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The Progress Texas Daily Dispatch delivers the biggest news stories progressives need to know to start their day, plus stories you shouldn’t miss in just minutes. Chris Mosser breaks down Texas-sized stories in new episodes M-F, keeping Texas progressives up to speed on the ongoing fight for progressive change.

Daily Dispatch augments the Progress Texas Happy Hour, our longer-form conversation and interview podcast, which hosts a variety of diverse voices and newsmakers who are pushing progress forward in the Lone Star State. We recap the wild week in Texas politics. Grab a coldie and hang!

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The Progress Texas Daily Dispatch delivers the biggest news stories progressives need to know to start their day, plus stories you shouldn’t miss in just minutes. Chris Mosser breaks down Texas-sized stories in new episodes M-F, keeping Texas progressives up to speed on the ongoing fight for progressive change.

Daily Dispatch augments the Progress Texas Happy Hour, our longer-form conversation and interview podcast, which hosts a variety of diverse voices and newsmakers who are pushing progress forward in the Lone Star State. We recap the wild week in Texas politics. Grab a coldie and hang!

    Daily Dispatch 2/20/24: Primary Early Voting Begins Today, and More

    Daily Dispatch 2/20/24: Primary Early Voting Begins Today, and More

    Stories we're following this morning at Progress Texas:

    New polling results as primary voting opens from UT Austin: https://texaspolitics.utexas.edu/blog/new-uttexas-politics-project-poll-primary-voting-begins-texans-see-crisis-border

    A pro-voucher campaign stop in Cleburne by Governor Greg Abbott is under-attended compared to an event the same day for the anti-voucher incumbent: https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/state/texas-news/gov-greg-abbott-north-texas-campaign-against-fellow-republican-voted-no-voucher-proposal/287-ae6a0aa9-0915-4f75-8643-55c1eda032bf

    The Houston Chronicle endorses President Biden for re-election, somehow surprising MAGA types: https://www.newsweek.com/houston-chronicle-endorse-biden-texas-trump-maga-1871423

    Public school supporters are reminded of the importance of primary voting: https://www.expressnews.com/opinion/commentary/article/education-public-voting-ballot-primaries-18667618.php

    Moderate San Antonio Republican Tony Gonzales is beset this primary round from his right: https://sanantonioreport.org/tony-gonzales-texas-gop-primary/

    Also important in the primary, a vote for Bill Burch for Texas Railroad Commission: https://www.expressnews.com/business/article/texas-railroad-commission-election-2024-18676066.php

    Heartbreaking video covers a Texas woman's forced trip out of state to locate vitally-needed abortion care: https://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/pregnant-texas-woman-travels-cross-country-abortion-care-107357968

    A coalition of civil rights groups are spreading the word and organizing protests in regard to SB-4, the new immigration law set to take effect next month: https://www.ktep.org/ktep-news/2024-02-16/civil-rights-organizations-launch-statewide-know-your-rights-campaign-to-prepare-for-texas-immigration-law-sb4

    A political veteran who has worked with both George W. Bush and Ann Richards writes on the Texas GOP's descent into the "MAGA abyss": https://www.vanityfair.com/news/how-did-texas-slip-into-the-maga-abyss

    Texas secessionist blowhards see attempts to connect the Texas power grid to national grids as an attack on their independence efforts: https://www.newsweek.com/texas-nationalists-rage-power-grid-plans-1871202

    We celebrate Black History Month throughout February! Progress Texas has a full schedule of events to follow: ⁠⁠https://progresstexas.org/blog/celebrating-african-american-arts-and-artisans-black-history-month⁠⁠

    Thanks for listening! Progress Texas is seeking to add 29 new recurring donors during our February membership drive - we'd appreciate the support: ⁠⁠https://progresstexas.org/donate

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    Daily Dispatch 2/19/24: Heated Democratic Primaries As Early Voting Looms, and More

    Daily Dispatch 2/19/24: Heated Democratic Primaries As Early Voting Looms, and More

    Stories we're following this morning at Progress Texas:

    New interviews with U.S. Representative Colin Allred and State Senator Roland Gutierrez, plus the guy both want to take on, Ted Cruz: https://www.kxan.com/state-of-texas/state-of-texas-questions-for-candidates-hoping-to-challenge-cruz/

    South Houston Democratic State House Rep. Shawn Thierry, under fire for her votes inconsistent with Democratic priorities, drops a homophobic bomb on her chances for an endorsement from the Houston Chronicle: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/houston-thierry-simmons-endorsement-18672516.php

    Another hot Democratic primary in the race for Harris County District Attorney: https://www.texastribune.org/2024/02/16/harris-county-district-attorney-primary-2024/

    Ken Paxton fails to delay or derail his felony securities trial - it will begin in Houston on April 15: https://www.texastribune.org/2024/02/16/attorney-general-ken-paxton-securities-fraud-indictment-trial/

    ...While Paxton targets three Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judges who dared oppose his plan to single-handedly challenge Texas election results: https://www.keranews.org/criminal-justice/2024-02-15/attorney-general-ken-paxton-texas-court-of-criminal-appeals

    Governor Abbott is laying plans for a permanent 80-acre Texas National Guard base near Eagle Pass: https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2024/02/18/texas-gov-abbott-eagle-pass-base-ctmwknd-vpx.cnn

    ...While a Democratic win in suburban NYC may indicate that the border may not be the slam-dunk issue that Republicans are banking on: https://www.statesman.com/story/news/politics/state/2024/02/18/us-mexico-border-will-be-democrats-death-knell-in-2024-right-perhaps-not/72632584007/

    A series of earthquakes southeast of San Antonio appears to be strengthening: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/17/texas-earthquake-san-antonio

    A Carrolton high school chemistry teacher sees a positive public rally of support after his school district removed him from the classroom over videos of him wearing women's clothing: https://nypost.com/2024/02/17/us-news/texas-teacher-on-leave-after-cross-dressing-video-goes-viral/

    A new state law, designed to ensure professional credentials on the bench, is being weaponized against two Black female judge candidates: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/article/seo-new-texas-law-brings-new-hurdles-black-women-18667868.php

    Texas' DEI bans at state university campuses is being seen as a preview of what's to come nationally, should Republicans do well in November: https://apnews.com/article/texas-university-diversity-ban-dei-46e4b6193abe27b6abbdffcd1945cf38

    We celebrate Black History Month throughout February! Progress Texas has a full schedule of events to follow: ⁠⁠https://progresstexas.org/blog/celebrating-african-american-arts-and-artisans-black-history-month⁠⁠

    Thanks for listening! Progress Texas is seeking to add 29 new recurring donors during our February membership drive - we'd appreciate the support: ⁠⁠https://progresstexas.org/donate

    • 12 min
    Happy Hour 145: Meet Our Progress Texas Primary Endorsees!

    Happy Hour 145: Meet Our Progress Texas Primary Endorsees!

    Early voting in the Democratic primary starts on Tuesday February 20th, and Progress Texas has selected FIVE more terrific candidates whom we think deserve your vote!

    In addition to Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez, whom we have endorsed in his run for the Democratic nomination to face Ted Cruz for Texas' junior U.S. Senate seat...

    (2:00) We endorse State Representative Julie Johnson (HD 115) for Texas’ 32nd Congressional District. In the highly contested race for Colin Allred’s seat, with several strong candidates, Johnson’s record as a lawyer and lawmaker stands out, championing women, workers, and LGBTQ+ Texans. Johnson turned HD 115 red to blue back in 2018, and has the experience to turn the tables in Washington D.C., to make the government work for us on reproductive justice, gun violence protection, and affordable healthcare. https://juliejohnson.com/

    (10:25) Michelle Vallejo is a small business owner and fierce community advocate from South Texas. In a rematch for TX-15, she will take back her historically blue district running on bringing down healthcare costs, securing good-paying jobs and a thriving economy, and protecting reproductive rights. This is a personal fight for her. Her mother, who passed away several years ago, was forced to travel to Mexico for healthcare due to lack of options here in Texas. https://www.michellefortx15.com/

    (18:46) Sam Eppler is our choice for Texas Congressional District 24 in North Texas. The former math teacher and high school principal is the pro-democracy, economic growth, and public education champion his district needs to beat a MAGA extremist incumbent in November.  A top priority of his is to provide a good education in a safe school to build a brighter future for everyone, in every zip code. https://sameppler.com/

    (25:27) Bill Burch is a career engineer running for the Texas Railroad Commission. He will bring 23 years of energy industry experience—including time as an emergency responder for the Deepwater Horizon spill—expertise of sustainable energy practices, and a sense of integrity and accountability the agency is critically missing. https://burch4trrc.com/

    (36:08) Lauren Ashley Simmons, a challenger running for Texas HD 146, is a mom and union organizer whose platform centers public education, universal and affordable healthcare, workers rights, and defending democracy. Her opponent, the current state representative, Rep. Shawn Thierry, votes with Gov. Abbott to destroy our public schools. She’s also faced public scandals for voting with extremists to attack LGBTQ+ Texans, and creating “abusive” work environments. In contrast, Simmons is a black, queer woman, who will fight for those who are tired, frustrated, and who feel unheard by the people who are supposed to be serving them. https://www.laurenashleysimmons.com/

    Thanks for listening! Throughout February, Progress Texas is seeking to add a total of 29 new recurring donors to our lineup - one per day this leap month! Learn more at https://progresstexas.org/donate.

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    Daily Dispatch 2/16/24: Saluting U.S. House Democrats Backing Biden's LNG Pause, and More

    Daily Dispatch 2/16/24: Saluting U.S. House Democrats Backing Biden's LNG Pause, and More

    Stories we're following this morning at Progress Texas:

    We salute the Texas U.S. House Representatives who voted against GOP efforts to overturn President Biden's pause on new liquid natural gas approvals: ⁠https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-house-vote-bill-reverse-bidens-lng-pause-2024-02-15/⁠

    A federal judge in Austin, hearing the State's argument for the new migrant crackdown law SB-4, expresses skepticism: ⁠https://www.kut.org/politics/2024-02-15/texas-senate-bill-4-invasion-claim-immigration-law-hearing⁠

    The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, under Governor Abbott's direction, are considering a pardon for Daniel Perry, convicted last year of murder in the death of Black Lives Matter protestor Garrett Foster: ⁠https://www.statesman.com/story/news/local/2024/02/15/daniel-perry-pardon-review-murder-black-lives-matter-protester-garrett-foster-austin-texas/72611557007/⁠

    Democrat-turned-Republican Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson's wife, amidst their divorce, alleges an affair by Johnson with a Dallas City staffer: ⁠https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/dallas-texas-mayor-eric-johnson-confirms-divorce-amid-affair-allegations-report/287-f9dcb725-1ce0-4523-b3a4-eb637e7063c6⁠

    Progress Texas endorses Lauren Ashley Simmons in her primary challenge to sitting Democratic Texas House Rep. Shawn Thierry, and here's why: ⁠https://www.texastribune.org/2024/02/15/shawn-thierry-houston-democratic-primary-lgbtq-vote/⁠

    Progress Texas endorses Sam Eppler in his run to take on MAGA darling U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne, and here's a small part of why: ⁠https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4469939-texas-republican-says-cnn-anchor-wanted-to-lecture-her/⁠

    Houston's homeless outreach Food Not Bombs gets permission to keep operating on public property, but now faces steep sanitation bonds - Houston progressives, learn how to help here: ⁠https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/houston-texas-feeding-homeless-food-not-bombs-ruling/285-94152347-2de8-43ac-8100-407be7b4c379#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=17080842588652&csi=0&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.khou.com%2Farticle%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Fhouston-texas-feeding-homeless-food-not-bombs-ruling%2F285-94152347-2de8-43ac-8100-407be7b4c379⁠

    We celebrate Black History Month throughout February! Progress Texas has a full schedule of events to follow: ⁠⁠https://progresstexas.org/blog/celebrating-african-american-arts-and-artisans-black-history-month⁠⁠

    Thanks for listening! Progress Texas is seeking to add 29 new recurring donors during our February membership drive - we'd appreciate the support: ⁠⁠https://progresstexas.org/donate

    • 11 min
    Daily Dispatch 2/15/24: More PT Primary Endorsements As Early Voting Approaches, and More

    Daily Dispatch 2/15/24: More PT Primary Endorsements As Early Voting Approaches, and More

    Stories we're following this morning at Progress Texas:

    Two more Democratic primary endorsements have been added to our list: Michelle Vallejo in the run for Congressional District 15, and Bill Burch for the Texas Railroad Commission: https://progresstexas.org/blog/progress-texas-endorsements-march-primaries

    Austin U.S. Rep. Greg Casar takes the lead on a new bill requiring Texas to connect our power grid to neighboring grids: https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/texas/democrats-introduce-bill-connect-texas-to-national-grids/287-ceba36b1-508a-4b2c-8f82-a090fbf1a63f

    ...While Texas continues to shatter renewable energy records: https://cleantechnica.com/2024/02/14/texas-shatters-own-solar-power-record-weird-political-situation-or-not/

    A huge court hearing today regarding Texas' new immigration law SB-4, and whether to allow it to take effect next month: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/15/us/texas-border-law-challenge-explainer.html

    ...While even our soldiers at the border see through Governor Abbott's cosplay: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/texas-operation-lone-star-border-national-guard-soldiers_n_65c4f0dce4b093b2e782abd8

    As over a million Texas kids from low income families are booted from Medicaid coverage, a massive backlog of benefits applications has built up: https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2024-02-16/after-a-million-texas-kids-were-kicked-off-medicaid-thousands-more-are-still-in-limbo/

    Republicans who held the line on school vouchers find themselves in the crosshairs of misinformation twisting their votes: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/election/2024/article/republicans-voucher-ads-18666959.php

    We celebrate Black History Month throughout February! Progress Texas has a full schedule of events to follow: ⁠https://progresstexas.org/blog/celebrating-african-american-arts-and-artisans-black-history-month⁠

    Progress Texas is seeking to add 29 new recurring donors during our February membership drive - we'd appreciate the support: ⁠https://progresstexas.org/donate

    • 11 min
    Daily Dispatch 2/14/24: PT Loves (And Endorses) Three More Texas Candidates, and More

    Daily Dispatch 2/14/24: PT Loves (And Endorses) Three More Texas Candidates, and More

    Stories we're following this morning at Progress Texas this Valentine's Day:

    Less than a week from early voting, we're shoveling our love onto three more Texas progressive primary candidates, the support of whom we consider vital for continued progress in our state: https://progresstexas.org/blog/progress-texas-endorsements-march-primaries

    ...While we're all warm and fuzzy, have a look and Join The Movement with a great rundown of our favorite Texas civic organizations: https://progresstexas.org/blog/progressive-organizations-working-make-texas-better-place-2024

    House Speaker Dade Phelan's wife was accosted by his political opponents at the Phelan home in Beaumont this week: https://www.12newsnow.com/article/news/crime/men-accused-of-accosting-dade-phelan-wife-beaumont-home/502-dbb22413-4b6f-4d80-9d45-ce4b3b705ac5

    A North Texas couple, convicted of various crimes connected to Jan. 6, think Trump should be charged as well (and we agree): https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/national/capitol-riots/texas-couple-who-said-they-shouldnt-be-prosecuted-if-trump-wasnt-convicted-of-assaulting-police-on-jan-6-mark-jalise-middleton/65-f2895db3-2b6f-4cad-8088-e313e6ae9d05

    John Cornyn and Ken Paxton are having a public tiff over Cornyn's support for America's following through with our commitments to our allies abroad: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/4465233-cornyn-blasts-texas-ag-paxton/

    How Sunday's Houston church shooter, having documented mental health issues and an extensive criminal record, was able to arm herself for the attack remains a mystery: https://apnews.com/article/church-shooting-joel-osteen-texas-firearms-89c8b72d00c5a1f924907e0d5a85a8ea

    ...While right-wing crazies - including Elon Musk - attempt to frame the shooting as "trans terrorism": https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7bnna/lakewood-church-shooting-houston-far-right-misinformation-claiming-suspect-transgender

    ...Throughout her criminal documentation, she's identified as a cisgender female, never as transgender: https://apnews.com/article/fact-check-houston-texas-church-shooter-transgender-641478749917

    We've been talking about Jimmy, John and Jane recently - John Devine, turns out, inappropriately failed to recuse himself from a high-profile sex abuse case involving prior employers: https://www.texastribune.org/2024/02/13/texas-supreme-court-john-devine-paul-pressler-jared-woodfill/

    We celebrate Black History Month throughout February! Progress Texas has a full schedule of events to follow: ⁠https://progresstexas.org/blog/celebrating-african-american-arts-and-artisans-black-history-month⁠

    Progress Texas is seeking to add 29 new recurring donors during our February membership drive - we'd appreciate the support: ⁠https://progresstexas.org/donate

    • 10 min

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