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Progress Texas Happy Hour

Progress Texas Happy Hour

By Progress Texas
We recap the wild week in Texas politics. Grab a coldie and hang! Learn more about us at
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Twisted Spirit Week: Progress Texas Happy Hour, May 7 2021
Happy Hour time, and after last night and the last few weeks, do we ever need some happy! We ARE happy about the huge turnout and passion of all of our partners for progress here in Texas, including all the folks sporting beautiful shades of orange, and our hard-working Democratic lawmakers who are fighting the good fight. We find that the response to our common cause gives us renewed motivation to keep working hard for Texans. Still, the fight is grueling, and we've got Lege war stories from this week that we'll never forget, including the constant distortion of the rules and use of veiled racist "purity" language in voter suppression and abortion restriction bills by GOP leadership. The bad acting and misplaced priorities are astounding - and ever greater motivation to keep fighting against them.
May 7, 2021
Crisco Brain's Calzone Of Terror: Progress Texas Happy Hour, April 30 2021
Hey! It's Happy Hour time, and we're joined by our friend Emily Eby of the Texas Civil Rights Project! As we continue through the grueling process of the Lege, Diana and Wesley share the story of the nutso parliamentary gymnastics of Briscoe Cain on voter suppression bills on Thursday. Emily describes the danger of empowering poll watchers - clearly a GOP intimidation ploy, especially if combined with the permitless carrying of handguns. We also share our tips for overcoming the fear of public speaking, at a moment when it's so important for ALL Texans to courageously speak up on the dirty deeds being done at the Capitol on voting rights, abortion rights, redistricting and more. Why is Briscoe Cain the worst? DOJ being asked to step in to monitor TX Elections Cmte:
April 30, 2021
Police Reform, State Budget Priorities: Progress Texas Happy Hour, April 23 2021
Happy Hour time! With news of Matthew McConaughey polling ahead of Greg Abbott, and the candidacy of Caitlyn Jenner in California, we mull the question: Is a celebrity Governor something we could live with? Is that a better move than the rock stars the Democrats already have in the bullpen? Also, the guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd case: what does the moment mean, and what's next for police reform in Texas? We also talk about the state budget, how the miss on Medicaid expansion by GOP lawmakers is disappointing but not surprising, and legislative threats against corporations that take a stand against Republican policies. Puzzling as the opposition can be, Progress Texas continues the fight - thanks for listening and joining us! On Medicaid fail: On Texas police reform:
April 23, 2021
Discrimination Is Expensive: Progress Texas Happy Hour, April 16 2021
After an exhausting week, it's time for Happy Hour! The crew is proud to welcome Ash Hall of the Transgender Education Network of Texas, as we discuss the wide range of dirty deeds that GOP lawmakers have been up to at the Capitol. In particular two anti-trans bills, SB-29 and HB-4042, designed to force our trans student athletes to conform to teams that don't align with their gender identities, and inviting conflict for Texas with the NCAA and other business interests. Also HB-1399, which bans trans children in Texas from receiving gender affirming medical care. Meanwhile, women's reproductive rights are also under attack via multiple bills in both chambers - it seems the assault is coming from all directions. Wondering what you can do to help Progress Texas fight back? Give us a listen. Discriminatory bills in Texas would deny rights to trans kids: Diana testifies on HB 3760: Major brands send message: Voter suppression is bad for business: Demand Repbulicans stop attacking Abortion: Demand Republicans stop attacking our Democracy:
April 16, 2021
Bad Bills Are Bad For Business: Progress Texas Happy Hour, April 9 2021
Happy Hour time! We welcome guest anchor Amanda Gnaedinger this week as we discuss the role of corporate America in our political discourse, as various companies begin to weigh in against voter suppression legislation in Texas. We also cover the economic peril our state is subjected to by reckless GOP lawmaking (see: Georgia). Wesley and Diana share "war stories" of the week at the Capitol, as the fight to preserve reproductive rights and healthcare in Texas continues - and, shout-outs for several of our valued partner orgs on the ground, joining forces in the ongoing battle for progress. PETITION: DEMAND REPUBLICANS END THEIR ATTACK ON OUR VOTING RIGHTS 7 anti-abortion bills the Texas Senate is wasting time on instead of bills to help Texans
April 9, 2021
All-Night Fight with the Right: Progress Texas Happy Hour - April 2 2021
Another wild week at the Texas Capitol brings us stories of waiting 20 hours to testify against anti-abortion legislation, a Republican bill to appoint lawyers for fetuses (?!), and special guest Ashley Cheng of the podcast The Rabble shares a story about the first time she took her mom to vote. We've also got updates on how Texas companies such as American Airlines, Dell, and Southwest Airlines are taking public positions against voter suppression bills. Reference links: Demand Dan Patrick stop attacking our reproductive rights: Abortion is healthcare Act would remove decades of Texas restrictions: 7 anti-abortion bills the Texas Senate is wasting time on instead of bills to help Texans: Texas Republicans have launched an all out attack on our voting rights: Stop the Texas GOP from outlawing 2020 voting innovations:
April 2, 2021
Shrimp Tails From The Lege: Progress Texas Happy Hour, March 26 2021
The Progress Texas Happy Hour crew convenes - central to the discussion of the Lege are misplaced priorities by Republicans and a slate of voter suppression bills, we talk about what's in them and why they're bad. Wesley and Diana weigh in on the experience of diving in at the Capitol - including a close encounter with Beto O'Rourke, and procedural shenanigans from State Rep. Briscoe Cain who shut down a hearing before hundreds of people could testify. We offer a preview on anti-abortion legislation, and then we wrap up by sharing our vaccine experiences - get your shots y'all! Thanks for listening, and be sure to sign our very important petitions! Texas Republicans have launched an all out attack on our voting rights: Demand Dan Patrick stop attacking our reproductive rights: Stop the Texas GOP from outlawing 2020 voting innovations: Abortion is healthcare Act would remove decades of Texas restrictions: 7 anti-abortion bills the Texas Senate is wasting time on instead of bills to help Texans: Not all emergencies are priorities at the Texas Capitol:
March 26, 2021
New Day, Same Old GOP Playbook: Progress Texas Happy Hour, March 19
Senior Strategist Glenn Smith joins the weekly Happy Hour crew for this week’s rundown of the crazy world of Texas politics. GOP efforts in the Lege to undermine voting rights are troubling and reminiscent of the Jim Crow era. Republicans also continue their typical attacks on reproductive rights – all of this even as the people of Texas demand action from lawmakers on COVID. We’re also now seeing the effects of racist Republican language about the pandemic, exemplified by Chip Roy’s tirade this week in D.C., in a rise of anti-Asian violence, which must be countered by all of us - “if one person is in chains, we’re all in chains”. On a hopeful note, we celebrate the huge progress under President Biden in the national vaccination effort, as well as the months-long sacrifice of most Texans to protect their communities - in spite of Governor Abbott’s attempts to undermine safety precautions. And the conversation on Matthew McConaughey continues – politically, where is he exactly?
March 19, 2021
Polling And The Pandemic: Progress Texas Happy Hour, March 12 2021
This week, the Progress Texas team reflects on the lessons of the pandemic, one full year in. We also talk Polling: what do Texans think about Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, the recent energy crisis, priorities at the Lege, the assault on reproductive rights, and the Texas response to COVID? We find, once again, that Progressive values are mainstream values. President Biden's American Rescue Plan is now a reality - what's it mean for Texas families? And, will Matthew McConaughey run for Governor - and if he does, what's that mean for Texas Democrats?
March 12, 2021
Mask Madness: Progress Texas Happy Hour - March 5, 2021
Welcome to the Progress Texas podcast! This week we talk about what Gov. Greg Abbott must have been thinking in revoking mask mandates and reopening the state - while vaccination rates are only at 7%. We also explore ways that progressives in the Texas legislature are battling climate change and how you can get signed up to testify for the upcoming redistricting sessions. Enjoy and share with friends!
March 6, 2021