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Best of the Week: Absent Abbott's Not-So-Special Session

A straight-to-the-point curation of this week's suggested content for progressives to read and watch.

Special Note: On the first day of Governor Abbott's special session of the Texas Legislature, July 18th, we will be joining a coalition of organizations for a full day of resistance action. The July 18th One Texas Resistance rally (#OneTX) will kick off the 30 days of actions during Special Session. Mark your calendars and get ready, it will be all hands on deck! Get more information.
 

THINGS TO READ 

Special Session FAQ. You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. (Progress Texas)

Amid Maternal Death Crisis, Texas Reproductive Rights Coalition Condemns Governor Abbott’s Cruel Anti-Abortion Agenda (Progress Texas)

Gov. Absent and the Curious Case of Stagnant Republican Voter Growth (Progress Texas)

After SB4, people-hunting is the state-sponsored sport in Texas (Neta)

Beto O'Rourke raises more than Ted Cruz in second quarter (Texas Tribune)

The new Senate health bill is terrible for anyone who is sick, has been sick, or will be sick (Vox)

IBM takes out full-page ads, sends top execs to lobby against bathroom bill (Progress Texas)

What Happens When Texas Blocks Planned Parenthood? Abortions Rise (Austin Chronicle)

What Dan Patrick Got Wrong about Public School Finance (CPPP)

Flashback:5 Headlines Mocking Texas Governor for 'Jade Helm 15' Conspiracy Theories (Progress Texas)

 

THINGS TO WATCH, LISTEN

 

Ted Cruz: "When I go back to Texas, nobody asks about Russia" (Progress Texas)

Dreamers grateful efforts to repeal in-state tuition benefit never materialized (Texas Tribune)

Conversation on the upcoming Special Session in Texas (Glenn Smith - Fox Austin)

Texas redistricting case heads to trial in San Antonio (Ed Espinoza - Fox Austin)

Trump Jr. email exchange with Russia (Glenn Smith - Fox Austin) 
 

WAYS TO ACT

Fight Back Now: Stop Gov. Abbott’s Cruel Anti-Abortion Agenda

One Texas Resistance Rally and Day of Action - July 18 (Austin)

Contact your legislator and demand coverage for pre-existing conditions

March for Healthcare – July 15 (Austin)
 

FACEPALM OF THE WEEK

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