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Texas HDC Virtual Retreat Left Dems Organized, Prepared for 87th Session

This week, the Texas House Democratic Caucus hosted a three-day virtual retreat to brainstorm policy, organize priorities and fundraise in preparation for the upcoming 87th Legislative Session. The retreat kicked off Tuesday morning with the Caucus’ Special Committees (which cover tax loopholes and the environment) and COVID-19 Work Groups (which cover criminal justice, the economy, …

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Texas Legislative Black Caucus Introduces the George Floyd Act

Today, the Texas Legislative Black Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives held a virtual press conference to announce their plans to file the George Floyd Act during the upcoming 87th Legislative Session. The act is a comprehensive piece of criminal justice legislation named in honor of George Floyd, a native of Houston who died …

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Ken Paxton must protect Texas from Trump Administration in face of new Census reapportionment plan

Last week, the Trump Administration announced its intention to exclude undocumented immigrants from the population counts used to reapportion and create Congressional districts. It is the latest unconstitutional effort from a president who has made it his mission to prioritize party over people, politics over government and autocracy over the republic. Texas House Democratic Caucus …

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Texans face choice between health, right to vote this election season

This week marks the beginning of early voting for the 2020 primary runoff elections in Texas.   Unfortunately, as cases spike across the state and the COVID-19 metrics skyrocket into dangerous territory, Texans will not have the opportunity to vote by mail-in ballot. Instead, voters will have to choose to put themselves at risk in …

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ExxonMobil Lawsuit Battle: The State vs. Harris County

Over the last decade, Texas Republicans have shown a pattern of disregard for public safety and the rights of local governments, notably in terms of environmental protections. We now face contaminated water and air, incalculable injuries, and even fatalities due to the GOP’s indifference.The State repeatedly chips away at local governments’ ability to hold polluters …

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Bill Filing Deadline

Friday marked the last day for members to file non-local bills this legislative session. As of the close of business Friday, more than 4,600 bills were filed, with House Democrats filing nearly half of all bills. Now, the real challenge begins — getting those bills a committee hearing and onto the House floor for a …

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Trump’s National Emergency Announcement

On Friday, President Trump declared a “national emergency” to build a wall on the US – Mexico border. This lawless act undermines the will of the people and their elected representatives in Congress.  For those of us in Texas, Trump’s rhetoric and actions are an insult – whether he is denigrating Texas’ border communities with false immigration and crime …

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Update on Sec. of State Nomination Process

Last week, the Texas Senate Committee on Nominations heard testimony from David Whitley, Governor Abbott’s nominee for Secretary of State. During the hearing, Whitely claimed that the definition of voter suppression was “irrelevant” and admitted that the voter list his office released may in fact have contained flawed data.   Democrats want to protect the integrity of our election system — and that means we call out voter intimidation …

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