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Texas Special Session, Explained

July 19, 2017
State lawmakers came back to the Capitol yesterday to take up Gov. Greg Abbott's twisted special session agenda. On the agenda - attacking the rights and lives of Texans. Again. So let's dive into what makes this session especially messed up.

5 Ways Texas GOP Will Try to Screw Texans Over During Governor Abbott’s Special Session

June 30, 2017
Governor Abbott called a special session of the Texas Legislature, putting the lives and rights of Texans on the line to score Republican primary points.
5 Ways Texas Republicans Will Try Screw Texans Over During Gov. Abbott’s Special Session

Best of the Week - June 24th

June 24, 2017
A straight-to-the-point curation of this week's suggested content for progressives to read and watch.

Open Letter to Gov. Abbott and Texas Lawmakers: An Attack on Any Texan Is An Attack on All Texans

June 21, 2017
36 groups representing diverse voices across the state denounce the extreme politics driving the Texas legislative agenda and vow to fight back.

Last Days of the First Amendment

June 18, 2017
Vicious attacks on the free press and an upside-down view of the separation of church and state put the First Amendment at risk.

Best of the Week - June 17th

June 17, 2017
A straight-to-the-point curation of this week's suggested content for progressives to read and watch.

Best of the Week - June 10th

June 10, 2017
A straight-to-the-point curation of this week's suggested content for progressives to read and watch.

Hilarious: Ted Cruz gets played off in the middle of speech

June 8, 2017
Even the Faith & Freedom Coalition is tired of hearing Ted's voice. Watch Ted get played off in the middle of his speech (20-second mark).Even the Faith & Freedom Coalition is tired of hearing Ted's voice. Watch Ted get played off in the middle of his speech (20-second mark).
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Ted Cruz Attacks Net Neutrality - Opponents Respond with July 12 Action

June 7, 2017
What is the line between a government and private internet service providers, or ISP’s, manipulating the public’s internet access?
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TEXAS STRONG: Resistance at the 2017 Legislative Session

June 2, 2017
Progressives from around the state and our champions in the legislature fought hard this session. From immigrant and voting rights to LGBTQ equality and reproductive freedom - we will continue to resist attacks on our fundamental rights.

The Worst of the Worst Texas Legislative Session in Pictures, Annotated

June 1, 2017
This session was pretty awful and by most accounts, the worst in recent history

Texas Republican Called ICE on 'Show Me Your Papers" Law Protesters, Threatened to Shoot Colleague

May 30, 2017
On the last day of our regular legislative session, amidst a peaceful protest to resist racist “show me your papers” SB 4, Tea Party Republican Matt Rinaldi of Irving told a group of Latino lawmakers he called ICE to deport the protestors. And it didn’t stop there. Rinaldi — who barely hung onto his seat in 2016 — also threatened to “put a bullet in one of his colleague’s heads.”
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Call Gov. Abbott Today to Stop Attacks on Texans' Fundamental Rights

May 26, 2017
With regular session wrapping up on Monday, the slew of bad bills passed by Republicans are heading to the Governor's desk to be signed into law.
Call Greg Abbott Progress Texas number

Houston Democrat Lays Out History of Voter Suppression

May 26, 2017
State Rep. Jarvis Johnson laid out the history of racially discriminatory, voter suppression laws in opposing Republican's newest voter ID bill, Senate Bill 5. "'The poll tax was not about race,' so they said. 'The literacy test was not about race,' so they said. 'The grandfather clause was not about race,' so they said."
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Rep. Howard Speaks Against Cruel Anti-Abortion Bill on Texas House Floor

May 23, 2017
Texas Rep. Donna Howard stood up for women's reproductive freedom and delivered a sincerely moving speech against a cruel bill that would force 'fetal burial' and effectively ban abortion after 13 weeks. "We can sit here self-righteously and decide that we always know best for every person. But we do not."
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Texas Democrat calls out GOP separate-but-equal bathroom bill

May 22, 2017
Watch Rep. Senfronia Thompson call out the Texas GOP's discriminatory bill for what it is: a separate but equal bathroom bill targeting vulnerable transgender kids."Bathrooms divided us and they divide us now...separate but equal is not equal at all."
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Hate & Intolerance Exposed on the House Floor

May 16, 2017
As part of a larger effort to insert religious refusal provisions into uncontroversial, state agency review bills, Republicans in the Texas House passed an amendment that would allow for discrimination against LGBTQ Texans seeking legal assistance.
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The Fight Against Anti-Immigrant SB4 in Texas

April 27, 2017
As Republicans in the Texas House — emboldened by Trump in the White House — passed a racist, anti-immigrant "show me your papers" bill, Senate Bill 4, Democrats stood united to fight this hateful piece of legislation for 16 hours, while activists took over the Capitol throughout the day in resistance.

Ted Cruz is Missing

April 20, 2017
Have you seen Senator Ted Cruz? He seems to be avoiding his constituents at any cost. But Texans are not the type to be ignored.
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