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U.S. v. Texas: How the Supreme Court Got Tangled in Immigration Law

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

Something is wrong when Supreme Court Justices wrestle this way with legal concepts. The problem is clearly not they. The law, regulations, and policies are the problem, as is the inertia that keeps them that way.

Playing Politics With Women's Health Is Both Wrong And Dangerous

Mona Shattell | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Today, the nation's highest court will hear Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, a case that will determine whether the state of Texas can shut down nearly all abortion care providers in the state, placing countless women at risk of serious harm and forcing health professionals to provide substandard care.

Wendy Davis Says She Wants To Run For Office Again

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics

Wendy Davis' 2014 campaign for governor of Texas may have ended in a historic drubbing, but the former state senator and feminist icon isn't done with...

The Real Reason Texas Abandoned Its Progressive Gun Control Policy

Donald G. Nieman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Donald G. Nieman

Why are Texans safer yet feeling more vulnerable? Certainly, it's a manifestation of single-issue politics and the power of the National Rifle Association. But it also reflects the failure of political leadership and the triumph of the politics of fear.

Texas and the Politics of Exclusion

Tiffany Puett | Posted 11.20.2016 | Religion
Tiffany Puett

The politics of exclusion diminishes the diversity that's at the heart of Texas. We are a diverse state with a large evangelical Christian population, as well as a sizable Muslim one. And they are all Texans. And they deserve more spacious politics.

Victory Announced as Texas Judge Ordered By Superior Courts to Reinstate Transgender Widow's Marriage to Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 10.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

After nearly 6 years of fighting, my life has changed again with just one order.

Bernie Sanders Visits Texas To See If He Can Keep Drawing Huge Crowds

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is making good on his promise to visit red states during his presidential campaign, with a swing through Tex...

Greg Abbott Signs Off On Ousting Planned Parenthood From Cancer Program

Texas Tribune | Alexa Ura | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

A months-long effort to keep Republicans from pushing Planned Parenthood out of a state cancer screening program for low-income women ended in defeat...

The Jefferson Davis Statue at the University of Texas Should Be Removed

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 06.22.2016 | College
Mark Yzaguirre

We can't change the past, but we can certainly change how we commemorate it and that will influence the future. For those reasons, I'd say that removing the Jefferson Davis statue from one of America's great public universities is something worth doing.

Changing a Certain Future: The Dilemma Facing Texas Democrats

Bryan Bennett | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Bryan Bennett

It is imperative for Democrats to establish a call to action and use these next three years to mobilize resources and dedicate their efforts into recruiting a strong slate of statewide candidates for the 2018 election.

Samantha Lachman

Many Clinics Likely To Close As Federal Appeals Court Upholds Texas Abortion Restrictions | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld some of the most onerous parts of a Texas abortion law, which is...

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...

Texas GOP Comes Up With New Ways To Make It Nearly Impossible To Have An Abortion

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

The Texas House of Representatives passed a package of abortion restrictions on Thursday that would make the process for a minor to obtain a “judici...

Half Of Texas Women Face Barriers To Reproductive Health

Texas Tribune | Alexa Ura | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

More than half of Texas women faced at least one barrier to accessing reproductive health care in the years after lawmakers dramatically altered the s...

Federal Appeals Court Considers Controversial Texas Voter ID Bill

Texas Tribune | Jim Malewitz | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

NEW ORLEANS – A federal appellate judge on Tuesday questioned why the Texas Legislature had not addressed concerns that its four-year-old voter ID l...

Samantha Lachman

Four Years Later, Texas Is Still Defending Its Voter ID Law | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that could have national implications for states that require vote...

Jason Linkins

So That Happened: A Look At How Evangelical Voters Could Legitimize Ted Cruz (Or Not) | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

So, that happened. This week, the 2016 race welcomed Ted Cruz to the GOP scrum after the U.S. senator from Texas made his presidential ambitions clear...

Samantha Lachman

Ted Cruz Announces He's Running For President In 2016 | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced just after midnight on Monday he'll mount a bid for president of the United States. Cruz shared the news on Twitt...

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.

Samantha Lachman

Embattled Congressman Joked Online About Drinking And Hitting On Women | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), who is being sued by a former employee for sexual harassment, wrote posts about alcohol and female trav...

Leticia Van De Putte To Run For Mayor Of San Antonio

The Texas Tribune | Alexa Ura | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

*Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. Two weeks after losing her bid for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte on W...

Latinos Aren't Going to Save Democrats in Texas

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

This election shows that the Republican Party in Texas is quite capable of making a play for a solid portion of the Texas Latino vote. If Democrats want to have any hope of changing the dynamics of statewide politics in Texas, they need to lose their illusions about a coming tide of Latino voters who will save them.

Raising Our Voices When Others Try to Silence Them

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 12.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

Forcing voters to use photo ID and perpetuating the myth of rampant voter fraud is nothing more than a strategy to keep growing minority communities on the sidelines. And unfortunately, it works.