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Losing My Lege: So Long, Farewell (We Hope)

Gov. Greg Abbott has promised to sign any gun deregulation bill that comes across his desk. If he can't pull it off in the regular session, his failure to call a special session to appease the gun crowd could very well come back to haunt him in the 2018 election.

Sine die—the official end of the regular legislative session—here in Texas is set for Monday, and if the fates are willing, we won’t be facing a special legislative session. That would mean another cruel start to the summer for Texans who believe in freedom and progress and justice

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Stop Trying to Make Conservative Feminism Happen

Looking up to a Carly Fiorina-type doesn’t help you if you have to quit your job because you can’t afford child care.

Looking up to a Carly Fiorina-type doesn’t help you if you have to quit your job because you can’t afford child care.

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New Texas Bill Would Dramatically Increase Hurdles for Abused and Neglected Teens Seeking Abortion

Senators gather to consult Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the senate
parliamentarian on a point of order during debate on HB 3994.

On Memorial Day 2015, the Texas Senate passed an anti-abortion bill that would make it far harder for abused, abandoned, and neglected minors who rely on “judicial bypass” to obtain an abortion. The bill would also require doctors who provide abortion care to demand government ID from their patients.

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Texas Republicans Retake Abortion Vote After Near-Fistfight on House Floor

The debates in the Texas house on Sunday reportedly drove Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) to take to the floor and "almost" fistfight his colleague, Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana).

State conservatives volleyed their constituents’ access to reproductive health care back and forth on Sunday in a series of last-minute deals, ultimately resulting in a late-night vote, taken without Democrats and moderate Republicans, to reopen debate on a bill that would ban insurance coverage for legal abortion.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Legalizes LGBTQ Discrimination

The governor's executive action is in response to the failure of the GOP-majority state legislature to pass the so-called Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act, which would codify discrimination of LGBTQ people by those who oppose marriage equality.

The governor’s executive action is in response to the failure of the GOP-majority state legislature to pass the so-called Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act, which would codify discrimination of LGBTQ people by those who oppose marriage equality.

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Mandatory Abortion ID Bill Advances in Texas Legislature

Republicans want abortion providers to assume every patient is underage unless the patient can present an unspecified "valid governmental ID," which could end legal abortion care for undocumented Texans.

Republicans want abortion providers to assume every patient is underage unless the patient can present an unspecified “valid governmental ID,” which could end legal abortion care for undocumented Texans.

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Losing My Lege: Striking Deals Won’t Save Us

I can't help but feel frustrated that no matter what deals our progressive lawmakers strike, someone's getting thrown under the bus—and, so often, that someone is a Texan who has the least political power, the fewest economic resources, the lowest level of socio-cultural capital.

I can’t help but feel frustrated that no matter what deals our progressive lawmakers strike, someone’s getting thrown under the bus—and, so often, that someone is a Texan who has the least political power, the fewest economic resources, the lowest level of socio-cultural capital.

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Colorado Women’s Health Advocates: Republican’s Pro-Choice Claims Shouldn’t Be Trusted

State Sen. Ellen Roberts says there should be no "litmus test" in determining if lawmakers are pro-choice.

Pro-choice advocates say state Sen. Ellen Roberts’ votes in the state legislature this year undermined her claims of supporting abortion rights in Colorado.

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The GOP: Fiddling With Your Uterus While Our Country Burns

At a time when the nation is facing numerous crises, including crumbling and increasingly dangerous infrastructure, the GOP leadership in Congress is deregulating and defunding services and agencies that save people's lives, while obsessing about abortion bans. And for this they are called "pro-life."

At a time when the nation is facing numerous crises, including crumbling and increasingly dangerous infrastructure, the GOP leadership in Congress is deregulating and defunding services and agencies that save people’s lives, while obsessing about abortion bans. And for this they are called “pro-life.”

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House Passes ‘Disgustingly Cruel’ 20-Week Abortion Ban

The Republican-dominated U.S. House voted 242 to 184 Wednesday to pass a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide, with no exceptions for a woman’s health or fetal anomalies.

The Republican-dominated U.S. House voted 242 to 184 Wednesday to pass a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide, with no exceptions for a woman’s health or fetal anomalies, and with rape and incest exceptions that advocates call callous and cruel.

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