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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.

Young Mexican-American Runs For Texas Legislature

La Prensa | Posted 02.04.2014 | Latino Voices

Houston, Feb 3 (EFE).- Luis Lopez, born 25 years ago in Mexico, is running as a Democrat for the Texas House of Representatives on a platform of impro...

41 Years of Fighting Over Roe

Martha Burk | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

January 22 is the 41st anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Roe was supposed to put an end to the fight over access to a life-saving procedure. Far from it.

Texas Passes Bill Requiring Voters Show Proof of Being Republican

Jerome Halligan | Posted 03.09.2014 | Comedy
Jerome Halligan

Austin, Texas - A bill that would require voters in Texas to show proof of their registration with the Republican Party easily passed the Republican-controlled senate Friday. The bill has the support of Governor Rick Perry and is expected to be signed into law as early as this week.

A Crime Victims' Christmas Angel

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.21.2014 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

Every town and city across America has its unsung heroes who perform exemplary community service. This is the story of one such citizen whose selfless, unwavering dedication and hard work have immeasurably helped thousands of victims of violent crime across the State of Texas.

It's Time to Investigate Pearson in Texas, Too

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

There's ample evidence that state officials have put the lazy in laissez faire when it comes to providing effective oversight of Pearson's massive contract.

The Numbers Are in: Democrats Are on the Right Side of Voters

Michael Sargeant | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

Americans have had enough of the GOP's ideological agenda. Republicans are simply out of sync with where America is today, and the polling proves it.

Kafka in Texas

Jason Stanford | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

When a cop with a political agenda can get away with persecuting a woman with a debilitating illness, Republicans can stop talking about limited government and personal liberty. If Romano's a potential terrorist, then so are you.

States Sexist Little Secret Exposed

Texas Observer | Olivia Messer | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

In January, I returned to my home state to cover the Texas Legislature....

Yellow Roses and Pink Sneakers

Will Durst | Posted 09.18.2013 | Comedy
Will Durst

Every decent god-fearing person across this grand land agrees that abortions are a crime against nature and we're just following the lead of you darn liberals so intent on protecting people from themselves. No need to get your petticoats in a bundle.

Mandatory Ultrasounds? They're Only Trying to Help...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"We're on your side -- now roll over!" ...

A Tampon and a Gun

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

It goes without saying that super-plus tampons and winged pads pose a threat to the safety of Texas state senators. Licensed guns, on the other hand, are still acceptable accoutrement for those attending the legislative session.

Texas Lege Is A 'Dysfunction Junction'

Posted 07.13.2013 | Comedy

From the creator of last week's viral hit "I'm a Bad Bill," which reimagined Schoolhouse Rock as an anthem against the Texas legislature's crusade to ...

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.