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Genevieve Cato is a feminist and a native Texan. When not writing for the Burnt Orange Report, she can be found working to elect pro-choice women to office, tweeting as @blasfemmetx, and drinking copious amounts of pretentious local craft beer.

At Least Five Children Deported Back to Honduras Have Been Killed

by: Genevieve Cato

Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 00:30 PM CDT

Despite reports showing violence in their home countries is a key factor to the flight of minors to the United States, many lawmakers are calling for swift court cases and deportation.

The first plane of deported children and mothers was sent back to Honduras last month. At least five of the children deported to Honduras have since been killed in the violence they attempted to escape, the L.A. Times reports

More on this horrifying development below the jump.

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For Over 6,000 Public School Employees Laid Off in 2011, Back to School Doesn't Mean Back to Work

by: Genevieve Cato

Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

It has been three years since the Texas Legislature voted to cut $5.4 billion from education funding, and despite attempts at restoration, our schools are still 6,500 positions short of where they were before 2011. If you lost your job due to a lack of funding, back to school doesn't necessarily mean back to work.

This doesn't only impact teachers - all positions in schools, including support staff, are still hurting from the impact of these cuts. And if these numbers are any indication, this won't be changing any time soon.

More on the impact of a continued lack of funding and its implications for the 2014 elections below the jump.

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Leticia Van de Putte Puts Texas First and Proposes Free Community College

by: Genevieve Cato

Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

In an announcement last week, Leticia Van de Putte addressed an issue that is on the minds of many Texans and their families: the increasingly steep price of a college education. According to the Project on Student Debt, students in Texas graduate with an average of $24,000 in student loans. This number can be even higher for students attending some of the state's most well-known public institutions, like the University of Texas at Austin, where the average student debt is over $26,000.

Van de Putte has a plan to make college affordable for Texas students, and to ensure that all students see college as a possibility in their future.

More on Van de Putte's vision for higher education below the jump.

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Statewide Law Enforcement Endorses Libby Willis for Senate District 10

by: Genevieve Cato

Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Leticia Van de Putte isn't the only democratic lady getting noticed for her commitment to public safety. Libby Willis, who is running to replace Wendy Davis in Texas Senate District 10, was endorsed this month by a statewide law enforcement organization.

The Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, or CLEAT, is the largest law enforcement officers' union in Texas, and they chose Libby Willis as the candidate best prepared to stand up for public safety in the Senate.

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On the Issue of Sexual Assault, Wendy Davis Draws Clear Distinction with Her Opponent

by: Genevieve Cato

Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

Davis has been visiting cities across the state this week to speak about an issue where the contrast with her opponent couldn't be more clear: advocacy on behalf of sexual assault survivors.

In an ad that went up this week, Davis pointed to a case that came before the Supreme Court while Greg Abbott was a member. Abbott sided against the victim, who had been assaulted by a salesman whose position was only possible because the company who hired him failed to do a routine background check. If they had, they would have discovered he was a sexual predator on probation.

More on why Wendy Davis is the candidate who has truly championed survivors of sexual assault below the jump.

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Leticia Van de Putte Picks Up Two Public Safety Endorsements Over Dan Patrick

by: Genevieve Cato

Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

This month has been great for Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor. She started the month off by beating her opponent, Republican Dan Patrick, to two endorsements from public safety organizations.

The two endorsements make a clear statement about Van de Putte's strong legislative commitment to such important public safety issues as human trafficking, and her ability to effectively lead the State Senate as they consider legislative policies with a direct impact on the safety of our communities and our state.

More on the endorsements below the jump.

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On September 1, There Will Be Only One Abortion Clinic Per Million Texan Women

by: Genevieve Cato

Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Since passing, House Bill 2 has had devastating effects on the number of clinics operating in Texas. Six of the forty clinics open when the bill passed closed by August of 2013, and currently there are less than thirty clinics serving the state.

The last provision requires all clinics to meet the standards for Ambulatory Surgical Centers. Abortion providers are currently involved in a trial against the state in the hopes of stopping the provision before it goes into effect on September 1st. Until now, this law hasn't had the deep impacts that were expected - but on September 1st, all that will change.

More on the impact of the last provision below the jump.  

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Legislation Can't Stop Texans From Ending Their Pregnancies, Texas Study Finds

by: Genevieve Cato

Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

As a new legal battle against House Bill 2 begins this week, a study released by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at the University of Texas tracked the impact of the law with interesting results, Slate reported.

In the aftermath of the omnibus abortion bill, almost half of the clinics providing abortion services in Texas were forced to close. Researchers expected to see a drop in abortions across the state that reflected this sudden decrease in providers. Instead, they found that reducing access to abortion in Texas isn't enough to stop Texans from overcoming these obstacles to take control of their reproductive healthcare.

More on the surprising statistics and their implications below the jump.

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Beer and Economics: Leticia Van de Putte Announces New Economic Policy Plan at St. Arnold's Brewery

by: Genevieve Cato

Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

Last week, Leticia Van de Putte was in Houston to announce Texas First, her economic policy plan for the state of Texas. In the plan, Van de Putte recognizes that good jobs are absolutely necessary to the continuing success of the Texas economy.

Van de Putte made the announcement at St. Arnold's Brewery. The senator has long been a champion of the craft beer industry. Last session, Van de Putte was instrumental in passing legislation that strengthened the craft beer industry in Texas by allowing breweries to charge for beer by the glass on site, among other things. Her work has allowed breweries better access to profits and expansion, and is just one example of her economic acumen.

More on Van de Putte's economic plan below the jump.

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After A Decade, Whole Woman's Health Austin Closes Due to Omnibus Abortion Bill

by: Genevieve Cato

Sat Aug 02, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

In yet another blow to reproductive justice in Texas in the aftermath of House Bill 2, Whole Woman's Health of Austin was forced to close this week. The Austin clinic was the first Whole Woman's Health facility opened by founder Amy Hagstrom-Miller in 2003. From the announcement on their blog:

Austin was our flagship clinic, serving the community of Central Texas with the best abortion care available to women for over ten years. House Bill 2, which passed last summer, has forced us into yet another closure, this time because we're unable to meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center at this location.

The full statement from Whole Woman's Health upon closing their clinic below the jump.

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