Monthly Archives: January 2013

On Roe v. Wade’s 40th Anniversary, Embattled Texas Pro-Choice Activists are Still Hopeful

Chants of “PRO-CHOICE, PRO-FAMILY” filled the south steps of the Capitol late Tuesday morning, as about 50 people gathered to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Bill Would Release Old STAAR Tests Annually To Help Teachers Prepare

When Texas debuted its much-maligned STAAR test last school year, some of the harshest criticisms came from teachers, who complained they’d been given little guidance about what sorts of questions the test would include. In fact, Texas keeps the tests under wraps …

Guns Across America: Texas Officials Lead Gun Rights Protest at the State Capitol

Speakers included Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, state Rep. Steve Toth (R–The Woodlands), McLennan County GOP Chair Ralph Patterson, and Sheriff Richard Mack (of Mack v. United States fame). It was one of many “Guns Across America” rallies held in capital cities across the country Saturday.

Strama Bill Would Pay Childcare Centers More for High Marks on State Evaluation

For years, state Rep. Mark Strama has been searching for ways to improve Texas’ network of child care providers, and make it easier for parents to find the best ones. Now he thinks he’s got an answer. Texas gets federal …

Will Swearingen Be Allowed DNA Test Before Execution Date?

Larry Swearingen’s case has been taken on by the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people. And in a motion filed today, the group’s lawyers have asked District Judge Kelly Case to allow post-conviction DNA testing in order to prove Swearingen’s innocence.