Today, the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Texas' voter ID case.
The law has been in and out of the courts for almost five years now, with multiple judges declaring it unconstitutional. However, after the Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, the bill came back before the courts to be challenged again.
Are you sick and tired of hearing transphobic bathroom lies coming from Texas Republicans? Well, so are we. The transgender community is one that many people are just learning about, but that doesn’t mean that government officials have license to discriminate against them.
So whether it's your Tea Party uncle, that conservative friend of yours on Facebook you should’ve unfriended long ago, indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton, or Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick...we've got you covered.
Tea Party uncle says: “No men in women’s restrooms!”
In Texas, 12 of our federal court seats don't have a judge - far more than any other state in the country. Nine of those vacancies qualify as "emergency vacancies" - which means the delays are of extraordinary length and creating a back-up in the courts.
The latest report from the Center for American Progress, co-authored by Progress Texas, carefully details the impact those vacancies have on the people of Texas.
The Texas Republican Party came together last week to adopt a platform. If you think the garbage coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth is bad, check out the worst of the racist, transphobic, homophobic, anti-abortion, sexist priorities the Texas GOP will be pushing for in the coming years.
Most are regressive, oppressive, and reactionary, some are just wacky — and yes, all 266 planks were approved individually.
On Wednesday, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee featured a segment highlighting the deceptive tactics used by so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) — anti-abortion, fake medical clinics — to obstruct women from accessing abortion care. Bee explains how these fake clinics use taxpayer dollars to deceive women.
Ed Note: This article was orginally published in the Austin American-Statesman and is reposted here with permission.
There’s a good reason economics is called the dismal science. So let’s turn to jazz music instead of dry statistics to evaluate the Texas economy. It might get us closer to the soul of the thing.
Thanks to all of you who helped us promote our #CruzWatch work in the recent months. We can now breathe a sigh of releif...
Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is over.
In the end, Republican voters disliked Ted Cruz so much that they would rather have Donald Drumpf as the face and voice of their Party. That says a lot.
Are you a Texan who cares about reproductive rights, justice, and freedom issues in our state? Are you politically active on social media?
Do you think it would be cool to have your words reach thousands of Texans across the state? Would you like to write for our blog?
And how about winning a trip to attend Netroots Nation 2016 to learn how to use technology to affect change alongside some of the brightest minds in the progressive community?
If your answer to these questions is, “YES, duh!” — we want you.
Last week, Progress Texas submitted a letter to the Texas State Auditor’s office requesting an investigation into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s potential misuse of state funds and abuse of office. The request focuses on whether Paxton violated state law by using taxpayer dollars to pay salaries and benefits of at least two employees after they resigned.
There's some good news for the Texans who still lack health insurance coverage because of Republicans’ refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility under the ACA. The federal government has extended a program that provides much-needed funding for Texas hospitals providing care to uninsured patients. But the billions of dollars required could be better used for providing health insurance instead of reimbursing costly emergency room care.
From the Texas Tribune:
As Texans, we know how beautiful our state’s natural environment is, and how important it is to safeguard it for future generations.
In order to do so, Texans across our state are advocating for policies that protect our environment, our health, and our future. From promoting clean energy to preserving our public parks, there’s a lot of great work in Texas being done for the earth.
On this Earth Day, check out these partner organizations who fight for a greener, cleaner Texas every day:
As states like North Carolina come under fire for passing laws to further discriminate against transgender people, we must remember that the very same misinformation campaigns targeting trans people have been launched — and have succeeded — in Texas. In the aftermath of the repeal of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance — and in anticipation of countering legislation targeting gay and transgender Texans during the upcoming 2017 Texas legislative session — Equality Texas launched a public education campaign called the TransVisible Project.
Ed. Note: This list is by no means exhaustive.
Don’t let the theatrics of this election’s 24/7 news cycle distract you from this: when it comes to abortion and women’s rights, Ted Cruz is just as awful as — and even more extreme than — Donald Trump.
In a state full of offensive, law-breaking Republicans, Sid Miller somehow stands out from the field.
Miller is the Republican Agriculture Commissioner for the State of Texas and a former State Representative who once passed a law that lets you shoot feral hogs from helicopters.
Elected to statewide office in 2014, Sid Miller prides himself on being a professional calf roper. But taking a look at what he's done with his time in office, "rodeo clown" is the title that probably fits him best.
When it’s “off to work we go” for Texas Republican state officials there’s very little “hi ho hi ho” being sung these days.
It’s one thing for anti-government, right wing ideologues to rail against government. It’s another thing to willfully ruin it through corruption, ineptitude, inefficiency and carelessness. The zealots have lost their zest for actual governing.
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