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November 29th, 2013
Campbell, Isaac take turn in Texas Tribune’s ‘hot seat’

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State Sen. Donna Campbell and State Rep. Jason Isaac — two tea party darlings whose districts include all or part of Hays County — will take the Texas Tribune’s ‘Hot Seat’ on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Texas State University.

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What: The Hot Seat in San Marcos

Who: Sen. Donna Campbell and Rep. Jason Isaac take questions from Texas Tribune editor in chief Evan Smith

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3

Where: J.C. Kellum building at Texas State University

Video will be posted after the event on the Texas Tribune website and on the San Marcos Mercury.

Info: Free but registration is required. See the event website here.

After soundly defeating longtime State Sen. Jeff Wentworth in last year‘s Republican Party primary, Campbell made a high-profile debut in the Texas Senate this spring.

Campbell’s indelible mark on Lone Star politics so far has been calling a parliamentary point-of-order that ended State Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster of new abortion restrictions. Campbell’s maneuver outraged opponents of the legislation, energized Democrats across the state and launched State Sen. Wendy Davis into the “political stratosphere,” to use the Tribune’s words.

Locally, Campbell is perhaps best known for sponsoring legislation with Isaac that formed the hotly contested Needmore Ranch Municipal Utility District. The legislation cleared the way for possible future development of more than 4,055 acres of the former O’Quinn Ranch between San Marcos and Wimberley.

Elected during the tea party wave of 2010, Isaac has served on the House’s environmental regulation and its economic and small business development committees. The Dripping Springs Republican also founded the Hill Country Caucus.

The “Hot Seat” series engages Texas elected officials at universities in cities or counties they represent.

Tuesday’s event will be in the Reed Parr room on the 11th floor of the university’s J.C. Kellam administration building. Paid parking is available at the Edward Gary Street Garage, 405 N Edward Gary St. A light lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by discussion of the 2013 legislative session moderated by Evan Smith, the Tribune’s editor in chief and chief executive officer.

The event is free but prior registration is required by email at or by phone at 512-716-8641.

The Tribune has not announced plans to live-stream Tuesday’s event but video will be posted after the fact on the Texas Tribune website and on the San Marcos Mercury.

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