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