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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.