Thursday, August 7, 2014
HB2 on Trial: State’s Parade of Misinformation

After two days of hearing the plaintiffs’ case—testimony from credentialed and practicing doctors and providers—about why House Bill 2, Texas’ anti-abortion law, should be struck down, the Office of Attorney General Greg Abbott began to present the state’s w Continue reading this post »

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
GOP Ticket: “Nay” on Equal Pay

The GOP roster of good ol’ boy candidates have a lot in common. All theses guys agree: women are worth less than men. Continue reading this post »

Friday, August 1, 2014
Ted Cruz Creates Worst Congress Ever

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has created the worst Congress in U.S. history, and the Republican-led U.S. House he whips can't pass a jobs bill or an immigration bill - the most important issues to midterm voters. And because of Ted Cruz, the U.S. House is preparing to pass a border bill that will do nothing and may only make things worse.

It boggles the mind why Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and the entire Republican Party of Texas are chasing Ted Cruz's coattails, at a time when many other Republicans recognize him for being so toxic:

Last fall, Cruz lied about the economy to justify shutting down the government, all for his selfish and dangerous politics. Now, Cruz is lying about the border crisis to justify shutting down any bill that would do anything except allow him to demagogue about immigration.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Texas Republican Uses Slur in Committee Hearing

Texas Republicans claim to aim for a more inclusive party, and Greg Abbott claims to be running an inclusive campaign, yet Republicans remain as entrenched and divisive as ever.

While chairing a Texas House committee hearing yesterday, Republican State Rep. Dennis Bonnen - who is the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House - said it is easier for teachers to work with out-of-state students from Louisiana than students from Mexico because teaching "coonass in English" is easier than teaching Spanish.

The term "coonass" is used as a disparaging term for Cajuns. When used while talking about Katrina school children, as Chairman Bonnen did, it is absolutely unacceptable. When Alabama's head football coach Nick Saban used the term in an off-the-cuff remark in 2007, it led to national media coverage and a public apology.

"When Republicans use slurs so casually, it proves they are still clueless as to what inclusion means," said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas. "An elected official should have the judgment to know that terms like this are unacceptable, especially when directed towards kids."

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Abbott Appeals Marriage Ban, Refuses Petitions

Greg Abbott is proving—once again—just how out of touch and wrong for Texas he is. Yesterday, Attorney General Greg Abbott both refused to accept over 5,000 Equality Texas petitions asking him to respect every Texan’s freedom to marry and appealed the ruling that struck down as unconstitutional Texas’ law banning same-sex marriage. In his profoundly discriminatory and decidedly erroneous brief, Abbott writes:

“…the legal institution of marriage exist primarily to encourage the orderly propagation of the human race by channeling naturally procreative heterosexual activity into stable, responsible relationships…Opposite-sex relationships have the potential to produce unique externalities that do not result from same-sex relationships, which makes the regulation of opposite-sex relationships eminently rational. As compared to relative stability of a marriage, sexual activity among opposite-sex couples who are not engaged in stable relationships is more likely to result in costs that must be borne by society.”

On the very same day Abbott filed his Fifth Circuit appeal defending Texas’ unconstitutional ban on marriage and turned away a family delivering the petition signatures, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned Virginia’s marriage ban and the North Carolina Attorney General announced he would not defend his state’s ban.

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Monday, July 28, 2014
PAC Gives Greg Abbott $127,000, Gets Sweetheart Deal in Return

Just like he has with predatory lenders and chemical companies, it appears that Greg Abbott is using the powers of his office to reward his six-figure donors.

Farmers Insurance PAC has contributed $127,000 to Attorney General Greg Abbott while he oversees a homeowners insurance case against the company - once again putting the interests of his donors ahead of the interest of the people of Texas.

The Texas Tribune has the scoop in an excellent investigative piece, "Farmers Insurance PAC Gives to Abbott Amid Lawsuit":

Critics of the settlement say it is too lenient on Farmers because it does not make the company pay enough. At the April hearing, Travis County state District Judge Scott Jenkins, who approved the settlement in 2002, asked Deputy Attorney General David Mattax why the state was being “deferential” to Farmers by not insisting that the settlement — valued at $117 million — include interest that would have accrued while the case sat dormant for 11 years.

“You don’t just have to lay down to Farmers,” Jenkins said. “Farmers has had the benefit of all that money for more than a decade and the consumers haven't.” [...]

A political action committee affiliated with employees of the insurer resumed its contributions to Abbott after the 2002 election that he won. In total, the Farmers Employees PAC has given more than $100,000 to the sitting attorney general since then, state campaign finance records show.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014
New York Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization

Big news this weekend - the New York Times editorial board endorsed marijuana regulation, arguing it should be a state issue and not a federal crime:

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

Read the full editorial - "Repeal Prohibition, Again." The NY Times promises future editorial pieces in the days to come. Follow us on Twitter, and we will be sure to share them.

If you haven't already, we encourage you to take our confidential survey and tell us what you think about marijuana regulation in Texas.

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Friday, July 25, 2014
How to Talk to Your Crazy Uncle About Immigration

Ever since Republicans decided that children fleeing from unspeakable violence are the perfect pawns for their political games, it seems that immigration is all over the news. We imagine it's a topic that comes up other places, too - at the dinner table, around the office, or even on a summer road trip.

Whether it's your crazy Tea Party uncle, that person you know that starts sentences with, "I'm not a racist, but..." or Ted Cruz – someone will say something ridiculous.

We got ya covered.

Here is a list of responses to some of the dumbest things conservatives are saying about immigration and child refugees:

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