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It is Still Not Safe to Give Birth in Texas

The Lone Star State ranks among the worst states for maternal mortality and low overall for women’s health. Since 2016, the state of Texas has seen a 9 percent increase in the rate of maternal deaths, with the current rate standing at 34.2 per 100,000 live births.

Abbott Calls Special Election to Replace Pickett

On Friday, December 21st, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, January 29, 2019 as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District soon to be vacated by Representative Joe Pickett, who is retiring from the Legislature.

Alvarado Sworn In As Senator, Special Election for Her House Seat Looms

On Friday, December 21st in Austin, Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) was sworn in as the new Texas Senator for District 6, and also resigned her seat as the Texas House Member from District 145. Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, January 29, 2019 as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District seat recently vacated by former Representative Carol Alvarado.

UT Austin Concludes Sexual Misconduct Investigation of State Sen. Schwertner

The University of Texas at Austin has concluded its investigation into allegations Texas State Senator Charles Schwertner (R - Georgetown) sent sexually explicit messages,...

Veteran El Paso House Member Stepping Down

Joe Pickett (D- El Paso), a 12-term member of the Texas House of Representatives, announced today he will resign from the Legislature on January...

Federal Judge in Fort Worth Strikes Down Obamacare

Late Friday, Dec. 14th, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Fort Worth ruled the “individual mandate” provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional, effectively invalidating the landmark healthcare legislation.

Alvarado Wins Special Election For Texas Senate

State Representative Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) won last night’s special election for Texas Senate District 6. Alvarado received 7,602 votes (50.4 percent) against three challengers, narrowly avoiding an expected runoff.

After an Election where Medicaid Expansion Won Across the Country, Where Does Texas Go?

We all know the saying, “Everything is bigger in Texas.”  Unfortunately, bigger doesn’t always mean better. Texas leads America in the number of uninsured Americans, and in particular, we have the most uninsured children in the United States.

Early Voting Has Ended in Texas Senate District 6 Special Election

Early voting concluded in the Texas Senate District 6 special election on Friday December 7th, with 10,011 voters casting ballots.

Who Are Todd Hunter's Real Constituents?

Reform Austin has written repeatedly about the need for ethics reform at the Capitol. As the new legislative class prepares for the...

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