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Username: Katherine Haenschen
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Email: katherine@burntorangereport.com

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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.

We're In This Together: Reflections On My Seventh Netroots Nation | #nn14


by: Katherine Haenschen

Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

A lot has changed for Texas -- and for Burnt Orange Report -- since last year's Netroots Nation.

As you may recall, last year's event took place in San Jose, and wrapped up a few days before Wendy Davis would begin her 13-hour stand that has already changed the electoral trajectory of Texas.

This was actually my seventh Netroots Nation. I missed the first one because I wasn't yet reading DailyKos -- but I saw Joan McCarter on CSPAN's televised portion late one night, checked out the website, and soon started commenting, posting diaries, and eventually blogging about the 2008 primary in Texas, all of which would eventually lead to my joining the Burnt Orange Report staff.

It was this spirit of bringing in new people while strengthening bonds within the existing progressive online community that I was most struck by this weekend.

More below the jump.

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Texas Lieutenant Governor's Race Rated Most Interesting In The Country


by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM CDT


The race for Lieutenant Governor in Texas -- which just happens to be the contest for the most powerful position in state government -- is making headlines.

Governing Magazine rated the Texas race as the most interesting Lite Gov contest in the nation, citing the negative impact of Republican Dan Patrick's Tea Party extremism on functioning government.

The article also cites the credibility of Democratic nominee, Senator Letiticia Van de Putte, and the historic role of the Senate in promoting compromise and consensus -- two words Dan Patrick would have to look up in a dictionary.  

This is a race every Texan needs to care about. Van de Putte out-raised Patrick on the July 15th fundraising report. Moderate Republicans quietly prefer the Democrat. She has the potential to really fire up the Latino electorate in Texas. And, she released the best convention video of all time. All time!

Read what Governing had to say about the race below the jump!

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Is That A Dead Squirrel On His C&E or Did Greg Abbott Get $10K From Donald Trump?


by: Katherine Haenschen

Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT


It's no joke -- Donald Trump donated $10,000 to Greg Abbott's campaign for Governor.

At press time it was unclear if Donald Trump had asked to see Wendy Davis's long-form birth certificate.

Maybe if we're lucky, Ted Nugent and Donald Trump can go on a trip to stump for Abbott. We can call it the "Not Even Thinly-Veiled Racists For Greg Abbott" Tour.

Below the jump, put words in Donald Trump's mouth about why he supports Greg Abbott!

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Congressman Joaquin Castro: Border Crisis "Raises The Question of Who We Consider a Refugee"


by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT


Yesterday, Congressman Joaquin Castro spoke on Meet The Press about the growing humanitarian crisis along the border, making clear that Republican obstruction in Congress is blocking immigration reform.

"It has been folks in Congress, specifically the House of Representatives, who have not moved forward on a bill that would have helped prevent" what we're seeing on the border now, Castro stated.

Despite David Gregory trying his best to blame the crisis at the border on President Obama, Castro ably answered his gotcha questions with clear solutions and a strong message of compassion for these children.

"I think it also raises the question of who we consider to be a refugee in the 21st Century," Castro stated.

Watch the video below the jump.

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74% Of Republicans Are Satisfied With Their Obamacare Health Plans


by: Katherine Haenschen

Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 03:54 PM CDT


This guy gets his insurance from Goldman Sachs, but he wants to take your access to quality, affordable health care away.

A recent survey found that 74% of Republicans are happy with the health coverage they're receiving through the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans have voted over 50 times to repeal the popular program.

Overall, the survey found that 78 percent of Americans who received coverage through the Affordable Care Act said they were satisfied: 73 percent of those enrolled in a private plan and 84 percent of those enrolled in Medicaid.

Here in Texas, over 1 million people were denied the opportunity to enroll in Medicaid due to Rick Perry's refusal to expand the program and let the federal government foot the bill. Now, Texans are paying federal taxes to help insure folks in other states.

Read more about the survey below the jump.

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Bill Powers Submits Resignation Effective June 2015, Thwarting Perry Cronies' Expedited Ouster


by: Katherine Haenschen

Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:30 PM CDT

In the end, Bill Powers' resignation effective June 2, 2015 -- submitted and accepted by lame-duck UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa in advance of today's meeting -- was the least-bad option possible in the situation.

Powers will be here through the next Legislative session, and will end his term under a new governor, allowing someone other than Rick Perry to steer selection of his replacement.

On July 4, news broke that Cigarroa told Powers to either quit effective October 2014 or he would be fired at today's Regents meeting. After a tremendous outpouring of support for Powers from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and leaders from across the state, Powers was able to avoid being fired. He will resign at the end of the coming academic year, on a timeline that is much more on his terms than Perry's timeline.

A departure this year would have resulted in tremendous instability for UT and enabled Governor "Oops" to pick Powers' successor. Now, a slower timeline allows for a more deliberative search.

The move will do the least harm to UT's reputation, an institution that is increasingly becoming the national poster child for unwarranted, unwelcome intrusions in higher education from political players. But make no mistake: this entire struggle still hurts UT's reputation.

More below the jump.

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Greg Abbott Supports a "Woman's Right To Know," Unless There Are Chemicals in Her Backyard


by: Katherine Haenschen

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT


Candidate for Governor gestures frantically towards where chemical disclosure information can be obtained.

I must admit I'm a bit confused by the ideological inconsistency coming from Greg Abbott these days.

While he has staunchly defended the anti-woman pseudo-science "Woman's Right To Know" law, he won't let us know what chemicals are stored in our neighborhoods?

Maybe if we stored them in a woman's uterus he'd mandate disclosure? (Just kidding, Dan Patrick! Don't get any ideas!)

While Greg Abbott has repeatedly supported a law that mandates scaring women seeking abortions into thinking they will get breast cancer -- an allegation which is patently false and designed to deter women from exercising their rights -- he doesn't think Texans have a right to know what chemicals are stored in their neighborhoods, even though federal law requires this disclosure.

More on the anti-choice hogwash Greg Abbott thinks women "have a right to know" and the public health and safety information he's blocking below the jump.

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Save Bill Powers: The Latest In The Efforts to Oust UT's President And How To Fight Back


by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

In case you missed what is already being dubbed "The July 4th Coup," on Friday news outlets reported that the outgoing UT System Chancellor, Francisco Cigarroa, apparently gave UT President Bill Powers an ultimatum: quit your job by July 4, or be fired by the Regents this week.

The choice of date -- our nation's birthday and the start of a three-day weekend and less than a week from the next UT Board of Regents meeting -- seems specifically designed to deter UT faculty, students, and alumni from rushing to Powers' defense in time.

However, Longhorns and Powers-backers alike have enthusiastically and stridently come out in opposition to his firing or a sudden leadership change.

The UT Faculty Council signed a letter in support of Powers, and the Texas Exes sent an email signed by their new president, former US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, that threw some serious shade on Cigarroa's alleged process and the harm this turmoil could cause the University. Meanwhile, an online petition in support of Powers has garnered over 9,000 signatures in less than three days.

If you have not yet signed the petition in support of Powers, please do so now.

More on who has come to Powers' defense and why the timing of this matters so much below the jump.

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UT President Bill Powers Facing The Most Serious Threat To His Job From Rick Perry Appointees Yet


by: Katherine Haenschen

Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 11:30 AM CDT

Rick Perry is running out of time to drive off UT President Bill Powers.

With UT System Chairman Francisco Cigarroa leaving in a few months and Perry's reign ending in January, he has dwindling opportunities to get rid of Powers, a distinguished academic and university leader who enjoys broad and deep support from the students, faculty, alumni, and members of both parties in the Legislature.

On the Fourth of July, it was leaked that Chairman Cigarroa told Powers he had until the end of the day -- the holiday celebrating our nation's birth -- to resign, or he would be fired by the UT Regents this week.

Now, Powers' job is facing the greatest threat of the past two years, in which he has survived repeated witch-hunts and battles with UT Regent Wallace Hall, Perry's lapdog on the Board of Regents.

Click here to sign a petition in support of Bill Powers.

If we show strong support for keeping him, it will be more politically difficult for the 9-member Regents to vote him out.

More below the jump about why the timing is so critical.

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Watch The Clinton Administration Blow Up A Watermelon With Fireworks


by: Katherine Haenschen

Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

Happy America's Birthday, y'all!

In the halcyon days of the 1990's, when jorts ruled the backyard barbecue and there was nothing wrong with America that could not be fixed by what is right with America, the Clinton administration's Consumer Product Safety Commission held a press conference to promote safety in handling fireworks. It was a high point in public safety awareness.

You can view the full thing here. Thanks to The Fix for digging this gem up.

Below the jump, watch a watermelon explode and a mannequin lose a hand. USA! USA!

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