March 7, 2016

Ed. Note: This article was orginally published in the Austin American-Statesman and is reposted here with permission.

To begin a look at the Super Tuesday primaries, we should send our sympathies to television’s political pundits who analyzed the results. The poor things were like elite film reviewers forced to find something dignified to say about the 1974 satirical comedy “Blazing Saddles.”

March 4, 2016
Women Justices Supreme Court Texas Abortion Law

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the most important abortion case in a generation. And the oral arguments in the landmark case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt did not disappoint. The women justices on the Court — Justice Sonya Sotomayor, Justice Elena Kagan, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — helmed an expert takedown of the medically unnecessary law — House Bill 2 — that has already closed more than half of the state’s abortion clinics and would leave more than 5 million women of reproductive age with fewer than 10 clinics.

March 3, 2016
Two-Thirds of Americans Want Hearing on SCOTUS Nominee

Ed. note: this blog is cross-posted from the Texas Research Institute.

A new poll from CNN found that two-thirds of Americans want the U.S. Senate to have a hearings on a new Supreme Court nominee.

March 1, 2016
Supreme Court Abortion Rally Fight Back Texas

Today marks a historic day in the fight to protect abortion access. The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case that will determine whether Texas can shut down nearly all abortion providers and turn back the clock on a woman’s right to access abortion care. The fight for abortion access started in Texas — with the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade in 1973 — and continues today. Texas is ground zero in the most important Supreme Court abortion case in decades.

February 26, 2016
Texas voters to speak loudly March 1

Illustration by M. Scott Byers

The nation is in the middle of some presidential primary elections. And brace yourselves because the circus trains are coming to Texas.

In the circus center ring on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton squeaked by in the Iowa caucuses. Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire. And in the Republican center ring, Ted Cruz won Iowa, Donald Trump won New Hampshire.

February 24, 2016

More than a year after he launched a high-priced legal battle reserved for the privileged, Republican judges on the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals — the same partisan body that reversed Tom Delay's conviction — dismissed the final felony charge against Perry

February 22, 2016
Thumbs Down Ted Cruz
Ed. Note: This blog post was updated on February 25, 2016 to include the Fort Wort Star-Telegram's endorsement of Marco Rubio.
Well this has got to be more than a little embarrassing. But after embarrassing the state for years, maybe it's also a little karma.
February 19, 2016
Women Texas Planned Parenthood Study Nelson

The head of research of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has been forced out after co-authoring a study on the negative impact of cuts that removed Planned Parenthood from the Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP). 

The ideologically-driven, anti-abortion lawmakers who pushed — and continue to push for — the defunding of Planned Parenthood, took aim at the well-respected research scientists for authoring the nonpartisan study. 

February 17, 2016
Obamacare Numbers Continue to Improve, Despite Republicans

Ed. note: the following was originally posted at the Texas Research Institute.

New official numbers on health insurance enrollment show a strong increase in the number of Texans who are now insured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. 

February 17, 2016
With 11 Judicial Vacancies, Texas Has Most Open Court Seats in Country

A lot of attention is currently focused on the Supreme Court vacancy that resulted from the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

In Texas, 11 of our federal court seats don't have a judge, far more than any other state in the country. Nine of those vacancies qualify as "emergency vacancies" - which means the delays are of extraordinary length and creating a back-up in the courts.

February 16, 2016
Ted Cruz Court Vacancies

Ted Cruz has a history of refusing to recommend judges to fill Texas' vacant court seats. So maybe it should come as no surprise that he would lie about filling the most recent vacancy for the U.S. Supreme Court.

February 12, 2016

Ed. note: Early voting in the Texas primaries runs from Tuesday, February 16 through Friday, February 26. Click here to find your polling location.

A hotly contested Democratic primary for the Texas Railroad Commission is underway, and Texans have the opportunity to elect a truly progressive candidate for one of our state’s most important - though incorrectly named -  state agencies.

February 3, 2016
Ted Cruz' complaint about Obamacare falls flat

As part of his crusade against the Affordable Care Act, Ted Cruz has been complaining that he lost his health insurance after enrolling in an ACA plan. But as it turns out, he never actually lost his coverage.

It all started last March, when Cruz launched his presidential campaign and his wife went on unpaid leave from Goldman Sachs. No longer covered by his wife’s health insurance plan, Cruz enrolled his family in a federal health exchange plan.

January 31, 2016
Imagine getting a letter in the mail that details your voting history, your neighbor's voting history, and the history of other people who live on your block. That's what happened last week when the Ted Cruz campaign sent mailers entitled "Voter Violation" to households who have missed recent elections.
January 27, 2016
Jose Menendez Interview on Medical Marijuana

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.

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