June 29, 2015

Rick Perry's financial skills are a Texas-sized disaster. If he couldn't be trusted to manage our money in Texas, why would any trust him to be President...

June 29, 2015

For the second time in the last year, the U.S. Supreme Court has stepped in to protect access to safe, legal abortion care in Texas. In a 5-4 order, the Court temporarily blocked a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that was set to close all but nine abortion clinics in Texas by July 1. All 19 abortion clinics open in Texas today will be able to remain open as a result of this temporary order.

June 28, 2015

Ed. Note: The list of counties issuing marriage licenses has been updated.

On Sunday, two days after the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the freedom to marry in every state, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a "legal" opinion declaring that county clerks can refuse to grant gay and lesbian couples marriage licenses on religious grounds. Cue laugh track. 

June 25, 2015

VICTORY! And once again - this is why courts matter.

Today, in an historic ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a crucial component of the Affordable Care Act, delivering a major victory to Texans who rely on quality, affordable insurance.

The ruling is a blow to Texas Republicans, including Greg Abbott, who earlier this week cheered for a ruling that would have knocked countless Texans off their insurance.

Progress Texas Executive Director Edward Espinoza released the following statement on the ruling:

June 24, 2015

Following a year of unprecedented progress for marijuana policy reform, a new poll by the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tribune finds growing support for marijuana - specifically, reducing criminal penalties for small possession.

June 23, 2015

Rick Perry's latest oops moment - calling the Charleston shooting an accident - wasn't the only crass remark about guns last week. Ted Cruz also continued to make crass gun control jokes days after the shooting. 

The South Carolina shooting was no accident. With 9 dead, now is not the time to make jokes about gun control and mass homicide.

Apparently Rick Perry and Ted Cruz don’t care - and are trying their best to downplay what really happened in Charleston.

June 18, 2015

It wasn't all bad...but it wasn't all great, either.

Now that the dust has settled and the 2015 Texas Legislative session is over, we've made a list of the 10 biggest issues under the pink dome. Be sure to share this list with your family and friends!

June 12, 2015

Wendy Davis appeared on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes to respond to the GOP's current line of political attacks on women, including GOP Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s indefensible comments on publicly shaming unwed mothers. Davis, a single mother who was also raised by a single mother, criticized Bush for “a complete lack of understanding about the challenges” that women face.

Davis went on to explain what young women and men really need: comprehensive and medically accurate sex education.

June 11, 2015

After introducing more than 20 anti-LGBTQ bills this legislative session—ranging from bills that targeted marriage equality to so-called “religious freedom” and local preemption proposals that aimed to legalize discrimination against LGBT Texans—Texas Republicans managed to pass only two me

June 10, 2015

Ed. note: This content was originally posted on the ACLU of Texas blog, and is republished here with permission.

June 9, 2015

Ed. Note: Anti-abortion politicians in Texas continued to push cruel proposals targeting Texans’ access to reproductive health care during this legislative session. Click here to read more about abortion access in the 2015 session.

June 9, 2015

Two years after passing one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the country, Republicans came back to the Texas Capitol this legislative session with the goal of restricting access to abortion care even further, proposing dozens of laws that would undercut access.

June 5, 2015

For the first time ever, the Texas Legislature had a serious conversation about marijuana policy reform.

June 5, 2015

The Texas Legislature finished up this week having done absolutely nothing to advance Medicaid expansion in Texas.

It wasn't for a lack of trying. Democratic lawmakers championed Medicaid expansion all session long:

June 1, 2015

The regular session of the 2015 Texas legislative session has ended. Through it all, progressives championed and defended issues important to many Texans.

There's a lot that happened in the last 5 months, more bad bills than good ones, and we'll write more about all these issues in greater detail in the weeks ahead.

For now, we hope you enjoy our first-ever #TXLege Yearbook - as we look back at some of the best, and worst, the Texas Legislature had to offer.

May 28, 2015

One year ago today, Houston City Council successfully passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, after hearing hours of moving testimony from hundreds of supporters.

May 27, 2015

The following was published in the Austin American Statesman on Tuesday, May 26:

My name is Vero Higareda. I am 21 years old. I am an immigrant Latina. I am a student at the University of Texas-Pan American. And I oppose House Bill 3994.

May 26, 2015

Republicans in the Texas legislature spent the long weekend pushing cruel legislation—by any means necessary—that would place more barriers in between vulnerable Texans and their access to abortion care. These politicians have proven time and time again that they will stop at nothing to restrict abortion access.

Senate Republicans Change Rules to Give Abusive and Absentee Parents Control

May 22, 2015

Last week—and for the third time this session—Texas House Republicans voted against equal pay legislation that would help put Texas on the track toward closing the gender pay gap.

May 22, 2015

Ed. note: this post was originally published on May 14, 2015. It has been updated to reflect recent legislative developments.

Last week, Republicans in the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 3994, which would, among other things, effectively ban abortions for abused and neglected teens. The bill is being fast-tracked through the Senate.

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