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2017-09-28

Veteran journalist Dave McNeely to speak to Democratic Women

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Dave McNeely, Austin journalist, covered the 2004 National Democratic Party Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife, the Rev. Kathryn McNeely, a Methodist minister.


David M. “Dave” McNeely, longtime political columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, will bring his perspective on Texas politics to the Hill Country Chapter of Texas Democratic Women at the luncheon meeting on Oct. 3, 2017. An opinion writer who has covered most elections and sessions of the Texas Legislature since 1962, McNeely is well-versed in Texas politics and able to offer observations and conclusions from a unique viewpoint that blends history and current events.
McNeely is the Dean of the Texas Capitol press corps and continues to write a weekly political column that appears in about three dozen Texas newspapers. He has spent a lifetime observing, writing and teaching about the Texas Legislature and the political climate in the Lone Star state.
As two redistricting cases await the Supreme Court review, McNeely will start his talk with a timely segment entitled “The History of Redistricting: Today’s Solution is Tomorrow’s Problem.” He has stated, “the middle in politics has largely disappeared because most districts are drawn so as to be decided in the primary rather than the general election.”
McNeely is also expected to comment on Voter ID laws before opening the floor for questions from the audience about Texas politics in general. The Democratic Women are pleased to offer the community this rare opportunity to hear and speak with McNeely.
McNeely began reporting on Texas politics and government in 1962, as a political reporter and later editor of The University of Texas student newspaper. McNeely worked at the Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, and KERA public radio and television in Dallas. He was already an expert on Texas politics when he joined the Austin American-Statesman in 1978, working as a columnist until retiring at the end of 2004.
McNeely also taught about politics at the University of Texas. “The Press and Politics” was a co-teaching project for McNeely starting in 1992 with co-teacher Paul Begala, consultant to Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. McNeely’s next co-teacher for the class was Karl Rove, chief political adviser to George W. Bush as Governor and President. McNeely more recently taught the course by himself. McNeely co-authored with Jim Henderson a book entitled "Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas" about the most powerful lieutenant governor in Texas history.
Stephanie Lochte Ertel, candidate for State Representative, will sign copies of her campaign memoir “Running on TRUST and Rainwater” prior to the luncheon. The meeting will be at the Ray & Joan Kroc Salvation Army Community Center, 120 Holdsworth Avenue in Kerrville. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the program starts at 11:45 a.m. Reservations are required for the $15 buffet meal; contact Linda Stegall at lindastegall@hotmail.com by Sept. 28, 2017 to make a reservation.