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.
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.
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.
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.