September 17, 2014
Greg Abbott Destroyed Evidence of Possible GOP Voter Suppression

In 2005, Greg Abbott said that, “When the activities of even one person would undermine the electoral process, we will hold that person accountable.”

It is time for Greg Abbott to be the one held accountable.

September 15, 2014
Timeline of Abbott Ignoring Child Sex Abuse Charges

Senator Wendy Davis just released a new ad slamming Attorney General Greg Abbott for covering up a child sex abuse scandal at the Texas Youth Commission.

September 12, 2014

This week Greg Abbott contined his stubborn refusal to expand Medicaid and failed to propose any plausible solution for millions of uninsured Texans to get the health care coverage they deserve.

As the Texas Tribune reported, we were there to call him out:

September 11, 2014
Fight Back TX Named Best Post-HB 2 Pro-Choice Activist Group by Austin Chronicle

We are thrilled to be part of Fight Back Texas, “The Best Post-HB 2, Pro-Choice Activist Group” according to Austin Chronicle’s 2014 “Best of Austin” list.

September 8, 2014
Greg Abbott Ignores Requests for Legal Rulings - Unless He Personally Benefits

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is picking and choosing which laws he cares about based on how it impacts him politically.

September 6, 2014
Wendy Davis Shares Deeply Personal Abortion Story

In her memoir “Forgetting to Be Afraid,” Wendy Davis does just that and courageously shares a deeply personal story about her decision to have an abortion—to terminate a wanted pregnancy after learning that her unborn daughter suffered from a severe brain abnormality.

September 5, 2014
Greg Abbott: Against Raising Minimum Wage

Texas has the highest number of minimum wage workers in the country. And a recent poll indicated 55 percent of Texas voters support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour.  

August 29, 2014
The hardest part about working on marijuana regulation is breaking that negative stigma and getting through the misinformation. In our latest Top 10 list, we offer a reality check on the many, many marijuana myths that are out there.
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August 29, 2014

In a ruling today, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel struck down as unconstitutional two provisions of Texas' omnibus anti-abortion bill, House Bill 2 (HB2). Judge Yeakel blocked the requirement—set to take effect on September 1— that all abortions be performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), or mini-hospitals. He also enjoined the admitting privileges provision of the law, ruling that both medically unnecessary requirements place an undue burden on women seeking abortion in Texas. In the sweeping decision, Judge Yeakel writes:

August 28, 2014

UPDATE! Abbott just backed out of the only debate that was scheduled for live TV!

This close to an election — just over 60 days until November 4th — the omnipresence of gubernatorial candidates flexing their political might would typically be in full swing. But not Greg Abbott.

August 24, 2014
Wendy Davis Ad Blasts Greg Abbott for Cancer Fund Scandal

Wendy Davis launched a new statewide TV ad over the weekend, slamming Greg Abbott for looking the other way while millions in state dollars intended for cancer research were sent to his donors.

August 23, 2014

On Thursday, Rachel Maddow called out the seriously flawed national media coverage of Rick Perry's two-count felony indictment. The segment features Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater, whose reporting on the indictment, Maddow points out, is part of the Texas media coverage that is getting it right.

August 21, 2014
Rick Perry’s Legal Team: High-Priced Lawyers and Cheap Excuses

This morning, as part of his public relations spin campaign, Rick Perry’s high-dollar legal team held a press conference to discuss the role the Travis County Public Integrity Unit had in the investigation of the Cancer Prevention Research Institute, or CPRIT. Their shameless attempt to quash legitimate news coverage connecting Rick Perry to the cancer research fund scandal, however, fell flat.

In response, Progress Texas Executive Director Ed Espinoza said in a statement:

August 21, 2014
An Affidavit About Nothing

In yet another attempt to distract from the real issue, Gov. Perry’s high-priced legal team released an affidavit from Chris Walling, a former investigator for the Public Integrity Unit (PIU).

August 18, 2014
Rick Perry's Inconvenient History With Republicans Charged with Drunk Driving

Rick Perry is defending his attempt to coerce Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg out of office—an attempt which resulted in not one, but two indictment charges—by claiming that he was taking a stance against her drunk driving conviction. However, a look at the Governor's history with Republican officials charged with drunk driving undermines his case.

August 18, 2014
Fact: Democrats Did Not Lead Perry's Grand Jury Investigation

A central talking point in Rick Perry’s public relations defense campaign—that his abuse of office and coercion felony indictment is a partisan attack orchestrated by the left—is an absolute farce. Republicans—folks in his own party—have been at the helm of the investigation into Perry’s crimes since day one.

Not a single Democrat was involved in leading Perry’s grand jury investigation or two-count felony indictment.

·      All Travis County officials—Democrats—recused themselves from handling the case before the investigation started.

August 17, 2014

While Rick Perry is talking about accountability in the wake of his felony indictments, let’s explore the idea of accountability when it comes to his billing the taxpayers for his legal defense. The Governor chose to go outside the realm of government and hire private council, and in doing so is incurring fees of $450/hour and more than $40,000 for his legal defense so far. 

August 16, 2014

Today Rick Perry responded to felony indictments against him. In his speech, he talked about vetoes, but the reality of the case is one he didn’t address: using the powers of office as leverage to make threats.

“He can sugarcoat it all he wants, but the fact remains that Rick Perry used the powers of his office to leverage a threat against a public official,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.

Perry said “those responsible will be held accountable,” which is another threat, which is exactly how he got into this mess in the first place. Oops.

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