October 31, 2014
Greg Abbott Pals Around With Some Creepy People
Over the years, one thing I've heard people say about political candidates is that "they'll be good leaders if they surround themselves with good people." It tells you something about the central figure: the company they keep is a reflection of themselves.
In the race for Texas Governor we've seen Republican Greg Abbott associate himself with a cast of characters that are unlikely to be invited to anyone's house, so why would we invite them to have a direct line into the State House?
Here is a quick list of who Abbott has surrounded himself with this year:
Ted Nugent, a rock and roller who is now better known for inflammatory comments than he is for playing the guitar. Earlier this year Nugent had to apologize for calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel." When a reporter asserted that such phrasing was Nazi terminology, PolitiFact looked in to the claim and rated it true. Abbott hosted Nugent at a campaign event, leading media from all around Texas to question Abbott's judgement, with the Texas Monthly writing that "it reveals Abbott, at the very least, as someone who doesn't have acute political judgement."
Eric Erickson, the editor-in-chief of and the man who coined the phrase "Abortion Barbie." Abbott appeared at the Red State Gathering in Fort Worth early this year. Erickson's 2014 greatest hits go on to include public statements such as "the male of the species is dominant," and that women who work are "hurting children, and it's going to have impact for generations to come." He continued that "I don't view it as judging, I view it as a statement of fact." Even the conservative Fox News took him to task on these comments, when host Megyn Kelly gave him the what-for
Dennis Bonnen, the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Texas Legislature, who was worked together with Abbott for years. Over the summer Bonnen apologized after being recorded using a racial slur during a committee hearing while referring to child refugees from Hurricane Katrina.

October 31, 2014
Healthcare Is Always on the Ballot

Ed. note: the following is cross-posted from the Texas Organizing Project.

This year, Texas voters are hearing a lot about the issue of healthcare. It’s an important subject that touches peoples lives every day - not just in election years and not just this year.

Governor Rick Perry’s refusal to participate in Medicaid expansion has left more than 2 million Texans without access to affordable health care. This course of inaction, which is now supported by Republican gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott, is a painful example of how Republicans are placing ideology before public policy.

Their actions have created a “coverage gap” for more than one million Texans - those who work and get paid too little to qualify for subsidies but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. The coverage gap includes veterans and their spouses, and those who are the vast majority of Texas’ growing economy: workers in retail, construction, child care, hospitality, and food service.

Even though passage of the Affordable Care Act increased access to affordable health care, working families still have trouble affording the preventative care and routine check-ups that defend against expensive “emergency” procedures. Without expanding Medicaid, these one million Texans in the gap can’t get subsidies to help cover these costs that low-income working families in other states have access to. Even Republican strongholds such as Arizona, Arkansas and Kentucky have adopted a form of affordable care to serve those most vulnerable.

Refusing to expand Medicaid also leaves $100 billion in federal dollars on the table. Leaving taxpayer money in the hands of the federal government means we are paying twice for health care - in higher taxes at the local level to cover uncompensated costs of the uninsured, and in federal taxes that aren’t coming home to Texas.

October 30, 2014

Politifact confirmed what we knew was true all along: As Attorney General, Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for Governor, approved a legal loophole that allowed his donors in the predatory lending business to run rampant, gouging Texans across the state.

“Abbott's office reaffirmed a way for politically supportive payday lenders to squeeze Texas borrowers.”

October 30, 2014
Tony Tinderholt May Be The Worst Tea Party Candidate Running For Office In Texas

Imagine if we elected Rush Limbaugh to the Texas Legislature. That's what it will be like if Tony Tinderholt wins his Texas House race.

Tea Party candidate Tony Tinderholt is in an upsettingly close race in Fort Worth's House District 94. His antics and actions are so outlandish it's hard to believe he's not a cartoon, satirizing the Tea Party as part of some clever Colbert Report-style gag.

Unfortunately, Tinderholt is real. And he's in no way qualified to hold public office in Texas.

October 29, 2014

Glenn Hegar, the Republican candidate for comptroller, has said it himself: he isn’t remotely qualified for the job of comptroller. But you don’t have to take his word for it. Not only does every major newspaper in the state agree, he also has a dicey record of playing Tea Party politics to back it up.


October 29, 2014
Ted Cruz’s Top Lackey Could Replace Wendy Davis

A Tea Party nominee wants to be the next Wendy Davis. That’s terrifying.

Republican Konni Burton is running for Wendy Davis’ senate seat in Tarrant County against Democrat Libby Willis. The race is considered the closest legislative race in Texas.

Ted Cruz is all in behind Burton, citing her as one of his most important supporters:

“In the Senate race, when it was impossible…when we had no money, no endorsements, no support, Konni Burton was there. Now, that might just tell you she’s a little bit crazy.”

October 28, 2014
Progress Texas Get Out the Vote Ad

Like a good progressive, I am sure you already voted early. But if you haven't, take a moment and make a plan to ensure you make it to the polls this year. You can also share our new Get-Out-The-Vote video with your friends and family so that they can be reminded to vote, too.


Election day is Tuesday, November 4, but you can also vote early through October 31st. 

October 24, 2014
How to Talk to Your Crazy Uncle About Marriage Equality

Even as marriage equality sweeps across states throughout the country—32 and counting— Texas Republicans remain hell bent on discriminating against LGBTQ Texans, using some insanely backwards and bigoted arguments to deny loving Texan couples the freedom to marry.

October 24, 2014
Insurance Salesman Wayne Faircloth Profited From Ike's Destruction

The race for Galveston's House District 23 seat in the Texas Legislature features insurance salesman Wayne Faircloth - who may be the most corrupt politician running for the Legislature.

A new TV ad slams Faircloth for profiting from Hurricane Ike's destruction in 2008, pointing out that Faircloth made "hundreds of thousands selling storm insurance policies. But when families and small businesses hit by Ike tried to collect, Faircloth's company denied their claims."

October 24, 2014
Texas Trooper Tries to Mess With a Texas Woman

The voter ID law discriminates against Texans and disenfranchises voters. Now, the state of Texas has threatened jail time to at least one Texas woman trying to get the ID she needed to vote.

After months of trying to get the right documents she needed to get an ID, Lynne Messinger took a trip to a Texas Department of Public Safety Office - only to be brought to a back room where, according to Messinger, she was threatened with possible jail time.

October 23, 2014

New polling data released by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health indicates that the conservative myth regarding Latino attitudes toward abortion is completely false.

A large majority of Latino likely voters hold supportive, nonjudgmental views on abortion. A sizeable majority also expressed opposition to state laws—like Texas’ draconian HB2—that restrict access to abortion care.

October 23, 2014
Texas Could Elect A Felon As Attorney General

Today, a poll came out that showed Republican Ken Paxton - who has been prominently endorsed by Ted Cruz - leading in the race for Attorney General of Texas. That means Texas may be about to elect a felon as Attorney General.

October 21, 2014
Republicans like to talk about a "Texas Miracle," in which conservative policies were a magic wand waved over the land that created a mystical utopia. It sounds like quite the tall tale - and that's because it is.
We call it a "Beautiful Disaster."
Falling high school graduation rates, last in the country in health care coverage, at the bottom in voter turnout and at at the bottom in air quality. Texas might need a miracle just to turn things around.
October 20, 2014

News just broke that in an interview with the San Antonio Express-News Attorney General Greg Abbott refused to answer whether he would defend an interracial marriage ban.

October 19, 2014

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October 18, 2014

While major papers are enthusiastically endorsing Wendy Davis— like the Houston Chronicle and the Austin American Statesman — the Dallas Morning News has a very curious editorial that goes the other way...kind of.

October 17, 2014
Here at Progress Texas we typically promote issues over candidates. However in this year's election we are taking particular issue with a shockingly horrible Republican ticket. To put it simply, the Republican candidates are terrible on every issue that we care about.
The "Progress Texas Anti-Endorsements" is a comprehensive list of why no one should vote for these men.
October 16, 2014

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October 16, 2014
Texas: Sick of Republicans Blocking Access to Affordable Care

While Republicans have made it clear that they oppose even the most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act, what they have not made clear is why they refuse to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage to those who need it most. Expanding Medicaid consists of accepting federal funds to cover those most in need. By denying expansion, we are essentially ceding our funds to other states.

October 15, 2014
Voter ID Back In Place For Election - What You Need To Know

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Texas voters will need to show ID at the polls this year – but not all forms of ID are accepted. Early voting begins next Monday, October 20th, and your vote can make a difference.

Visit our “Got ID Texas” website to learn what you need, how to get it, and where to vote this election.

The voter ID law has been up in the air in recent days. Here's a quick update on what's going on:

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