Texas State Senate

AUSTIN — Republicans strengthened their grip on the Texas Senate on Wednesday, shrugging off nearly 70 years of tradition with a rules change that knocks out the Democrats' ability to block legislation on party-line votes. The GOP holds a 20-11 majority in the upper chamber, which under the old "two-thirds" rule would have left them one vote short of being able to bring up bills for debate without at least one Democrat. The tradition ensured that, even though it could be outvoted on every...

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Last month's Texas republican party platform aimed to rouse the base, inspiring action. Blowback inside and outside the party of endorsing reparative therapy for homosexuals and the party's abandoning a guest worker program had party leaders walking back the importance of the document. A s the democrats wrapped up their own convention this weekend, we want to know how important these conventions and platforms really are. Link to the Republican Party of Texas' Platform Link to the Democratic...

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District 26 State Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D) said minors who have been kidnapped and made to do things against their will should not be punished further by the justice system, even though they have technically engaged in conduct that violates prostitution laws. Van de Putte wants to see that those who have been victimized by human traffickers are not charged with crimes because “they’re too young, and they are really compelled. They are forced and coerced. It’s a different sort of crime...