By Cliff Walker, Political Director

Ted Cruz

It's official: Ted Cruz is running for president.

This guy is one of the two current United States Senators representing our great state, but did he make his announcement here in Texas? Of course not. He did it at an ultra-conservative university in Virginia.

It's par for the course — Cruz has spent the last two years preening for the national spotlight while neglecting the needs of Texas families. I'm sick of him using our state as a springboard for personal fame.

While Ted Cruz raises money for his run this week, you can respond by pitching in $5 or more to help Texas. If our own senator won't do it, we will.

Allow me to refresh your memory for a second: Senator Cruz is the one who led a disastrous charge to shut down the federal government in 2013, embarrassing even his own party. He took the Senate floor to "filibuster" against Obamacare by reading from Green Eggs and Ham. He chairs the committee that oversees NASA, yet somehow still denies the reality of climate change. And most recently, he put us at risk of war by signing a completely irresponsible letter to the leaders of Iran.

All this while he's supposedly representing the interests of everyday Texans like you and me. Until now, Cruz has mostly just been something for us to be ashamed of. But the idea of "President Cruz" is downright dangerous.

Stand up for Texas and against the self-aggrandizement of Ted Cruz — donate now.

Donate Now

By Jenn Brown, Executive Director


Leadership development is one of the key pillars of our mission — because Texas is better when we work hard today to build up the young leaders of tomorrow.

That's why we're thrilled that Alberto Altamirano, a standout alum of our Executive Latino Leadership Program, emerged victorious (along with his team) from the Voto Latino Innovators Challenge!

"Beto" helped develop a new smartphone app called Cityflag where users can seamlessly notify their municipal government of problems, like potholes and power outages, that need fixing. It's a prime example of young entrepreneurs taking action to make civic engagement easy and even fun for the public.

Beto and his team flew from San Antonio to Washington, D.C. to receive their award along with other Latino innovators, and now they'll continue perfecting the app. We're so proud of Beto and wish him the best of luck in the future!

You can keep up with Cityflag news on Twitter and Facebook.

On the phone again

March 05, 2015

By Grant Fuller, Deputy Digital Director

phone bank

Volunteers gathered at Battleground Texas HQ in Austin last night to rekindle that phone bank magic and keep the data rolling in!

With 2014 behind them, our neighborhood teams are busy re-engaging with voters and non-voters alike to learn and build for the future.

Are you ready to join a 2015 phone bank where you live? Just fill out this quick form and we'll be in touch.

Hit the Phones

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