Monthly Archives: July 2015

$6K in Six Days to Fund Molly Ivins Documentary

Molly Ivins died eight years ago. Why should you care? And why should you even consider kickstarting a documentary about her life and work? Eminently quotable, and made to be memed, Molly’s folksy writing and wry speeches, deceptively simple, were … Continue reading

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Invitation-Only Democracy

Well, well, well. Invited testimony only during the hearing next week that Senator Charles Schwertner has called, no doubt at the urging of Governor Abbott: [T]o examine the business practices and regulatory structure of Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas, and … Continue reading

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Today on Burnt Orange Report: GOP Lawsuit Abuse

You know how Republicans in Texas get all in a lather about lawsuit abuse, frivolous lawsuits, and lawyers finding a way to press cases that everyone knows are losers just to suit their ulterior motives? Well, in testimony during the … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders’ 50 Years of Civil Rights Activism

At one point, during the interlude (confrontation? interruption? those words feel judgmental) at Netroots Nation 2015 when Tia Oso and other activists tried to engage Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, Sanders got frustrated. “Black lives of course matter, but I … Continue reading

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Who’s Really Making Money Off Abortion

A deceptively edited video has been making the rounds this week, attempting to convince people that Planned Parenthood clinics are compromising medical ethics and breaking the laws. Often, attacks against Planned Parenthood focus on accusations that the organization is willing … Continue reading

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Texas Progressive Alliance Blog Roundup July 6, 2015

The Texas Progressive Alliance congratulates the USWNT on its awesome FIFA Women’s World Cup win as it brings you this week’s roundup. Off the Kuff reports that thousands more Texas state employees are now eligible for spousal benefits thanks to … Continue reading

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Abbott’s New SBOE Chair Yada Yadas Jim Crow & the Ku Klux Klan, but Makes Sure Everyone Knows Moses Was Practically a Founding Father

OK, so she didn’t technically say yada yada, but Donna Bahorich, Gov. Greg Abbott’s pick to chair the State Board of Education, pretty much voted to minimize any emphasis on slavery as the cause of the Civil War, and glossed over … Continue reading

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