need to Know.

It’s happening! Today is Election Day. That’s right, you now have the chance to help choose the future leaders of our city, state, and country. Here’s everything you need to know to cast an informed vote: 1. Early voting started on October 22nd and lasts through Friday, November 2nd.

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Gather Venue
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

You are officially invited to a more functional democracy

You are officially invited to a more functional democracy. On Tuesday October 2nd, in the year 2018, join your fellow lovers of local democracy to explore, engage, interact, ask questions, confess unknowns, and get ready to vote this November. Join AEN Editor-In-Chief Amy Stansbury in celebrating

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Austin City Hall
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

What’s In A Bond? And Why Does It Matter?

Been wondering what Austin City Council has been up to lately? They’re on summer break, so we thought now would be the perfect opportunity to catch you up on everything they’ve been working on… That way, you’ll be prepared to give your input and get

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CodeNEXT Maps
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

Can We Create Affordable Housing In Austin?

There are few things as confusing in Austin right now as CodeNEXT. At times, it can seem like there are hundreds of opposing viewpoints, all being tossed around online and in public meetings at a lightening fast pace. And that can make it hard for

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City Council
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

City Council Expresses Support For A Fee On Carbon

Guest Editorial – from Al Braden Al Braden is a local environmental activist, photographer, and Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteer.  Austin City Council took a big step last week by becoming the major first city in Texas – and the third largest nationally – to urge

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All In Favor Vote Socks
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

Claim Your Power At The Changemaker’s Cafe

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by learning how to get involved and make a difference in your local community? That’s why the Austin EcoNetwork is proud to announce that we’ll be hosting the Changemaker’s Cafe at this year’s Earth Day ATX festival. Located in the Davage-Durden

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Traffic Austin
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

More Changes To Federal Climate Policy… And Austin’s Response

One of the Obama administration’s biggest greenhouse gas emission reduction policies is about to be rolled back… and Austin Mayor Steve Adler is not too happy about it. Last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he intends to roll back vehicle emission standards and is starting a process

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A Beginner's Guide To Local Government
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

A Beginner’s Guide To Local Government

Frustrated with national politics? Always wanted to get more involved in your local community, but don’t know where to start? Have an issue you care about, but don’t know how to advocate for it because of our confusing political system? With “A Beginner’s Guide To Local Government,” you’ll be

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