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January 11, 2016

Redistricting: The Erasure of Political Opponents

My Zilker Park-area voting precinct in Austin is a very active, progressive precinct. It votes about 75 percent for Democrats. Despite that, our congressman is Republican Lamar Smith, the right-wing extremist and anti-science chairman of the House Science...
December 8, 2015

Why Abortion Access Is an Economic Equality Issue

Editorial Note: This article was orignally published on the Texas Research Institute blog. Most women who seek abortion care already face significant financial challenges, and low-income women are disproportionately affected by anti-abortion regulations...
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...
September 28, 2015

The Unfair History of Marijuana Laws on Minorities

The consequences of the war on drugs has impacted Latinos and Blacks at tremendous rates. Blacks use marijuana at roughly the same rates as Whites , yet they are incarcerated at far higher rates. Correcting the imbalanced incarceration rates is one of the...
September 25, 2015

Yogi Berra, Birthright Citizen

Article first appeared in The Quorum Report. Yogi Berra was one of the most colorful and accomplished Americans of all time on any field of play, and he was apparently a birthright U.S. citizen. Yogi was born in 1925 and 1930 U.S. Census records show that...