The last full measure of devotion

Today, we reflect on the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation and the freedoms we enjoy. We will never be able to repay the incredible debt we all owe to those who gave their lives, or to the loves ones they left behind. Each year, on Memorial Day, I am reminded of President Lincoln’s words,"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full

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Discrimination

Last week, SB 4, the "show me your papers" bill was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. It's surreal. It's disgusting.  The result of this misguided law: local law enforcement and college campus police will now serve as de facto immigration officers, driving many members of our community deeper into the shadows. This law, which was billed as a pro-public safety measure, will make our neighborhoods less safe. Don't just take my word for it, here is what Arlington Chief of Police Will Johnson wrote about

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New Maps Must be Drawn Immediately

Today's ruling on the state House map proved what we've known all along -- Republicans in the Legislature cynically and intentionally divided minority voters so Republicans could enhance their power. By doing so, Latinos and African-Americans saw their ability to elect the candidate of their choice diminished. As the ruling clearly states, "The impact of the plan was certainly to reduce minority voting opportunity statewide, resulting in even less proportional representation for minority voters." This is shameful and unacceptable - new maps must be drawn im

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Halt Investments in Russia

Today, I filed HCR 128, urging Congress to halt investments in Russia until federal investigations into election tampering and related interference have been completed. Regardless of political party, we should all be outraged that the Russian government meddled in our presidential election. It's time for Congress to send a strong message to Vladimir Putin and his allies that playing games with our elections comes with a price. Since last summer, evidence has been mounting regarding Russia's involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election.  Instances of interf

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Voter ID Ruling

Rep. Chris Turner Statement on Voter ID Ruling Today, for the fifth time since 2011, a federal court has ruled that the Republican leadership in Texas intentionally discriminated against minority voters.  It’s shameful that GOP leaders have been found to have intentionally discriminated at all – let alone more than in any other state in the country this decade. It is past time that Republicans drop their defense of discrimi

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