AMLO, like Trump? Trump, departed but not gone from our lives? Now, Trump “alive and well” in Mexico? Depends on with whom you speak. I spoke with one of my sources, “Jorge,” a graduate of La Universidad de las Américas,...
On Jan. 12, at high noon, I officially vacated my seat in the Texas Senate after ten years of service. My voluntary retirement comes after almost 45 years of public service in various roles in the Federal Government and...
As I reflect on the last 24 years of being part of the Rio Grande Valley community, I learned what is important to you.  From the moment I arrived in 1996, there was a sense of urgency to create opportunities...
One of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic has been airlines. The sharp decrease in demand for air travel due to shutdowns and safety concerns has severely crimped revenues and profits. Companies are struggling to maintain service and,...
At the Rio Grande Valley Partnership (RGVP), we work diligently every day to ensure our region is a place of opportunity, working to bring new business investment and create opportunities for Valley residents and our local economy. Our mission...
MCALLEN, Texas - I would like to add my personal tribute to Deborah Portman, the IBC Bank Vice President who recently passed away after a long illness. Deborah, who was based in Austin, Texas, was the Rio Grande Guardian’s banker...
What an extraordinarily unprecedented year 2020 has been. You were with us at the beginning of this year at Pharr’s third annual State of the City as we celebrated and lauded Pharr’s continued successes, many accomplishments, and ambitious goals we...
With hope growing that COVID-19 vaccines will soon be widely available, the answer to one of life’s most torturous questions – when will the pandemic end? – may soon be clearer.  It will likely be a while longer, however, before...
I first saw the US Capitol as a student about five decades ago. For the past 40+ years, it has been part of my professional life – testimony, hearings, meetings, meals, receptions, and crunching numbers. Whenever I am there, I...
As of November 2020, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s office the Rio Grande Valley as a region had 657,073 registered voters.   Compared to Texas counties, this total ranked sixth after these counties:   Harris County (Houston) 2,480,522Dallas County...

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