On Wednesday, the Senate voted to advance SB 4, which would allow local police officers to be deputized to enforce federal immigration law and could jail law enforcement officials who refuse to assist federal immigration officers. Democratic leaders have said the bill is discriminatory and that legal challenges are being mounted in hopes of stopping the legislation from going into effect in September.
More than 40 percent of Texas families living in poverty are single-mother households. Read one woman’s essay, from our April issue, about the extra challenges faced by single-parent families in Texas.
Seventeen anti-abortion lawmakers called a press conference this week to blame fellow Republicans they say are not prioritizing legislation to further reduce access to abortion in Texas. Of the 17 lawmakers, one was a woman.
Critics are worried that a GOP-filed bill that promises “academic freedom” will actually allow Texas teachers to question the science behind controversial subjects such as climate change, biological evolution, the chemical origins of life and human cloning in classrooms.
The election of Democrat John Bel Edwards as governor of Louisiana is one of the most significant but ignored progressive policy victories in years. Columnist Christopher Hooks explores what Democrats can learn from Louisiana.