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Andy Wilson
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Andy Wilson is an online organizer and activist in Austin, TX. He has worked in various areas of politics, lobbying, and advocacy but really loves to geek out over social media, technology, or the latest in comic books, movies, and tv.

But what Andy really geeks out over are his favorite issues: coal and other fossil fuels, climate change, clean energy, campaign finance reform, open government, connecting the public to their government through technology and social media, voting systems and voting rights, and political philosophy from Plato to Kierkegaard. He a board member of Common Cause Texas, the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, and a founding board member of Clean Elections Texas, and was named one of the Texas Observer's Next Generation leaders, honoring the Top 40 under 40 in Texas.

You're as likely to find Andy at Netroots Nation or Comic-Con or SXSW, or in the halls of the Texas Legislature as his local comic book store.

Andy is the creator and editor of the Darth Politico blog, "Where Geekery Meets Politics in a super-collider built with your tax dollars." He is a frequent contributor and Austin correspondent for BigShinyRobot.com. He was also was the creator of TexasVox.org, the blog of Public Citizen in Texas.

Entries by Andy Wilson

'Meet the Mormons': Good Documentary or Slick, Corporate PR?

(279) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 8:47 AM

What do you think you know about Mormons? Big families, Utah, (polygamy?), Osmonds, clean living, Mitt Romney?

First released in theaters October 10, Meet the Mormons is an 80-minute infomercial produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the full name of the Mormon church) highlighting a...

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Wonder Woman Breaks Down Digital Barrier in New 'Sensation Comics #1'

(11) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 2:16 PM

When the unthinkable happens -- Batman is taken out of commission by Gotham City's nastiest villains -- who do you call? Well, none other than DC Comics' star-spangled, gold-bangled princess herself, Wonder Woman, to kick off a new digital-first comic book, "Sensation Comics," which hits digital shelves Wednesday, Aug. 13.

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Review: A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 7:20 PM

So what do you do when your pre-adolescent daughter is curious about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but can't find any age-appropriate books on the topic?

Well, if you're geek chic author Bryan Young, you write a book for her, partnering with an artist to deliver a book that explores...

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William Shatner on His New Album, New Documentary, Civil Rights, and The Avengers

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 5:56 PM

William Shatner, appearing at this weekend's Dragon*Con in Atlanta, is quite the busy (renaissance) man. Sure, you may know him from his Priceline commercials, his huge Twitter following, or some tv shows and movies you might be familiar with.

Shatner is back, with a new album of music (his fourth...

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Rich Moore: From The Simpsons to Wreck-It Ralph

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 7:08 PM

For those of you like me, today marks a day full of anticipation not seen since December: Wreck-It Ralph finally makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray.

Wreck-It Ralph, the Academy Award-nominated animated feature, is the story of a video game arcade and its rag-tag group of residents...

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You Just Got a Kindle or Nook -- Now What? 5 Books and Apps to Try Now!

(84) Comments | Posted December 26, 2011 | 8:43 AM

It shouldn't surprise any of us how popular e-readers are today. They've become one of the most popular gifts this holiday season-- and with good reason. The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are amazing gadgets, not to mention their e-ink black and white cousins and the various other tablets and...

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Why the Solyndra Solar Bankruptcy Scandal Is a Big Deal, but Not the Big Deal Republicans are Making of It

(30) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 5:10 PM

Solyndra had its offices raided  last week by federal agents as part of an ongoing investigation into their bankruptcy and federal loan guarantees they'd received from the Department of Energy. Some critics have cried foul, trying to show how federal money spent on emerging technology is a waste. Others...

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Why I (Reluctantly) Cancelled My Pre-order of the Star Wars Blu-rays

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 7:46 PM

I'm not generally one for hyperbole. No matter my misgivings about the Star Wars Special Editions or prequels, I don't think George Lucas raped my childhood. I don't think I was even minorly diddled. But, in response to my colleague Bryan Young's excellent piece "How I Learned to...

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Improve Green Lantern? Alan Grayson Knows How

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 5:54 PM

I've heard a lot of suggestions on ways the Green Lantern movie could've been improved. I thought I had heard them all. Then, an email from former Congressman Alan Grayson suggested the film could've been improved by including an exchange from Green Lantern #76. A (poor) African-American man approaches Green...

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Required Summer Reading for Geeks: Lost at the Con

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 2:01 PM

When I'm not doing my best to keep things sane here in Austin, TX as a part of Public Citizen, I like to kick back and relax with a good book, graphic novel, etc. This is a change of pace for me, but I highly recommend this novel to anyone...

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An Intervention for Conservatives About Their Koch Problem

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 2:25 AM

Dear Republican Party,

I don't know how to do this. The only things I know about interventions are from watching reality TV, listening to Dr. Drew, and this wikiHow. But what I do know is that an intervention is what's necessary when someone has a problem they refuse to admit...

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Losing Sight of the Real Issues of the Health Care Debate: People

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2009 | 3:33 PM

I'm mad about the public option (or the lack thereof ).  I'm mad about Blue Dogs dems standing in the way of real reform in order to appease the people who fund their campaigns.  I'm mad that we even have to have this debate, since most Americans favor a public...
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WATCH: Front Goup "Energy Citizens" Locks Out Real Grassroots: Why Does Big Oil Hate America?

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 2:03 PM

The Energy Citizens' company picnics, such as the one we crashed Tuesday in Houston, have been getting a lot of attention through the Netroots, in national publications, and even last night on Rachel Maddow (where one of our videos was featured, even if credit was not...

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Big Oil Astroturf Rally in Houston More Company Picnic Than Grassroots Campaign

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2009 | 6:38 PM

Yesterday the Public Citizen Texas team drove down to Houston to crash the American Petroleum Institute's Energy Citizen event. Billed as a "grassroots" rally against the cap-and-trade bill currently before Congress, this event was nothing more than a company picnic.

About 2500 energy employees were brought by charter bus to...

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