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Terror in the Texas Capitol

Martha Burk | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

The Lone Star State attack on women was just the latest in what is looking more and more like the new McCarthyism. It's a simple formula. If women speak up for their rights, label them nazis and terrorists -- and if you can get other women to do it, so much the better.

My Proposal for a Bill That Bans Male Masturbation in Texas

Charles Clymer | Posted 09.02.2013 | Comedy
Charles Clymer

I think we can all agree that life is sacred, and we must do everything we can to ensure that potential life is protected.

Perry Slams 'Occupy Wall Street Tactics' Of Wendy Davis Supporters

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) criticized those who supported state Sen. Wendy Davis’ fight against a bill that threatened to close nearly all of the abo...

Gene Wu Apologizes For Cheney Tweet

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

Texas State Representative Gene Wu (D) issued a series of apologies acknowledging the "tasteless" nature of an earlier tweet about Dick Cheney's histo...

In Defense of Unruly Mobs

Jason Stanford | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

If Americans witness their government abusing power, wouldn't you want them to speak up?

Dispatch from Austin

Cecile Richards | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Cecile Richards

The Texas Legislature is back at the Capitol today, trying to pass a bill that would wipe out access to safe and legal abortion for millions of women in the state. If this all sounds familiar, it's because we've seen this bill before.

Jason Cherkis

Wendy Davis Reflects On Filibuster And The Coming Special Session Abortion Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

After Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' 11-hour filibuster helped defeat a controversial anti-abortion bill aimed at severely cutting access to abortion 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.

Ms. Davis Goes to Austin

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Texas is going blue. The only question is when. If Wendy Davis runs for governor in 2014, and Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, it will be "High Noon" in Texas with these two leading ladies starring in the Gary Cooper role.

Dems Fight Back Against Harsh Abortion Measure

Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

By WILL WEISSERT AND JIM VERTUNO, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUSTIN, Texas — A sweeping bill that would effectively shut down most abortion clinics acr...

After Explosion, Texas Adopts a 'Fertilizer Happens' Policy

Jason Stanford | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

They're still not sure what caused the explosion or how to prevent another one, but Texas officials are united on who should be held responsible. They all want the federal government to pay up.

How the Texas Legislature Stuck It to You This Time

Jason Stanford | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

There is not a credible economist out there who can say with a straight face that what the Texas economy needs is a business tax cut, so that's exactly what Rick Perry demanded.

Texas Legislature Changes Tune On Immigration

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.03.2013 | Latino Voices

The Texas Legislature is changing its tune on immigration. While acrimonious debates over voter ID and “sanctuary cities” grabbed headlines du...

How Texas Is Making It Easier for Utilities to Keep 'Phantom Taxes'

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

As a result of Rick Perry's version of "competition," the invisible hand gave consumers the middle finger. Texas consumers have paid $11 billion more than they would have under the old, regulated monopolies, or $3,000 per Texan over the last decade.

In Birthplace of High-stakes Testing, Lawmakers Turn on Its Godfather

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Nowhere is the movement against high-stakes testing as strong as it is in Texas where all this started. Now, 86 percent of the state's school boards have adopted resolutions opposing the over-reliance on high-stakes testing.

Republicans, Report Cards & Roll Call

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Cindi Love

If they "break" with the master plan of the most conservative factions in their party, they lose. If they don't vote for true equality and justice for all of their constituents, they lose. They have to decide where they want to stand.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Jason Stanford | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

When he campaigned for his Houston-area legislative seat last year, Democrat Gene Wu heard so many complaints from parents and teachers about Texas' new standardized test that he took the 5th grade math test himself.

A Test for Texas Republicans

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

If you believe that the Electoral College system needs to be changed from a winner-take-all system to some sort of proportional or district-based representation, all in the name of democracy of course, the place to make that happen is Texas and the time is now.

The Republican Problem on Vouchers

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.04.2013 | Education
Jason Stanford

When Texans are more in favor of giving more money to the government than they are for passing a conservative pet project, Republicans have a problem.

Time for Texas Democrats to Back a Democrat for Speaker

Jason Stanford | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Republicans have been pummeling Democrats for more than a decade. There's no rule saying we have to hold ourselves down for them.

Dead Texas Politician Wins Re-election

Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics

Deceased Texas state senator Mario Gallegos defeated opponent R.W. Bray in Texas's District 6. Under Texas law, Gallegos's name was required to remain...

Janell Ross

Federal Court Rules Texas Plotted to Discriminate Against Latino Voters

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 08.29.2012 | Latino Voices

The map of congressional districts drawn up by Texas elected officials just after the 2010 census was not only illegitimate and illegal, but designed ...

Texas Lawmaker's Office Firebombed

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

An arrest was made Tuesday evening in an apparent firebombing outside the Fort Worth office of a Democratic Texas state senator. The Star-Telegra...

The Supreme Court and the Texas Gerrymander

Lou Dubose | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Lou Dubose

When the Court ruled in favor of the State of Texas and ordered a three-judge panel in San Antonio to redraw maps they had drawn in November, did nine justices vote to uphold a racial gerrymander that violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act?

Joy Resmovits

Teachers In Texas Rally Against Education Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.07.2011 | Education

As Texas lawmakers prepare to cut billions in education funding and give school districts a heavier hand in determining teacher pay, the state's educa...