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March 29, 2012

ALEC's Stand Your Ground Law Passed in Texas in 2007

You can take action on this critical issue now by sending a letter to ALEC companies and asking them to withdraw their membership from ALEC. In 2007, Texas passed Senate Bill 378 , better known as the “Castle Doctrine” or “Stand-Your-Ground” bill...
March 20, 2012

Bad Budget Proposals Come In Pairs

I guess bad budget proposals come in pairs. On the same day that Congressman Paul Ryan and his fellow House Republicans rolled out their disastrous budget proposal , the Texans for a Conservative Budget Coalition have released their own for Texas. Here is...
March 12, 2012

U.S. Department of Justice Strikes Down Texas' Photo ID Law

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) rejected Texas' photo ID bill (SB 14) today , explaining that the state of Texas did not met the burden of proof in showing that the law would not have a "disparate effect" on minority voters. The full letter...
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...
January 25, 2012

President Obama Calls for Up-or-Down Vote on Judges

During his State of the Union address , President Obama called on the Senate to cease their unprecedented obstruction of judicial nominees. With 32 judicial emergencies across the country, including 5 here at home, the time has come to put the qualified,...
January 19, 2012

Rick Perry’s Taxpayer-Funded Security Costs

MEMO: Rick Perry’s Taxpayer-Funded Security Costs SUMMARY: Estimates show Governor Perry owes $2,651,429.14 to Texas taxpayers for security-related travel costs incurred during his 160-day presidential run. With $2.47 million in his state account as of...
November 8, 2011

Student Loan Debt Approaches $1 Trillion

This year, student loan debt will top credit card debt at $1 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve. Students took out a record-breaking $100 billion in loans in 2008. Adjusted for inflation, they are now borrowing twice as much as they did just a...
August 13, 2011

Voter ID Submitted to the DOJ

The discriminatory Voter ID law passed this session by the Texas Legislature has been submitted to the DOJ for preclearance. This is the final step before the law can be enforced across the state.