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I’m a Teacher. I Plan to Vote.

There’s a growing resistance in Texas to teachers like me speaking to others about the importance of voting. It’s baffling that there are those in power who would rather educators not vote or encourage others to vote — especially considering how important we are to helping millions of Texas children become responsible citizens.

In Texas, we are all America

Last year was marked by division and strife, but 2018 does not have to repeat this pattern. This year, let us all stand in solidarity with the survivors and refugees of war and genocide, and together make it a year of unity, cooperation and compassion.

A DACA solution would be good for Texas — and the country

Americans and Texans are tired of partisan gridlock and there should not be anything political about protecting individuals who are making positive contributions to the nation’s economy and communities throughout Texas. For that reason, we support the efforts of U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, Sen. John Cornyn and others who are seeking to forge a bipartisan, permanent solution to the DACA issue.

Republicans need to legalize medical marijuana in Texas

Support for medical marijuana ranges across the political spectrum. It is long past time for Texas and the federal government to change the laws that make it illegal. It is time to answer the call of the people and make a real difference. It is time to legalize medical marijuana in Texas, and for the federal government to get out of the way.

A look at educational inequality in Texas

While I was accepted to Columbia University, many of my childhood friends did not make it past high school. The time has come for the state to reexamine what ways it can ensure all communities receive equal resources. In this way, we can truly ensure no child is left behind.

Less talk, more action on school finance

The Texas Commission on Public School Finance is a good start, but we can’t fix our school finance system by continuing to study it to death. We need bipartisan support to tackle the challenges we face in funding our schools and making long-overdue investments in public education.

Adios, Texas

My family moved from Texas to Oregon earlier this month. People have asked if we're moving to seek better care for my seven-year-old son, Charlie. The short answer is yes.

What’s an endorsement worth?

Endorsements from groups like these serve as signals to voters about the relative alliances and issues a candidate may embrace and potentially come with access to campaign funds. But what are these endorsements worth?  Statistical estimation can help us identify how valuable these endorsements are in terms of actual votes.

#Metoo must include the most vulnerable people in Texas

There are a multitude of ways to prevent sexual abuse among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and one way in particular stands out as being simple and highly effective: Texas must provide current, comprehensive sex education for people with IDD, beginning with the roughly 3,200 residents of the State Supported Living Centers.

Texas can do better

I’m running for governor of Texas to bring back sanity and hope. Both have gone astray under Trump-style politicians, who divide us and preach an agenda of extremism.

Senseless delays on DACA decision harms students and schools

The story of Dreamers is the story of so many San Antonians before them — hopeful immigrants with a dogged determination to build a brighter future here, ambitious doers eager to contribute. And the story of San Antonio is the story of America — a land of immigrants whose contributions have enhanced its culture and boosted its prosperity.

Single-payer health insurance would harm rural patients

Single payer is not the optimal route to progress but a path that would harm overlooked, small-town Americans who are desperate but unable to reach care. Instead of pursuing hyper-partisan legislation to mandate public coverage, Congress should seek insurance reforms with a bipartisan consensus, decreasing costs and increasing access to care.

Texas Democrats are poised to win in 2018

There’s never a shortage of naysayers — cynics in the media, jaded pundits, Republican trolls. But now’s the time for activists, not pundits. Texas Democrats will show we have the grit to fight and win, no matter the circumstances.

License to carry concealed guns shouldn’t stop at the state line

The National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would ensure that people who can legally carry concealed firearms in their home state will also be able to legally carry in other states. It’s a no-brainer. Law enforcement officers should use their time and resources working to keep our streets safe from violence. They should not be targeting law-abiding citizens who merely cross state lines.

Congress shouldn’t create more barriers

Fighting for ideals such as ensuring the inequality of people with disabilities has always been my focus. This is why I am gravely concerned about how U.S. House Republicans have crafted a bill, H.R. 620, undermining the accessibility guidelines for businesses that the Americans with Disabilities Act had created.

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