Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
“I always thought our party was the one of dignity and class and to so disrespectfully kick someone of that prominence on his way out was disgraceful. The Republican Party of Texas has changed into something most mainstream Republicans would not recognize.”
“Today’s decision is a strong affirmation of what we have always fought for — that women deserve to have the dignity when making health care decisions.”
Texas State Board of Education member Ruben Cortez, D-Brownsville, recounting what he’s heard from Mexican-American studies students. The board on Tuesday reprised talks about implementing a MAS course in the next few years.
“It helps them identify with their roots. One of them said, ‘My grades have improved because I now know that I’m not the only one dealing with these sorts of things and I’ve learned about people that have had these similar challenges.’”
“And therein lies the fear for state leaders like the attorney general. They are hostile to those goals and seem truly afraid of what will happen when a rising generation that supports them actually turns out at the polls in larger numbers.”
Jensen Soderlund, president of the Texas Rising chapter at the University of Texas, on the record number of LGBTQ candidates in Texas this year. Texas Rising is a youth-focused project of the Texas Freedom Network.
“There are a lot of anti-LGBTQ people in office right now, and a lot of anti-LGBTQ sentiment throughout the state. If we want to change that, we should start electing more LGBTQ people into office.”