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January 13, 2016

Last night, President Obama delivered a powerful final State of the Union address to the country. Here are our highlights, in under 180 seconds:

January 11, 2016

President Obama’s final State of the Union address is on Tuesday, January 12th at 8pm CST. Here are five things to know:

  1. What we wish Obama would do in his final SOTU (probably won't....)

  2. Who Will Be There

    President Obama will have in attendance several honored guests who represent significant progressive gains in America:

January 11, 2016
Redistricting

My Zilker Park-area voting precinct in Austin is a very active, progressive precinct. It votes about 75 percent for Democrats. Despite that, our congressman is Republican Lamar Smith, the right-wing extremist and anti-science chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

In 2012, Smith got just 23 percent of our votes against an unknown, unfunded Democrat. In 2014 there was no Democrat in the race and Smith managed just 35 percent of the vote in this precinct against a Libertarian and a Green Party candidate.

January 8, 2016
ACA in Texas

Ed. note: as expected, Obama vetoed the bill.

The Affordable Care Act is insuring more Texans and saving the state money. So why do Republicans want to repeal it?

January 4, 2016
Progress Texas Anniversary Party
At the end of 2015, we hosted a holiday reception in Austin to commemorate five years of standing up for progressive values. We were joined by friends and allied organizations from around the state as we honored two progressive champions, Dave Glassco and State Representative Celia Israel.
 
We had a busy year in 2015, from the legislative session to general issue advocacy, and from local elections to the presidential election.
 
December 21, 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, we wanted to look back on a long year in Texas politics and public policy.

Rather than pick what we thought the biggest stories were for 2015, we found the posts we wrote that got the most clicks, views, comments and shares.

Without further ado...the top 10 news stories from 2015.

December 19, 2015
Top 10 Worst Texans of 2015

As in years past, it was damn near impossible to narrow this list down to just 10. But we managed, and you can be sure that each of the fine folks who made the cut more than earned this dishonorable distinction. 

So without further ado, check out the video and read more about 2015’s Top 10 Worst Texans below.

 

December 18, 2015

Check our staff's top 10 favorite images from 2015 and make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get our latest work.

December 17, 2015
Texas DPS adopts rules for limited medical marijuana law

Texas' first medical marijuana law is one step closer to full implementation.

December 15, 2015
John Cornyn and Ted Cruz Delay Justice

Ed. note: the following story is cross-posted from the Texas Research Institute.

For nearly three years, U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz have been slowing down the process associated with President Obama's ability to nominate federal judges in Texas.

December 9, 2015

Houston has a really important mayoral and city council election coming up this Saturday, December 12th. While the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) won’t be on the ballot, the future of Houston — as a city that welcomes diversity, promotes equality, and protects its own from discrimination — is at stake.

The political operatives behind the campaign to repeal HERO — deceptively dubbed “The Campaign for Houston” — want to push Houston even futher away from the path toward progress.

December 8, 2015

Frank Gaffney is the man behind Donald Trump's plan to ban all Muslim travel. 

Watch what Ted Cruz has to say about Gaffney, from the opening seconds of this video from Cruz's official YouTube page:

December 8, 2015

Editorial Note: This article was orignally published on the Texas Research Institute blog.

Most women who seek abortion care already face significant financial challenges, and low-income women are disproportionately affected by anti-abortion regulations that restrict access.

December 4, 2015

Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd voted against bringing up a bill that would have allowed the Attorney General to deny firearm and explosive licenses to any person determined to be engaged in terrorist activities.

The vote on the bill, H.R. 22, comes just days after San Bernandino's mass shooting that killed 14 - one of two mass shootings that day and the 355th shooting so far in 2015.

December 4, 2015
Child Support Scandal

When Ken Paxton took over as Texas attorney general, he inherited what is perhaps the worst state government contract scandal yet. Former AG and now Gov. Greg Abbott had, for mysterious reasons, hired problem-plagued Accenture – and other firms – to undertake a massive overhaul of child support enforcement data management.

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