August 26, 2015
Women's Equality Day

Women won the right to vote 95 years ago, but the fight for full equality continues today.

This Women’s Equality Day we both celebrate the progress we’ve made and recognize the work that needs to be done to achieve women’s economic security in Texas.

Safeguard Reproductive Health: Texas women need comprehensive reproductive health services—including access to abortion care. Policies that shutter abortion clinics and slash family planning funding have left Texas women and families without access to the healthcare they need to thrive.

August 25, 2015
How to Talk to Your Crazy Uncle About the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

Houston has become ground zero in the nation’s fight for LGBT equality. On November 3, Houstonians will take to the polls to vote for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of 15 characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

So whether it’s your crazy uncle, that preachy Facebook friend you've been meaning to unfriend, or Ted Cruz, we’ve got you covered.

August 25, 2015

In early August, the 5th Circuit Court ruled that Texas' voter ID law had a "discriminatory effect" and needed to be fixed. It was another tremendous reminder of why courts matter.

Yet there's serious concern that Republican obstruction will keep the law from being fixed in time for local elections in November 2015.

August 24, 2015

Article first appeared in The Quorum Report.

Hard working Texans are justified in wondering why they have such a hard time making ends meet. Most feel they are underpaid for the work they do. They feel that way because they are underpaid.

In 2014, 27.8 percent of Texans worked in jobs that don’t pay enough to keep a family of four out of poverty, according to SMU political scientist Cal Jillson, in his book Lone Star Tarnished. These workers have little chance of getting ahead, no matter how many jobs and hours they work every day.

August 21, 2015

People often say that Texas is a red state, though it is more accurately described as a non-voting state. But with turnout that ranks among the lowest in the nation, restrictive voter laws, and an imbalanced system of redistricting, Republicans have gamed the system to create disproportionate representation in the state.

But one-Party rule is bad for everyone – including Republican voters.

August 20, 2015
Indicted Texas AG Ken Paxton’s War on Reproductive Healthcare

Amid his criminal indictment on three felony charges—and in an effort to distract from his legal woes—Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is spearheading Republicans' political attack against access to reproductive healthcare in Texas. His targets: abortion and birth control.

Blocking Birth Control Coverage

August 18, 2015
Ted Cruz: Roadblock to Justice

Ted Cruz has had a busy year campaigning for a new job, but he has had a much less busy year doing his current one.

We live in an era where many political issues wind up in court - issues like racial discrimination, equal pay, immigration, abortion, voting rights, and lawsuits related to on-going denials of same-sex marriage and death benefits.

August 17, 2015

Article first appeared in The Quorum Report.

A recent study found that Texas is the only one of the 50 states in which more than 20 percent of the population is without health insurance. That means millions of Texas do not have the quality of health care the rest of us take for granted. They get sick and die unnecessarily.

August 14, 2015
Meet the Man Behind the Campaign to Repeal #HERO

Steve Hotze, the president of Conservative Republicans of Texas, is a leader in the campaign to repeal Proposition 1 the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) this November. Hotze, a doctor who is widely regarded as a quack, is also a big donor to Tea Party politicians in Texas.

Click here to fight back and say YES to equality. Pledge to be a HERO in the fight for Proposition 1.

August 13, 2015
The Incredible Shrinking Rick Perry

Rick Perry declared for president on this day in 2011 before quickly fizzling out. Four years later, things aren't going any better.

It was on August 13, 2011 that Rick Perry entered the Republican presidential field, on top of the polls and stealing thunder from Michele Bachmann who had just won that year's Iowa Straw Poll. Bachmann soon flamed out and and Perry's campaign was greeted with thunderous applause before it effectively ended 90-days later after a series of mishaps capped-off by his famous "oops" moment.

August 10, 2015

Voter identification laws are one of those Republican ideas that are better on a bumper sticker than they are in real life. Because when it comes to actually making the policy, the devil is in the details.

July 28, 2015

Who would you rather have run the country: Ted Cruz or Donald Trump?

That's one of the questions before GOP primary voters heading into next week's debate. And sadly, the answer may be: it doesn't really matter.

July 27, 2015

Anti-abortion radicals — from conservative politicians to extremist groups and individuals — are deliberately manufacturing false accusations in an attempt to destroy Planned Parenthood and to discredit, harass, and stigmatize women and their doctors. These attacks are nothing new.

The latest campaign against Planned Parenthood is based on a web of lies.

July 24, 2015

The all-Republican 3rd Court of Appeals of Texas allowed the "abuse of official capacity" indictment count to proceed.

Rick Perry is learning the hard way that no politician is above the law.

Almost one year ago, Perry was indicted by a grand jury on two counts: abuse of power and coercion of a public official.

July 24, 2015

A few weeks ago on Last Week Tonight, a few days after the historic Marriage Equality ruling, John Oliver departed from celebrating the ruling like others and instead sent a powerful message about the state of Transgender rights in America.

July 7, 2015

UPDATED: Ken Paxton indicted on three felony counts.

In short, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton—the state’s top law enforcement official—seems to enjoy flouting laws more than enforcing them.

July 7, 2015

A month of historic rulings at the U.S. Supreme Court showed, yet again, why courts matter.

Federal courts can protect and preserve our country's progress - as we saw on major rulings from the last month on the freedom to marry, health care, abortion, redistricting, housing discrimination, and the freedom of speech. 

July 6, 2015

Ted Cruz is really, really, really unhappy with the Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriages nationwide.

Whie many Texans celebrated when the Supreme Court declared "love wins!," Cruz was busy firing off insults that sounded less like a presidential candidate and more like a stubborn brat.

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