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PREAMBLE
Texas Democrats believe government exists to achieve together what we cannot achieve as
individuals; and government must serve all people. A representative democracy is only truly
representative if every single citizen is guaranteed the inalienable right to vote in fair and open
elections.
EQUALITY & FREEDOM
Texas Democrats believe in equal opportunities and freedom for all human beings no matter a
person’s race, disability, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic or
immigration status.
SMART GOVERNMENT
Texas Democrats believe in a fair criminal justice system serving all people; robust public and
higher education opportunities are critical for our future; and our economy must benefit all
Texans.
A HEALTHY TEXAS
Texas Democrats believe healthcare is a right; women's rights are human rights; we owe future
generations a clean and healthy planet; and a strong social safety net creates opportunity for all
Americans.

ISSUES

WOMEN, LGBTQ, DISABLED, VETERAN RIGHTS

The Texas Democratic Party believes in the right of every Texan to lead a productive life, enjoy liberty, and to pursue happiness. Texas Democrats want all Texans to have a sustainable quality of life in the least restrictive environment possible and to have accessible community settings that are functional to their everyday life. This is not only a basic civil right, but is also part of the economic vitality and interest of Texas. No person should face discrimination or be denied services based upon their gender, sexual identity, age or disability.

IMMIGRATION REFORM

Texas Democrats recognize that the United States is a vibrant nation of immigrants. We value
those who come from different countries and cultures. Immigrants have added to the
prosperity and resilience of this great country and we believe in fostering better bilateral
relationships with all nations including our southern neighbor whom we share an extensive
border with. Importantly, we understand that viewing immigrants through a lens of fear and
prejudice only hurts our nation and Texas. We recognize that through a more fair and equitable
immigration system our county is strong.

HEALTHCARE

Texas Democrats continue to believe healthcare is a fundamental human right for all Texans
and not a privilege reserved for those able to afford it. Texas Democrats oppose the repeated
efforts by Republican politicians to repeal the Affordable Care Act and return America to the
disastrous system that has failed small businesses, working families and drained state and family
budgets. Every family deserves quality healthcare they can count on and a secure and stable
system that ensures access to affordable medical care. Texans deserve a Texas Solution to fix
our medical coverage gap - a solution that should also consider a single payer option.

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Texas Democrats recognize that climate change is a real and serious threat that is causing
drought, crop failure, heat waves, more torrential storms, and extreme climate events. We
recognize that Texas has some of the dirtiest coal plants in the nation, and our residents are at
great risk from the health effects of carbon pollution and climate disruption. We also recognize,
as does the Department of Defense, that crop failure and drought caused by climate disruption
can lead to political instability throughout the world resulting in massive migration and violence.
To mitigate these risks, we recommend statewide and national clean energy policies that will
spur economic development and reduce carbon emissions in Texas and the nation through the
use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION

Texas Democrats believe all Texans should have the opportunity and be encouraged to pursue affordable higher education at public universities, community colleges, and technical schools. Today, too many students are saddled with a mountain of debt when they graduate from college, and Republicans have made damaging cuts to formula funding, deregulated tuition and restricted financial aid, policies that threaten our ability to meet state “Closing the Gaps” goals essential to our economic future. We believe the opportunity of higher education to be a right of all those that may seek it, regardless of race, gender, sexual preference, socioeconomic, or immigration status. We support policies that provide opportunity, free from debt, and a vision for tuition-free higher education system for college students, including:

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Texas has more people in prison and a higher incarceration rate than any other state. Texas also
has more private prisons than any other state. The inadequacies of our criminal justice system
disproportionately impact people of color and the poor. District attorney offices across the state
often reward performance by the number of convictions, not necessarily the administration of
justice. These forces, coupled with racial profiling, and draconian budget cuts to education,
create an environment where profit usurps the public interest. Texas Democrats have
appreciation and respect for public safety personnel who risk their lives to protect our
communities.  We must not allow inappropriate actions by a small number of rogue officers that undermine that respect, nor allow systemic inequities to perpetuate injustices in all communities.
Texas must be smart in dealing with crime and punishment. The “War on Drugs” should be
redirected to treatment and the reclassification of certain drug felonies.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Texas Democrats believe that religious freedom is a fundamental right for all Americans as
provided by the Texas and U.S. Constitutions. We recognize the importance of religion and
prayer in the lives of Texans and support our Constitution’s guarantee of every individual's right
to practice his or her own beliefs without imposing them on others. We support the U.S.
Constitutional provision that no religious test shall be required as a qualification for public
office.

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