Texas Republicans have controlled our political agenda for decades. Our state use to be the envy of the country in infrastructure, energy, health care, and generally caring for our citizens. Now we are forced to look to other states with envy as Texas ranks among the worst in providing the basic needs of people.
The system is now built for corporations to succeed while people struggle. We work to highlight how the conservative party has been pulled to the far right by Tea Party lobbyist and corporations and hold elected officials accountable in the community and in the press.
We know we can do better because a generation ago we did better. It is time to stop planning for failure. It is time for us to be concerned about our states legacy and the future generations that will call the Lone Star state home.
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once mused that, "sunlight is the best disinfectant" to weed out corruption and waste. We will shine a light on Texas, its elected officials, state agencies, and local communities to create an open, transparent, and fair system for everyone.
Change starts right here, right now.
James C. Moore is a director of the Progress Texas Political Action Committee. He is the author of six books, three of them critical analyses of the George W. Bush administration, including the New York Times bestseller “Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential.” Moore has served as an on-air political analyst for MSNBC and is a frequent guest on national political news programs. A featured writer for Huffington Post, Moore also has an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Glenn Smith is a director of the Progress Texas Political Action Committee. He has spent the past 30 years in journalism and politics, where he’s made a name for himself as a writer, campaign manager, activist, think tank analyst and, as Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas says, a “legendary political consultant and all-around good guy.” “There’s no one like him,” says author George Lakoff. CNN commentator Paul Begala says, “He has unmatched experience, a graceful pen (or pixel nowadays) and deep insight into the best and worst of us.” Novelist Sarah Bird speaks of his “lucid and lyrical” prose. And, she says, he’s fun. Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington says Glenn writes with “grace and abundant humor” and “uses his colorful experiences in Texas to enlighten us all.”
Smith led Ann Richards’ successful 1990 campaign for Governor of Texas. He worked for former Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen. Earlier, Smith was a political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post. He’s coordinated national campaigns for groups such as MoveOn.org. In 2004, he authored the highly acclaimed book, The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction. He also wrote Unfit Commander, a book that detailed George W. Bush’s mysterious disappearance from military service.
Director, Progress Texas PAC
James Moore is the author of six books including he New York Times bestseller "Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential.” Moore is on political analyst MSNBC and frequent guest on national political news programs. Read more »
Director, Progress Texas PAC
Glenn Smith has spent the past 30 years in journalism and politics, where he’s made a name for himself as a writer, campaign manager, activist, think tank analyst and, as Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas says, a “legendary political consultant and all-around good guy.” Read more »