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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...
January 16, 2015

Celebrating Dr. King

Today we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. with two famous moments: his "I Have a Dream" speech and his letter from the Birmingham jail. The rights Dr. King fought for are rights we still fight for today. Ferguson reminds us that racial injustice still...
January 14, 2015

Perryhood: A Texas-Sized OOPS 14 Years In The Making

Rick Perry’s last day as Governor of Texas is upon us. Made over 14 years with a rotating cast of cronies, Rick Perry’s sweeping drama of governorship is full of mistakes, missteps, and malfeasance. Too many to count. Later, Rick Perry, it...
January 14, 2015
Pew Releases U.S. Social Media Analysis for 2014

Pew: U.S. Social Media Analysis for 2014

Last week, the Pew Research Center released their annual social media analysis, examining who is using which social media platforms. Their survey measures how many (and how often) Americans use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn, and...
December 16, 2014

Ten Worst Texans of 2014

Competition for worst Texan was steep this year, but we managed to narrow it down to ten: Predatory Payday Lenders Payday lenders have been running rampant across Texas—exploiting vulnerable families and charging obscene interest rates on small loans that...