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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.

April 15, 2016

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.

April 14, 2016
Sid Miller Under Investigation Got Busted

In response to a criminal complaint filed by Progress Texas, the Texas Rangers have launched an investigation into Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller for abuse of official capacity. Just a month after taking office, Miller started using Texas taxpayers’ money as his personal vacation fund — for trips to obtain a “Jesus Shot” in Oklahoma and later to compete in a rodeo in Mississippi.

April 11, 2016
Equal Pay Day Texas

Today is Equal Pay Day. April 12, 2016, the day when women — who make on average 79 cents to every dollar a man makes — finally catch up to making as much men did during 2015. Women still make less than men, so they have to work, on average, nearly four and a half months longer for the same amount of pay.

April 4, 2016
SCOTUS Unanimously Rejects Conservative Activists and Upholds One Person, One Vote

Ed. note: the following is cross-posted from the Texas Research Institute.

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected attempts by conservatives to remove children from traditional population counts.

From our previous writing on the case:

April 1, 2016
Austin First City in the South to Adopt Fair Chance Policy for Workers

On Thursday Austin became the first city in Texas - and the South - to pass a fair chance hiring ordinance for private employers. Austin’s City Council also passed a number of other progressive measures, including securing a living wage for city subcontractors.

April 1, 2016
President Obama's Criminal Justice Reform

President Obama commuted sentences for 61 nonviolent offenders this week, proving yet again his serious commitment to criminal justice reform.

Since President Obama took office, he has issued more commutations - cutting short a person's time in prison - than the past six previous presidents combined.

March 31, 2016
Ted-Enders

Back in 2003 then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld coined a famous name for Iraqis who didn’t know they’d been beaten: “dead-enders.” A similar phenomenon seems to be going on right here at home among Republican elites who are holding their noses and endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz in hopes of derailing Donald Trump.

Call them “Ted-Enders.”

March 31, 2016
Twenty Years of Empty Seats in Texas' Federal Courts

Ed. note: the following is cross-posted from the Texas Research Institute.

Today marks an important milestone in the fight against judicial obstruction in Texas.

Texas has eleven empty seats in its federal courts. That’s more vacancies than any other state in the country, and a new court vacancy will come up on May 1.

March 30, 2016
Abortion Pill Texas

The Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of an updated label for the abortion pill mifepristone today. This change is huge news for restoring access to abortion care in Texas.

March 30, 2016
Medicaid Expansion Would Increase Mental Health Coverage

Texas Republicans often talk about how important improving mental health care is in our state. If they really want to help, maybe they should reconsider expanding Medicaid.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report showing how expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would improve the lives of people with mental illness in states that have not yet opted for the expansion.

Some key numbers from the report include:

March 29, 2016
SCOTUS ruling preserves unions

Huge news out of the Supreme Court today, as a 4-4 ruling has ended the greatest threat to unions in over 40 years.

The case in question involved whether non-union employees still have to pay limited fees for working at a unionized office or business. The reason those fees are required is to counter-act the free-rider problem, where someone who is not part of the union still enjoys the benefits of the union.

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