June 29, 2016
Ted Cruz' complaint about Obamacare falls flat

On Tuesday, U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn won the Colorado Republican primary. His unlikely victory came following an event hosted by Texas Senator Ted Cruz – but Republicans nationwide aren’t celebrating.

June 23, 2016
Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court upheld the right of The University of Texas at Austin to consider the race of applicants in its admissions process.

From the Texas Tribune:

June 23, 2016
Immigration SCOTUS ruling

The Supreme Court was split 4-4 today on United States v. Texas, which means that millions of immigrant families are now living in uncertainty.

The court’s split decision highlights the need for Senate Republicans to do their jobs and confirm a justice to fill the Supreme Court’s ongoing vacancy.

June 21, 2016
Trump Tornado Might Trounce GOP in Texas

The following column originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.

Chaos theory includes a feature called the “butterfly effect.” A butterfly waving its wings in Madagascar might one day result in a killing storm in Montana. Tiny differences can have outsized effects.

June 20, 2016
Abortion Access Trapped in Texas

By the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the most important abortion case of our generation — a decision that will determine the future of access in our state. On Monday night PBS will air Trapped, an award-winning documentary about the fight to protect a woman's right to access abortion care as lawmakers in Texas and Alabama pass laws aimed at shutting abortion clinics down — the same medically unnecessary laws in front of the Supreme Court.

June 15, 2016
Trump Endorsed by Texas Republicans

As Donald Trump settles into his role as the Republican presidential nominee, some of Texas’ top Republicans have been quick to endorse him and call for their party to unite against the Democrats.

Governor Abbott, Lieutenant. Governor Dan Patrick, and others have fallen in line behind Trump after staunchly supporting Sen. Ted Cruz over Trump in the primaries.

June 13, 2016
Greg Abbott & Donald Trump

In the 1960 cult movie classic, Children of the Damned, the scientist hero concentrates all his thoughts on a big brick wall to try and block the psychic abilities of the scary, mind-controlling village of damned children. He wants to blow them up, but if they read his mind and see he’s brought a bomb it would be hell to pay.

June 10, 2016
Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton
The following column originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.
Texas’ Republican leaders sure do love government — their own government, that is.

Republicans dominate Texas state government; the federal and local governments, not so much. Consequently, in the Texas GOP’s opinion, state-level government is the supreme government, the feds and the locals be damned.

June 6, 2016
Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton, Sid Miller

The use of “emergency leave” was once so restricted that the Texas Legislature in 2013 passed a bill making it clear that state employees called to duty in the National Guard or other military services would be granted the leave.

This view puts the lie to some state leaders’ claims today that the emergency leave provision is so expansive it can be used for severance packages – essentially hush money to keep former employees quiet.

June 3, 2016
Hush Money

Texas state agency leaders, including Attorney General Ken Paxton and Land Commissioner George P Bush, you’d better watch out. All those potential whistle blowers you paid for their guaranteed silence? Under the law, they are probably free to reveal whatever secrets you are trying to hide.

If a party to a contract is legally prohibited from entering into such a contract, other parties cannot be bound by the terms. In case you didn’t know, it’s likely illegal for the state to use taxpayer money to pay hush money to employees.

June 2, 2016

June is Gun Violence Awareness Month, an effort that was spurred shortly after the tragedy at Sandy Hook. Now in its second year, this awareness month seeks to promote the gun safety movement and reduce gun violence by increasing public awareness and building support for sensible gun laws.

Here in Texas, there are many organizations that are working to bring sensible gun reform laws to the state every month of every year.

Check out some of our partner organizations that fight for sensible gun reform all year long:

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.

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