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Crenshaw, Texas Republicans Use Russian Stock Footage in Campaign Ad

By Chai Karve on October 21, 2020.

According to a review by American Ledger, a political advertisement featuring several Texas Republican congressional candidates used stock footage of a Russian warship and an Israeli military helicopter to promote their campaigns.

Corruption & Secrecy | Texas

Texas GOP Lawmaker Matt Shaheen Hid Affiliation with Anti-Choice Non-Profit that Misled Women

By Chai Karve on August 24, 2020.

According to a review by American Ledger, GOP Texas State Representative Matt Shaheen (HD-66) serves on the board of Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, an extreme anti-choice organization that owns and operates crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) -- facilities explicitly designed to lure or confuse people who may be seeking an abortion or other critical reproductive health care. Rep. Shaheen potentially committed a misdemeanor by not disclosing his board position. 

Education | Texas

GOP Rep. Lynn Stucky Oversees Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Organization

By Chai Karve on July 22, 2020.

Since 2002, Texas Republican Representative Lynn Stucky (HD-64) has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Kanakuk Institute, an extremist anti-LGBTQ religious education program that requires students and staff to abide by a homophobic and discriminatory code of conduct. 

Accountability | Texas

Dallas-Area GOP Lawmakers Left Nursing Homes Defenseless Against COVID-19

By Cole Driver on April 23, 2020.

In 2017, as Texas faced a nursing home staffing crisis, three Dallas-area GOP State Representatives, Angie Chen Button (Dist. 112), Jeff Leach (Dist. 67), and Matt Shaheen (Dist. 66) voted against a critical bill that would have availed new funding to nursing homes, allowing them to hire staff and increase wages.

Foreign Policy | Texas

Ignoring Texas Farmers’ Pain, John Cornyn Says There Is Nothing He Can Do About Trump’s Trade Wars

By Cole Driver on April 30, 2019.

During a stop in Lubbock, Texas, earlier this month, Sen. John Cornyn appeared to dismiss the economic pain the Trump administration’s trade wars have caused to U.S. farmers, saying — incorrectly — there was nothing Congress could do to defuse tensions between Washington and its trading partners.

Accountability | Texas

Shady Trump Donors Maxed Out Contributions to One Candidate: Pete Sessions

By on November 5, 2018.

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, is the only congressional candidate who has received donations from both of the Ukraine-linked businessmen who were accused of illegally laundering $300,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC, according to campaign-finance records.

Public Safety | Texas

Cruz Ignores His Own Vote Against Bulletproof Vest Funds in False Attack on O’Rourke

By on October 10, 2018.

During the first debate in his re-election campaign last month, Sen. Ted Cruz criticized his Democratic challenger for voting against funding for body armor for police. Cruz didn’t mention his own vote against funding for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, a program endorsed by a host of major national police organizations.