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...
The shameful events of January 6 have shaken American democracy to its core.  Incited by the incumbent president of the United States, a mob temporarily took over the U.S. Capitol and tried to prevent the Congress from exercising its constitutional...
On Tuesday, the 87th Texas Legislature convenes with the swearing in of returning and newly elected State Senators and Representatives, including our new District 29 Senator, César Blanco.  I was honored and privileged to serve my El Paso and West...
We are 12 months into this pandemic and Americans seem to be regressing in their efforts and attitudes toward preventing the spread of Covid-19.   It has indeed spread like a “forest fire” as Dr. Michael Osterholm predicted in June....
I understand President Trump is planning to come to McAllen and Harlingen this week.   In the middle of a raging pandemic, where some of you recently imposed bar and business closures/restrictions and curfews to keep us safe.    You know...
Hello, I’m Veronica Escobar, Congresswoman for the 16th district of Texas. I wanted to take a few minutes to address the tragic events of January 6th, a day that should not have been about an uncontroversial but historic process: Congress’s constitutional...
Wednesday was a difficult day for our country. Americans witnessed our nation’s Capitol besieged by rioters that chose violence and destruction instead of peaceful protests.   The violence brought forward on our nation’s Capitol is a national tragedy that will leave a dark stain...
The violent incursion at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6 disrespected, demeaned, and threatened the right of every citizen who peaceably engages in the democratic process in our country. Deliberation, debate, argument, compromise, deal-making; these are the means to...
After a rugged and seemingly endless 2020, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel.  We are not done yet, but with vaccination programs ongoing and the disease and effective treatments better understood, we...
Epiphany! January 6. When Jesus, according to legend, encountered “Gentiles” (the “Three Kings,” one Black, one probably Arabic, one—White? More likely Asian, who knows?) The end of the “Twelve Days of Christmas!” Let’s celebrate, even if not of those...

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