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First Look: A New Coalition Forms To Fight The GOP Legislature In Texas

Texas advocacy and political groups will launch a new coalition on Monday to fight Republicans’ efforts to change election laws in their state and support Texans in need after last winter’s pandemic and crippling storm, learned Axios.

Why is this important: As Democratic lawyers fight against proposed or enacted changes to election laws in battlefield states, a popular response will be essential if the party and its supporters hope to impact the 2022 midterms and the election. presidential election of 2024.

Driving the news: The Republican-controlled Texas state legislature will enter a special session on July 8, when its leaders are expected to make another attempt to pass what advocates say is one of the most restrictive voting bills from the country.

The “Texas for All” coalition tries to thwart this effort includes state groups such as the Texas Freedom Network, the Workers Defense Fund, the Texas Organizing Project, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, the Texas Democratic Party and nearly 30 others.

  • The launch includes a $ 2.5 million fund, most of which will be used for direct grants of $ 1,000 to Texas households, including those still struggling after the power outage caused by the snow and ice storm this year.
  • “Texas for All stands united as allies and friends in caring for one another – because our government simply refuses to take care of Texans,” the coalition wrote in its first letter, which discusses efforts to suppression of voters in the state.
  • The funds will also be used for digital ads and organizational tools targeting Governor Greg Abbott and other Republican leaders in the state.

Between the lines: Many of these groups have already worked together to defend voting rights and other issues; now they are formalizing the alliance and planning to meet regularly.

  • They also drew on coalitions elsewhere.
  • “Being able to come together and align our strategy really allows us to align our power, our ability to galvanize people, to reach more people together, Val Benavidez, executive director of the Texas Freedom Network, told Axios. “And I think that’s definitely things we’ve seen in other states like Georgia.”
  • Republican lawmakers passed restrictive voting law in Georgia this year.

Reality check: Advocates and Democrats have been successful in slowing passage of the bill that some say will make it harder for people of color to vote, and lawmakers decision to boycott and blocking a vote last month was seen as an important victory.

  • But Texas Democrats have few options to prevent Republicans from finally passing the bill, and with the filibuster still intact in the U.S. Senate, they’re unlikely to get help from Congress.

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