Apr
17

Offensive PAC Name Shows GOP’s True Colors

This month, an advisor to Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick registered the political action committee “Boats ‘N Hoes PAC” with the Texas Ethics Commission.

Annie’s List Executive Director Grace Garcia released the following statement responding to the PAC’s offensive name:

“Once again, Republicans have shown their true colors. They talk about fighting for women, but continue to act against the interests of Texas women and families. Continue reading

Apr
02

Greg Abbott Sides Against Women – Again

This week, Greg Abbott released an education plan citing author Charles Murray.

In his op-ed titled, “Where are the Female Einsteins?” Murray inaccurately attributes the smaller number of female leaders in art and science fields to biological causes.

Annie’s List Executive Director Grace Garcia released the following statement responding to Abbott’s citing Murray:

“Greg Abbott’s citing Charles Murray shouldn’t be overlooked – in fact, it’s a clear indication he doesn’t share the values of the majority of Texans. Murray’s comments about women are belittling, sexist and downright appalling. And now Greg Abbott has chosen to base his policies on Murray’s work. That’s unacceptable. Continue reading

Mar
27

Annie’s List State Senators Call on Dewhurst to Study Wage Gap in Abbott’s Office, Dewhurst Follows Abbott with Anti-Woman Response

After weeks of Attorney General Greg Abbott’s failing to answer questions regarding fair pay in Texas, Texas state senators submitted a letter to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst Wednesday calling for a study into pay discrimination in state agencies.

Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst responded following Greg Abbott’s lead, claiming a Texas equal pay law is unnecessary.

Annie’s List Executive Director Grace Garcia released the following statement emphasizing the need for an investigation by Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst:

“It’s clear Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst needs to investigate Greg Abbott’s Office of the Attorney General to ensure our own government is paying its citizens a fair wage. If Greg Abbott has committed wage discrimination, that’s a violation of federal law. Continue reading

Mar
18

Greg Abbott and Allies Continue to Fight Against Women

This week, Greg Abbott and his allies have continued to fight against paying women equal pay for equal work through the Texas Fair Pay Act.

Annie’s List Executive Director Grace Garcia released the following statement responding to Republicans’ statements:

“Greg Abbott’s allies keep following his lead, and he’s already shown he’s not interested in fighting for what’s best for women. In fact, he still hasn’t answered as to whether he supports Governor Rick Perry’s veto of the Texas Fair Pay Act last session. Continue reading

Mar
17

RedState Women Shows True Colors, Doesn’t Speak for Texas Women

In an interview on WFAA Sunday, RedState Women Executive Director Cari Christman said the Lily Ledbetter Act won’t solve the issue of fair pay for Texas women. And when Jason Whitely asked what the solution would be, Christman had no response.

Annie’s List Executive Director Grace Garcia released the following statement in response to Christman’s comments:

“Women absolutely need to be a part of the political process. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I applaud any organization that recognizes the need to encourage women to engage in politics in Texas. But what Christman said regarding equal pay for equal work is inaccurate and it misrepresents Texas women. It’s clear that RedState Women is towing the same line as Greg Abbott instead of talking about the issues that actually matter to Texas women. Continue reading

Mar
10

Greg Abbott Supports Status Quo, Ignores Economic Realities

In an interview Sunday, Greg Abbott again avoided answering the question as to whether he supports Governor Rick Perry’s veto of Texas equal pay legislation.

By dodging the question and claiming that anti-discrimination laws are sufficient for providing equality to Texan workers, Abbott ignored basic economic facts – women currently earn less on average than men for the same work.

In response to Greg Abbott’s statement, Annie’s List Executive Director Grace Garcia released the following statement: Continue reading