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Texas GOP's Backwards Priorities Prevented Progress in Fight for Fair Wages

June 2, 2017
Despite a valiant effort by progressive Democrats, the Republican controlled Texas Legislature stifled any progress on raising the minimum wage, ensuring equal pay, and investing in paid leave.
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The Worst of the Worst Texas Legislative Session in Pictures, Annotated

June 1, 2017
This session was pretty awful and by most accounts, the worst in recent history

Call Gov. Abbott Today to Stop Attacks on Texans' Fundamental Rights

May 26, 2017
With regular session wrapping up on Monday, the slew of bad bills passed by Republicans are heading to the Governor's desk to be signed into law.
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Reproductive Justice Group Challenges Legislature to Address Maternal Mortality of Black Women

May 26, 2017
Amidst inaction in prioritizing Texas’ maternal mortality crisis this legislative session, The Afiya Center released a groundbreaking report on the state of Black women in Texas with a briefing at the Capitol.

Updated: Texas voter ID law allows gun licenses, not Student ID's

May 25, 2017
Republican Voter ID laws: better on a bumper sticker than they are in real life.

Texas GOP Passed A Scarily Cruel Bill to Force ‘Fetal Burial’ & Ban Abortion After 13 Weeks

May 23, 2017
Republicans used the bill as a vehicle to pile on abortion restrictions so extreme they stalled during session, while Democrats fought to stop them from further restricting access and shaming women.
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Powerful Republican Donor & Notorious Bigot Threatens “Wicked State Legislators” Over Bathroom Bill

May 23, 2017
In a "prayer" that reads like a terroristic threat, Lt. Gov Dan Patrick backer Steven Hotze took aim at his political opponents.
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Texas Senate GOP Sneak Vouchers Into Bipartisan School Finance Bill

May 23, 2017
Republicans in Texas Senate hijacked a bipartisan school finance reform bill to add a special education voucher program… and cut $1 billion from House’s plan.
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There is a Carnival on the Edge of Town

May 19, 2017
As the 2017 regular legislative session nears its end, we ponder the unfortunate consequences of today’s political circus
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Marijuana Policy Reform in Texas Reached New Heights This Session

May 16, 2017
Significant steps forward this session give reason for high hope for the future of marijuana policy reform in Texas.
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Texas Tea Party Extremists Are So "Pro-Life" They Block Maternal Mortality Bills

May 12, 2017
Add two bills aimed at addressing Texas’ third-world, maternal mortality rate to the list of life-saving bills they’ve killed this session. And ahead of Mother’s Day no less.
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Ken Paxton’s Double Standard

May 12, 2017
Ken Paxton wants legal protections for himself that he’d deny everyone else in his argument for the constitutionality of SB4
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Watch This Texas Representative Take Down Tea Party Politicians for Hurting Hungry Children

May 11, 2017
“In the end, it ain’t power, it ain’t privilege that really defines us. It’s character. It’s kindness. It’s love.” - Rep. Helen Giddings
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Extremist Tea Partiers Traffic an Anti-Woman Agenda

May 11, 2017
All Republicans, their names are: Jonathan Stickland (Bedford), Matt Rinaldi (Irving), Matt Shaheen (Plano), Matt Schaeffer (Tyler), Kyle Biedermann (Frederickburg), and Tony Tinderholt (Arlington)
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Texas House GOP Passes Discriminatory Bill Targeting Kids in CPS

May 10, 2017
The broad ‘license to discriminate’ bill uses religion to target vulnerable kids, LGBTQ Texans, and reproductive freedom.
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SB4 Backers Curiously Aren't Barking About its Constitutionality

May 5, 2017
They know the measure's unconstitutional, so why bark about it?
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Gun Rights Extremists Push to Repeal Mandatory Gun Licensing

April 20, 2017
GOP legislators focus on unlicensed carry, ignoring law enforcement.
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Sandra Bland Act Sets Stage for Major Criminal Justice Reform in Texas

April 10, 2017
“Sandra Bland's traffic violation led to her death. This is not good for America no matter who you are.” - Rep. Garnet Coleman (D - Houston)
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Good News, Bad News

April 7, 2017
Good news: common sense from House budget writers - Bad news: Trumpism remains loose across the land
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Texas House Republicans Move to Fully Defund Planned Parenthood

April 7, 2017
Instead of funding legitimate health care providers, House GOP doubled funding for anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers.
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