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Puente drops out of race to run for state rep; Burke, Leonard announce candidacies
Earlier this week, City Commissioner Frank Puente announced he won’t seek a second term in the May 7 election, deciding to run for the state House of Representatives’ District 37 seat being vacated by Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, who won’t run for re-election.myrgv.com
Tu Salud: The Joy of Walking to School
It was one of the first cooler days of fall and the sky was that brilliant South Texas blue. We stood on a street corner several blocks from Russell Elementary School in West Brownsville — a group of Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) administrators and teachers.myrgv.com
South Texas was already a political battleground. New maps could alter game plans.
With proposed maps out, U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, says he might switch to a neighboring district where U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, is retiring. The initial maps are also sure to impact decisions in regional legislative races.
Another special session to pass a GOP voting bill started without a quorum. This time it’s unclear if Democrats will stay away.
Both chambers convened at noon Saturday for a second overtime round ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott. The first 30-day stretch ended in an impasse after House Democrats left the state to block a controversial GOP elections bill.
How to connect with your Texas lawmakers during the pandemic
Pre-pandemic, the Texas state Capitol during legislative sessions has been a flurry of crowded hearings, hand shaking, protests, lobbying and people vying for the attention of their state lawmakers. Here are some ways Texans can connect with their lawmakers safely this legislative session. Virtual meetingsIndividual lawmakers will decide whether their offices are open to members of the public. Raymond said especially during the session, it is important for lawmakers to be accessible to the public, but in-person meetings are too high a risk. Capriglione said he will also be available to people virtually and people should feel comfortable contacting lawmakers remotely.