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September 19, 2018After the District 19 state senate seat special election, Progress Texas Executive Director Ed Espinoza explains that there are two lessons for Democrats:1. No one is going to do it for us. We must vote.2. Candidates have to have a strong message.
September 17, 2018Progress Texas Executive Director Ed Espinoza and Travis County GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak discuss postponing the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after the sexual misconduct allegation.
September 10, 2018Progress Texas Executive Director Ed Espinoza joins FOX 7 Austin to discuss the fallout in the White House about the anonymous New York Times Op-Ed and Donald Trump's standing to take legal action.
June 4, 2018FOX 7 Austin’s Mike Warren talks to Travis County Republican Party Executive Director, Gary Teal and Ed Espinoza from Progress Texas about the possibility of the president pardoning himself.
May 29, 2018FOX 7 Austin’s Mike Warren talked to Travis County GOP chairman Matt Mackowiak and Glenn Smith from Progress Texas about Mueller's investigation and if it will hurt Republicans in November.
May 1, 2018FOX 7 Austin’s Rebecca Thomas talked to Travis County GOP chairman Matt Mackowiak and, Glenn Smith from Progress Texas about migrants facing political opposition.
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Marriage equality is the law of land, but the fight for LGBTQ equality in Texas isn’t over. In much of Texas today, it is totally legal to discriminate against gay and transgender people simply based on who they are. The right’s effort to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans — whether it’s under the false banner of “religious freedom” or any other guise — hasn’t let up, and neither will we.
Over the last four decades, Texas lawmakers have worked to turn back the clock on a woman’s right to access abortion care in our state — injecting their beliefs into our personal decisions. We are part of a movement to that is working to ensure that every Texas woman has the ability to make her own decisions about her health and her family.
The truth is what Texas Republicans have dubbed the “Texas Miracle” hasn’t reached many Texans. Too many working Texans have jobs that pay too little to support themselves or their families. From guaranteeing equal pay for equal work and paid family leave, to raising the minimum wage, we’re working to promote economic opportunity and mobility in our state.
Affordable Health Care
Health care is a right — every Texan deserves access to quality, affordable health coverage. Since the Affordable Care Act became law, more Texans have gained access to health coverage than ever before. But 5 million Texans still don't have insurance, which means we still have a long, long way to go.
From voting rights and redistricting to marijuana reform and immigration, the fight for justice will inevitably end up in the courts. That's #WhyCourtsMatter, and why supporting movements for justice and standing up for communities of color is central to our work for fairness and opportunity.
Despite some politicians' convenient memory loss, immigration is at the core of America's identity. And Texas is often at the center of these policy debates. Trump’s border wall, local sanctuary city polices, travel bans, and immigrant rights – these issues directly affect Texans.
Progress Texas stood with progressive lawmakers in fighting back against intolerance under the dome during the 2017 Texas Legislative Session. And with the help of grassroots activists diligently coming out in droves to rallies and protests at the Capitol and around the state, we echoed the resistance far and wide.
Texans must stand together in resistance to the hateful and dangerous agenda of Trump and the Texas GOP. There is a lot of work to do, so join the resistance today. Go to event or rally. Attend a town hall or call your representative. Your voice is needed.
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Besides being taco enthusiasts
Progress Texas is a public relations shop promoting progressive ideals while also pushing back on bad policies and bad behavior from the right wing.
We focus on issues important to a growing number of people in our state: affordable health care, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, abortion access, fighting income inequality, marijuana policy reform, and accountability in government.
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