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…

Texas House Mass Violence Committee Continues Work in 2020

On Thursday, the Texas House Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety will hold a hearing in the city of El Paso just five months following the El Paso Walmart terrorist attack. Family members of victims and those directly affected by the mass shooting…

Fighting for Kids’ Healthcare

Twenty percent of the total number of uninsured children in the U.S. live in Texas, but only 10% of the nation’s children reside here. Texas’ rate of uninsured children has grown to 8.3% in recent years, double the nation’s average. The Austin American-Statesman showcased this…

Abbott Endorses Trump’s Position on Family Separations

On Sunday's Lone Star Politics, Governor Greg Abbott endorsed President Trump's position on family separations, repeating the lies that the immoral and despicable Administration practice of separating children from their families requires a legislative solution. Here's exactly what Abbott said: "And [Trump] was adamant. He said, Listen,…

Update: health care and family separations at the border

The Dallas Morning News has published an incredible, heart-breaking series titled "Pain & Profit" that details how the state's managed care system is failing Texas' most fragile citizens. The key summary, from their report:   We reviewed more than 70,000 pages of documents, including patient medical records and material…

Supreme Court to hear Texas redistricting case

Friends, The Texas redistricting case is before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, as the nine justices hear arguments about whether or not the state of Texas intentionally discriminated against Hispanic and black voters when drawing Texas' congressional and state house maps. Here is some key…

Franchise Tax Bill Could Be Disastrous

This headline from the Texas Tribune says it all: "Texas House votes to cut business tax that funds public schools." Last Thursday, Texas Republicans brought forward a bill that would eventually phase out the franchise tax. Built upon the idea of a fake surplus, the…

Statement on Passage of Sanctuary City Bill

SB 4, the  so-called “sanctuary city” bill, passed the House on a party-line vote in the dead of the night. The bill was bad enough to begin with, but Republicans managed to make it even worse by turning it into a "Show-Me-Your-Papers" bill. This Arizona-style legislation will discriminate against millions of…

Raise the Age Bill Passes Texas House

After many sessions of trying, Rep. Harold Dutton, Jr. successfully passed an important criminal justice raise-the-age bill that will have a tremendous impact for Texas families. Current state law requires a 17-year old to be tried in the adult criminal justice system. Rep. Dutton's "raise…