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August 21, 2015

How One-Party Republican Rule Hurts Texas

People often say that Texas is a red state, though it is more accurately described as a non-voting state . But with turnout that ranks among the lowest in the nation, restrictive voter laws, and an imbalanced system of redistricting, Republicans have...
June 18, 2015

Top 10 Issues From the 2015 Texas Legislature

It wasn't all bad...but it wasn't all great, either. Now that the dust has settled and the 2015 Texas Legislative session is over, we've made a list of the 10 biggest issues under the pink dome. Be sure to share this list with your family and friends! 1...
June 10, 2015

Let’s Turn McKinney Into an Opportunity

Ed. note: This content was originally posted on the ACLU of Texas blog , and is republished here with permission. On June 5th, McKinney police responded to a complaint regarding unwanted teenagers at a community pool. What ought to have been relegated to...
June 1, 2015

Texas Legislature: Class of 2015 Yearbook

The regular session of the 2015 Texas legislative session has ended. Through it all, progressives championed and defended issues important to many Texans. There's a lot that happened in the last 5 months, more bad bills than good ones, and we'll write...
May 12, 2015

Payday Lenders May Face Tighter Regulation in Texas

A bill has passed the Texas House that would ensure payday lenders and auto title lenders cannot make unsolicited calls to numbers listed on the Texas No Call list. Currently, there is nothing in Texas law prohibiting predatory lenders that offer loans...
May 4, 2015

Texas’ Strict Voter ID Law Had Real Impact on Voters

Last Tuesday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the state's voter ID case - Texas NAACP vs. Steen . Since Republicans pushed the law through in 2011, it has caused direct harm to Texas voters. This past election, those impacts were...
April 27, 2015

Texans May Be Getting Online Voter Registration

This article has been cross-posted from the Texas Research Institute , our 501(c)(3) affiliate. Wouldn’t it make more sense if we could register to vote online? Legislation being considered at the Texas Capitol aims to do just that. Two bills — HB 76 and...
April 20, 2015

Sen. Sylvia Garcia: Why I Voted Against the State Budget

Ed. note: thanks to Senator Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) for writing this op-ed for our site, and for her vote against the state budget. Last Tuesday, I cast the lone “no-vote” on the Senate’s $211 billion version of the state budget. I did this because we...
April 17, 2015

Halftime Report on the 2015 Texas Legislature

With less than 50 days left to pass bills in the Texas Legislature , the real action is about to begin. With so much going on, the following is a quick update on some of the progressive issues we work on most, and how things are shaping up for them at the...
April 7, 2015

It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage in Texas

Today the House Business and Industry Committee will hear 7 bills that all aim to raise the minimum wage in Texas. Two bills— HB 41 and HB 42 — as well as a constitutional amendment have been proposed by Texas House Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer which would...
March 28, 2015

Texas Democrats File Bills to Protect Voting Rights

In the name of fighting against an overstated and non-existent problem, Republicans have forced voter suppression laws that even Fox News admits are an attempt to keep Democrats from the polls . The Texas voter ID law made it harder to vote, but a panel...
January 16, 2015

Fighting for Progress Is Like Being a Dallas Cowboys Fan

Since the election, a lot of pundits have taken opportunities to provide their analysis on what happened in 2014 and what is next for progressives in Texas. Here at Progress Texas, we are continuing to build a platform to serve as the voice for a new...