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State Rep. Diego Bernal is Glad You Finally Think Public Ed Is Cool

State Rep. Diego Bernal is Glad You Finally Think Public Ed Is Cool

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. I’m sitting across from Democratic State Rep. Diego Bernal and he’s telling me that his mother and I are neck and neck in tracking his whole political career. In honor of the holiday season, I thought I’d demand a recount. Bernal became this column’s inaugural subject in 2011,

State Rep. Celia Israel Submits Bill Banning Conversion Therapy

State Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) of Texas House District 50 has filed a bill banning conversion therapy for consideration during the next session of the Texas Legislature which begins in January. Conversation therapy, also known as reparative therapy, is psychotherapy aimed at changing a person’s homosexuality, based on the view that homosexuality is a mental

How the “Bathroom Bill” Helped Push a Republican PAC to Spend Millions on Moderates in Texas

By Cassandra Pollock, The Texas Tribune May 16, 2018 In September, the Texas Capitol was finally starting to calm down. A couple of contentious legislative sessions had pitted the Legislature’s Republican centrists against hard-line conservatives, largely over measures regulating which restrooms transgender Texans could use. Members had returned to their districts, almost certain the “bathroom

Analysis: Texas GOP ignores young voters with LGBT snub

By Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune Texas Republican leaders have decided once again not to allow the party’s biggest LGBT group — the Log Cabin Republicans — to operate a booth at the state convention. It’s not the first time that’s happened, and it’s in line with the party platform on LGBT issues. But it