Even as the nation as a whole is moving ahead to improve student health, here in Texas the legislature has just taken a big step in the wrong direction.
I know that the arts industry can feel very foreign to the business community. But as companies seek new ways to build their competitive advantage, they are increasingly finding that the arts are the key to driving true innovation.
The idea that Austin is the democratic oasis in a red dessert fortifies the status quo and allows Republicans to continue winning state office by default.
If we, as a Nation, are to continue to perfect this Union for next generations, engaging in open, honest discourse about our biases when they surface is paramount. Denial, dismissive, dispassionate and derisive behavior will only reproduce the disharmony and discrimination we are witnessing and mistakenly deem them as random occurrences.
Tell Gynoticians like Rick Perry, Trent Franks, Pat McCrory and the Pat McCrorys of women like representative Jodie Laubenberg and Marsha Blackburn that enough is enough: We aren't just coming for their laws, we're coming for their JOBS.
Going through nine months of pregnancy and now raising a child has made me even more pro-choice than I ever thought possible.
From some perspectives, that sharing the word of Jesus is an act of bestowing a great gift on the "unbeliever," while for others, rather than experiencing this as a gift, some of us perceive this as an imposition, an annoyance, an insensitivity, a provocation, or worse, a form of oppression.
By 2012, six out of 14 Wal-Mart's direct lobbyists had worked in Congress. In that same year, Wal-Mart retained a total of ten outside lobbying firms, bringing its total legislative agent count to 79 lobbyists -- of which 64 were revolving door lobbyists.
While Perry's ill-fated 2012 presidential campaign will go down in the history books as a good example of an epic failure, this has not completely discouraged Governor Perry and his supporters.
God was nowhere near the signing of that bill into law today in Texas -- nor was the Constitution of the United States of America.
Wendy Davis can certainly speak both eloquently and effectively. She brings a clear analysis and thoughtful energy to seemingly intractable political quagmires.
"We're on your side -- now roll over!" ...
You wouldn't guess it from TV, but there has been a lot going on this week besides the Florida murder trial. See how much you were able to read between the lines by taking our weekly news quiz.
While it's encouraging that some U.S. realtors that source from Bangladesh have finally declared a new commitment toward improving the safety of Bangladeshi factory workers, let's hope that these companies will abandon their previous race to the bottom labor practices in favor of protecting human lives.
To understand why Texas' new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend. It's a sad story, and despite what Texas Republicans might claim, it has nothing to do with abortion.
The silver lining to this dark cloud is State Senator Wendy Davis herself. A single mother who went from living in a trailer to graduating from Harvard Law School, Davis understands the struggles of working class women.