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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Abbott Protects His Payday Lenders’ Payday

Payday lenders have been running rampant across Texas— exploiting vulnerable families and charging obscene interest rates on small loans that then trap people in a devastating cycle of debt. Even worse, these predatory lenders also prey on Texas’ servicemen and women by targeting military bases.

And instead of fighting for our men and women in uniform, Greg Abbott has a long history of lending a helping hand to payday lenders and their abusive lending practices.

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Friday, May 9, 2014
Support Moms: Boycott Macy’s Mother’s Day Sale

Last summer, Gov. Rick Perry—at Macy’s urging—vetoed the bipartisan Texas Equal Pay Act sponsored by Sen. Wendy Davis and Rep. Senfronia Thompson. Macy’s and Gov. Perry aren’t the only ones trying to make it harder for working moms and families in Texas—Greg Abbott would’ve also vetoed the equal pay bill.

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Friday, May 9, 2014
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Marijuana Regulation 101: Medicinal Marijuana

Over 98% of the 10,000 Texans who have taken our confidential survey about marijuana regulation in Texas have said they favor medicinal marijuana policies - which can vary from full legalization of marijuana for medicinal use, to decriminalization of use and possession of mari Continue reading this post »

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Ten Facts About #Briberygate and the Cancer Research Center Scandal

It’s a Texas story about bribes, cancer funds, and corruption. We’ve got ya covered with everything you need to know as of this moment. Texas politics is no stranger to corruption under Rick Perry and Greg Abbott – read this list of 10 facts and decide for yourself if it’s time for a change in Austin. Continue reading this post »

Monday, May 5, 2014
Cancer Funds Funneled to Abbott Donors
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) was supposed to provide funding for cancer research. But soon after its implementation, the multi-billion dollar entity was awarding grants to donors of Rick Perry and Greg Abbott without the proper review.
Friday, May 2, 2014
734,000 Texans Sign-Up for Health Care Despite Perry, Abbott

This is a win.

734,000 Texans have enrolled through the federal health care exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act - a whopping 105,000 more than was originally projected! Continue reading this post »

Friday, May 2, 2014
Marijuana Regulation 101: Decriminalization

Over 93% of the 10,000 Texans who have taken our confidential survey about marijuana regulation in Texas have said they favor decriminalization policies - better defined as the adjustment of criminal penalties for small amounts of marijuana use or possession.

Here's a quick summary about decriminalization, as found in our survey:

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, approximately 73,611 adults in Texas were arrested in 2013 for marijuana possession - 59% of all arrests for drug possession in Texas. Law enforcement agencies and public safety groups agree that the amount spent imprisoning these Texans - around $50,000 per prisoner per year - would be better spent on other, more critical areas of criminal justice. (Source: San Antonio Express-News)

Decriminalizing would allow for small possessions to be treated the same way a traffic ticket would - a fine paid by the offender.

This post is the first in a policy series to start diving a little deeper into marijuana regulation in Texas. Specifically, the post below highlights the following information about decriminalization:

  1. What Are the Existing Marijuana Penalties in Texas?
     
  2. What Laws Have Been Proposed to Decriminalize Marijuana?
     
  3. Perry, Davis Favor Decriminalization; Abbott Opposes It

If you know of additional information we can/should highlight, please e-mail info@ProgressTexas.org and let us know!

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Demand Cornyn and Cruz Raise the Minimum Wage

Texas has the highest number of minimum wage workers in the country. And a recent poll indicated 55 percent of Texas voters support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour.  

Texas voters get what Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz don’t:  All Texans deserve to make a living wage. 

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