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Health & Social Policy

Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day by addressing Texas’ maternal mortality crisis

Photo: Dave Herholz On Mother’s Day this year, my brother and I will likely celebrate the way we usually do. We will each buy our respective cards (or he’ll sign his name to the one I bought two weeks ago), take her out to brunch, and listen to her recount the stories of how we […]

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Health & Social Policy Immigration Policy

Critical links between health care and immigration in Texas

Photo: Callie Richmond Undocumented immigrants are human beings. They work, love, have fun, and — like everyone else —  get sick. Sometimes they get really sick, the kind of sick that requires comprehensive, ongoing treatment and lots of community support. But unlike everyone else, it is nearly impossible for undocumented immigrants to get the medical attention […]

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Education Policy Health & Social Policy LBJ School Politics and Governance

Investing in Homeless Young Texans

Photo: Bionic Teaching Texas’ 85th legislative session kicked off last month. Lawmakers now have until the end of May to balance a state budget three percent smaller than that of the previous session. Having the power of the purse, the legislature must decide which government programs to prioritize and which to trim—or cut. Policymakers have a […]

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Health & Social Policy LBJ School Misc Politics and Governance

Is There Light At The End Of The Foster Care Tunnel?

Photo: PEXELS As I headed into the Texas Union for the first session of the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival I experienced simultaneous feelings of anticipation and dread. My feet dragged slower and slower as I walked into the Santa Rita Room for the session on “Fixing Foster Care.” Foster care, adoption, and how children interact […]

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Civil Rights Health & Social Policy Misc Philanthropy & Non-Profit Organizations

Senseless Atrocities and Overreactions: On the Backlash Following UT Austin Tragedy

Photo: Jana Birchum On April 12, 2016, the Texas Tribune published a piece about parental responses to the horrific murder of the University of Texas at Austin (UT) freshman Haruka Weiser. In short, the story goes: parents of UT students understandably want their daughters and sons to be safe in the aftermath of a horrible […]

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Civil Rights Global Policy Studies & International Security Health & Social Policy

Trump Presidency Would Exacerbate Muslim Oppression Worldwide

Photo: BBC Recently, Mr. Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I think Islam hates us.” This sentiment isn’t surprising given Trump’s previous prescriptions for dealing with Islamic terrorism which include “taking out” their families and torture. Regarding torture, he’s written, “nothing should be taken off the table when American lives are at stake…The enemy is cutting […]

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Civil Rights Health & Social Policy LBJ School Op-Ed University of Texas at Austin

Criminal Justice Reform Panel

On Monday, February 22, as part of the 2016 Barbara Jordan Forum, Citizens for Local and State Service (CLASS) sponsored a panel of elected officials representing city, county, and state government who addressed the topic of “Criminal Justice Reform in Central Texas.” The panel consisted of Kathie Tovo, Austin City Council member for District 9; […]

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Civil Rights Health & Social Policy Politics and Governance

Legislators Discuss Guns and Police Conduct at the Texas Tribune Festival

Photo Credit: The Texas Tribune The Texas Tribune Festival’s panel on “Justice and the Legislature” featured a Texas state representatives with a diversity of opinions on topics including gun control and police violence against citizens. On the recent passage of open carry laws and the expansion of concealed carry, Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) was blunt in […]

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Health & Social Policy Politics and Governance

Consumer Protection in Healthcare is the Next Wave After King v. Burwell

The partisan divide on many aspects of healthcare reform is often obvious, particularly in Texas. This was yet again on clear display during the October 17 panel “After King v. Burwell, Now What?” at the fifth annual Texas Tribune Festival. And yet, even as panelists engaged in predictable topics of debate, some signs of bipartisanship […]

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Health & Social Policy

Roseburg and Sandy Hook are Not the Problem

The mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, was a horrible, tragic event. Mass shootings like that reach across the country and tear at our hearts with their senseless and brutal loss of life. They are terrifying, and there is no question that they should not be happening. However, they are not the problem. They are certainly […]