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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Texas Republicans Stall Court Nominations, Create Judicial Emergency

With so many issues before the court, judicial nominations should be a growing concern for every American. Yet in a level of unprecedented obstructionism, Republicans are playing politics with our system of justice.

Texas has eleven judicial vacancies, more than any other state in the country. Six of those vacancies are classified as emergency vacancies by the Office of the U.S. Courts. Though President Obama recently nominated three judges to fill those vacancies, Republicans know that there are three future vacancies coming up in less than a year. Continue reading this post »

Monday, June 30, 2014
The Supreme Court Ruled One Way - Here's How You Fight Back

Today the U.S. Supreme Court gave CEOs the right to deny women insurance coverage for birth control based on their personal religious beliefs.

The ruling, along with other SCOTUS cases, underscore why courts matter. These rulings are a reminder that who you vote for - and who they put on the courts - matters. Continue reading this post »

Sunday, June 29, 2014
NPR: Grand Jury In Texas Probes Whether Gov. Perry Abused Powers

A Travis County grand jury is continuing to investigate Governor Rick Perry on charges of bribery. Perry is accused of abusing the power of his office in an attempt to force the resignation of a District Attorney.

Here is a good summary by NPR of the case as it moves forward. You can listen to the story here or see below for the transcription. Continue reading this post »

Saturday, June 28, 2014
12,000 Texans Petition GOP to Support Freedom to Marry

Earlier this month, Progress Texas and Equality Texas joined forces to push back on the Republican ban on marriage. In just a few days, more than 12,000 Texans added their names to a petition asking Republican statewide elected officials and candidates to defend Texans’ freedom to marry.

Though thousands of Texans made their voices heard in the fight for the freedom to marry, the Texas GOP moved forward with a shamelessly discriminatory platform that promotes "reparative therapy and treatment." Continue reading this post »

Friday, June 27, 2014
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We're endorsing medical marijuana

Progress Texas is endorsing medical marijuana and we are calling on lawmakers to take a serious look at the issue in the coming year.

This is not a decision made lightly, but one reached after careful study of the evidence.

In April, we conducted a confidential survey on marijuana regulation that saw more than 12,000 Texans participate. In addition, our deputy director Phillip Martin has presented a series of thoroughly-researched and thoughtful blog posts on the issue Continue reading this post »

Sunday, June 22, 2014
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Budding Momentum for Marijuana Regulation

The ACLU agrees with Rick Perry, and Congress may actually pass a bill. Is there anyone marijuana can't bring together? Continue reading this post »

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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Texas GOP is Influencing Harsh Abortion Laws Across the Country

We know the most effective way to lower the number of abortions is through sex education and expanding affordable contraception options. However, pro-lifers are still determined that the only possible way to stop abortions is by forcing women to either carry unwanted pregnancies to term or resort to back alley abortions. There are already cases of Texas women going to Mexico to obtain abortifacients of questionable quality and safety. To keep in step with this thinking, they are still working to create harmful abortion restrictions under the thin guise of medical safety. Continue reading this post »

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Equality Platform Reflects Rhetoric of Abbott, Patrick

Greg Abbott's "third world" comments + Dan Patrick's "invasion" remarks = one truly disgusting GOP platform. Continue reading this post »

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