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Joe Deshotel is originally from Beaumont, Texas, but a combination of live music, politics, and natural beauty brought him to Austin in 2010. He has over a decade of experience in public policy that covers federal, state, and local government and has worked on a number of successful election campaigns. He continues to consult on Democratic campaigns and serves as the Chair of Austin’s Community Development Commission which advocates for affordable housing and solutions for homelessness.

What it means to ‘Defund the Police’

The phrase “defund the police” has been thrown around a lot in recent days — but what does it mean? It's a call to refocus law enforcement resources toward professionals trained to handle those social issues instead of the police. From left to right, elected officials...

Gov. Abbott’s base comes with gloves and masks off

Texas’ progressive populist Jim Hightower once said, “the only thing in the middle of the road are yellow lines and dead armadillos.” It’s a fate Governor Abbott would like to avoid as he tries to balance reopening the state between the advice of public health...

Texans turn to Democrats during crisis

In his inaugural speech, President Ronald Reagan famously said, “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem." That philosophy has served as the foundation of the modern GOP and over time has expanded to include climatologists and the...