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June 21, 2012

Terrible Test Replaces Terrible Test

Earlier this year the Texas Education Agency (TEA) launched the "next generation" of student tests - the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and already it is drawing sharp criticisms from both educators and parents. The new STAAR...
June 16, 2012

Conservative Legislators to Texans: "How Do I Economy?"

In a biennial “exercise,” state agencies have been ordered by the Legislature to cut 10 percent from current budgets when preparing their proposals for the next two fiscal years. While no programs or services are being cut as of yet, it is not much of a...
June 15, 2012

The Dreams of a Million Youth Are Answered

Today, President Obama announced a new policy that would end the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Hispanic youth from our country. The policy itself is being widely hailed, and it could be the determining factor in gaining full support from the...
June 14, 2012

What I Learned On My Summer Vacation at Netroots Nation

Last week, Mark Corcoran and I went to Providence, RI for the 7th annual Netroots Nation conference ( #NN12 <). If you followed us on Twitter ( @ProgressTX you probably heard all about our conference. Mark already wrote about our first days last week...
June 11, 2012

The Trouble With Texas

If you live east of the Mississippi or north of the Red River, you have probably had a few laughs about Texas. New Yorkers, who are convinced the planet disappears on the other side of the Hudson, tend to see Texans as caricatures from pulp fiction cowboy...
June 8, 2012

Netroots Nation: Update From Providence

As you might know if you have been following us on Twitter ( @ProgressTX ), Phillip Martin and I are currently in Providence, RI for the 7th annual Netroots Nation conference ( #NN12 ). For those unfamiliar, Netroots Nation is a national conference of...
June 4, 2012

300K Eligible Texas Voters Targeted In Purge

Are you dead? You sure? It might seem absurd, but you very well may be according to your local county election office. Earlier this year Harris County resident and voter Walter Pinkston received a letter from his country election office requesting his...
May 17, 2012

Texas Public Policy Foundation Rushes to Defend ALEC

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is in crisis communications mode. For the first time in (almost) forty years, they have been exposed for serving as a corporate bill factory for conservative legislators across the country, known for...
May 1, 2012

You are incredible!

Update: Wow, even after reaching our goal you continue to deliver. As of right now (Thursday, May 3rd at 11:08am) we only have 1 more signed copy of Drift left to give away as a gift. This last copy will go to the 5th new sustaining donor from now! This...
March 29, 2012

ALEC's Stand Your Ground Law Passed in Texas in 2007

You can take action on this critical issue now by sending a letter to ALEC companies and asking them to withdraw their membership from ALEC. In 2007, Texas passed Senate Bill 378 , better known as the “Castle Doctrine” or “Stand-Your-Ground” bill...