Today, the Austin American-Statesman ran an op-ed we wrote about Texas' judicial vacancy crisis. The op-ed, which was published under Progress Texas for identification purposes only, can be read online at the Statesman, or below. Read more about Justice Suffers While Cruz Delays Judicial Nominations
Texas' federal courts make rulings on almost every issue important to our state. While so much attention is given to the Supreme Court, it's critical to remember that dozens of federal judges in Texas have lifetime appointments to serve on lower federal courts, where they hear hundreds if not thousands of times the number of cases the Supreme Court hears.
And most of the time, on the biggest issues of the day, it’s the lower federal courts that have the final say. Read more about What 5,000 Days Without Federal Court Judges Means for Texas
In yet another critical example of why courts matter, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments about a Texas redistricting case that could, as one observer put it, "devastate minority representation in Texas." Read more about Supreme Court to Review Republican Attempt to Remove Kids From Population Counts
Texas Republicans have blocked two legislative proposals they said were necessary in order to consider expanding health care.
Here's what happened, in three simple steps: Read more about Texas GOP Block Proposal They Said Was Necessary for Medicaid Expansion
Historic progress for marijuana policy reform continued this week, as three different bills were voted out of Texas legislative committees for the first time ever.
But these bills aren't laws yet - they still have to be approved by the full legislature. We are working hard to get those votes and will keep you updated.
Yesterday, the Texas Legislature's Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence gave bipartisan approval of legislation that makes small possession of marijuana a ticketable offense instead of a felony.
The bill, HB 507 sponsored by Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso), is the first time any legislation of its kind has advanced from a Texas Legislative committee.
The move shows that the Legislature is listening to the more than 20,000 Texans who have advocated for reform this year. Read more about First Marijuana Policy Reform Bill Advances from Texas House Committee
Last month we released a report on the state of the media's political coverage in Texas. The findings showed that seven men dominated the political analysis in our state, having been quoted 1,331 times over the course of the election (the next closest person was quoted fewer than 20 times). Read more about Creating Diverse Political Analysis in Texas
While Texas Republicans focus on tax cuts for big business, 10 rural and small-city hospitals have shut down - in part - because the state refuses to accept Medicaid expansion funds. Read more about Republican Refusal of Medicaid Funds May Cause Hospital Closures
Today, the Texas House of Representatives will debate the state budget. Crafted by Republican elected officials, the budget leaves $19 billion in available funds unspent – at a time when Texas students, seniors, and veterans remain underfunded.
Students, seniors, and veterans paid their taxes, and now the Legislature is trying to turn those dollars into businesses giveaways that many businesses don’t even want. Read more about State Budget a Bad Deal for Texas Families
A number of new studies support marijuana policy reform - and refute many arguments raised by opponents.
Those who are uncomfortable with the idea of marijuana policy reform often fall back on a tired argument: "we need more time to study this issue." But when you look at the facts about marijuana studies compared to a legal painkiller - like hydrocodone - you realize how ridiculous that argument really is: Read more about New Studies Challenge Myths About Marijuana Policy Reform