After the District 19 state senate seat special election, Progress Texas Executive Director Ed Espinoza explains that there are two lessons for Democrats:
1. No one is going to do it for us. We must vote.
2. Candidates have to have a strong message.
Instead of ruling in favor of the African-American and Latino voters and groups who brought the lawsuit, the Court reversed the lower courts’ rulings of intentional discrimination and upheld all but one Texas House district.
The Court is set to decide some really important cases by the end of June — cases covering a lot of issues that matter to and impact the lives of Texans, from LGBTQ equality and immigration to workers’, voting, and abortion rights.
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