The COVID-19 death toll -- at 215,000 so far in the United States -- should make pretty clear how important it is for elected leaders to follow the science on public health issues. But too many Texas Republicans have aligned themselves with ideological extremists and conspiracy theorists who are undermining an effective public health response to the crisis. Read More

As protests against police racism and brutality continue to sweep across the country, the Texas Republican Party faces a growing scandal over racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories posted to social media by elected party officials at local and state levels. It's time for Texas voters to clean house. Read More

In case you didn't know, the religious right still has the Texas Republican Party firmly in its grip. Just check out the platform adopted at the party convention this month. You'll see all the confirmation you need. Read More

The folks over at the Travis County Republican Party seem to think they have stumbled on an important scoop regarding the Orlando massacre. Check out the tweets. Read More

Every two years the Texas Freedom Network takes a look at the Texas Republican Party platform because, as we say around here, that platform has become a biennial exercise in extremism.

For several cycles now, the platform has been co-opted by far-right activists, and each platform can tend to look like a love letter to the extreme right of the state party.

You can read the 2014 TFN analysis here.

This year’s platform, adopted at the state party’s June convention, was given lots of press for a controversial plank on “reparative therapy,” a form of “treatment” that supposedly turns gay people straight. Professional medical associations have deemed the therapy to be harmful, abusive quackery, and some state governments have even moved to bar its use.

But the platform still has some hidden gems that didn’t get as many headlines. This year, for example, the party wants to make sure the United Nations keeps its hands off the Alamo. Here is a plank that was added to the 2014 Texas GOP Platform:

United Nations World Heritage Sites – We oppose the transfer of the Alamo and the other Franciscan missions to the United Nations. We urge the Texas General Land Office to… Read More

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