Category Archives for Texas Legislature

Hard Questions, Some Promises at Cargill Senate Hearing

TFN just sent the following alert to our members regarding SBOE Chair Barbara Cargill’s testimony before the Senate Committee on Nominations. To sign up to get these alerts, click here. Senator Watson’s tough questions produce promises from Cargill. Will she keep them? Barbara Cargill got tough questions and made some new commitments when the Senate […]

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Stealth Creationist Meets Open Creationist: Texas SBOE Chair Barbara Cargill and State Sen. Donna Campbell

At today’s Senate confirmation hearing on Barbara Cargill’s reappointment as State Board of Education chair, Texans got a chance to see two of their elected leaders vandalizing the concept of science education in public schools. Speaking at a meeting of Senate Education Committee just two weeks ago, Cargill said she wants publishers to “soften” their […]

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Cargill Science Comments at Hearing Highlight Concerns over Reappointment as Texas Ed Board Chair

We just got back from the Texas Senate Nominations Committee hearing on Barbara Cargill’s reappointment to another term as chair of the State Board of Education. We’ll have much more soon — including some alarming comments about science from both Cargill and at least one member of the Senate committee. Meanwhile, here’s the press release […]

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Proposed Texas Bill Puts the Abortion Wars Ahead of Effective Sex Education

The abortion wars trump common sense on the right. We sent out the following press release this afternoon: PROPOSED LEGISLATION ADDS NEW AND UNNECESSARY OBSTACLES FOR EFFECTIVE SEX EDUCATION IN TEXAS SCHOOLS State Law Already Requires Informing Parents on Sex Ed, Right to Opt Out The Texas Freedom Network is releasing the following statement regarding […]

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Texas Lawmaker Sticks Up for Hobby Lobby’s Anti-Birth Control Crusade, Wants Taxpayers to Pay the Bill

A leading candidate for the most outrageous bill of this year’s legislative session in Texas is HB 649, filed today by state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, who is valiantly sticking up for a big corporation’s refusal to comply with the law and, while he’s at it, intruding in a woman’s private medical decisions. This all […]

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Epic Fail for Voucher ‘Expert’ in Texas School Finance Lawsuit

On Tuesday the lawsuit trial in Austin over how Texas finances its public schools featured one of the national leaders of the private school voucher movement. Testimony from Joseph Bast, the president and CEO of the pro-voucher Heartland Institute, should be instructive for Texas legislators preparing for battle over vouchers in the current session. That’s […]

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Right-wingers Fail Again to Replace Joe Straus as Texas House Speaker

The Texas House of Representatives started the 2013 session today the same way it ended 2011 — with state Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, as speaker. This represents the third session in a row in which far-right groups like Texas Eagle Forum and Liberty Institute/Texas Values along with Tea Party activists have failed to keep […]

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Colbert Takes on Texas State Rep

Here we go again. Will Texas ever go, say, an entire year without becoming fodder for the likes of Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert? Another Texas lawmaker became the punchline last night on Colbert’s Comedy Central show. This time it was state Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, and his use of an ethnic slur during a […]

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2011 Lege Wrap Up: No Mo’ Lowe

The frustration of Texas legislators with the State Board of Education‘s continuing efforts to drag public schools into the culture wars was so high that the confirmation of Gov. Rick Perry’s appointment of Gail Lowe, R-Lampasas, to another term as board chair this year never made it to the Senate floor. In fact, the Senate […]

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Rationality 4, Leo Berman 0

When the Texas Legislature finally ended the session on Wednesday, a little bit of sanity won out and a Texas-size rebuke was handed to far-right lawmaker state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler. Berman, perhaps the Legislature’s top inciter of anti-Muslim hysteria, attempted during the regular and special legislative sessions to pass a measure banning Sharia law […]

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