One of the most damaging ways conservative state leaders left Texas unprepared for the COVID-19 pandemic is the state's sky-high number of people without health insurance. And that's getting worse: many Texans who are losing their jobs are joining the already massive ranks of the uninsured. This is a public health catastrophe -- one compounded by partisan opposition to helping every Texan get access to the medical care they need. Read More

While many local leaders in the state's largest cities and counties acted swiftly to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Texas early on, the reactions of state Republican leaders to the crisis was much slower. Then after belatedly issuing a shelter-at-home order and closing nonessential businesses, Gov. Abbott and other Republican leaders have apparently decided that enforcement shouldn't inconvenience their own political base -- and Texans of color apparently don't count for much there. Read More

Gun extremists are threatening violence over public health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. But what are Republican Texas officials doing about it? Nothing. Read More

As most Texans try to protect their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become increasingly clear that the state's Republican leaders are putting politics ahead of public health. Consider, for example, state Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, comparing a Dallas salon owner who kept her shop open in defiance of public health orders to Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. Really.…… Read More