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Welcome to The Austin Common news feed. This is where you’ll find all the latest, up-to-date info about what’s happening around town. Explore by topic, type, or just scroll through it all by looking at the “latest posts” section at the bottom of the page. 

Our news philosophy is simple. With all of our coverage, we try and do the following:

  • Keep it local

  • Keep it brief

  • Actually explain the news

  • Give you clear steps for action

  • Keep it positive

  • Keep it nonpartisan

You can learn about how we actually do this by clicking on each of our story types below. 

 

As a community-based news source, we’re here to serve you. That’s why we promise:

  • To follow journalistic principles of accuracy, fact-checking, multiple sources, and dedication to the truth

  • To immediately fix mistakes if they’re made and to be honest about how they happened

  • To approach our news coverage from a place of respect, civility, and kindness for our fellow Austinities

  • To honor the value of lived experiences (especially within marginalized communities) as well as expert testimony/ opinion 

  • To allow for open, two-way communication between our staff and readers, ensuring that our content is relevant and useful to you

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Can’t quite decide which type of news post you want to read? You can scroll through all of our latest posts below. 

Early Voting
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Here’s How To Vote Early In Texas

Summary Early voting for the November 3rd election starts on October 13th. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! And don’t forget to vote in these important local races as well. Elections are going to look a little different this year. In the midst of a global

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Austin Common Radio Hour Episode 3
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Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The District 2 City Council Race (Episode 3)

In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, Diana Gómez (of La Politica) joins Amy Stansbury to cohost our conversation with the candidates running for Austin City Council in District 2 (southeast Austin). Topics of discussion include gentrification/ displacement, police reform, and advancing racial equity

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MoveATX
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Amy Stansbury

How Can We Improve Austin’s Transit System?

Summary We sat down with several local transportation experts & leaders to talk about Austin’s transportation past and future. Action Box Get involved with one of the many local organizations that work on transportation policy in Austin. This post is sponsored by MoveATX. All Austin Common sponsors

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Travis County Guide
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The Travis County Elections

Summary Even though it gets the bulk of media attention, the presidential election won’t be the only race on your ballot this year. There will also be several important races here in Travis County. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! And don’t forget to vote in

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District 2 City Council Race
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The District 2 City Council Race

Summary There are four candidates running to represent District 2 (southeast Austin) on City Council. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! And don’t forget to vote in these important local races as well. Live in southeast Austin? Concerned about gentrification and displacement? Passionate about social justice?

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Episode 2 - Rail For Austin?
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Amy Stansbury

Rail For Austin? You Decide (Episode 2)

In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury goes over the basics of Prop A, which, if approved by voters in November, could bring a $7.1 billion transit system to Austin. We also take a deep dive into Austin’s transportation history

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The Austin Common Radio Hour
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Why Local Elections Matter (Episode 1)

In the first-ever episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury talks about why voting in local elections is so important, kicking off a series of election-themed episodes to get you prepped for November!   Guests include : Austin City Council Member Greg

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Guide to COA elections
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The City of Austin Elections

Summary There are several important races on the local ballot this year, including 5 City Council seats and 2 propositions that could impact the future of transportation in Austin. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! And don’t forget to vote in these important local races as

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Less Stress, More Safety
Austin Orgs You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

Austin Org You Should Know: MoveATX

Summary MoveATX is a coalition of community leaders, advocates, activists, and organizations that want to see a better mobility future for Austin and all of its residents. Action Box Hear about opportunities to get involved in improving Austin’s transportation system by signing up for email

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Vote By Mail
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

So You Wanna Vote By Mail In Texas

Summary With a global pandemic still raging and a long list of problems at the US Postal Service, concerns over voting by mail in the November election are high. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! Make a plan now and decide if you’re going to vote

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Climate Equity
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

The Austin Climate Equity Plan, Explained

Summary The City of Austin Office of Sustainability has just released a draft of the Austin Climate Equity Plan, which lays out a roadmap for Austin to reduce its emissions by 52% by 2030. Action Box Look through the new plan and then share your

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