‘The Wolf is in the Henhouse’

by Justin Miller March 25, 2019 – When Texas City Independent School District Superintendent Rodney Cavness heard about the shooting at Santa Fe High School on the morning of May 18, he sped the 30 minutes down the road to …

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Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:00:51 AM CDT


How Silicon Valley Lobbyists Secretly Pushed Texas Regulators to Rewrite the Rules of the Gig Economy

In December, seemingly out of nowhere, the Texas Workforce Commission tentatively approved a new rule that looked like a favor to giant on-demand companies such as Uber. Labor advocates suspected that some shadowy Silicon Valley behemoth was pulling the strings. …

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Sun, 24 Mar 2019 12:24:14 PM CDT


Remembering W.S. Merwin, Honorary Texan

You might not have guessed it. W.S. Merwin, widely beloved, cosmopolitan, world-renowned poet, translator and lifelong pacifist, who died last week at 91 in his palm garden hermitage on the island of Maui, was also a big fan of Texas. …

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Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:00:53 AM CDT


Watchdog Organization Calls for (Another) Investigation into Failed Texas Anti-Abortion Group

A watchdog organization is calling for a federal investigation into the Heidi Group, a controversial Texas anti-abortion group that is now accused of lying on its new application for family planning funds. This comes just months after the state health …

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Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:12:58 PM CDT


A New Book on the American Political Divide Calls, Unconvincingly, for Civility

Let’s say you wanted to host a public conversation that would demonstrate civil disagreement and the search for common ground between two people with seemingly irreconcilable worldviews. Who would you recruit to play the antagonists? Ben Shapiro and Rebecca Solnit? …

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Thu, 21 Mar 2019 06:30:54 AM CDT


Texas Republicans Dismiss Research as They Move to Further Defund Planned Parenthood

Reproductive health advocates have long pointed to Texas as a cautionary tale of what happens when lawmakers prioritize defunding Planned Parenthood and boosting anti-abortion organizations over ensuring access to care. In 2011, Texas lawmakers slashed the family planning budget by …

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Wed, 20 Mar 2019 03:35:06 PM CDT


How Trump’s Tax Cuts Could Accelerate Gentrification and Inequality in Houston

Once a crown jewel of Black Houston, the Third Ward is no longer affordable for many longtime homeowners and tenants. High-end townhomes have subsumed many parts of the historically African-American neighborhood just east of downtown. From 2000 to 2013, median …

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Wed, 20 Mar 2019 06:05:41 AM CDT


Civil Rights Groups Call ‘Election Integrity’ Bill a ‘Dangerous New Assault on Voting Rights in Texas’

A coalition of civil rights groups is warning that a new GOP bill winding its way through the Texas Legislature imposes substantial and unnecessary burdens on voters. Among other provisions, Senate Bill 9, an omnibus “election integrity” bill filed by …

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Tue, 19 Mar 2019 05:46:45 PM CDT


Texas Lawmakers Propose Funding Increase to Eliminate Waitlists at Rape Crisis Centers

Requests for services at rape crisis centers in Texas have increased by around 25 percent since 2016, driving waitlists for counseling up to eight months in some parts of the state, according to the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. The …

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Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:30:49 AM CDT


In Texas, Three More Measles Cases and Four New Anti-Vaccine Bills

Since early March, Texas has confirmed three new measles cases amid an ongoing outbreak, and added several new anti-vaccine measures to the roster of bills filed this session. Texas has seen 11 cases of the disease so far this year, …

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:00:05 AM CDT




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