Rick Perry Sends Texas National Guard Troops To Border

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 7:50 am

Texas Governor Rick Perry, now sporting glasses perhaps to overcome questions concerning low intelligence, announced he will be sending 1000 Texas National Guard soldiers to help secure Texas’ border with Mexico as part of “Operation Strong Safety.” The move comes after 50,000 children arrived at the border from Central American countries seeking asylum from the [...]

Rep. Cummings Asks True the Vote for Documents About Voter Registration Challenges

By: Friday October 5, 2012 12:23 pm

I’ve written previously about the Texas-based Tea Party group “True the Vote” involving themselves in voter suppression efforts in swing states. Some state laws allow any individual to challenge another’s voting status, and this has been put to use by True the Vote’s spinoff organizations in Ohio and at least three other states, to a [...]

Civil Disobedience in Climate Action: Eight Climb Into Trees to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Monday September 24, 2012 9:33 am

A direct action group called Tar Sands Blockade has been harassing TransCanada and their efforts to build the lower half of the Keystone XL pipeline. That portion, from Cushing, Oklahoma to the port at the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, was approved by President Obama as a way to speed through to international markets what [...]

Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 10:33 am

The latest in a string of rulings limiting the GOP’s war on voting has come down. A federal court has unanimously stopped Texas from instituting a voter ID law. While this would seem contradictory to the Supreme Court’s upholding of voter ID for Indiana in 2009, this case is different because it follows the Justice [...]

Texas Redistricting Map Thrown Out by Federal Court for Minority Discrimination

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 1:06 pm

A federal court has thrown out Texas’ redistricting plan, charging that it was discriminatory to minority voters. DC Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith ruled that the court would not pre-clear Texas’ map under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. “We conclude that Texas has failed to show that any of the redistricting plans merits preclearance,” [...]

Some Texas Counties Weigh Picking Up Medicaid Expansion Themselves

By: Monday August 27, 2012 6:58 am

When the Supreme Court removed the barriers to states opting out of the Medicaid expansion of the Affordable Care Act, one of the first states to say they would reject the extension of additional coverage was Texas. This would have an outsized effect on the reach of the expansion, since moving up the eligibility of [...]

Mentally Retarded Man Faces Execution in Texas Today, in Contravention of Supreme Court Ruling

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:55 am

Staying with my Texas theme this morning, the state is about to execute a mentally retarded man today, despite a Supreme Court prohibition on the practice which they managed to get around: In 2002 the Supreme Court ruled that executing the mentally retarded violated the Eighth Amendment. The Court left it up to individual states [...]

Texas Gov. Perry Uses Medicaid Expansion in Budget Assumption

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:17 am

Think Progress came up with an excellent catch late yesterday. They obtained a letter from Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Administration, which projects the state health care budget by assuming the expansion of Medicaid to everyone below 133% of the poverty line by 2014: Greta Rymal, Deputy Executive Commissioner for Financial Services, has projected the fiscal [...]

New England Journal of Medicine Study Shows That States Which Expand Medicaid Save Lives

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 10:16 am

Of all the tips and tricks being trotted out by partisans and health care advocates to pressure Republican governors to accept the Medicaid expansion, this may be the most useful for moral purposes: Into the maelstrom of debate over whether Medicaid should cover more people comes a new study by Harvard researchers who found that [...]

Texas Challenges Voting Rights Act Pre-clearance Rules

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 12:18 pm

An important case opened yesterday in Washington, where Texas is challenging the pre-clearance provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in an effort to institute a voter ID law in the state. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals is holding a remarkable five days of hearings on the case. The Justice Department blocked Texas’ voter [...]

Democratic Mainstream Still Resting on Laurels as Medicaid Expansion Imperiled

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 8:15 am

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s vow to not implement the Affordable Care Act, in particular the Medicaid expansion, makes him at least the sixth state governor to refuse, joining Wisconsin, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. Even if it were only limited to these six states, this would make 3.89 million low-income Americans ineligible for Medicaid [...]

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