Progress Texas Happy Hour Podcast
We recap the wild week in Texas politics. Grab a cold one and hang!
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"If Republicans had been successful, it would have been devastating for millions who are insured and rely on the ACA’s protections for pre-existing conditions. Health care is a human right, and every person deserves access to affordable care."
"Don’t believe misinformation—self-managed abortion is effective, common, and safer than Tylenol. While we wait for Congress to codify Roe, Texas’...laws that criminalize folks for self-managing abortions also harm those who spontaneously miscarry. Pregnant Texans deserve care, not criminalization.”
“In passing permitless carry, Republicans are saying that you no longer need a license to carry a gun, but you still need one to vote. The public was not asking for this and voters overwhelmingly oppose the measure, but right wing legislators forced it through anyway.”
“Gov. Abbott has spent the past year appeasing the far-right base. With 92% of Texans concerned about the state’s future, it’s a good year to be an outsider.”
"Ding dong, the wicked bill is dead. Resilient Texans organized for months to kill Senate Bill 7, and on the very last day that it could pass, voters can finally celebrate its demise."
“[The bill] has become a Frankenstein-like monster of voter suppression with the worst parts of different bills thrown together in one terrifying piece of legislation."
“If we’re really all in this together, all Texans have a duty to protect each other and Gov. Abbott has a duty to take responsibility for his actions.”
“Texas voters agree that police brutality is a problem, and many also believe that funding should be reallocated to support mental health, homelessness and emergency medical services.”
“Instead of trying to distract with ideology, state lawmakers should focus on prioritizing public health and safety measures.”
“It appears the priorities of conservative state leaders are clear: suppress the vote at all costs, even if it puts lives at risk.”