Today the House Public Health Committee heard testimony on six bills that would further limit abortion access in Texas or ban it entirely. Check out press release:…… Read More
Republican efforts to make it harder for Texans -- especially Texans of color -- to vote are racing forward this week. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's Senate on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a sweeping voter suppression bill, and a key House committee heard testimony on its own version today. Check out our press release:…… 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
State lawmakers will gather tomorrow at the Capitol in Austin for the official start of the 87th session of the Texas Legislature. Read More
Let’s be clear up front: This has been a tough year. Twelve months ago, we could not have imagined the pain, death and sorrow a pandemic would bring our nation and the rest of the world. Nor did we expect the shocking level of incompetence and denial from Republican leaders nationally and in Texas that have made the crisis even worse.
But despite all of this, it’s important to remember the progress we have made together this year. Here are a few of the steps forward that happened in 2020.
For the first time in decades, Texas was a presidential election battleground. Record turnout among young Texans was a major factor in this. TFN’s Texas Rising program played a big role, contacting more than 1.8 million potential voters under the age of 30 in our largest get-out-the-vote effort ever. Change is coming to our state, and young Texans are leading the way.
The wave of new voters this year led to important progressive victories in Texas. We saw progressives pick up important wins from the district attorney level to the state Senate. And a Texas Rising-endorsed progressive candidate flipped a State Board of Education seat… Read More