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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.

CNN Wants You to "Meet the Woman Who Could Turn Texas Purple"

by: Genevieve Cato

Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

In a thorough profile piece yesterday, CNN put the spotlight on a woman running statewide in Texas: Lieutenant Governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte.

From her impressive history as a powerful legislative force at the pink dome to her refreshingly down to earth demeanor despite her importance as a statewide candidate, the overarching point of the piece was clear: "The San Antonio state senator could accomplish what no Democrat has done in 20 years: win statewide office."

Find out why CNN thinks Leticia Van de Putte has what it takes to be our next Lieutenant Governor.

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Austin City Council Gives Craft Beer a Boost

by: Genevieve Cato

Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

Austin City Council has beer on the brain - or at least they did at their meeting last Friday. Brought to the table by Councilmembers Chris Riley and Mike Martinez, the new measure could have a huge impact on local craft breweries and the Austin economy.

Austin's craft beer scene is booming. The city, which is among the best beer cities in the country,  has upwards of eighteen breweries within the city limits and surrounding areas. Until the vote on Friday, many of Austin's local craft brewers were unable to take advantage of new laws coming out of the 2013 session - changes that increase breweries' ability to impact the local economy as thriving and expanding small businesses.  

More on this development for lovers of Austin beer and local businesses below the jump.

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Boats N' Hoes PAC and the GOP: A "Pattern of Disrespect" for Texas Women

by: Genevieve Cato

Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

On Wednesday, the internet exploded with news that an employee from a Republican consulting firm - that has worked with Donna Campbell, Greg Abbott, and Dan Patrick - started a PAC of his own: Boats n' Hoes PAC. The move drew criticism from Wendy Davis, the Texas Democratic Party, and news outlets across the state. Now, the Texas Tribune reports, the employee has been asked to shut down the PAC.

The closure of the offensive PAC is a small victory in the war against sexism in the Texas GOP. To look at this as a singular act of one member of the party is to miss the environment that leads an employee at a consulting firm - who is arguably more informed of his party's positions than the average voter - to create the PAC in the first place.

More on the GOP's tone-deaf approach to women below the jump.

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Tea Party Texans Said What? New Poll About Funding Texas Education Has Surprising Answers

by: Genevieve Cato

Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

Along with the issue of equal pay, education is front and center in the statewide races this election cycle. Wendy Davis, Greg Abbott, Glen Hegar, and Dan Patrick are counting on their education policy platforms to turn voters out in November. Education is not only an election-cycle issue. The last two legislative sessions saw education funding take center stage in battles over the budget.

All of the candidates and campaigns know how important education is to Texan voters - but are they really saying what Texans want to hear? A recent poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune may have the answers - and they might surprise you.

More on Texans' positions on education and implications for statewide campaigns below the jump.

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In Texas and Across the Nation, We Must Consider Race in the Fight for Equal Pay

by: Genevieve Cato

Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 03:30 PM CDT

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Odds are, you've heard about the gender pay gap. Equal pay has been at the center of the Texas Governor's race, and today on Equal Pay Day progressive groups and Democratic organizations across the country are highlighting the persistence of the gender wage gap. The statistics you are most likely to hear probably go something like this: women make 77 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts.

While this is true, it is also misleading - and not for the reasons Republicans and talking heads on Fox News would have you believe. This statistic does not take into account how race impacts pay disparities across the country and here in Texas, too. When you break down the gender gap based on race, the results are shocking.

More on race and equal pay below the jump.

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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month: In Texas and Across the Country, a Focus on Consent

by: Genevieve Cato

Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. If you didn't know that, it would not be too surprising. Though sexual assault is now something that is generally acknowledged as an issue in society thanks to efforts like the Violence Against Women Act, incidence of sexual assault are still too high.

The statistics on sexual assault are staggering. For example, two incidents of rape or sexual assault are reported every day in Austin alone. Ninety percent of survivors in Travis County knew their assailant. And in Texas, one in eight women will be raped in her lifetime.

That's why the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault is using this April to talk about men and their role in ending and preventing sexual assault in their First Class Male campaign.

More on Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month below the jump.

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#WendySummit Brings Volunteers Across the State Together to Organize for Wendy Davis

by: Genevieve Cato

Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

This weekend in Austin, Battleground Texas volunteers from across the state gathered for the neighborhood team summit, aka the #WendySummit - a training in strategy and best practices for these highly committed volunteers, as well as an opportunity to meet and draw energy from fellow members of Team Wendy. Joined by experts in the field, such as J.D. Angle, the event was a prime example of what Battleground must do best for Davis to win in November: activate grassroots organizers across the state to turn out their neighbors, family, and friends.

From its inception, Battleground Texas was heralded as a mechanism for turning the tide on Texas' abysmal voter turnout. This, combined with with their fundraising capacity, has made Battleground key to #TeamWendy's 2014 victory. If the tweets from organizers and supporters alike are any indication, the #WendySummit was a great success - and these volunteers are ready to get their feet on the ground and get Davis in the governor's seat.

More from #WendySummit below the jump.

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While GOP Candidates Fight With Each Other, Leticia Van de Putte Talks to Voters Across Texas

by: Genevieve Cato

Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

Leticia Van de Putte is taking Texas by storm in her statewide bus tour, which launched in San Antonio last week. The sixteen city tour will take her across Texas to speak with voters as Dewhurst and Patrick continue to battle it out for most conservative candidate in the Republican run-off.

While the GOP candidates fight with each other, Van de Putte is talking to voters about the issues that matter. From the issues facing our veterans to the importance of trading with Mexico, Van de Putte has her eyes on the general election and the issues that matter most to Texans.

More on Van de Putte's bus tour below the jump.

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Leticia Van de Putte Joins with DNC to Talk Women's Rights and Voting Access

by: Genevieve Cato

Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

In February, the Democratic National Committee launched their Voter Expansion Project, a campaign focused on expanding access to voting rights as Republicans continue to restrict them. Former President Bill Clinton launched the campaign with a video focused on why voting rights matter, which can be found below the jump.

On Monday, Leticia Van de Putte joined Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Ohio State Senator Nina Turner on a conference call to discuss the intersection of voting rights and gender. As Women's History Month wraps up, these three women pointed out the importance of women's access to this fundamental right to engagement in our democracy, and the devastating effects Republicans' legislative agenda have had on women's right to vote.

More on women and the Voter Expansion Project, and Bill Clinton's video on why voting rights matter, below the jump.

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Glenn Beck's Friend and Future State Senator Don Huffines Supports Creationism and School Vouchers

by: Genevieve Cato

Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

In the race to represent Texas Senate District 16 out of Dallas, newcomer and libertarian Tea Party candidate Don Huffines beat the incumbent senator, John Carona. Huffines credits his election to a growing support of increasingly conservative policies among the voters in the district.

Huffines clearly takes this seriously, as he vowed in an interview with KERA NEWS to support creationism in the science curriculum, "competition" in the education system, and vouchers for private schools.

More from Huffines below the jump.  

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