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April 1, 2016
President Obama's Criminal Justice Reform

Obama Commutes Sentences for 61 Nonviolent Offenders

President Obama commuted sentences for 61 nonviolent offenders this week, proving yet again his serious commitment to criminal justice reform. Since President Obama took office, he has issued more commutations - cutting short a person's time in prison -...
March 23, 2016

Why the Affordable Care Act's Sixth Birthday is Awesome

Ed. note: The following guest post is from Stacey Pogue of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, and was originally posted on their site . As we reflect on the Affordable Care Act on its 6th anniversary this week, it is easy to point to great new...
March 11, 2016
Barack Obama

President Barack Obama's Top Accomplishments for Texas

President Obama is in Austin, Texas this week to open up SXSW . Austin has long been considered a " home away from home " for the President, ever since a February 2007 rally at Auditorium Shores that brought out 20,000 people. Since then, he's returned to...
February 17, 2016
Obamacare Numbers Continue to Improve, Despite Republicans

Obamacare Numbers Continue to Improve, Despite Republicans

Ed. note: the following was originally posted at the Texas Research Institute . New official numbers on health insurance enrollment show a strong increase in the number of Texans who are now insured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. In the last year, 1.3...
January 11, 2016

Five Things to Expect At the State of the Union

President Obama’s final State of the Union address is on Tuesday, January 12th at 8pm CST. Here are five things to know: What we wish Obama would do in his final SOTU (probably won't....) Who Will Be There President Obama will have in attendance several...
September 29, 2015

Watch HBO Documentary of Obama's Historic Prison Visit

America spends a mind boggling $40 billion per year on a broken, ineffective, and racially biased (see our previous blog) criminal justice system. We are home to just 5% of the worlds population, but 25% of the world's entire prison population. Last...
October 16, 2012

Watch The Presidential Debate With Us!

Join us TONIGHT for a Presidential Debate Watch Party hosted in partnership with the University Democrats on the University of Texas at Austin Campus. The event is free and we will be providing pizza and drinks. Presidential Debate Watch Party Hosted in...
October 4, 2012

Conservative Pundits Continue Push on Lifeline Program

With Drudge making old news all over again, questions have popped up about a postive Reagan era program that conservatives are using as a scare tactic in this election. Let's talk a little about "ObamaPhone". The program is actually called Lifeline and...
October 4, 2012

First Presidential Debate: Recapping Romney's Lies

Last night in Colorado, the presidential debate exemplified some of Romney’s most eloquent and extensive lies to date. From Medicare to his tax plan to his approach to health care, it seemed like Mitt Romney completely reinvented himself - again - without...
October 3, 2012

First Presidential Debate Tonight!

Following on the heels of last night’s tense Belo Debate in which Texas Senate candidates Paul Sadler (D) and Ted Cruz (R) traded blows about everything from federal spending to whether Cruz believes Obama isn’t American (he never answered), tonight is...
March 7, 2012

Good news on the quest to end judicial emergencies

Good news on the quest to end judicial emergencies and other judicial vacancies in Texas and across the nation. According to Think Progress , the U.S. Senate is about to focus in on filling these essential positions. The U.S. Senate will turn its...
February 2, 2012

The STOCK Act Needs Our Support

Ed. note: This post has been updated to reflect additional co-sponsors in recent days. Part of President Obama's state of the union focused on what should be a completely non-controversial idea, holding Congress to the same rules as everyone else. The...