Republicans who are repelled by people like Rinaldi have a problem: They depend on the votes of the people who cheer him on.
We spend a lot of time looking for what’s human and what’s kind in our politics, but it’s usually more important when someone shows us the opposite. T...Read More
A measure proposed in the special session would ban physicians from providing almost all abortions.
A bill filed in the Texas Legislature’s special session would revoke the licenses of doctors who perform abortions in the state, with limited exceptions. The ...Read More
Teenage activists gathered at the Capitol for a quinceañera-themed protest of Senate Bill 4, organized by Jolt Texas. Read more about the organization here: ht...Read More
Three different proposals to discriminate against transgender Texans await lawmakers in what critics have dubbed the “Session of Oppression.”
In late May, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick monkey-wrenched the 85th Texas Legislature as lawmakers entered the final days of the regular session, threatening ...Read More
As if the regular session wasn’t terrible enough, Governor Greg Abbott has called lawmakers back for another 30 days of hell.
If your town suddenly seems emptied of crooks, scoundrels and liars, it’s probably because state lawmakers are trickling back into Austin for a very special l...Read More
Patients, families, doctors, and advocates gathered at a health care town hall with Congressman Lloyd Doggett on Sunday.
For Diane Kearns, the current debate over health care reform comes down to this: “Medicaid saved Dean’s life.” Dean is her son, she explained to several h...Read More
Representative Briscoe Cain wants to slash taxes and government spending on social services, but he’d like $35 million for a home district problem.
During the regular session, Representative Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, voted against funding for Texas’ struggling public schools. He also helped tank a measur...Read More
If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer.
For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of Pres...Read More