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by Glenn W. Smith

Senior Strategist

@glennwsmith glenn@progresstexas.org

A Medicaid Carol: A Ghost Story for Christmas

December 2, 2019
With the holidays upon us, this is a good moment to sit down by a cozy fire to read an updated take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
Glenn_Medicaid_Blog

Don’t write your Constitution in a panic

November 18, 2019
Every couple of years we have to vote on constitutional amendments that, in a land ruled by reason, would probably be welcomed with the friendly, non-constitutional agreement of all.
Constitution

We need a cease-fire in the state’s war on local governments

November 4, 2019
Republicans seem to think they can manage local governments better than local voters do, but they are deceiving themselves.
statesman

Wipeout: The obstacle course of voter suppression laws

October 21, 2019
The 2019 Texas Legislature added a new obstacle meant to knock down voters: a ban on temporary, mobile voting sites.
Texas Voter Suppression

Austin City Council members are first responders to the climate crisis

September 30, 2019
The climate crisis is not a secret to the scientists and engineers of the energy industry. That they and the politicians who serve them have done nothing to avert the calamity is, simply, a disgrace.
Climate

There are answers on gun violence

September 16, 2019
The recent carnage in El Paso and Midland-Odessa has many Texans searching for solutions.
GlennGuns

Bread and roses and Labor Day

September 3, 2019
Americans are working harder and earning less. Income inequality is at levels not seen since the 19th Century.
LaborDay

Who is responsible for the mass killings?

August 19, 2019
Perhaps if we glanced down and saw the string that traces the trajectories of the bullets back to our hands about to cast our ballots, things would change.
Mass_Killings

The divide that matters is between rich and poor

August 5, 2019
In both town and city, the so-called “Texas Miracle” is based on wage slavery and alarming spikes in income inequality. It is more catastrophe than miracle.
Texas_Miracle

Heads we win, tails you lose: The high court’s attack on voters

July 15, 2019
Hard-to-meet voter ID standards, restrictive voter suppression rules, some of the most extreme gerrymandering in the nation – all have been employed by Republicans to build a wall against voters they assume will oppose them.
Voting Rights Texas

How the war on vaccines diminishes our freedom

July 8, 2019
Just like yield signs facilitate our collective freedom of movement, vaccine requirements facilitate our collective freedom from disease.
Texas vaccines - "Yield indeed! No more government infringement on MY personal freedom!" - Political cartoon

Bad luck saved us from worse luck during Texas legislative session

May 28, 2019
While Republican leaders pat themselves on the back, their achievements have more in common with 19th Century phony patent medicines than 21st Century solutions.
Luck and the Texas Legislature

The state aims to take self-government away

May 6, 2019
Conservatives have declared war on cities, counties, and school districts.
Texas Local Control

In pipeline politics, love of the land is a shared value

April 23, 2019
The “Permian Highway Pipeline” is set to cut through the Texas Hill Country.
Permian Highway Pipeline Texas

It's Texas Republicans who want to "California" Texas

April 9, 2019
Don't forget: Property taxes have soared because these same Republicans turned their backs on school funding.
Don't California my Texas

At time of ITC fire and chemical spill, state Republicans move to protect the firm and other polluters

March 25, 2019
Ken Paxton is behind bad bills that would limit local governments’ ability to hold polluters accountable.
Houston chemical fire

In political arena, we need to set hatred aside. Justice requires it.

March 25, 2019
We should remind ourselves that there are consequences to our political words and actions.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing good can happen when governments keep secrets

March 12, 2019
A government’s secret chambers are like airline’s first-class cabins, and democracies should not have first-class cabins.
Open Meetings Texas

Focusing on individuals, paid sick leave makes sense

February 25, 2019
Current arguments against paid sick leave don't include the faces of actual employees.
Paid Sick Austin