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Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at UT focusing on digital media. She has previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns. She is active with Austin Young Democrats and is UCONN's #1 fan in Texas.

Wendy Davis Emphasizes Her Commitment to Education Funding As School Starts


by: Katherine Haenschen

Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

Monday in Houston, Wendy Davis marked the beginning of the public school year by emphasizing her commitment to public education.

In 2011, Wendy Davis filibustered a budget that cut $5.4 billion from public education, and in 2013 she voted against a budget that failed to restore sufficient funds.

Unlike Rick Perry, Wendy Davis would have vetoed a budget that slashed $5.4 billion from our Texas public schools. Attorney General Greg Abbott, on the other hand, continues to defend the cuts in our courts system.

Joined by education leaders, Davis gave a moving speech Monday about the value of education and how it prepares students for a better future.

Watch a video of Wendy Davis's remarks below the jump!

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Texas Pastor Calls For Removal of "Demonic" Twilight Books From Library


by: Katherine Haenschen

Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 03:00 PM CDT

There's at least one person who's not torn between Team Jacob and Team Edward.

A Cleveland, Texas pastor has called for the removal of the popular Twilight series from the local library, claiming that the "sexual element" and "creatures that aren't human" are dangerous for young readers.

Missick also thinks teens should have parental approval to check out such books. Currently, library policy requires parental consent for minors to get a library card.

Read more below the jump.

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Rep. Elliott Naishtat Hospitalized After Bike Accident But In Good Spirits - Sign His Card!


by: Katherine Haenschen

Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

State Rep. Elliott Naishtat was hospitalized following a bicycling accident in Minnesota, but fear not -- the progressive champion is on the mend and in good spirits.

During the annual bike ride at the National Conference of State Legislators held this year in Minnesota, Naishtat hit a guard rail hard and punctured his calf which resulted in severe swelling and internal bleeding.

Thankfully Naishtat is expected to make a full recovery and be back here in Austin shortly.

Help us welcome him home -- below the jump, sign our get well soon card for State Rep. Elliott Naishtat!

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Rick Perry's PAC Fundraising Off Felony Indictment


by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

I'm not surprised that Rick Perry is fundraising off of his two indictments. He's trying his damnedest to make the case sound like a farce despite the very serious nature of the charges.

I am, however, surprised to see another sitting Republican Governor actually coming to the defense of the once and future failed Presidential candidate.

To date, Perry's RickPAC has sent at least three fundraising emails to gin up funds for his "leadership PAC" that he will in turn contribute to other candidates who cannot count to three.

Read who's supporting Rick Perry's self-serving fundraising below the jump.

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Unsurprisingly, District Judge Must Warn Rick Perry Not To Threaten Grand Jury


by: Katherine Haenschen

Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

Of course Rick Perry's trying to throw shade on the grand jury that returned an indictment for his efforts to coerce Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg to resign.

This week a state district judge warned Perry not to threaten the jury or anyone else.

It's no surprise that Perry holds such little respect for the legal process that currently surrounds him that he's trying to make a farce of it all, using it to fundraise for RickPAC and malign the head of the Public Integrity Unit.

Below the jump, find out why a State Judge found it necessary to warn Perry.

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18 Candidates File for Five AISD Races


by: Katherine Haenschen

Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

Monday was the filing deadline for local races in Austin. In addition to the 78 candidates bellying up for the first Austin City Council elections held under the 10-1 map, there is also a significant increase in candidates for AISD, with 18 candidates signing up to run.

Unlike City Council, however, this is not the first Austin Independent School District election held in November.

2012 saw one open district-wide race between Gina Hinojosa and Mary Ellen Pietruszynski for the at-large seat vacated by Annette LoVoi. It was an expensive race that saw the Travis County Democratic Party give Hinojosa a major boost.  

However, with many retirements this year, a search for a superintendent ongoing, and the continued challenges of leading a school district in the face of the Texas legislature's refusal to restore the 2011 budget cuts, it's no surprise to see some turnover.

Below, here's who's running

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Setting The Record Straight: It's The Veto Threat That Matters in Rick Perry's Indictment


by: Katherine Haenschen

Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

The national press has largely failed to understand the nuance in the indictments of Rick Perry.

The crime is not that Rick Perry vetoed the Public Integrity Unit funding -- it's that he used the threat of a veto to try and force the Travis County District Attorney to step down.

That's coercion of a public official and it's against the law.

Over the last four days, Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Will Hailer has been making the rounds on TV, speaking to almost a dozen media outlets about why it's the veto threat that matters.

Watch the TDP's Will Hailer set the record straight on indicted governor Rick Perry on MSNBC below the jump!

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Congressman Pete Gallego Recognizes Back-to-School Month, Congratulates Presidio Rocket Team


by: Katherine Haenschen

Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

August is National Back-to-School month. Congressman Pete Gallego marked the occasion with a video about his commitment to public education and making learning available for all Texans.

He also gave a shout-out to the Presidio Rocket Club, a high school group in the 23rd District that teaches kids about science and how to succeed.

They're currently the fourth best rocketry team in the nation -- and proof positive that no matter your circumstance, a strong education and dedicated teachers can make all the difference.

Below the jump, watch the video!

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Will Texas Taxpayers Pick Up Rick Perry's Legal Tab? What Does Greg Abbott Think?


by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

So here's a question for all of you fiscal conservatives out there: should Texas taxpayers foot the bill for Rick Perry's increasingly costly legal defense?

When Texas can't afford to keep our roads paved and must grind them into gravel, and when the $5 billion in cuts to public education in 2011 still have not been restored, can taxpayers really afford Rick Perry's criminal defense?

In the meantime, Greg Abbott has been asked for an official Attorney General opinion on whether or not taxpayers are required to foot the bill -- and he hasn't answered yet.

Catch up on the timeline and how much YOU'RE paying for Rick Perry's criminal defense below the jump.

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Republican Greg Abbott Has A History of Siding Against Rape Victims


by: Katherine Haenschen

Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM CDT

Last week, the Wendy Davis campaign released their first TV spot, in which Greg Abbott was taken to task for siding with a company that employed a rapist rather than his victim.

Today, the Dallas Morning News reported that Greg Abbott has an even bigger history of siding against victims of sexual assault.

The story, reported by Christy Hoppe, details five cases in which rape victims sued either their assailant or a company for negligence in the attacks. Abbott decided against four of the victims during his time on the court between 1995 to 2001.

That means Greg Abbott ruled against rape victims 80% of the time, and his opinions have made it more difficult for other victims to gain justice in our legal system.

Now, I'm no pollster, but I can't imagine that defending rapists is really high up there on the average Texas voter's top priority list.

Learn about two of the cases below the jump (trigger warning for sexual assault).  

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