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June 9, 2014

With staffers testifying, is GOP wary of Perry?

The ongoing grand jury investigation into a criminal complaint against Rick Perry saw two of the governor's aides brought in to court last week. Anne Wiley, the governor's scheduler, and Ken Armbrister, Perry's legislative liaison, were seen entering the...
May 28, 2014

The 2014 Republican Ticket, Men: 15, Women: 0

You—like us here at Progress Texas—might have noticed something distinct missing from the statewide Republican ticket. Greg, Dan, Ken, Glenn, Sid… but not a single woman. Women make up more than 50% of our state’s population, but you’d never know it by...
May 21, 2014

Greg Abbott Should Return $85,000 in Dirty Money

A report released by Texans for Public Justice today revealed that Attorney General Greg Abbott took in $85,000 in campaign cash from two brothers who were convicted this month of massive civil securities fraud. The Wyly brothers could be on the hook for...
May 16, 2014

Rick Perry's Walk of Shame

Rick Perry has put an awful lot of effort into rebuilding his image over the years. Starting with his Agriculture Commissioner days as a ringer for the Marlboro Man, to his coyote-shooting trail runner days, up to his current eye glass wearing "divorced-...
May 14, 2014

Abbott Protects His Payday Lenders’ Payday

Payday lenders have been running rampant across Texas— exploiting vulnerable families and charging obscene interest rates on small loans that then trap people in a devastating cycle of debt. Even worse, these predatory lenders also prey on Texas’...
May 5, 2014

Cancer Funds Funneled to Abbott Donors

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) was supposed to provide funding for cancer research. But soon after its implementation, the multi-billion dollar entity was awarding grants to donors of Rick Perry and Greg Abbott without the...
April 30, 2014

Cornyn and Cruz Rally to Defeat Minimum Wage

Republicans have just filibustered a proposed vote in the US Senate on raising the minimum wage. A proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour has the support of a majority of US Senators, but the Republicans just invoked the filibuster to keep...
April 23, 2014

UPDATE: Rick Perry and Briberygate

A story in today's Texas Tribune reveals that Governor Rick Perry's emissaries continued offering money and trades in exchange for District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's resignation - even after he vetoed funding for the Public Integrity Unit. This is of...
April 18, 2014

You're paying for Rick Perry's criminal defense lawyers

By now you've heard that a grand jury has been seated to hear a criminal complaint against Governor Rick Perry. It all goes back to his making good on a threat to veto public funds if another elected official did not resign. A writer at the Dallas Morning...
March 7, 2014

Why the Tea Party is (Still) Wrong About the IRS

Last year Progress Texas led the national pushback against wild-eyed Tea Party claims against the IRS. But a year later, Tea Party members of congress are still complaining about extra scrutiny applied to groups. Why? Groups like the Tea Party - and...
February 26, 2014

Meet "Democrat" Kesha Rogers: Worse Than Ted Cruz

5/28/14 Update: Last night David Alameel defeated Kesha Rogers in the Texas Primary Runoff. An overwhelming margin , 72.4%, voted for Alameel and left Kesha with only 27.6% of the vote. Alameel will face Cornyn in November. We've pointed out before why...
February 22, 2014
Greg Abbott and Ted Nugent

Blood Brothers Greg Abbott and Ted Nugent

This week Republican Greg Abbott made headlines in his bid to become the next governor of Texas. Unfortunately for Abbott, the headlines came because his campaign staged an event with Ted Nugent, a rock and roller now better known for inflammatory...
February 17, 2014

Greg Abbott is Campaigning With a Sexual Predator

Greg Abbott is campaigning with a sexual predator. Seriously. This week Abbott will hit the campaign trail with unapologetic sexual predator Ted Nugent. This comes just weeks after Abbott touted policies aimed at targeting sexual predators. The clip below...
January 6, 2014

Abbott Defends Predatory Lenders, Not School Kids

In January 2006, Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a legal opinion detailing how payday lenders could get around state law restricting predatory lending practices in Texas. The alternative his office created helped an industry that has since donated $...