Students Needed on Austin’s Redistricting Commission and Review Panel

The process of drawing the single member districts that Austinites voted for last November is underway, and one spot on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is reserved for a student. We certainly need a strong student voice on the commission that will draw the new city council districts so that students are represented on city […]

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Geographic Representation: Look at the Plans

On Tuesday August, 7, 2012, we witnessed one of the reasons why it is imperative that 10-1 defeats 8-2-1 this year. John Lawler wrote some great questions to ponder. Groundwork: Geographic representation is necessary in order to break up the interests that dominate the Council.The Council today is composed of 7 at-large seats. Using an […]

Austin City Council in a "Work Session" as opposed the more traditionally attended and covered Council Meetings.

City Council Rebukes Petitioners, Takes Up Independent Plan

Austin City Council set a new precedent in public process this morning when they chose to vote on a controversial Council plan in one of their “Work Sessions.” The plan, which calls for an amendment to the City’s Charter, would create 8 council seats filled by unique districts, 2 at-large seats filled by city wide […]

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The Political Climate on Campus

The numbers used in the following post are all provided by a study designed and executed by me in the Fall of 2011. The abstract for that study is as follows: The purpose of this research was to study the link between Religion and Politics among undergraduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. […]