When Evan Smith helped launch the nonprofit Texas Tribune in 2009, he set out to get people engaged in their government again, especially in places where newspaper coverage has dwindled. The Tribune introduced blogs, multimedia, troves of government data, and something old-fashioned for an online news startup: face-to-face conversations.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott discusses the Affordable Care Act at The Texas Tribune Festival on September 22, 2012.
Attorney General Greg Abbott was reelected as the 50th Attorney General of Texas on November 2, 2010. Prior to his election as attorney general, Greg Abbott served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County.
In his capacity as the state's lawyer, Attorney General Abbott oversees more than 700 attorneys who represent the State of Texas. General Abbott has personally appeared in courtrooms around the state and has obtained indictments against criminals charged with offenses ranging from attempted aggravated assault of a child to capital murder. In March 2005, General Abbott personally appeared before the United States Supreme Court, where he successfully defended the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments display that adorns the Texas Capitol grounds.
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
The Austin Club 110 E. Ninth Street, Austin, TX 78701
Kay Bailey Hutchison concedes 2010 gubernatorial election
In 1993, Texans elected Kay Bailey Hutchison to the U.S. Senate in a special election, making her the first — and, to date, the only — woman elected to represent the state in the Senate. A year later, she was re-elected to a full six-year term. In 2000, she was re-elected to a second full term with more votes than any other statewide candidate in Texas history. In 2006, she was again re-elected by an overwhelming margin. However, in early 2011 Hutchison announced her decision not to run for re-election in the 2012 Senate race.
Hutchison is currently the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice and Science. She has been chairwoman of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee and serves on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
The event is co-produced by the LBJ Presidential Library.
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
LBJ Presidential Library 2313 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78705
The Texas Tribune Festival: On The Road is a series of one-day symposiums around the state.
This day-long symposium, set against the backdrop of the worst one-year drought in Texas history, will consider the economics and politics of the state water plan and address the various legal and environmental obstacles to confronting the crisis.
Speakers include House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. ALLAN RITTER,R-Nederland,chairman of House Natural Resources Committee; state Sen. GLENN HEGAR, R-Katy, vice chairman of the Senate Government Organization Committee; TODD STAPLES, Texas agriculture commissioner; CAROLYN BRITTIN, deputy executive administrator of the Texas Water Development Board and LAURA HUFFMAN, executive director of the Nature Conservancy of Texas.
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sac-N-Pac Room Texas State University Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, TX 78666