Month: October 2016

Is Texas Good For Women? A Recap of the Texas Tribune Festival Panel

Photo: Houston Chronicle Two of Texas’ prominent female politicians crossed the aisle to promote discourse about the impact of state policy on women. Wendy Davis, a Democrat and member of the Texas Senate, renowned for her 11-hour filibuster against restrictive abortion regulations, shared that the adversity that she faced shaped her into the person she is today. She founded the initiative Deeds Not Words to “unite women and drive change.” Susan Combs, a Republican and former Texas Comptroller, learned about the importance of self-sufficiency from her upbringing on a ranch. She formed the Anywhere Woman project and Herdacity. Despite...

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Latinos on 2016, and 2016 on Latinos

Photo: Cynthia Van Maanen Thanks to their growing influence all over the country, Latino voters will be more important in the 2016 general election than ever before, especially in states like Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas. The Texas Tribune Festival panel, “Latinos and the Presidential Election,” presented an opportunity to discuss the Latino community’s increasing role in the current election. The panel included State Representatives Ana Hernandez (D-Houston) and Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), and conservative political strategists Juan Hernandez and Daniel Garza. Texas Tribune reporter Alexa Ura moderated. Strikingly, neither of the two conservative panelists supports the Republican...

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