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May 27, 2016
The GOP's Icky Obsession with Bathrooms

Photo credit: San Antonio Current

The icky bathroom obsessions of Lt. Dan Patrick, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republicans make me wonder whether we need segregated public restrooms after all: one set for Republicans, another set for Democrats.

May 24, 2016
Voter ID Laws in Texas

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.

May 20, 2016
Dan Patrick Transgender Discrimination Bathroom Texas

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!”

May 18, 2016

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.

May 17, 2016
Texas Republican Party Platform

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.

May 11, 2016
Samantha Bee CPC Texas

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.

May 6, 2016

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.

May 4, 2016
Ted Cruz Came In On a Wrecking Ball

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.

May 4, 2016
Netroots Blogger Competition

Are you a Texan who cares about reproductive rights, justice, and freedom in our state? Do you use social media to promote these issues?

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.

May 3, 2016
Progress Texas Requests State Auditor to Investigate Indicted AG Ken Paxton

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.

May 2, 2016
Healthcare Thanks Obama Texas

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:

April 22, 2016
Earth Day 2016

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:

April 20, 2016
Transvisible 2

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.

 

April 19, 2016
Ted Cruz Women's Rights Abortion Equal Pay

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.

April 18, 2016
Top 10 Worst Things Sid Miller Has Done (So Far)

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.

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