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Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Six Texas Lawsuits Trump Could Impact (or Not) in 2017

*Why you should read this: The story may be from of Texas, but the lawsuits listed will have a national impact on voting rights, civil rights, immigration and the environment. VL By Melissa del Bosque , Naveena Sadasivam, Gus Bova, and John Wright, Texas Observer (7 minute read)  When Governor Greg Abbott was Texas attorney general he summed up

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Federal Judge Rules Pasadena Infringed On Latino Voting Rights, Orders Changes

*This a recurring story. Latinos win voting rights battles only to see them regress. And we fight them again, as we should, as many times as needed. VL By Andrew Schneider, Associated Press (3 minute read)  In...

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

El Paso man did not let discrimination stop him from helping UT win 1953 Cotton Bowl

*I love this story! Richard Ochoa won the 1953 Cotton Bowl MVP award. He was a University of Texas running back who ran for 108 yards in the game. Here’s what I hate about it: despite his achievement...

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Texas Latino Rep to file “celebratory gunfire” bill after hit by stray bullet

*This is scary, but gunfire celebration on New Year’s Eve is not uncommon in deep South Texas. VL By Robert Inks, Texas Tribune (2.5 minute read) After being hit by a stray bullet fired into the air in...

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

A Latina is in contention to be Trump Secretary of Agriculture

*Elsa Murano, 57, is a former undersecretary of Agriculture. The Cuban-born Texan is a former President of Texas A&M University. VL By Chris Clayton, The Progressive Farmer (3 minute read)   OMAHA (DTN) — The search for...

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Survey of Texans in Congress finds little support for full border wall

*See, the closer you get to the border the less that stupid wall makes sense. VL By Abby Livingston, The Texas Tribune (4 minute read)  WASHINGTON — Few, if any, Texans in Congress support building a wall...

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Feds Empty Family Detention Centers After Texas Judge’s Ruling

*This looks like it may be the end of family immigrant detention facilities. Vl By Mark Richardson, Public News Service (1.5 minute read)  SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Federal immigration centers have begun releasing hundreds of families from detention after...

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

A century and a half of Latino responses to anti-Mexican politics

*Terrific read! There’re some good historic points – we’ve seen this before. VL By Raúl A. Ramos, Texas Tribune/TribTalk (4 minute read) Bad hombres, rigged elections and dangerous immigrants sound like themes from a stock campaign speech from...

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Beyond Tex-Mex: Rediscovering Texas’ 10,000-Year-Old Cuisine

*It’s not Tex-Mex, it’s Texas-Mexican – there’s a difference. The culinary roots go back 10,000 years. VL By Adan Medrano, The Texas Observer (10 minute read) Growing up, I remember my amá making corn tortillas by hand. Mom...

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Donald Trump did not win 34% of Latino vote in Texas. He won much less.

*The evidence is mounting that Donald Trump didn’t do as well as he and some analysts say he did. Texas Latinos soundly rejected his candidacy. VL By Francisco Pedraza and Bryan Wilcox-Archuleta, The Washington Post (4 minute read)...

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

From potential vice president to the political wilderness, what’s next for Julián Castro?

*What’s next for the Secretary of Housing? No real plan is a world of opportunity. VL By Jamie Lovegrove, Dallas News (65.5 minute read) WASHINGTON — Just a few short months ago, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro...

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

No crayons? Immigration bans attorneys from bringing colors to asylum seeking kids

*This is just wrong. How do you not let kids have crayons? VL By Brett Barrouquere, Houston Chronicle (1.5 minute read) Attorneys visiting clients at south Texas immigration detention center can bring many things with them. Legal briefs, notebooks,...

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Five Hispanics sue the Pasadena City Council municipal districts redesign

*MALDEF attorneys are in Pasadena, Texas, this week, starting work on this voting rights case. VL By Alvaro Ortiz, Houston Chronicle (3 minute read)  Five Hispanic residents of Pasadena (Texas) filed a lawsuit against their City Council in federal...

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Democrat Beto O’Rourke looking at a U.S. Senate campaign

*This is new. Rep. Joaquin Castro is also mentioned for a possible U.S. Senate run. Texas senator Ted Cruz is up for reelection in 2018 and Sen. John Cornyn in 2020. VL By Abby Livingston, Texas Tribune (3...

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