November 24, 2015

This post was written in collaboration with Joe Deshotel, Briana Medearis, Yannis Banks, and Chas Moore.

It’s been all over the news, but not everyone understands Black Lives Matter. So for this Thanksgiving, we asked folks who served on last summer’s #BlackLivesMatter panel in Austin to help us with this post.

So whether it's that conservative friend of yours on Facebook, your uncle at the Thanksgiving table, or Ted Cruz, we've got you covered.

November 20, 2015

America is a nation founded by refugees and built on values of freedom, opportunity, and tolerance. That’s why it’s so fitting that the Statue of Liberty reads, "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

Unfortunately, some politicians still can’t help but pander to their political base, refusing life-saving assistance to those most in need.

So whether it's that old classmate on Facebook, a relative at the dinner table, or Ted Cruz...we've got ya covered.


November 16, 2015

We don’t need to speculate about the consequences of the mass deportation of millions of people as proposed by Donald Trump and tacitly backed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. We can look to history and see the facts.

Twice, in the 1930s and 1940s, and again in the 1950s with the notorious and deadly “Operation Wetback,” deportees suffered inhuman conditions. Many died. Families were torn apart. American citizens were caught in the deportation net and transported to Mexico. Many never found their way home.

November 11, 2015

No matter what our political affiliation, Americans of all stripes come together to honor the men and women of our armed forces on national holidays. And it’s equally important that we stand with them in the days between as well.

November 11, 2015
Stop Discrimination Now

On the same day that President Obama announced his endorsement of The Equality Act — a federal bill that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity — the Dallas City Council voted unanimously to clarify language in its equal rights ordinance to better protect the transgender community.

November 6, 2015
The movie "Truth," is a story about George W. Bush's National Guard records - or lack thereof - and the CBS news team that broke the story. It's a film that underscores the importance of free speech and of an independent free press.
The story broke during the 2004 election cycle and the Republican spin machine went in to high-gear to defend Bush, lobbing inaccurate attacks at the media while doing everything possible to try to discredit documents showing the George W. Bush walked out during his service in the Guard.
November 4, 2015

The 2015 November election season wrapped up yesterday with a number of strong progressive wins worth celebrating.

Though fear and discrimination prevailed to defeat the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, the policies we fight for - better schools, campaign finance reform, and progressive leadership - had big wins both here in Texas and across the country.

Here are ten of the best progressive wins from the November 2015 election:

October 30, 2015
Obamacare horror story debunked
Ed. note: this article was originally published on March 31, 2014. It has been updated throughout to reflect new enrollment figures, as of October 30, 2015. - PM
October 30, 2015
meet the antis

The Anti's claim to be “pro-life” but are really just hell bent on banning abortion in Texas and controlling women’s and safety be damned.

October 26, 2015

It looks like U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the Ayn Rand acolyte and failed vice presidential candidate, will become the Speaker of the U.S. House. This is after Republican House members capitulated to a series of Ryan demands, including a demand that he get what amounts to paid family leave on weekends. Say what?

October 26, 2015

Ted Cruz launched his presidential campaign seven months ago. After all that time, Cruz hasn't made any dent in the polls.

October 22, 2015
PP Investigation

Today, the state health department sent government agents to serve Planned Parenthood with subpoenas for “patient records to employee home addresses.” This latest attack on Texas women’s access to safe, legal abortion care is an egregious abuse of state power that should concern all Texans.

October 20, 2015

The momentum continues to grow for marijuana policy reform.

After a year of unprecedented progress for marijuana policy reform and good polls from earlier this year, a new poll from the Texas Lyceum finds that a record 74% of Texans support reducing criminal penalties for small possession of marijuana.

October 19, 2015
Gov. Abbott's Reckless Attack on Planned Parenthood Jeopardizes Health of Texans

Update 11/23/15: Planned Parenthood has filed suit against the state of Texas on behalf of the thousands of Medicaid patients the health care provider serves.

In yet another disturbingly political and utterly ruthless attack on reproductive health care in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott today trumpeted Texas' move to cut Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program. In doing so Abbott is—yet again—recklessly using the power of the state to jeopardize the health and safety of Texas women and families.

October 16, 2015
Ballot Guide

Download our ballot guide today!

Voting is our right, and one we must exercise with responsibility. That’s why we have put together this simple yet informative voter guide about the seven constitutional amendments on our 2015 statewide ballot.

October 15, 2015
Houston Anti-Equality Campaign Just Got Worse. Cue Dan Patrick.

Just when we thought the opposition to Proposition 1, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), couldn’t get anymore despicable, notorious anti-LGBTQ crusader, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick decided to throw his tin foil hat into the mix.

The Houston Chronicle has endorsed HERO twice, and both times decried the shameful tactics of the campaign to repeal HERO.

October 14, 2015
Last night, Democratic presidential candidates held a civil debate focused on issues and solutions - a nice contrast to the name-calling and finger-pointing of the Republican presidential debates.
But some Republicans will never miss an opportunity to bring it down a notch, so Texas GOP Legislator and Marco Rubio supporter Jason Villalba decided to post Internet memes comparing Senator Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish, to that of Nazis.
October 13, 2015
For years, Texas has led the nation in the percentage of people who do not have health insurance. But now the state has a new distinction: Texas, a state of 27 million, now also has the highest total number of people without insurance, surpassing even California, a state of 39 million.
October 8, 2015

GOP Congressman Kevin McCarthy shocked political insiders by dropping out of the race for Speaker. The representative from California was plagued by his admission that the Republican Benghazi hearings were simply a tool to bring down Hillary Clinton's poll numbers.

October 8, 2015

From minimum wage and equal pay to education, Texas Latinos are disproportionately impacted by policies that drive income inequality. Texas Democrats have been working to address these issues for years, with one main roadblock: Republicans.

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