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Local Progress, a nationwide network of left-leaning municipal elected officials, is fast becoming the strategic switchboard for America’s increasingly liberal cities. Read more


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Private equity firms and other investors have turned freestanding emergency departments into cash machines, at the expense of patients. Read more

Health and Social Policy

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Democrats gave Trump major concessions and leverage in the year-end funding bill so Representative Henry Cuellar could get federal funding for a riverwalk in his district. Read more


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An El Paso, Texas, electric utility is being purchased by an investment fund with deep, undisclosed ties to the big bank. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Talk has increased that Beto O’Rourke should end his presidential campaign to take on John Cornyn in a Senate race. Even if he doesn’t, Democrats have a shot to make gains in the Lone Star State. Read more

Law and Justice


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Grassroots organizers and civil rights groups banded together to stop Texas officials from denying the franchise to voters of color. Read more

Civil Rights in America

The rock-star Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a candidate for president, once supported the bulldozing of a low-income neighborhood in his hometown of El Paso—a project spearheaded by his father-in-law. Read more

Civil Rights in America

O’Rourke’s near-victory has them seeing purple—but can they keep turning out more voters and moving Texas leftward when he’s not on the ballot? Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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A Texas court ruling on child-care providers offers the Trump administration a way around protections for underage migrants. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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Want to flip Texas and Arizona? Nearly one million Latino citizens turn 18 every year. Read more

, Housing and Transportation


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Can the blue dots of Texas elude a likely crackdown on local progressive policy from Republican legislators? Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Part of the state's infamously restrictive abortion law has been declared unconstitutional, but it's far from a victory. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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In dramatic fashion, Texas women proved their political power—and gave progressives in the state new hope for the future. Read more

Money, Politics and Power