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Court: Texas House Districts Unlawful, Unconstitutional
The Western District Court of Texas ruled last month that the state’s congressional districts were drawn to suppress minority votes, but left unresolved the companion ruling on state House districts. That finally appeared today. Unsurprisingly, the court ruled that, yes, the House map was also racially gerrymandered.

5:30PM Thu. Apr. 20, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Court Rules: Texas Voter ID Still Racist
When it comes to voter suppression, there's a big difference between deliberate and accidental. That's why it's highly damaging to the state of Texas that yesterday a federal court ruled, once again, that the state's voter ID law deliberately discriminates against minorities.

12:00PM Tue. Apr. 11, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Anti-Choice Lawmakers Divert Millions From TCEQ To Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Conservative lawmakers succeeded in funneling millions of dollars from the state’s environmental agency into the anti-choice Alternatives to Abortion program (A2A), which oversees taxpayer-funded, anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), during a marathon House budget debate.

8:35PM Thu. Apr. 6, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Progress and Justice With the San Antonio Four
Nearly four months after the exoneration of a sexual assault conviction that sent the four women to prison for nearly two decades, the San Antonio Four (Elizabeth Ramirez, Anna Vasquez, Kristie Mayhugh, and Cassandra Rivera) were in Austin for an interview with Jason Flom and his podcast, Wrongful Conviction.

11:30AM Wed. Mar. 15, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

Lawmaker Files Bill Penalizing Male Masturbation
Fed up with the slew of bills regulating women’s health care, Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, has put forth a bill on the final day of legislative filing that would penalize men for “unregulated masturbatory emissions.”

10:22AM Mon. Mar. 13, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

SXSW Panel: Women’s Representation: Five Steps to Win Gender Parity
Privy to a recent conversation among high-level Democratic donors following Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential loss, former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis couldn’t help but feel shocked.

2:15PM Sat. Mar. 11, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

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I Pee With LGBT
Trans rights activists and allies around Texas are “rolling up their sleeves, pulling down their pants, and peeing with LGBT” after Austin native and renowned director Richard Linklater collaborated with ACLU of Texas, GSD&M, and Legacy Community Health on a commercial denouncing Texas’ proposed bathroom bill.

11:12AM Wed. Feb. 22, Courtney Naquin Read More | Comment »

Judge Blocks Texas From Kicking Planned Parenthood Out of Medicaid
Austin-based U.S. Federal District Judge Sam Sparks blocked Texas health officials from kicking Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid on Tuesday, writing that the action would stand against federal law and cause irreparable injury to the 12,000 low-income Texas women who visit the reproductive health provider.

7:30PM Tue. Feb. 21, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

ICE Raid in Austin?
UPDATE (Feb. 10): Reports are coming in that ICE raids are taking place around Austin. Immigrant Services Network of Austin is directing those affected to resources and fact sheets from United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center, as well as a deportation crisis hotline (512-270-1515).

3:50PM Thu. Feb. 2, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

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