Thursday, April 27, 2006

More politics and beer

I think every citizen should be politically engaged … and preferably, they should drink good beer at the same time. Democracy for Texas (a Democrat activism organization) holds meetings the first Wednesday of every month at Mother Egan's, a fine Irish pub in downtown Austin. Next week, they are going to hold a debate on Propositions 1 and 2 on the May 13 municipal ballot, the so-called "clean government" and "clean water" charter amendments. If you aren't up to speed on Props 1 and 2, you should be – if passed, they will make profound changes to our city government – so I encourage you to go. Just be careful not to drink so much that you can't remember the discussion afterward.

(My two cents: I think both props are bad ideas, and I will be voting against them. My argument against them is here, after the city council endorsements. But you should listen to the debate and make up your own mind.)

Info on the meetup:

DFT Meetup Focuses on City Charter Amendments
See what's happening this month...


May 13, Election Day for municipal races, is rapidly approaching. In addition to all of the candidates on the ballot, there are a number of charter amendments for consideration.

The two propositions generating the most discussion are Proposition 1 (open access to city government) and Proposition 2 (the Save Our Springs amendment). We'll hear from proponents — Kathy Mitchell of the ACLU and Colin Clark of the SOS Alliance — and opponents from EDUCATEPAC on both amendments. Questions from the audience are welcome. If you haven't made up your mind yet, this is a great way to learn about the pros and cons.

We'll also hear from Marti Bier of Atticus Circle on Proposition 6 (extension of health benefits to domestic partners) and choose an upcoming community service project. Bring your ideas! We'll wind up with a DVD on the history of the dispute about development over the aquifer.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Mother Egan's, 715 West 6th Street

See you there.

Your DFT Steering Committee: Marla Camp, Nick Lawrie, Glen Maxey, Mark McCulloch, Teri Sperry, and Fran Vincent


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