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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 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 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...
May 4, 2015
Creating Diverse Political Analysis in Texas

Creating Diverse Political Analysis in Texas

Last month we released a report on the state of the media's political coverage in Texas. The findings showed that seven men dominated the political analysis in our state, having been quoted 1,331 times over the course of the election (the next closest...
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...
March 31, 2015
State Budget a Bad Deal for Texas Families

State Budget a Bad Deal for Texas Families

Today, the Texas House of Representatives will debate the state budget. Crafted by Republican elected officials, the budget leaves $19 billion in available funds unspent – at a time when Texas students, seniors, and veterans remain underfunded. Students,...
March 26, 2015

Seven Men Dominate Political Analysis in Texas

Texas is a large and diverse state, yet you would not know that based on those who are most frequently asked to analyze the political landscape here. Our new report, " In Increasingly Diverse Texas, Political Analysis is Anything But, " reveals that...
March 4, 2015
New Studies Challenge Myths About Marijuana Policy Reform

New Studies Challenge Myths About Marijuana Policy Reform

A number of new studies support marijuana policy reform - and refute many arguments raised by opponents. Those who are uncomfortable with the idea of marijuana policy reform often fall back on a tired argument: "we need more time to study this issue." But...
March 2, 2015
Marijuana Policy Reform

Marijuana Policy Reform in the 2015 Texas Legislature

This year, there are a number of bills in the Texas Legislature that provide opportunities for marijuana policy reform. One type of reform, reducing criminal penalties for small possession, is supported by a majority of Texans. While different bills have...
February 3, 2015
How Committees Work

Session 101: How Committees Work

The committee process in the Texas Legislature goes far beyond what the public generally sees. It’s about providing public testimony and voting on bills, yes, but the work that goes into the process extends far beyond what we see. Visit this website to...