BROWNSVILLE, RGV - The dean of the Rio Grande Valley legislative delegation says he does not blame state Rep. Joe Straus for retiring because the House speaker received death threats and racial abuse such as being called a Jew...
MCALLEN, RGV - In one of his first public events since his return from the state Capitol, Sen. Juan Hinojosa has called the special legislative session a waste of taxpayers’ money. Like many other border lawmakers, Hinojosa would give the...
MCALLEN, RGV – McAllen Mayor Jim Darling says the anti-city bills introduced in the special legislative session were designed to limit a municipality’s ability to grow. Mayor Darling gave report his monthly at the McAllen Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) board...
Tensions ran high at the Texas Legislature during this most recent Special Session. Legislators cut summer plans short to spend the majority of their vacation time in Austin to fight over matters like bathrooms, property taxes, and school finance—with no...
Moments after the Texas Senate followed the House in adjourning a day before the special session expired, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he was “most unhappy” with the fact that the House “quit on the taxpayers of Texas.” The next...
WESLACO, RGV - At least eight mayors from the Rio Grande Valley will today tell Gov. Greg Abbott personally that they do not like his legislation that curbs the power of local municipalities. The meeting, which was called by Abbott,...
WESLACO, RGV – A top official with the Texas Municipal League is set to visit the Rio Grande Valley to discuss with local municipal leaders what the group calls Gov. Greg Abbott’s “war on cities.” Valley officials invited the lobbyist...
The Lieutenant Governor sent out a press statement Wednesday bragging about the speed at which the Texas Senate passed a series of bills for his conservative agenda. About the only thing he got right was that a lot of bills...
For the last seven months, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Governor Greg Abbott have obsessed over who uses which bathroom in Texas. While these political games have dragged on, thousands of Texas living in rural and colonia communities lack basic...
On Wednesday evening, several of my Senate colleagues and I tagged 11 bills referred to committee shortly after midnight. We did this in order to give the public adequate notice of the hearings. As it did yesterday when I tagged a...

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