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by Glenn W. Smith

Senior Strategist

@glennwsmith glenn@progresstexas.org

Let’s defeat the coronavirus with the ‘Dunkirk Spirit’

March 30, 2020
Health professionals have told us what needs to be done. We must do more and do it faster.
Glenn_Corona

A pandemic reveals our interdependence

March 16, 2020
Isn’t it obvious as the coronavirus spreads throughout our communities that the safest way to remain healthy is to help others remain healthy?
Coronavirus

Celebrate Sam Houston’s courage. We could use more of it.

March 2, 2020
On this Texas Independence Day, there is reason for celebration. More and more citizens are engaging in politics, changing the dynamics across the state.
IndependenceDay

Vote: You are more powerful than you may know

February 18, 2020
Texas early voting runs Feb. 18-28, with Election Day on Mar. 3.

In Austin, Project Connect brings real alternatives to an insane car culture

January 27, 2020
We can’t road-build our way out of our traffic woes. End of story.
Glenn_TrafficBlog

Texas is last in access to mental health services

January 13, 2020
Our society stigmatizes those suffering from mental health issues, but those who should be ashamed are the leaders who have failed to help them.
Texas_MentalHealth

Trump takes food from hungry mouths at Christmas time

December 16, 2019
The Trump Administration has announced new restrictions on food stamp recipients that could take food away from millions of Americans.
Trump_FoodStamps

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