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For Decades conservatives have dominated the Texas legislature which has largely spent it's time blocking and cutting social programs, undermining Roe v. Wade, and doling out tax breaks to large corporations. However, this might change as a number of circumstances, movements and ideals, particularly campaign finance reform are uniting Texans in a big way.
Bi-Partisan groups that have been working on public corruption and corporate abuses in Texas like Texans for Public Justice, Common Cause of Texas and Wolf-PAC Texas, have been forging unlikely alliances across the political spectrum for years. These groups who in the past flew under the radar, are becoming ever more visible due to the spotlight shined on campaign finance reform this primary season has made hard to forget. Added to the networks of volunteers from the Sanders campaign and a greater public awareness of political corruption, these issues are bound for center stage here In Texas. Moreover, this is an issue is people are talking about, and more importantly agreeing on, around the kitchen table and across the state.
The efforts of Sanders supporters have made strides already. One of these victories came through the grassroots group, P.R.E.P. , which enacted resolutions through petitions to the Texas State Democratic Party’s platform. They, along with other advocates who helped ensure placement of Sanders supporters on key committees - rewrote the platform to be the most progressive in Texas history. Included in these resolutions passed only after a contentious floor vote , was a measure to reduce the percentage of super delegates from 10 to 15 % and barred corporate Lobbyist from being appointed to these positions.
The traction campaign finance reform and cracking down on corruption is gaining is not for progressives to claim alone. Activists within factions of the Tea-Party movement years ago reintroduced many Texans to the idea of political influence outside of the two party machine which had been nearly impossible in the past. At the same time they introduced language and articulated the argument Texans have against undue influence of big money on politics in their rally against Tax-dodging corporations.
While some Texans can find little to agree about , voters from both sides are threatening to "vote incumbents out". This could cost the political parties these voters feel abandoned by, to favor candidates left or right who want to keep the money out of politics. This is happening as Bernie Sanders has reached out to his supporters asking them to run for office at the local level to create governance that represents and looks like the communities they serve. Brand New Congress, just finished touring the state to organize and find trusted candidates to run on any ticket they can win on to break up the influence "political insiders" have on the legislature.
What happens next in is anyone's guess, but mine is that campaign finance reform and ending public corruption will be the focal point in upcoming elections across the state of Texas.
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Austin / Central Texas
Gary Breaux <email@example.com>
Austin Hernandez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mike Lewis <email@example.com>
Dallas / Fort Worth / North Texas
Wes Talbott <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Wes is also our Texas State Coordinator)
Houston / East Texas
John Robertson <email@example.com>
San Antonio / South Texas
Chris Dockery <firstname.lastname@example.org>
El Paso / West Texas / Panhandle
Sergio Olivas <email@example.com>
Dante Reyna <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Democratic Party platform committee members met in Orlando Florida today to work on the final draft of the parties platform. A major area of contention surrounded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Jim Hightower along with 700,000 people who signed petitions against the Trans-Pacific Partnership have expressed oppossition to and rallied against. Yet despite passionate arguments and widespread public opposition to the deal, the committee appointed by the Clinton camp made up of lobbiests and bankers voted down an amendment that would have opposed a Senate vote on the agreement.
What's Really Going on With Prisons and Jails in Texas? Fliers, Articles, Notes, Facebook Pages, and Radio Shows.
The Prison Show discusses issues of interest to convicts and features shout-outs from family and friends to loved ones in the free world to their loved ones behind bars.
Recent article about Inhuman treatment of prisoners in Texas this week below
Article written about a month ago about a strike in Texas Prisons below
Fliers I found at a Meeting in Houston
During the People's Summit a Panel of people in the media I love and trust encouraged everyday people who have a passion for accurate, professional, and unbiased exchange of information to take up the fight for free speech.
This is important to me because of the structural and ethical issues within the media, journalism, and news sectors. In addition to this, and multiple polls have found that 40-60% of Americans do not trust the news to be reported accurately and fairly. This distrust is warranted as 90% of all media is owned by 6 companies that commingle,co-own, and even share staff. Reporters from different networks even share working space as the newsrooms have been laying off staff exponentially for decades. This has led to numerous mistakes reported to the public as fact as well as lack of diversity in stories, opinions, and perspectives.