Kate Groetzinger

Kate Groetzinger is a legislative fellow at the Texas Observer. She is also a second-year master's candidate in the journalism program at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is focusing on audio reporting and podcasting. A native Texan, Kate hails from Waco and has lived in Houston, San Antonio and Austin.

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Politics

With Accidental Gun Deaths on the Rise, Some Texas Lawmakers Won’t Even Support a Gun Safety Public Awareness Campaign

The floundering of House Bill 316 shows that Republicans are still unwilling to stand up to the NRA and far-right primary voters.

A 4-year-old boy in Texas City was at home with his grandmother last year when he found a handgun in a bedroom and fatally shot himself. The next day, a 6-year-old boy in Houston was at home with his teenage … Read More

convict leasing, texas capitol, civil rights, racism
Politics

Civil Rights Activists Push Lawmakers to Confront Texas’ Dark History of Convict Leasing

Convict leasing, which historians have called “slavery by another name,” was used to build the Capitol and earn profits for the state and private companies for decades.

The Texas Capitol is a source of pride for those who walk its ornate hallways each day. But the building’s thick stone walls hold a dirty secret lawmakers and the general public don’t often discuss. “Records show that the red … Read More

Health Care

Texas Lawmakers Propose Funding Increase to Eliminate Waitlists at Rape Crisis Centers

One-quarter of the state’s crisis centers, which provide free services to survivors of sexual assault, have waitlists between two and five months.

Requests for services at rape crisis centers in Texas have increased by around 25 percent since 2016, driving waitlists for counseling up to eight months in some parts of the state, according to the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. The … Read More

Pro-choice protesters chant outside the Senate chamber
Politics

How 50 Years of Feminism in the Texas Legislature Shaped the Fights We See Today

Legislators began tackling issues like funding family planning, equal economic opportunity for women and justice for sexual assault survivors in the early 1970s. Their work continues a half-century later.

Legislators began tackling issues like funding family planning, equal economic opportunity for women and justice for sexual assault survivors in the early 1970s. Their work continues a half-century later. – by Kate Groetzinger February 19, 2019 Senfronia Thompson was elected … Read More

Border

Texas Border Sheriffs: There is No Crisis and We Don’t Want Trump’s Wall

Despite Trump’s attempt to paint the Texas-Mexico border as a war zone, border counties are safer than the president’s own backyard. And local lawmen don’t believe a wall will do any good.

President Trump visited McAllen earlier this month to drum up support for spending $5.7 billion to build more border wall segments on the U.S.-Mexico border. He staged a press conference surrounded by piles of confiscated drugs, guns and cash, describing … Read More

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