Jeff Leach’s Culture of Confusion

Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano) often prides himself on “promoting a culture of life,” but his conflicting stances on abortion are creating a culture of confusion. For a legislator that spends significant time debating and devoting resources to abortion legislation, Rep. Leach’s position on the issue is unclear – and subject to change. Leach’s history with […]

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86th #TxLege Report Card: Vaccinations

Vaccinations take a hit in filing but nothing gets much further than that with trouble brewing. Background: During the 86th session the growing rate of anti vaccination ideology in people’s homes, schools, and social groups pressed into the legislative sphere again.  Supporters of the anti-vaccination movement filed bills protecting these views including preventing medical personal […]

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86th #TxLege Report Card: Sexual Assault

Texas legislators are commending themselves for passing a few long-overdue bills concerning sexual assault, but progress on sexual harassment and women’s safety proved deplorable at best. In 2017, a movement against sexual assault and sexual harassment – particularly in the workplace – began to spread via the social media hashtag, #MeToo. The movement’s widespread exposure […]

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Gov. Greg Abbott signs $11.6 billion school finance measure into law

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law one of lawmakers’ biggest achievements this year, a massive overhaul of Texas’ long-beleaguered school finance system. Abbott put his signature on House Bill 3 during a triumphant ceremony Tuesday at Parmer Lane Elementary School in Austin. The governor was flanked by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and several […]

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Gov. Greg Abbott deploys DPS to combat Dallas violent crime spike

BY ELIZABETH BYRNE JUNE 7, 2019 Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that he has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to send officers to Dallas to help the city’s police respond to a recent spike in violent crime. The state agency will send troopers, special agents and communication specialists, among other resources, Abbott’s office said. The Texas Rangers […]

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The Texas governor accused people of lying about Texas’ maternal mortality rate. The critics relied on the state’s own bad data.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claimed in a tweet Sunday that “critics” of the state’s maternal mortality rate had lied about it, citing a year-old article that described how reports about the number of women in Texas dying from pregnancy-related complications were based on faulty data. “Turns out the critics of the Texas maternal mortality rate were just […]

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