I wish I could write something inspiring about voting. Alas, after feeling burned in the last few elections, I’ve become one of those cynical voters. For me, voting feels like something you do because you have to, kinda like robotic sex to make a bad relationship work. And no matter how realistically they moan or how convincingly I thrust, I always feel empty and used in the end.
When you have a bad relationship, you have a couple of options. First, you can break up. Sadly, politics dictate everything from how much we get taxed to who we can marry, things too important to just ignore.
Another option is to go to a couples therapist to help restore communication. In the world of politics, that trusted advisor keeping politics transparent and easy to understand is The Texas Tribune. And if anyone can help folks like me get the spark back into voting, it’s Elise Hu.
For Internet Natives who live on Facebook and YouTube, you need to check out the Texas Tribune. Truly designed to speak to folks like you and me who don’t have time to wade through the muck, it has pretty much helped me decipher the truth during this election cycle.
With her behind-the-scenes, insider style multimedia reporting, Elise represents a new type of political journalist. Inspired more by blogs than by broadcast TV, Elise speaks to young folks in a way that CNN and FOX can’t.
We caught up with Elise last night to get her final take on the upcoming election. She breaks down the differences in Republican and Democratic candidates and distills the key issues in Travis County. If you’re sitting on the fence, need more information or are feeling like you don’t want to vote, give it a listen.
- INTERVIEW: Elise Hu translates the 2010 Election for Young Voters
Elise has to remain non-partisan, but I don’t. Here’s my soapbox:
My number 1 issue is Proposition 1. Prop 1 would help ease transportation problems in the city, with large funds being set aside for new streets, bike paths, bike lanes and sidewalks.
Check out this video for more information:
Also, remember that our current governor is a closet werewolf who is ruining the image of Texas around the country. He’s also pocketing large amounts of money from his buddies and then rewarding them with overpriced contracts. Oh yeah, and he’s also pissing our money on that lavish home in West Austin, spending more per month than most Hollywood celebs pay on their own homes.
Alright. Rock the vote, people. And be sure you pick up one of them cool “I Voted” stickers!!
Oh yeah, Texas Tribune is having a 1-year anniversary party-slash-Election Watching Party tonight at the ArtHouse from 7PM until Midnight. You can buy tickets here. Check it: