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Losing My Lege: Debate Over ‘Confederate Heroes Day’ Pits Texans Against Liberal ‘Aggressors’

I sat around stone-cold sober earlier this week listening to my fellow Texans boast about how their innate Texanness somehow demands that they do no less than vocally support a thing called "Confederate Heroes Day," a state holiday that occasionally falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Earlier this week I listened to my fellow Texans boast about how their innate Texanness somehow demands that they vocally support a thing called “Confederate Heroes Day,” a state holiday that occasionally falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Echoes of the ‘People’s Filibuster’ as Abortion Bills Are Heard in Texas

Conservative Texas lawmakers have issued more than two dozen new proposals to further limit access to legal abortion care—more than any other state legislature this year.

Conservative Texas lawmakers have issued more than two dozen new proposals to further limit access to legal abortion care—more than any other state legislature this year.

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‘Marlise’s Law’ Could Give End-of-Life Rights to Pregnant Texans

HB 3183 would strike a line in the state's advance directives code that bars them from applying in cases where a patient is pregnant. Had such a law been in place in 2013, Marlise Muñoz's family would have been allowed to refuse mechanical support for her corpse.

HB 3183 would strike a line in the state’s advance directives code that bars the code from applying in cases where a patient is pregnant. Had such a law been in place in 2013, Marlise Muñoz’s family would have been allowed to refuse mechanical support for her corpse.

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Texas Republican Looks to Restrict Abortion Access for Vulnerable Youth

A Texas Republican has proposed a small wording change to a law that allows abused and abandoned teenagers to obtain abortion care in the state without a parent's permission.

A Texas Republican has proposed a small wording change to a law that allows abused and abandoned teenagers to obtain abortion care in the state without a parent’s permission.

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Losing My Lege: Texas Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Texas could be a place where freedom and personal responsibility take precedence over hatred and fear. But only if moderate conservative lawmakers will start disagreeing publicly with their peers.

Texas could be a place where freedom and personal responsibility take precedence over hatred and fear. But only if moderate conservative lawmakers will start disagreeing publicly with their peers.

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Losing My Lege: Transgender Visibility Lobby Day Sparks Surprising Response From Capitol Staffers

Kerri (left) and Robin (right) let me tag along for an afternoon of deeply personal conversations with capitol staffers about legislation that could directly affect them.

Kerri and Robin are loving parents, talented musicians, and informed voters. They’re also trans women, and they let me tag along for an afternoon of deeply personal conversations with capitol staffers about legislation that could directly affect them.

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Anti-Choice Lawmaker’s Anti-Sex Education Plan Has No Teeth

An anti-choice lawmaker in Texas has been touting what he claims is his success in kicking abortion "affiliates" out of public school classrooms by way of an amendment passed Tuesday night during the Texas House of Representatives' 18-hour budget debate.

An anti-choice lawmaker in Texas has been touting what he claims is his success in kicking abortion “affiliates” out of public school classrooms by way of an amendment passed Tuesday night during the Texas House of Representatives’ 18-hour budget debate.

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Dispute Over Texas Women’s Health Program Provider List May Finally Be Resolved

An amendment passed this week amid an 18-hour budget debate in the Texas House of Representatives could provide Texas' reproductive health watchdogs with data they've long clamored for.

An amendment passed this week amid an 18-hour budget debate in the Texas House of Representatives could provide Texas’ reproductive health watchdogs with data they’ve long clamored for.

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Texas GOP Lawmakers Divert HIV Funds to Abstinence Education Program

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his "goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married." Democrats questioned Spitzer's knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs.

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his “goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married.” Democrats questioned Spitzer’s knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs.

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Losing My Lege: Texas Republicans’ Anti-Public School Crusade

Texas lawmakers turned their attention to public education this week—or perhaps, more specifically, to tearing the very concept apart.

Texas lawmakers turned their attention to public education this week—or perhaps, more specifically, to tearing the very concept apart.

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