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Sandra Bland's Mom Is Pushing For Police Reform In Texas

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 04.12.2017 | Black Voices

The mother of Sandra Bland has returned to Texas to demand change, nearly two years after her daughter died in a Waller County jail cell. Geneva Reed-...

Federal Judge Rules Yet Again Texas Intended To Discriminate With Voter ID Law

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 04.11.2017 | Politics

For the second time since 2014, a federal judge has determined that the Texas legislature crafted a restrictive voter ID law with the intent to discri...

Family Immigrant Detention Centers Struggle To Get Child Care Licenses

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 04.06.2017 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas ― A Republican-led effort to give child care facility licenses to family immigrant detention centers appeared to falter on Wednesday, ...

Once Again, Texas Republicans Are Pushing An 'Avalanche' Of Anti-LGBTQ Bills

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.29.2017 | Queer Voices

One bill, sponsored by GOP Texas state senator Charles Perry, would allow any professionals regulated by the state of Texas ― from medical providers...

Watch This Once-Undocumented Immigrant Destroy Her State's Case For Banning Sanctuary Cities

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 03.15.2017 | Latino Voices

AUSTIN, Texas ― Hundreds of people showed up to protest when the Texas Senate took its first step last month toward passing a bill that would ban so...

Texas Republicans' Gerrymandering Scheme Just Took A Beating In Court

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 03.11.2017 | Politics

A panel of federal judges in San Antonio ruled Friday that some of Texas’ congressional districts are unconstitutional or violate the Voting Rights ...

DOJ Fought Texas' Voter ID Law For Years. Now It Just Wants To Wait For A Fix.

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 02.28.2017 | Politics

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Department of Justice walked a fine line Tuesday on its commitment to ensuring voting rights when it asked a federal jud...

Trump Casually Threatens To 'Destroy' The Career Of State Lawmaker

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics

President Donald Trump threatened to “destroy” the career of a Texas state senator after a Texas sheriff accused the lawmaker of getting in his wa...

Hundreds At Texas Capitol Speak Out Against Anti-Immigrant Bill

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas ― Hundreds of people flooded the halls of the Texas Capitol on Thursday, pressing legislators to abandon a Republican-led effort to cr...

Texas Lawmaker: Jail Time For Abortions Would Make Women 'More Personally Responsible' For Sex

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― A Republican lawmaker in Texas who proposed a bill that would criminalize abortion said the policy would force women to be “more pers...

Austin Area Becomes Immigrant 'Sanctuary' As Trump Inaugurated

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas ― The Travis County Sheriff’s Office announced a new policy Friday of limiting cooperation with detainers issued by Immigration and ...

Lesbian Latina Politician Takes On Texas' Transgender Bathroom Bill

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.12.2017 | Queer Voices

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R) of Texas, who presides over the state senate, says he’s not worried about economic fallout over a bill ― unveiled in ...

Governor Abbott: Sign HB225 and Save Texas Lives

Joy Strickland | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Joy Strickland

Opiate overdose is the crisis that did not need to happen. Its very existence contradicts the idea that every person is redeemable and every human life is worth saving.

In Conservative Texas Legislature, Fewer Abortion Bills Passed

Texas Tribune | Alexa Ura | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

Two years after passing some of the strictest abortion regulations in the country — and with a state Legislature considered even more conservative t...

Texas State Senate OKs Latest Set Of Abortion Restrictions

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Texas state Senate gave preliminary approval on Monday to a set of new restrictions on minors seeking abortions without a pa...

Texas State Senate Panel OKs Restrictions On Minors Seeking Abortions

Texas Tribune | Alexa Ura | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

Minors seeking abortions in Texas without parental consent will face a tougher set of legal hurdles under legislation already approved by the House an...

Messing With Texas on Marriage

Anthony C. Infanti | Posted 05.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Anthony C. Infanti

Anticipating the result in the same-sex marriage cases recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit state and local officials from issuing or recognizing the marriage licenses of same-sex couples. Is this really about states' rights or is it just another instance of states' rights being used as code for a license to discriminate?

Why Tim Cook Should Threaten to Shut Down Apple Campus Amid Texas Anti-Gay Crusade

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

There's a full-blown emergency playing out in Texas. It's a gay civil rights emergency, and, if left unchecked, a disaster will occur that could affect the future of gay and transgender people there for some time to come. And yet, there's largely been dead silence from business leaders, public figures, much of the national media and pro-gay politicians.

Roque Planas

Texas Declares May 1 'Mexican-American Studies Day' | Roque Planas | Posted 05.07.2015 | Latino Voices

The Texas Legislature passed a resolution Friday morning declaring May 1, 2015, Mexican-American Studies Day. The move marks a symbolic victory for ed...

Fight for the Texas Dream Act Continues

Juan Escalante | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Juan Escalante

The battle of the Texas Dream Act continues. A bill known as SB1819, sponsored by Texas Republican Senators Donna Campbell, Tom Creighton, and Lois Kolkhorst, is headed for the Senate floor to be heard and voted upon.

Disclosure Fail: Industry Reps Testifying for Denton, Texas Fracking Bill Left Ties Undisclosed

Steve Horn | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A March 24 hearing prior to the passage of a controversial bill out of committee that preempts cities in Texas from regulating hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for oil and gas obtained from shale basins, featured numerous witnesses who failed to disclose their industry ties, including some with ties to the Koch brothers.

Here's Hows Texas Is Leading the Political Tech Revolution

Francisco Enriquez | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Francisco Enriquez

If you told me two years ago that Texas would be on the cutting edge of employing online tools to connect voters directly to their government's policy-making processes, I wouldn't have believed you.

GOP Lawmaker Makes Holocaust Comparison In Speech

The Huffington Post | Diane Jeanty | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

In his inaugural speech, Texas state Sen. Charles Perry (R) compared what he called the “spiritual battle” being waged in the United States agains...

Men Against Women

James Moore | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
James Moore

As more abortion clinics close in the state of Texas, a retrospective look at the politics that led to this form of oppression points mostly at men. In fact, the five Republican candidates for the most powerful statewide offices in Texas, all of whom are dedicated to increasing abortion restrictions, are male

What Texas Lawmakers Really Achieved for Women

William H. Harwood | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
William H. Harwood

You are to be forgiven if you cannot think of anything that could be called a women's health "legislative achievement" coming out of Texas recently.