December 2008 Engage – Politics in Central Texas

December 2008 Engage – Politics in Central Texas

What does the outcome of the 2008 Presidential Race mean to Central Texas, and how might it impact Austin’s upcoming elections? If all politics is local—as former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill auggested—how do national issues such as the Wall Street bailout, the War in Iraq, and immigration filter into Austin’s pressing topics of infrastructure and transit systems, alternative energy development, and a healthy social and cultural economy?

Wayne Slater and David Butts



  • David Butts – Political Consultant
  • Wayne Slater – Senior Political Writer, Dallas Morning News
  • Moderated by Jim Walker – Executive Director, Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project

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