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2014 Election

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...
November 20, 2014

Marijuana Policy Victories In 2014

Now that the 2014 election is over, it’s easier to see that despite a few setbacks we also made some serious advances— particularly on the topic of Marijuana policy reform. These victories for marijuana policy reform give validity to polls showing that...
November 6, 2014

Top 10 Midterm Election Hangover Cures

We get it. The 2014 election felt like this: It's ok to get angry. And maybe a little drunk. But don't forget that this happened: Voters in 5 out of 5 states—including four red states Arkansas, Alaska, Nebraska and South Dakota —with ballot initiatives to...
November 5, 2014

Progressives Are Ahead of Schedule in 2014

In 2014, progressives saw the successful rebuilding of our grassroots base, including increased funding, a more sophisticated online presence and growing memberships. Organizations like ours will carry that momentum beyond the election. We know that...
October 31, 2014

What the Candidates Say About Marijuana Policy Reform

This election season, let’s be honest about marijuana policy reform in Texas. We know that marijuana is common. There have been thousands of studies on the subject . It is used by people of all backgrounds for medical purposes. It can be a taxable product...
October 31, 2014

Five Reasons We Support Austin's Prop 1

We support Austin's local bond proposition, commonly known as Prop 1 - the plan for starting our local rail transit. We support Prop 1 because it is a strong first step towards solving our long-term traffic solutions. As the Austin Chronicle wrote in...
October 31, 2014

Greg Abbott Pals Around With Some Creepy People

Over the years, one thing I've heard people say about political candidates is that "they'll be good leaders if they surround themselves with good people." It tells you something about the central figure: the company they keep is a reflection of themselves...
October 31, 2014

Healthcare Is Always on the Ballot

Ed. note: the following is cross-posted from the Texas Organizing Project. This year, Texas voters are hearing a lot about the issue of healthcare. It’s an important subject that touches peoples lives every day - not just in election years and not just...
October 29, 2014

Tea Party Nominee Wants To Be Next Wendy Davis

A Tea Party nominee wants to be the next Wendy Davis. That’s terrifying. Republican Konni Burton is running for Wendy Davis’ senate seat in Tarrant County against Democrat Libby Willis. The race is considered the closest legislative race in Texas. Ted...
October 28, 2014

Progress Texas Get Out the Vote Ad

Like a good progressive, I am sure you already voted early. But if you haven't, take a moment and make a plan to ensure you make it to the polls this year. You can also share our new Get-Out-The-Vote video with your friends and family so that they can be...
October 24, 2014

Texas Trooper Tries to Mess With a Texas Woman

The voter ID law discriminates against Texans and disenfranchises voters. Now, the state of Texas has threatened jail time to at least one Texas woman trying to get the ID she needed to vote. After months of trying to get the right documents she needed to...
October 23, 2014

Texas Could Elect A Felon As Attorney General

Today, a poll came out that showed Republican Ken Paxton - who has been prominently endorsed by Ted Cruz - leading in the race for Attorney General of Texas. That means Texas may be about to elect a felon as Attorney General. Ken Paxton was attacked by...
October 20, 2014

Would Greg Abbott Defend Interracial Marriage Ban?

News just broke that in an interview with the San Antonio Express-News Attorney General Greg Abbott refused to answer whether he would defend an interracial marriage ban . For Abbott, who is fighting in court to deny LGBT Texans the freedom to marry and...
October 19, 2014

Progress Texas 2014 Voter Guide

- Find our polling place - Your vote can make a difference! Simply put, Republicans are against all of the issues that we care about. See 46 more reasons not to vote for them by checking out our recent Progress Texas Anti-Endorsement post . Below are more...
October 18, 2014

A Confusing Yet Back-handed Endorsement of Abbott

While major papers are enthusiastically endorsing Wendy Davis— like the Houston Chronicle and the Austin American Statesman — the Dallas Morning News has a very curious editorial that goes the other way...kind of. The endorsement reads like a ransom note...
October 17, 2014

Progress Texas Anti-Endorsements

Here at Progress Texas we typically promote issues over candidates. However in this year's election we are taking particular issue with a shockingly horrible Republican ticket. To put it simply, the Republican candidates are terrible on every issue that...