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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.

January 27, 2016
Jared Woodfill Anti-Abortion

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.

January 20, 2016
His biggest accomplishment is that he might be making us miss Rick Perry...
  1. 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.
January 18, 2016

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.

January 17, 2016
LGBT Rainbow Flag

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.

January 15, 2016
Ted Cruz Secret Wall St. Loan

UPDATE: The New York Times has discovered a second undisclosed loan to Ted Cruz - this one fro

January 13, 2016

Last night, President Obama delivered a powerful final State of the Union address to the country. Here are our highlights, in under 180 seconds:

January 11, 2016

President Obama’s final State of the Union address is on Tuesday, January 12th at 8pm CST. Here are five things to know:

  1. What we wish Obama would do in his final SOTU (probably won't....)

  2. Who Will Be There

    President Obama will have in attendance several honored guests who represent significant progressive gains in America:

January 11, 2016
Redistricting

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.

January 8, 2016
ACA in Texas

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?

January 4, 2016
Progress Texas Anniversary Party
At the end of 2015, we hosted a holiday reception in Austin to commemorate five years of standing up for progressive values. We were joined by friends and allied organizations from around the state as we honored two progressive champions, Dave Glassco and State Representative Celia Israel.
 
We had a busy year in 2015, from the legislative session to general issue advocacy, and from local elections to the presidential election.
 
December 21, 2015

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.

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