Monday, May 5, 2014
Cancer Funds Funneled to Abbott Donors
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) was supposed to provide funding for cancer research. But soon after its implementation, the multi-billion dollar entity was awarding grants to donors of Rick Perry and Greg Abbott without the proper review. Scientists resigned in protest, and an investigation into the activities of the fund has since resulted in a felony indictment.
Friday, May 2, 2014
734,000 Texans Sign-Up for Health Care Despite Perry, Abbott

This is a win.

734,000 Texans have enrolled through the federal health care exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act - a whopping 105,000 more than was originally projected!

Among the highlights of those who signed up: Continue reading this post »

Friday, May 2, 2014
Marijuana Regulation 101: Decriminalization

Over 93% of the 10,000 Texans who have taken our confidential survey about marijuana regulation in Texas have said they favor decriminalization policies - better defined as the adjustment of criminal penalties for small amounts of marijuana use or possession.

Here's a quick summary about decriminalization, as found in our survey:

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, approximately 73,611 adults in Texas were arrested in 2013 for marijuana possession - 59% of all arrests for drug possession in Texas. Law enforcement agencies and public safety groups agree that the amount spent imprisoning these Texans - around $50,000 per prisoner per year - would be better spent on other, more critical areas of criminal justice. (Source: San Antonio Express-News)

Decriminalizing would allow for small possessions to be treated the same way a traffic ticket would - a fine paid by the offender.

This post is the first in a policy series to start diving a little deeper into marijuana regulation in Texas. Specifically, the post below highlights the following information about decriminalization:

  1. What Are the Existing Marijuana Penalties in Texas?
  2. What Laws Have Been Proposed to Decriminalize Marijuana?
  3. Perry, Davis Favor Decriminalization; Abbott Opposes It

If you know of additional information we can/should highlight, please e-mail and let us know!

Continue reading this post »

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Demand Cornyn and Cruz Raise the 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.  

Texas voters get what Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz don’t:  All Texans deserve to make a living wage. 

Continue reading this post »

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Cornyn and Cruz Rally to Defeat Minimum Wage

Republicans have just filibustered a proposed vote in the US Senate on raising the minimum wage.

A proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour has the support of a majority of US Senators, but the Republicans just invoked the filibuster to keep the measure from coming up for a vote.

Yet another example of Republicans like Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz prioritizing the wants of big business over the needs of working families. Continue reading this post »

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
NARAL Sways Google to Terminate Misleading Pro-Life Ads

In response to an investigation launched by NARAL Pro-Choice America, Google agreed to remove deceptive search engine advertising for “crisis pregnancy centers,” or CPCs.  NARAL found 79 percent of the CPCs advertising on Google claimed to provide abortions, which couldn’t be further from the truth: CPCs notoriously operate to promote a dangerously manipulative anti-choice agenda. Continue reading this post »

Friday, April 25, 2014
Marijuana Survey Generates TV Coverage Across Texas

The early results of our marijuana regulation survey generated considerable television coverage across Texas over the last week. With over 9,500 responses now, the survey continues to create momentum for a thoughtful conversation about marijuana regulation across the state.

To date, our survey generated TV coverage in Texarkana, Corpus Christi, Austin, Lubbock, Wichita Falls, San Antonio, Dallas, and Harlingen. Additionally, Time Warner Cable News has aired a piece on the subject across the state.

We've created a YouTube playlist of the best clips - you can watch them below: Continue reading this post »

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
UPDATE: Rick Perry and Briberygate

A story in today's Texas Tribune reveals that Governor Rick Perry's emissaries continued offering money and trades in exchange for District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's resignation - even after he vetoed funding for the Public Integrity Unit. This is of course the same District Attorney and Public Integrity Unit that was actively investigating one of Perry's signature projects.

Perry and his people say this was all about the veto - but continued gestures after the fact prove that it was all about the bribe. Continue reading this post »


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