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July 24, 2015

Republican Court Upholds Rick Perry Indictment

The all-Republican 3rd Court of Appeals of Texas allowed the "abuse of official capacity" indictment count to proceed. Rick Perry is learning the hard way that no politician is above the law. Almost one year ago, Perry was indicted by a grand jury on two...
July 7, 2015

Historic June Proves Why Courts Matter

A month of historic rulings at the U.S. Supreme Court showed, yet again, why courts matter. Federal courts can protect and preserve our country's progress - as we saw on major rulings from the last month on the freedom to marry, health care, abortion,...
June 27, 2015
SCOTUS 2015: Freedom to Marry for Everyone

SCOTUS 2015: Freedom to Marry for Everyone

Ed. Note: the following is Part 5 of our 5-part SCOTUS 2015 series reviewing decisions from this summer. Every American has the freedom to marry the person they love. This is why courts matter. It was a long, hard-fought legal battle which many hoped...
June 25, 2015
SCOTUS 2015: Health Care Survives

SCOTUS 2015: Health Care Survives

Ed. Note: the following is Part 4 of our 5-part SCOTUS 2015 series reviewing decisions from this summer. A technicality couldn't take down the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that 8 million Americans , and 1.5 million Texans will keep access to affordable...
June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law - Again!

VICTORY! And once again - this is why courts matter. Today, in an historic ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a crucial component of the Affordable Care Act, delivering a major victory to Texans who rely on quality, affordable insurance. The ruling is...
June 24, 2015

Texas Poll Finds Growing Support for Marijuana Policy

Following a year of unprecedented progress for marijuana policy reform, a new poll by the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tribune finds growing support for marijuana - specifically, reducing criminal penalties for small possession. Two years ago...
June 24, 2015
SCOTUS 2015: Independent Redistricting Commissions Survive

SCOTUS 2015: Independent Redistricting Commissions Survive

Ed. Note: the following is Part 3 of our 5-part SCOTUS 2015 series reviewing decisions from this summer. Between the latest Voter ID laws in Texas and the rampant use of redistricting for political gain – also known as gerrymandering – how much say do we...
June 23, 2015
SCOTUS 2015: Housing Discrimination in Texas

SCOTUS 2015: Housing Discrimination in Texas

Ed. Note: the following is Part 2 of our 5-part SCOTUS 2015 series reviewing decisions from this summer. The Supreme Court just upheld an essential tool that is needed to combat housing discrimination. The case, the Texas Department of Housing and...
June 5, 2015

What the Texas Legislature Did on Marijuana Policy Reform

For the first time ever, the Texas Legislature had a serious conversation about marijuana policy reform. Thanks to support from a fantastic bipartisan coalition , as well as over 25,000 statewide supporters , marijuana policy reform enjoyed unprecedented...
June 3, 2015
SCOTUS 2015: First Amendment Rights Reaffirmed

SCOTUS 2015: First Amendment Rights Reaffirmed

Ed. Note: the following is Part 1 of our 5-part SCOTUS 2015 series reviewing decisions from this summer. The Supreme Court kicked off June by releasing two decisions reaffirming our first amendment right to free speech, demonstrating yet again why courts...
May 7, 2015
Marijuana Policy Reform Bills Move Out of Texas Committees

Marijuana Policy Reform Bills Move Out of Texas Committees

Historic progress for marijuana policy reform continued this week, as three different bills were voted out of Texas legislative committees for the first time ever. But these bills aren't laws yet - they still have to be approved by the full legislature...
April 9, 2015

Texas: Historic Marijuana Reform Hearing

Late last night, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee heard testimony from over 60 witnesses on marijuana policy reform bills - all focused on reducing criminal penalties from a felony to a ticket for small possession of marijuana. Supporters...