April 7, 2015
‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Open Door to Discrimination Against Women

Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in East Texas Baptist v. Burwell, a case over whether religious non-profits can use the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act or “RFRA” to block their employees’ access to contraception under the Affordable Care Act.

April 6, 2015

Equal pay is a family issue. Women make up nearly half of our work force and are increasingly breadwinners in their families. When women are not paid fairly, Texas families suffer.

Which is why it's so upsetting that last week, Republicans voted down a much-needed study on Texas' equal pay wage gap.

April 3, 2015

Ed. note: this post was originally published on February 9, 2015. It has been updated throughout to reflect new bills filed.

As we previously wrote, polls show a majority of Texans support marijuana policy reform - and so far this session, legislators are filing bills to make that happen.

April 2, 2015
Congressman Will Hurd Should Change His Name to Congressman Will Break Promises

Freshman Tea Party Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23) is already breaking promises he made during his 2014 campaign - which is why Pete Gallego just announced he is running against Hurd in 2016:

April 2, 2015

Yesterday, we wrote about the latest controversy in the Texas Legislature - the decision by Republican State Rep. Stuart Spitzer to defund $3 million for HIV/STD prevention programs and divert it to abstinence-only sex education programs.

Last night we had a chance to talk to KEYE-TV about the story - here's the video:

April 1, 2015

During the Texas House debate over the state's budget bill, members considered multiple amendments related to reproductive health services and sex education programs. Though Texas has the nation's fifth highest rate of teen birth, highest rate of repeat teen births and third highest HIV rate, Republicans voted to cut the state's HIV prevention funding and boost abstinence-only sex education.

March 30, 2015

Last week, Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence signed a bill known as the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” into law—a bill strikingly similar to one proposed in Texas this legislative session. In the days since, Indiana’s religious discrimination law has sparked intense backlash from businesses, associations, local and state governments, civil liberties groups and LGBT advocates from across the country.

March 28, 2015

In the name of fighting against an overstated and non-existent problem, Republicans have forced voter suppression laws that even Fox News admits are an attempt to keep Democrats from the polls.

March 27, 2015
Attorney General Ken Paxton Denies Texans Marriage Benefits

In response to a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, on Thursday, a federal judge in Wichita Falls temporarily blocked federal rules that would give legally married gay and lesbian couples living in Texas spousal medical and family leave benefits. Yes that's right, Ken Paxton is spending Texans' tax dollars on lawsuits to prevent same-sex couples from being able to take paid time off from work to care for a sick spouse or newborn child. 

March 26, 2015

Last night, members of the Texas House State Affairs Committee heard testimony on House Bill 1745—introduced by Cecil Bell Jr.— which, if passed, would effectively bar state and local officials from issuing marriage licenses to LGBTQ couples. Needless to say, the bill was met with a lot of opposition. The committee heard powerful testimony from families and faith leaders from across the state who came to the Capitol to stand up for every Texan's freedom to marry.

March 24, 2015


The newly announced Republican presidential candidate told CNN's Dana Bash on Tuesday that he will sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act -- a law he has been on a crusade to kill.

"We'll be getting new health insurance and we'll presumably do it through my job with the Senate, and so we'll be on the federal exchange with millions of others on the federal exchange," Cruz said.

March 23, 2015

Our Canadian-born junior Senator, who has been in public office for barely two years, is running for President. But his inability to expand the electorate makes it hard to see how he expands the electoral map beyond the 47% that Mitt Romney garnered in 2012.

March 23, 2015

Dear America,

We here in Texas want to let you know a little bit about the people that a very small fraction of our voters have elected - because it ain't all yellow roses.

With that in mind, here are some things you probably don’t know about Ted Cruz...

March 19, 2015

Texas Rep. Tony Tinderholt considers himself a marriage expert. He should - with four divorces under his belt and currently on his fifth marriage - who is better to fight for the "sanctity" of marriage in Texas?

I will let Jon Stewart take it from here...

March 16, 2015

On Friday, March 13th, Rep. Marisa Márquez filed Texas' first full-scale medical marijuana bill. The legislation allows qualified patients, once they have received a doctor's note and registered with the state, to purchase and/or grow medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary.

March 12, 2015
Our Fourth Anniversary: Behind the Scenes at Progress Texas

Last week we marked our fourth anniversary with a celebration headlined by State Representative Mary Gonzalez from El Paso and a surprise visit from Austin's new mayor, Steve Adler. We were also honored to be joined by Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, the first same-sex married couple in Texas!

It's hard to believe that it's already been four years. Working for progress and a growing community of supporters like you makes it all worth while.

With more than 100,000 subscribers, you've made us one of the fastest growing groups in Texas.

March 12, 2015

Currently, Texas law allows a terminally ill person to decide for themselves whether or not to receive medical intervention at the end of their life—that is, unless the person is pregnant. This legislative session Rep. Elliott Naishtat has introduced HB 3183, a bill that would restore this right to pregnant women and their families.

March 10, 2015
One Religious Discrimination Bill Down - One to Go

Yesterday, State Representative Jason Villalba announced he was reconsidering "entirely" his constitutional amendment proposal—HJR 55—that would allow religion to be used as a weapon to discriminate, an excuse for abuse and a license to break the law. Rep.

March 9, 2015

Two months into the Texas Legislature, and Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick have pulled off a true Texas miracle: they've come up with a tax plan so horrible that long-time conservative business groups are rejecting it in favor of more spending on the state's infrastructure needs - including education, healthcare, water and transportation.


March 8, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for King v. Burwell last week - the case which could upend the Affordable Care Act and jeopardize health care coverage for millions of Texans. With so much at stake, the case is an important reminder of why we fight for better health coverage for Texas.

In case you missed it, here's a summary of how the arguments unfolded and what the future of affordable health care in Texas looks like.

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