You are hereUnited States / Texas



Don't Mess with Texas Women

See video

Cecile Richards dicusses the attacks by Rick Perry on women's health care and the Planned Parenthood bus tour in Texas.

Wasserman Schultz: The Conversation Romney Has Never Had

See video

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz at a Texas Democratic Party press conference discussing the conversation which Mitt Romney has never had.

Governor Perry Sabotages Entire Texas Women’s Health Program

February 23, 2012  5:16 PM


Politically motivated maneuver could leave more than 130,000 Texans without health care — comes on the heels of reduction in women’s health care to 180,000 women

AUSTIN, Texas - February 23 - Today Texas Governor Rick Perry moved to effectively sabotage the entire Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which provides preventive health care, including birth control and lifesaving cancer screenings, to more than 130,000 low-income women each year.

“Governor Perry and his conservative allies have once again chosen politics over the lives of Texas women,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “He will never know the reality of the women that rely on these programs. He will never know what it's like for a woman who feels a lump in her breast, but has to worry about the cost of a doctor’s visit.”

Texas Throws Women Under the Bus — Again

New legislation leaves over 130,000 without access to wellness exams, cancer screening, contraception

The Associated Press reports that Texas Legislature passed a law last year making it illegal for the state to provide Medicaid funds to a doctor or clinic affiliated with an organization that provides elective abortions, even if the institution receiving the money does not provide them...

Unless some last-minute agreement is brokered, the program, which receives $9 in federal funds for every $1 in state funds, will be either phased out or cut off by the end of March. At least 130,000 poor Texas women will lose access to cancer screenings, well-woman exams and contraception.

Rebecca Acuña, a spokeswoman for the Texas Democratic Party, said:

"Texas Republicans never miss an opportunity to throw the most vulnerable Texans under the bus so that they can pick a fight with the federal government."

Ron Reynolds Files for Re-election Bid

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (Dec. 12, 2011) -- State Representative Ron Reynolds (D-Fort Bend County, District 27) filed for for re-election today in House District 27. "I am running for re-election to continue my fight for adequate funding for public education, affordable healthcare and economic empowerment for small business owners," Reynolds said.

Voter ID on Your News Now

See video
The Texas Voter ID law as discussed on Your News Now

TDP's "Dear America" ad featured on MSNBC's Hardball

See video

The Texas Democratic Party's "Dear America" ad is featured in this MSNBC Hardball segment which examines the extent to which Texans are turning their backs on Rick Perry.

Gov. Perry's Claims About Teaching Creationism in Texas Incorrect, Irresponsible

The Texas Freedom Network today released the following statement in response to an erroneous claim by Gov. Rick Perry about creationism in Texas public schools. Answering a young boy’s question while campaigning Thursday in New Hampshire, Gov. Perry said, "in Texas we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools."

From TFN President Kathy Miller:

"Gov. Perry has once again waded into the culture wars for political gain, but without considering the harmful consequences. It is irresponsible for the leader of a state, or a presidential hopeful, to suggest to public school teachers that it is OK to teach creationism as science when such attempts have repeatedly been ruled unconstitutional by the courts, and could result in litigation against a school district. And it is outrageous that Gov. Perry would erode respect for and trust in public education in Texas, simply in order to promote his political aspirations. Texans and Texas schools are working to prepare our children for college and 21st-century jobs. Gov. Perry’s irresponsible comments wrongly suggest otherwise."

Lloyd Doggett says Texas has worse unemployment than 25 states

"Twenty-five states have lower unemployment than Texas" which is "tied with Mississippi for more minimum-wage jobs than anywhere in the United States."

Truth-O-Meter: TrueU.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett told ABC News on Aug. 11, 2011, that Gov. Rick Perry’s rosy depictions of employment conditions in Texas aren’t entirely accurate.

"Twenty-five states have lower unemployment than Texas does today," the Austin Democrat said, adding that "we're tied with Mississippi for more minimum-wage jobs than anywhere in the United States."

Is Texas middling in unemployment and tied with the Magnolia State for minimum-wage jobs?

Yes and yup.

Read the entire article at PoltiFact Texas.

The Texas Unmiracle

by Paul Krugman

As expected, Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, has announced that he is running for president. And we already know what his campaign will be about: faith in miracles...

So what you need to know is that the Texas miracle is a myth, and more broadly that Texan experience offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment...

In June 2011, the Texas unemployment rate was 8.2 percent. That was less than unemployment in collapsed-bubble states like California and Florida, but it was slightly higher than the unemployment rate in New York, and significantly higher than the rate in Massachusetts. By the way, one in four Texans lacks health insurance, the highest proportion in the nation, thanks largely to the state’s small-government approach. Meanwhile, Massachusetts has near-universal coverage...

So where does the notion of a Texas miracle come from? Mainly from widespread misunderstanding of the economic effects of population growth.

...So when Mr. Perry presents himself as the candidate who knows how to create jobs, don’t believe him. His prescriptions for job creation would work about as well in practice as his prayer-based attempt to end Texas’s crippling drought.