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The catastrophic power blackout in Texas during a deadly winter storm, like the state's disastrous response to the COVID pandemic that has killed thousands of Texans, came from a failure of leadership, TFN President Val Benavidez said as legislative committees held committee hearing on the crisis. Check out our press release here. Read More
Last night, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his latest State of State Address. The reality of the crisis, a pandemic, was clear from the get-go as Abbott delivered the address to Texans watching on TV or online instead of where it is normally delivered, before a live audience at the Capitol in Austin. Read More
TFN President: Legislators Must Focus on Real Priorities Like the Pandemic, Protecting Democracy, Not Culture Wars
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez has the following statement on today’s opening of the 87th Legislature in Austin:
“Dealing with a deadly pandemic that continues to ravage our state and the need to reinforce democratic values and institutions must be top priorities in this legislative session. Legislators will fail if they refuse to address the disparate impact the pandemic has had on Texans of color and other marginalized communities, if they perpetuate lies about ‘stolen elections’ to make it even harder for Texans to vote, and if they turn redistricting into yet another exercise in extreme partisan gerrymandering to suppress the huge changes taking places in the state’s electorate. These priorities are far too important to allow culture warriors to hijack yet another session with attacks on reproductive rights and the lives of LGBTQ Texans. This state is changing rapidly. It’s time for our lawmakers to acknowledge and embrace this change and bring Texans together to meet the challenges we face.”
The Texas Freedom Network is a grassroots organization of religious and community leaders and young Texans building… Read More
State lawmakers will gather tomorrow at the Capitol in Austin for the official start of the 87th session of the Texas Legislature. Read More
Texas Senator, Attorney General Conspiracy-Mongering Fuel Violent Anti-Democracy Riots, Attacks on the Constitution
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez today called on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to resign their offices immediately for helping fuel the unhinged conspiracies that have led to today’s pro-Trump chaos and violence in the nation’s capital.
“The only thing that makes the violent attacks on our democracy and our Constitution worse today is that two of our state’s highest elected officials helped fuel them with their conspiracy mongering,” Benavidez said. “They have lit the road to sedition by undermining faith in our democracy to promote their personal and political agendas. Doing so is especially appalling when it incites violence from those who seek to subvert a legal election. All Texans, and especially the millions of Texans of all ages and from all communities who turned out to vote in historic numbers during a deadly pandemic, deserve far better leaders than these self-serving politicians.”
Federal courts rejected Attorney General Paxton’s lawsuit seeking to overturn presidential election results in key states won by Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November. Paxton has been under state indictment for securities fraud and… Read More