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The Trouble with Jolanda JonesSince taking office in a special election last May, Democratic state representative Jolanda Jones, of Houston, has established a reputation as one of the Texas Legislature’s most liberal members. As the first openly gay Black state lawmaker in the Lege, Jones has helped lead Democratic opposition to the Republican slate of anti-trans and anti-drag bills. She has been one of the most vocal proponents of criminal justice reform and an advocate for taking a public health approach to drug addiction. She has fought Republican efforts to ban diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in state institutions and the teaching of critical race theory. (CRT is a college-level framework for examining systemic racism that is not actually taught in Texas public schools.) “Just because it’s hard doesn’t…

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