October 31, 2014
What the Candidates Say About Marijuana Policy Reform

This election season, let’s be honest about marijuana policy reform in Texas.

We know that marijuana is common. There have been thousands of studies on the subject. It is used by people of all backgrounds for medical purposes. It can be a taxable product that brings in overwhelming revenue.

And it’s gaining popular support: polling shows that more than 60% of Texans favor laws that reduce possession laws from criminal offenses to civil offenses (which is commonly referred to as “decriminalization”), while 58% support medical marijuana laws in Texas.

Yet the subject scares some politicians. They still find it hard to believe that we finally live in age where people are coming around on this issue. But we know it, you know it, and it’s likely that nearly everyone you talk to knows it.

The fear some politicians have is causing us to deny cancer patients the use of helpful medicine. And our tax dollars are being used to overcrowd prisons with non-violent offenders who are doing hard time for petty crimes - such as carrying a joint.

The only way we can affect change is by voting.

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
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 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 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
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 16, 2014

10. Your vote can make a difference.

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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