September 1, 2015

Hundreds of new Texas state laws go into effect today. The state laws, passed by the Texas Legislature that finished meeting a few months ago, cover a wide range of issues. 

Our friends at Annie's List have a great round-up of legislative accomplishments championed Texas' women legislators, while the Texas Tribune series - 31 Days, 31 Ways - provides a more detailed view of a couple dozen specific bills.

August 31, 2015

Article first appeared in The Quorum Report.

When a Donald Trump supporter this week yelled “Get out of my country!” at a distinguished Latino journalist, who knew Texas Gov. Greg Abbott would say “okay” and make plans to head to Mexico? I don’t think he was talking to you, Governor.

August 26, 2015
Women's Equality Day

Women won the right to vote 95 years ago, but the fight for full equality continues today.

This Women’s Equality Day we both celebrate the progress we’ve made and recognize the work that needs to be done to achieve women’s economic security in Texas.

Safeguard Reproductive Health: Texas women need comprehensive reproductive health services—including access to abortion care. Policies that shutter abortion clinics and slash family planning funding have left Texas women and families without access to the healthcare they need to thrive.

August 25, 2015
How to Talk to Your Crazy Uncle About the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

Houston has become ground zero in the nation’s fight for LGBT equality. On November 3, Houstonians will take to the polls to vote for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of 15 characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

So whether it’s your crazy uncle, that preachy Facebook friend you've been meaning to unfriend, or Ted Cruz, we’ve got you covered.

August 25, 2015

In early August, the 5th Circuit Court ruled that Texas' voter ID law had a "discriminatory effect" and needed to be fixed. It was another tremendous reminder of why courts matter.

Yet there's serious concern that Republican obstruction will keep the law from being fixed in time for local elections in November 2015.

August 24, 2015

Article first appeared in The Quorum Report.

Hard working Texans are justified in wondering why they have such a hard time making ends meet. Most feel they are underpaid for the work they do. They feel that way because they are underpaid.

In 2014, 27.8 percent of Texans worked in jobs that don’t pay enough to keep a family of four out of poverty, according to SMU political scientist Cal Jillson, in his book Lone Star Tarnished. These workers have little chance of getting ahead, no matter how many jobs and hours they work every day.

August 21, 2015

People often say that Texas is a red state, though it is more accurately described as a non-voting state. But with turnout that ranks among the lowest in the nation, restrictive voter laws, and an imbalanced system of redistricting, Republicans have gamed the system to create disproportionate representation in the state.

But one-Party rule is bad for everyone – including Republican voters.

August 20, 2015
Indicted Texas AG Ken Paxton’s War on Reproductive Healthcare

Amid his criminal indictment on three felony charges—and in an effort to distract from his legal woes—Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is spearheading Republicans' political attack against access to reproductive healthcare in Texas. His targets: abortion and birth control.

Blocking Birth Control Coverage

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