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Lone Star State Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.07.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My recent trip to Houston had me wondering about women who changed America who had ties to Texas - the Lone Star State. And, I was not disappointed w...

Women of the Law

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 10.19.2016 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Greenberger, the founder and co-president of the National Women's Law Center, was the first full-time women's rights legal advocate in Washington, D.C. A recognized expert on sex discrimination and the law, her efforts have been pivotal to the passage of legislation protecting the rights of women.

How Progressives Talk About July 4 And Our National History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be a way we can do what needs doing, to shine a light on the problems and injustices in our country, while still publicly embracing a commitment to the whole country, the whole community.

Voter Suppression Is Un-American

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

It does seem a bit ridiculous, doesn't it? That we still have to fight for voting rights, fight against laws that seek to suppress the vote, laws that will have a disproportionate impact on those Americans who -- had they been of voting age before 1965 -- would likely have been barred because of their race?

Politics, Storytellers and Milltowns: Chatting With Kinky Friedman, Billy Joe Shaver and Mark Erelli

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.28.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Kinky Friedman: Well, for one thing I'm going totally f**king deaf, which is a good thing. I only care about two things, and they are Libya and Charlie Sheen. Also, if you're going deaf and you're imaginative, you can think of more interesting things for people to say rather than what they're really saying.

Michael Brown, Son, Student 'Thug'?

Ama Yawson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.

The Absolute Best Way to Reflect on Nixon's Resignation

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Lester & Charlie

On this anniversary, let's remember one great -- but too often overlooked -- Lesbian African-American House Representative from Texas who steered us through a Constitutional crisis 40 years ago with logic and passion.

Liberal Nationalism Is Not Only Possible, It's Essential

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be something concrete that makes those of us living in the United States more than just co-residents who share little other than proximity. There has to be something that makes 300 million people into "we" and "us." That something is civic nationalism.

A Woman's Place is in the House... and Senate

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

There aren't many women in the U.S. Congress. In fact we are nowhere near parity; less than 20 percent of our Representatives and Senators are women. Let's learn about some women who changed the face of politics in the U.S.

The Texas Spring: How Wendy Davis Is Taking on the Good Ole Boys

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Vivian Norris

What Rick Perry and the GOP did by not only calling a special session to close virtually every abortion clinic in Texas, but also changing the date on the votes that took place after midnight, was a disgraceful slap in the face of all citizens everywhere. And they did not get away with it.

No Sunshine For Public Salaries?

Posted 12.03.2012 | Miami

Miami-Dade commissioner Barbara Jordan has a problem with the public knowing how much she makes -- and if she has her way, you won't. As first repo...

Is It A Cluster? DOH Weighs In

Posted 10.22.2012 | Miami

The Florida Department of Heath says an alleged cancer cluster near a Hialeah recycling plant is consistent with the state's cancer rates. "We have...

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Barbara Jordan

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Barbara Jordan, born and raised in Houston, Texas, made history twice in her early political career, becoming the first woman elected to the Texas Sen...

Talkin' Politics with Kinky Friedman: We talk to the legendary singer, songwriter, novelist, politician.

Steve Karras | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Steve Karras

"The Kinkster" spoke to us from his ranch in the Texas hill country recently to discuss his enduring music and literary career and his plans to saddle up again and try and unseat the incumbent Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, in the 2014 election.

Woman-the-Barricades: We Need a Reinvigorated Women's Movement

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

One must legitimately ask where this assault on women will stop. What will conservative Republicans think they can get away with next if there isn't an uprising saying, "We will not accept this attack on women!"

Battleground North Carolina: Democratic Women Fired Up!

Michael Carmichael | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

Recognizing that women's rights will take a devastating hit if Republicans return to power in 2012, Democratic women are rising to face the challenge.

The Texas Politics (and Tennis) Tour

Jake Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Jake Silverstein

If you are planning a trip to Texas, consider stopping at these seven places where defining political moments happened.

Remembering Barbara Jordan

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth F. Bunting

Barbara Charline Jordan, who would have turned 75 this month, was certainly no ordinary freshman. Her debut in Congress in 1973 has never before or since been equaled.

True Patriot: Mama Grizzly or Barbara Jordan?

Ann Daly, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ann Daly, PhD

So I'm waiting for my husband to show up at the Austin Airport, and I'm sticking near the Barbara Jordon statue. And then it hits me. That statue of former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan is the answer to my mama grizzly problem.

My Must-See Moment at Every Inaugural

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

This moment sets in motion a process that allows ultimate authority to shift from one man to another without a shot being fired, a person being imprisoned or a life being lost.

Just When You Thought You Were American -- Conservatives Say Not So Fast

Burns Strider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Burns Strider

Palin has decided that you are not a real American, maybe you are even anti-American, if you either don't have the same views as they do or you are from the wrong part of the nation, or both.

History, Hope and Hillary: A Call for Party Unity

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

I am asking that you heed the lessons of 1980 and remain loyal to the party both candidates represent and to the legacy of the Clinton administration they seek continue.