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Happy Birthday To You, Texas Tribune!

Politics is a sordid business. Everyone knows this on some level, but we in Austin seem to be a little more aware of that fact than the rest of the state for a variety of reasons we won’t go into here. The Texas Tribune knows this, too.

In just one short year, the Tribune has made its mission one that focuses exclusively on public policy, politics and government. With traditional media being squeezed from all ends and still too beholden to “the man,” the Trib has stepped into the fray to give us its non-profit, non-partisan spin (or is that non-spin?) on things. Some might call this “truth,” but we all know there’s no truth in politics…only truthiness.

Fittingly, the homegrown Texas Tribune is celebrating its first anniversary next Tuesday on Election Day, November 2nd! It’s so perfect you’d think they must have planned it that way. In honor of this milestone, the member-supported publication is throwing a party, a political party if you will, at the newly renovated and just reopened Arthouse complete with real-time statewide election results and analysis, plus live music from Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Now politics isn’t something one should approach on an empty stomach…or with an empty glass for that matter…so expect libations courtesy of Republic Tequila, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Jester King Craft Brewery, along with food from the likes of Ranch 616, Frank, Taco Deli and catering all-stars Fête Accompli.

Regardless of your political persuasion, let’s just look at this as a chance to celebrate the temporary end to those constant partisan grist ads from questionable “nonprofits” and “committees.” Cheers to that…and happy birthday to the Texas Tribune! May your star continue to shine bright.

The Bottom Line:

Texas Tribune Election Night Party & First Anniversary
When: Tuesday, November 2, 2010–7:00pm–Midnight
Where: Arthouse – 700 Congress Avenue
Benefiting: The Texas Tribune
Cost: $100 / $75 Tribune Members

Written by Kevin Smothers

Kevin Smothers

Co-Founder and Editorial Director,
Austin Social Planner

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