Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military

Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military

Read more at WashingtonPost.com.

Yesterday was a heart-wrenching day for me, and I cannot imagine how much harder it was for my transgender friends, allies, and families with trans children. My heart aches for them.

In addition to the small-minded discriminatory ban on transgender service members announced by Trump yesterday, the Texas Senate passed SB3 (“the bathroom bill”) late last night. To understate it, it was a horrible day.

But I have hope. Yesterday, while the Senate voted in favor of discrimination and fear, I was sitting at the Hays County Women’s Political Caucus, listening to the group work through bylaws incorporating a PAC. And in that discussion was the insistence that “woman” be defined inclusively in recognition of gender-identity. If you identify as a woman, you are one, and the Caucus recognizes that.

While our current government is on the wrong side of history, I am confident our future one will not be. Change is in the air.

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Kickoff Party II in San Marcos

Kickoff Party II in San Marcos

Missed our first kickoff party in Driftwood? Do you live near San Marcos? Ready for a State Representative who represents our values?

Come join us at AquaBrew on August 12 from 7-9pm to meet me, hear from a few friends, and enjoy our host’s world-famous bacon jam fries (or queso for the vegetarians!) in downtown San Marcos. This event is free to the public, but donations are appreciated and accepted.

What A Great Kickoff!

What a great Kickoff! Thank you to everyone who came and a huge thank you to our musicians, Tracy Weinberg and Blue Texas!

If you missed this event, don’t worry – we are planning several more in San Marcos, Kyle and Buda.

Stay tuned for announcements about those soon!

Abbott adds school finance, retired teacher benefits to special session

Read the full story at TexasTribune.org.

While I would like to think that this is a genuine change of heart based on hearing the voices of passionate teachers and educator groups that rallied on Monday, somehow I am skeptical.

While on the surface, this appears to possibly benefit our teachers, these currents run deeper – Gov. Abbott still has not proposed how to pay for these his plans, and the proposal laid out by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is nothing more than a plan to rob Peter to pay Paul.

Short-term, the money being promised ($1000 raises and aid for rural schools) will come from “deferred payments to managed care organizations” – basically someone’s health insurance company won’t get paid.

Long-term, the money is supposed to come from the Texas Lottery… but the $700 million needed to fund these programs will not be an ADDITIONAL $700 million from the lottery, but will be taken from the $1.3 billion already assigned to public education.

If Republicans truly wanted sustainable funding for our schools and property tax relief for weary homeowners, they wouldn’t keep using accounting gimmicks to make these unfunded mandates look legitimate.