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State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, D-El Paso, will apologize on the House floor today just a few days after car accident for which she is now facing charges of driving while intoxicated. Gonzalez, 34, was released from Travis County Jail Thursday... Continue reading
Texas Tech's Health Sciences Center at El Paso is a step closer to becoming a standalone university with its own president after legislation passed the state Senate this afternoon. The measure by state Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, is now... Continue reading
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Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed El Paso Businessman Paul Foster to the University of Texas System Board of Regents. Foster, executive chairman of Western Refining, currently serves as vi ce chairman of the board of regents. He has served as... Continue reading
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El Paso leaders are in Aust in this week to meet with state lawmakers. Jack Chapman, an attorney with Kemp Smith and chairman of the transportation committee for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, said the group is delivering... Continue reading
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State Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, will get to serve a four-year term before facing a reelection campaign. State senators on Wednesday drew numbered envelopes to determine which lawmakers would have to run for reelection in two years and which... Continue reading
State Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, will again serve as vice-chair of the Jurisprudence committee in the state Senate. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Friday appointed Rodriguez to the committee, which oversees legislation on civil legal issues. He also named... Continue reading
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State Rep. Mary Gonzalez will begin her freshman year today as Texas lawmakers return for the 83rd legislative session. Gonzalez is the first woman to represent the Lower Valley's District 75 in the Texas House and the first openly gay... Continue reading
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State Rep. Marisa Márquez, D-El Paso, filed a bill today that would change the constitution to allow voters to recall trustees of a public school district. Marquez's bill and five others filed by state Sen. Jose Rodriguez were spurred by... Continue reading
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State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, D-El Paso, has been named to a Texas House committee that will study the possible state budgetary impact of a political stalemate in Washington. House Speaker Joe Straus appointed Gonzalez to the House Interim Committee on... Continue reading
Former EPISD Superintendent Lorenzo García sentenced to 3 1/2 years today for steering a contract to a girlfriend and for artificially inflating test scores to rig the federal accountability system. Below is a timeline that details the developments since 2006.... Continue reading
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Three local Democratic leaders are endorsing former state Rep. Joe Moody in the only remaining undecided race to represent El Paso in the state legislature. Sheriff Richard Wiles, County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal and District Attorney Jaime Esparza announced in... Continue reading
The state agency that oversees public education in Texas lacks the power required to effectively conduct investigations into cheating cases like the one in the El Paso Independent School District, according to former Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott. Scott made... Continue reading
Below is reaction from state and local officials after today's federal court ruling against Texas' voter ID law. The law, passed last session by the state legislature, would require voters to show photo identification before casting ballots in elections. State... Continue reading
Hector Enriquez, a candidate for House District 75, said his accountant's office made a mistake on his latest campaign finance report by listing that his cash-on-hand had dwindled by $12,600. In his 30-day campaign finance report, Mr. Enriquez had $19,927.82... Continue reading
State Sen. José Rodriguez, D-El Paso, will receive the "Legislative Hero" award Wednesday from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation for "leading the fight during the 2011 Legislative Session to provide $25 million in state funding for legal aid and... Continue reading
They may be in Austin but they're from El Paso. Five El Pasoans living in Austin will be recognized Thursday for their contributions to art, public administration and business. They will receive the Trailblazer Award from the El Paso Social... Continue reading
Democratic state Rep. Pete Gallego, who is running for a U.S. congressional seat representing a portion of El Paso, is calling on Republican incumbent Francisco "Quico" Canseco to release the full guest list of lobbyists and special interest groups who... Continue reading
The legal standoff between Texas and the federal government continued Monday after the U.S. Department of Justice blocked a new state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting ballots. The DOJ’s civil rights division said in a... Continue reading
A panel of federal judges from San Antonio have signed an order that outlines the new timeline for a May 29 primary election. The dates are below. March 2, 2012: New filing period begins March 9, 2012: New filing period... Continue reading
A pair of El Paso lawmakers may be tapped to defend President Barack Obama’s record during his reelection campaign. State Sen. Jose Rodríguez and state Rep. Marisa Marquez, both Democrats of El Paso, have joined the “Texas Truth Team,” a... Continue reading
State Sen. Jose Rodriguez and state Rep. Marisa Marquez are now part of the Democratic party's "Texas Truth Team." State and national Democratic party officials will announce the team at a press conference Wednesday in Austin. The team, made up... Continue reading