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Best of the Week - May 20th

May 20, 2017
A straight-to-the-point curation of this week's suggested content for progressives to read and watch.

There is a Carnival on the Edge of Town

May 19, 2017
As the 2017 regular legislative session nears its end, we ponder the unfortunate consequences of today’s political circus
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Local Leaders From Across Texas Launch “Summer of Resistance”

May 16, 2017
"Summer of Resistance” is a coordinated effort to fight back against the Texas GOP’s racist, anti-immigrant “show me your papers” law, SB4.
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Marijuana Policy Reform in Texas Reached New Heights This Session

May 16, 2017
Significant steps forward this session give reason for high hope for the future of marijuana policy reform in Texas.
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GOP Plan Would Continue Decades of Expensive Health Care

May 14, 2017
We’ll be poorer. We’ll be sicker. We’ll die sooner.
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Texas House Republicans Just Passed A Creepy AF Anti-Abortion Bill

May 12, 2017
Using a thoroughly debunked lie in an effort to shame women and target providers, the bill requires women hand over to the state really personal information about themselves.
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Texas Tea Party Extremists Are So "Pro-Life" They Block Maternal Mortality Bills

May 12, 2017
Add two bills aimed at addressing Texas’ third-world, maternal mortality rate to the list of life-saving bills they’ve killed this session. And ahead of Mother’s Day no less.
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Ken Paxton’s Double Standard

May 12, 2017
Ken Paxton wants legal protections for himself that he’d deny everyone else in his argument for the constitutionality of SB4
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Watch This Texas Representative Take Down Tea Party Politicians for Hurting Hungry Children

May 11, 2017
“In the end, it ain’t power, it ain’t privilege that really defines us. It’s character. It’s kindness. It’s love.” - Rep. Helen Giddings
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Extremist Tea Partiers Traffic an Anti-Woman Agenda

May 11, 2017
All Republicans, their names are: Jonathan Stickland (Bedford), Matt Rinaldi (Irving), Matt Shaheen (Plano), Matt Schaeffer (Tyler), Kyle Biedermann (Frederickburg), and Tony Tinderholt (Arlington)
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