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November 8, 2017

Get Inspired to Run for Office in 2018

If you’re like us, you're getting inspired by all of the historic progressive victories scored on Election Day around the country in 2017 — stories of brave people from all walks of life who took a chance to stand up for our values and who beat the odds...
October 27, 2017

Digital Killed the Video Star

The first video ever aired on MTV was " Video Killed the Radio Star " by The Buggles, a new wave band out of London. The song selection was a statement sending a shot across the bow of radio networks and declaring a new era of television made explicitly...
October 27, 2017

John Cornyn's Missing Spine

This week Texas US Senator John Cornyn formally endorsed Ray Moore – an unashamed bigot and racist running for US Senate in Alabama. Moore – a former Alabama Supreme Court justice – has said homosexuality should be illegal, Muslims should be banned from...
October 27, 2017
Left Turn Only

The path forward is to turn LEFT

Is Texas a conservative state? Or is it a non-voting that favors Republicans? One thing certain is that Texas is a changing state. As I've written previously, the explosive population growth has created a pool of voters that lean heavily towards...
October 27, 2017

Special Report: Flipping Texas in 2018

Update: Thanks for reading in 2018! We're on to the next election - click here to see our Special Report: Flipping Texas in 2020 . We are living in unprecedented times – but we have a chance to make a difference. A new analysis by Progress Texas reveals a...
October 24, 2017
Drop off voters

Drop-Off Voting: Millennials, Gen X can flip Texas in 2018

There are tons of trends, both bad and good. Popped collars: bad. Giving up cars: good. Avocado toast: jury still out. But there is one trend that is assuredly bad and it's worth ending: drop-off voting. If you're in Texas then you are probably familiar...
October 20, 2017

2017 Statewide Constitutional Ballot Guide

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January 13, 2017

"Liberty and Justice for All" is not a tall tale

Ed. note: the following column was originally published in Quorum Report . Back in the 1980s, the Texas Capitol Press Corps produced the popular Gridiron Show, an annual ritual that raised money for scholarships and spoofed political figures. One bit in...
November 20, 2016
Trump Texas Republican GOP Monster

Ending Medicare and Other Nightmares

Ed. Note: This column orginally appeared in the Quorum Report and is posted here with permission. So, this guy had a friend named Milton Friedman. Not Milton Friedman the crazy right-wing economist, just a nice fellow who happened to have the same name...
November 16, 2016

In Defense of Marching

All around the country, probably in your city, people are marching. Right now they are holding these demonstrations to show that many of Americans do not share the values of our President-Elect, but it could be another issue sometime soon. Along with the...
November 13, 2016

What Does the 2016 Election Mean for Texas?

Ed. note: the following column originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman‎. In his introduction of Hillary Clinton the morning after the election, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine quoted a post-Civil War Southerner from William Faulkner’s novel “Absalom,...
November 12, 2016

Our Democracy is Meant to Deny the Demagogues

Ed. note: the following column originally appeared in Quorum Report. Democracy is a form of government meant for humble people who are well aware that they make mistakes. That’s why we are called upon to regularly revisit our decisions at the voting booth...
October 31, 2016
Hillary Clinton could win Texas

Why Hillary Clinton Should Carry Texas

Ed. note: the following column originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman . Many Texans are asking a question that was unthinkable just a few months ago: Can Hillary Clinton carry Texas. The answer is: maybe. But it’s really the wrong question...