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by Glenn W. Smith

Senior Strategist

@glennwsmith glenn@progresstexas.org

Schoolhouse blues: The pandemic and public education

July 11, 2020
Texas needs to commit to the importance of public education while keeping teachers, students, and workers safe.
Public Education Texas

Remove every barricade: Ensure Texas elections are safe, secure, & fair

June 29, 2020
We should regard our right to vote with the same reverence with which we regard our right to love or to live in the warmth and protection of the hearth.

Restoring trust and saving our democracy

June 15, 2020
If we could hope, what would we hope for? Trust begins in that hope.

For Graduates of 2020: Youth in hospitable and inhospitable worlds

June 1, 2020
Rebuild the world with understanding that your freedom depends on the freedom of everyone else. Selfishness helped get us into this mess.
2020grads_Glennpiece

Texans shouldn’t have to risk death to vote

May 18, 2020
Texas Republicans are telling Texans that if they want to participate in democracy, they must risk death.
Glenn_VoteByMail

Death and taxes, pandemics and politics

May 4, 2020
Keeping local governments on their knees will not help Texans get back on their feet.

Do Republicans really want to 'emulate precisely' the South Korean voting model?

April 28, 2020
South Korea's voting model includes an Election Day holiday, no required voter registration, and six times the polling locations.
Vote by mail Texas

Don’t answer the fiscal suffering with even more suffering

April 20, 2020
A lot of the demands to “open back up” from President Trump and his allies are just to set up later arguments that others are to blame for the economic losses.
CoronaFinance

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