This blog is cross-posted from the Texas Research Institute.
In 2015, Rep. Marisa Márquez and Sen. José Menéndez filed legislation to create Texas’ first comprehensive medical marijuana program. It was the first time a bill of this scope was ever filed in Texas.
In a move that should surprise no one, the man who spearheaded the campaign to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance has taken on a new cause: representing the indicted anti-abortion activists behind the fake Planned Parenthood videos.
- Jade Helm 15 conspiracy – News outlets mocked Abbott when he sided with a talk radio host who said the Jade Helm 15 military exercise was a secret plot by President Obama to invade Texas… via Wal-Mart tunnels.
Illustration by M. Scott Byers
Gov. Greg Abbott wants to radically alter the U.S. Constitution. He’s calling on the required two-thirds of the states to petition Congress for a constitutional convention. If taken seriously, Abbott’s nine proposed amendments represent a roadmap to disunion and dystopia.
Abbott certainly seems to believe that the powers and interests of an individual state should transcend the powers and interests of the states collectively. His vision for Texas is the stuff of futuristic nightmares.
Ed Note: This article was originally published on the Texas Research Institute blog.
Marriage equality is now the law of land throughout the nation, but the fight for LGBTQ equality in Texas isn’t over. In much of Texas today, it is totally legal to discriminate against gay and transgender people simply based on who they are.
UPDATE: The New York Times has discovered a second undisclosed loan to Ted Cruz - this one fro
Last night, President Obama delivered a powerful final State of the Union address to the country. Here are our highlights, in under 180 seconds:
President Obama’s final State of the Union address is on Tuesday, January 12th at 8pm CST. Here are five things to know:
What we wish Obama would do in his final SOTU (probably won't....)
Who Will Be There
President Obama will have in attendance several honored guests who represent significant progressive gains in America:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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