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Hosted and produced by Brad Swail, The Austin City Councilman Podcast brings you news commentary every weekday surrounding the ramifications of decisions made by the Austin City Council, as well as general news and culture of Austin, Texas, and the US. PLUS weekly interviews with prominent thinkers in Austin and beyond!

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    Nov. 27, 2021 - Anne-Charlotte Patterson, Austin Music Commission

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 70:20

    Anne-Charlotte Patterson is the Chair of The Austin Music Commission, and we discuss the state of the industry here in Austin and how your tax dollars are being used to support it. @sthrncombustion @demdollarsatx @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 23, 2021 - Don't Let The Door Hit You, Samsung

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 28:50

    Samsung chose Taylor over Austin Tesla robotics program; Tesla Bot (Turns out its old news... shame on me.) Australia is going full 1984 and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 22, 2021 - VaxGiving Strikes Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 31:31

    New York Times back at pitting us agains each other this holiday season Man seemingly uses SUV to plow through parade Media is dying to have McConaughey run for Gov and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 19, 2021 - Election Season is Upon Us, Teddy Cohosts, Brad on KLBJ

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 47:40

    Teddy Brosevelt cohosts and we talk about lot... Will Brad run for office? Vaccine boosters approved Brad on the Todd and Don Show (@37:42) and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 18, 2021 - 55 Years Until Pfizer Data Released?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 23:49

    Central Health a scam on the tax payers? (Documentary) Updates to the Workers Defense Project story The FDA has asked a judge to grant it until 2076 to provide all the Pfizer vaccine data and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 17, 2021 - OSHA Not Enforcing!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 25:54

    OSHA has decided not to enforce the Emergency Temporary Standard (mandate) due to legal battles Fauci: political divide hurting covid response  Workers Defense Project gets APD "raid" and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 16, 2021 - ¡Robert O'Rourke!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 27:00


    Beto has announced his candidacy for Governor of Texas Austin breaks its record for most traffic fatalities Another shooting on 6th and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!


    Nov. 15, 2021 - Vax-giving!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 17:30


    NYT promotes changing the rules of Thanksgiving this year (A shorter show today, so that's all... will be back tomorrow to talk Beto, etc!) @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!


    Nov. 14, 2021 - Alan Knitowski, Crypto and Government

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 72:07

    Alan Knitowski is the President, Co-Founder, and CEO of Phunware, a local mobile software and blockchain company. We discuss how cryptocurrencies can free people economically, how governments can use them to balance their budget and perhaps lower taxes, and the greater economy as a whole. @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 11, 2021 - Mask Bandate Shot Down

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 30:45

    Federal Judge slaps down Abbott's ban on school masking requirements McCaunaughey says no mandating vaxx for kids New candidate (activist) for D9 - Zo! Project8p.org and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 10, 2021 - Veterans Day Parade Canceled (Add It To The List)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 27:48

    Austin will not allow the Veteran's Day parade to occur Austin has hit 82 homicides, with three added Monday Pfizer CEO says misinformation is criminal Eddie Rodriguez is officially in (Trey Martinez Fischer is out) And more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 9, 2021 - LIVE With Jennifer Virden!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 32:42

    Jennifer Virden joined us live on Twitter spaces to talk about her mayoral campaign. Check out her website and donate today! and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 11, 2021 - Austin Public Health At It Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 24:59

    Donate to Jennifer Virden TODAY! APH adds a second criteria to choose from when deciding the what stage we are at New University in Austin - The University of Austin and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 7, 2021 - Peter Morales, The Politics of Building in Austin

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 78:13

    Peter Morales is a construction consultant and builder here in Austin, and joins us today to discuss the arduous task of building in Austin, how it contributes to the affordability crisis, the politics of permitting, the crime they suffer from, and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 5, 2021 - Greg Might Win, +Brad on KLBJ!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 19:08

    (Shot show today because I'm going hunting) Texas Tribune rankings of State Reps and Senators Brad on Todd and Don (@9:14) and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 4, 2021 - Casar Guns For Congress

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 31:16

    Greg Casar has officially announced his candidacy for US Congress Concerns about equity in Project Connect Ryan Autullo thinks Prop A was doomed from the start and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 3, 2021 - Election Recap (Teddy Cohosts!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 38:51

    Austin election recap with Teddy Brosevelt - what's in store for Austin going forward? @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 2, 2021 - Vote Yes Prop A

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 26:46

    Prop A is today - go vote yes! Supreme court hear's arguments in Texas abortion case @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 1, 2021 - Michael Searle, Greg Casar - Past, Present, Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 77:24

    Michael Searle is the founder and CEO of Aro Group and was the Chief of Staff for former councilwoman, Ellen Troxclair. Michael joins us to discuss Greg Casar - his tenure at city council, his run for US Congress, and much more. @MSearleATX  Aro Group @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 29, 2021 - Project Connect Getting a Dose of Activism and Equity, +Brad on KLBJ!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 38:06

    Ken Casaday's op ed for Prop A Project Connect getting a dose of activism and equity Samsung talks stall Brad on The Todd and Don Show! (@29:05) and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 28, 2021 - SWAT Standoff!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 29:50

    Texas Signal Podcast with Greg Casar A SWAT standoff with a man in Circle C ends in man's death - No Way Prop A oddly silent and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oc. 27, 2021 - Never Safe to Unmask

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 33:13

    Dr. Desmar Walkes says it will never be safe for unvaccinated to unmask Adler pens an op-ed against Prop A Unrealized gains tax details revealed and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 26, 2021 - 1,940 vs. 165

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 26:08

    Save Austin Now donors: 1,940 No Way Prop A donors: 165 Austin spends big with local media (almost $200k for KVUE this year alone) Virden loses in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 22, 2021 - We're All Sleuths Now, +Brad on KLBJ! (Teddy Co Hosts)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 42:23

    When Petticoat Fair Lingerie was broken into, 311 asked the owner to collective the evidence on his own Pfizer for 5-11 year olds? Brad on the Todd and Don Show! (@35:10) and more! @bradswail @_teddybrosevelt austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 21, 2021 - Un-reason-able

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 31:32

    Reason Magazine says Abbott's order is just as oppressive as Biden's Statesman: Prop-A shouldn't pass because it makes city council members/mayor take citizen police academy City Council to receive update on Reimagined Cadet class and homeless funding and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 20, 2021 - Plan to Vaxx Younger Children

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 31:16


    White House releases plan to vaccinate children 5-11 years old Teacher sets r/Austin abuzz Ted Cruz introduces bill to ship illegal migrants to NE Democrat strongholds Casar's District 4 already has a suitor and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!


    Oct. 19, 2021 - Greg Wants to Run (Teddy's Back!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 38:05

    Greg Casar has put together a exploratory committee for Texas' 35th Congressional District. and more! @bradswail @_teddybrosevelt austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 18, 2021 - Dennis Farris, Prop A - Check Up From The Neck Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 83:56

    Former APD officer, Dennis Farris, comes back on the show to talk Prop A - Budgeting, cadet classes, crime, Austin Fire Fighters Association, the 311 controversy, and more! EARLY VOTING STARST TODAY! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 17, 2021 - George Vance McGee, Austin Real Estate and Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 56:39

    George Vance McGee, local residential real estate broker and born and raised Austinite, discusses the Austin real estate market, changing culture of Austin, zoning, and much more! austinsilentmarket.com @georgevance  facebook his books  email: georgevance@gmail.com @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 15, 2021 - EMS Association Says No Way, +Brad on KLBJ!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 36:07

    Austin's EMS Association has come out against Prop A, in spite of previously stating they would stay neutral  Texas businesses complain about BanDate Teachers complain about not being able to teach CRT Brad on The Todd and Don Show (@27:06) and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 14, 2021 - KXAN Virtual "Town Hall"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 30:06

    KXAN held, what they called, a virtual "Town Hall" on the upcoming elections with city leaders Some guy named Greg thinks Housing is a Human Right Joe Rogan takes Gupta to task on his Ivermectin use and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!  

    Oct. 13, 2021 - Vaxxed More Likely to Contract Covid?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 37:26

    Data from the UK suggests that over 30 double vaxxed have a higher rate of contracting covid. AISD is planning on a bond package for the Nov. 22 election Statesman and KUT point to different aspects of the LGBTQIA+ Quality of Life Study and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 12, 2021 - The Mandate We've All Been Waiting For

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 23:52

    Abbott signs executive order banning covid vaxx by all entities, public and private Austin health "experts" grant us Stage 3 after almost 2 weeks Austin LGBTQIA+ quality of life study "comes out" and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 7, 2021 - Tesla HQ Coming to Austin, +Brad on KLBJ!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 36:52


    Elon announces Tesla is moving its HQ to Austin Matt McConaughey is seemingly no longer interested in running for Governor Texas has "rare opportunity" to fix energy marketplace Brad's appearance on The Todd and Don Show (@27:37) and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!


    Oct. 07, 2021 - Soros Makes Cities More Dangerous

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 34:20


    Soros prosecutors/DAs making cities more dangerous, crime is up (especially for African Americans), and luxury beliefs Texas Judge blocks the abortion law (heartbeat bill), prevents rest of Texas from accepting lawsuits sanctioned by the ban Austin cleans up the homeless for ACL, homeless complain Pfizer trial for children not intended to draw meaningful conclusions... and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!


    Oct. 6, 2021 - Cadets Fired for Testing Positive

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 33:28

    Two APD cadets in the new reimagined class have been terminated/forced to resign because the tested positive for covid Former Mayors and Mackenzie Kelly come out in favor of Prop A Merrick Garland threatens parents, but has a conflict of interest and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 5, 2021 - Soros Bets Big Against Police

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 32:24


    Fauci wants you to give up bodily autonomy, and wasn't too sure about Christmas Soros donates $500k to fight Prop A in Austin, did the same thing in Minneapolis in August Gavin Newsom to mandate jab for school age children to attend public school and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!


    Oct. 4, 2021 - Ken Casaday, Austin Police Association President

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 53:08

    Ken Casaday, the APA President and an active duty officer with APD, join to discuss Chief Chacon, morale, Prop A, DA Garza, and much more! @kennethcasaday APA Facebook APA Website  @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 1, 2021 - Austin Pushing Equity Everywhere They Can, +Brad on KLBJ!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 41:30

    Austin's Climate Equity Plan ECHO's equity in their homeless response system 400,000 migrants expected in October Brad's spot on The Todd and Don Show (@31:52) and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 30, 2021 - Teddy's Farewell

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 40:50

    Teddy says farewell, at least temporarily! KXAN: council votes today on Chacon, environmental equity, homeless, etc Call 311 for these crimes and more! @bradswail @_teddybrosevelt austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 29, 2021 - It's The Wild Wild West Out There!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 31:29

    Statesman/USA Today: "It's the Wild West" - experts urge Americans to follow official guidance amid COVID booster craze The Atlantic: Fauci - boosters are for keeping people healthy, not alive Texas Tribune: lawmakers upset at winterization loophole Casar: #AbortionIsHealthcare and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 28, 2021 - Murders Spiked Across The US

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 27:38

    NYT: Murders spiked across the US, interestingly enough they make some decent points Austin Music Fund has a scoring matrix that forces competitive victimhood Austin is allowed to be in Stage 4 and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 27, 2021 - Mask Requirements = Fewer Cases?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 29:45

    Statesman did its own digging and concludes that mask mandates leads to fewer cases. Is that so? AISD Trustee seems to question weather APD should be called to school shooter events Shootout in downtown Austin and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 26, 2021 - Shannon Sedwick, Pecan Street Festival

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 38:09

    Shannon Sedwick is the president of the Pecan Street Street Association and owner of Esther's Follies. The Pecan Street Festival was recently cancelled because the CoA would not give them a permit, and now their future is in doubt. @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 24, 2021 - Look Who Doesn't Trust The Science Now!, +Brad on KLBJ

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 42:19

    CDC's Walensky overrules scientific panel, approves boosters for workers at risk AISD says they are lowering your taxes, but that's not true APH keeps us in Stage 5 even though we are in Stage 4 Brad on The Todd and Don Show (@33:58) and more! @bradswail @_teddybrosevelt austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 23, 2021 - Controlling the Narrative

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 31:59

    Ryan Poppe, Chief of Staff for Adler, sends email trying to massage the narrative around Bat Fest cancellation Austin PRIDE president wasn't happy that event got cancelled, will "most likely" end in bankruptcy Dishonorable discharge for military that refuse the vaxx? BLM standing up against vaxx mandates and more! @bradswail @_teddybrosevelt austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 22, 2021 - Permanent Chief Chacon

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 39:58

    Joseph Chacon has been selected as the Police Chief for Austin Celia Israel announces exploratory committee for Austin Mayor Bob Nicks really doesn't like Prop A Austin hits 70% fully vaxxed, 80% partially vaxxed and more! @bradswail @_teddybrosevelt austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 21, 2021 - ACL Is A Go!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 33:12

    ACL Fest gets the green light with some updated rules Spokane County Sheriff's Office puts up billboard trying to lure Austin cops Adler gets on Bloomberg touting Austin's homeless plans and more! @bradswail @_teddybrosevelt austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 20, 2021 - FDA Panel Votes Against Boosters

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 34:17

    FDA vaccine advisory (Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee) panel votes 16-2 against broad rollout of covid vaxx rollout Full video of vaccine advisory panel discussion, 4:00:00 mark is good stuff Pecan Street Fest starting to push back against CoA? and more! @bradswail @_teddybrosevelt austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 17, 2021 - What Else Are The Doctors Ignoring?, +Brad on KLBJ

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 44:21

    A study out of the UK has confirmed that 35k women have experienced irregular periods since the vaxx, but why didn't doctors listen? NYTimes: Israeli study reveals that booster shot increases protection for at least 12 days! Travis County approves $110 million for homeless Brad on The Todd and Don Show (@36:41) and more! @bradswail @_teddybrosevelt austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 16, 2021 - Conflicts of Interest

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 35:38

    KVUE received close to $100k in advertising from the City of Austin - can we trust them to report honestly? US Women's Gymnastics points finger at FBI Business broken into twice in 10 days and more! @bradswail @_teddybrosevelt austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

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