Summer is ending, school is starting, and new state laws are already in effect.
As we move from blistering 100-degree days to semi-blistering 95-degree days, we wanted to take a look back at some of the biggest Texas political stories from the summer.
So sit back, eat some Blue Bell (or don't!), and enjoy our top ten stories from a long Texas summer.
SXSW - or "South by Southwest" - meets every March in Austin, bringing together thousands of music, movie, and technology professionals, reporters, and fans.
This year, SXSW is considering putting up a panel about marijuana policy reform in Texas. The panel would feature Democrat Joe Moody (D-El Paso), who authored the civil penalties bill last year, as well as Zoe Russell with Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP) and me.
Last night, a group of Texas abortion providers asked the U.S Supreme Court to permanently block the enforcement of two harmful provisions of House Bill 2. If fully implemented, this draconian anti-abortion law, passed by the Texas legislature in 2013, would shutter more than 75% of Texas abortion clinics and eliminate access to safe and legal abortion care for millions of Texas women.
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.
A few weeks ago we launched our campaign calling for a real conversation about student loan reforms. If you haven't already - sign your name right now and support student loan reforms before this becomes a full economic catastrophe.
So where do the leading Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination stand on this critical issue?
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.
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.
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.
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