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The C-SPAN Campaign 2008 bus made a stop in San Marcos and provided residents with a look inside the political vehicle making its way around the country. City leaders were present and participated in its ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the Hays County Court House.”This is an incredible opportunity for the citizens of San Marcos, even if they dont come in, just to see the bus parked downtown on the square to remind people that C-Span is out there,” said Place One City Council Member Kim Porterfield. “C-SPAN is a great way for them to receive an unbiased look at what’s happening in our nation, capital and across the world.”

The C-SPAN bus travels to schools, communities and political events to make citizens aware of politics, enrich civic education and to empower voters.

“C-SPAN coming to San Marcos is a great service, becuase citizens can learn about national issues that affect the local level,” said Place Six City Council Member John Thomaides. “C-SPAN talks about a lot of issues that we deal with on a day to day basis, it’s a great way to learn about issues.”

Local residents, including college students felt C-SPAN’s bus tour was adequate and educational. They were provided with information of C-SPAN’s purpose and procedures and a quick look into its history.

“To have something like C-SPAN visit really puts us on the map, and it just makes me want to get more involved,” said Texas State University student Brittany Neely. “Because now that they know we’re here, they know we have a voice and can do something about it, we rise to the occassion.”

The C-SPAN Campaign 2008 Bus will continue on its journey around the country, heading to Austin, Texas next. C-SPAN is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has three network channels dedicated to providing its viewers with comprehensive and unfiltered coverage of Congressional meetings and programming of public affairs.

By ANDY SEVILLA
Correspondent

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Photos by Andy Sevillia

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