Texas state police can keep Uvalde records secret for now, judge rules
The ruling sidestepped the question of whether the state police can withhold records concerning their response to the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School. The judge concluded that state Sen. Roland Gutierrez had not properly filed his request under Texas’ public records law.
Uvalde County district attorney testifies during hearing over release of Robb Elementary shooting records
Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Busbee testified to a Travis County judge on Thursday morning to explain why she wants details of the Robb Elementary School shooting investigation to remain private.
Sen. Roland Gutierrez said details in report, video footage are not enough
The full Texas House Investigative Report, as well as hallway and body cam footage from inside Robb Elementary have now been released. However the shooting victims' families are telling their state Senator Roland Gutierrez, that's not enough.
Texas Department of Public Safety investigating how 91 of its troopers and Rangers responded to Uvalde school shooting
The department’s officers made up nearly one-fourth of the 376 law enforcement members who responded to Texas’ deadliest school shooting. Announcement of the inquiry came one day after a report criticized police response to the massacre.
Mayor, senator complain about DA
Don McLaughlin Jr. Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. and Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez are asking Texas Governor Greg Abbott to replace 38th Judicial District Attorney Christina Mitchell with the Texas Department of Emergency Management to oversee victims’ services as they relate to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. Gutierrez and McLaughlin have previouslyuvaldeleadernews.com
Takeaways from Texas DPS director’s testimony about the Uvalde shooting, gunman and police response
McCraw on Tuesday gave much-asked-for revelations about the timeline, mistakes and missed opportunities. Specifically, he said Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde school district police chief and on-site commander, made “terrible decisions.”
WATCH LIVE: DPS director testifies about Uvalde shooting before Texas Senate committee
UPDATE: Law enforcement authorities had enough officers on the scene of the Uvalde school massacre to stop the gunman three minutes after he entered the building, the Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw testified on Tuesday.
DPS disputes state senator’s claim that troopers ‘waited in hallway’ of Uvalde school during shooting
The Texas Department of Public Safety said that reports of troopers waiting idly outside two adjoining classrooms at Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School, where a gunman killed 21 people last month, are “inaccurate.”
Senator: Chief had no radio during Uvalde school shooting
UVALDE (AP) — The state agency investigating the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde has determined that the commander facing criticism for the slow police response was not carrying a radio as the massacre unfolded, a Texas state senator said Friday.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas senator: School police chief didn't know of 911 calls
UVALDE (AP) — The commander overseeing police during a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was not informed of panicked 911 calls coming from students trapped inside and it's unclear wh[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas senator: School police chief didn't know of 911 calls
UVALDE (AP) — The commander overseeing police during a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was not informed of panicked 911 calls coming from students trapped inside and it's unclear wh[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, says it’s a “slap in the face” to be left off committee responding to shooting
Gutierrez, a Democrat who has been critical of the state’s response to past shootings, said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also snubbed state senators whose districts were affected by shootings in El Paso and Santa Fe.
Uvalde mayor says he never heard 911 call, describes attempts to call shooter
After an 18-year-old man walked into Robb Elementary School and opened fire inside a fourth-grade classroom, a negotiator at a funeral home across the street desperately dialed any telephone number available to contact him, according to the mayor.
Uvalde school district’s police chief didn’t know about 911 calls coming from inside the school, lawmaker says
State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, said the commanding officer at the scene of the shooting was not informed about the calls that Uvalde police were receiving, calling the lack of coordination a “system failure.”
Uvalde school police chief says he’s still cooperating
The school district police chief who served as on-site commander during last week's deadly shooting in Uvalde, Texas, said Wednesday that he's talking daily with investigators, contradicting claims fr[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Uvalde school police chief says he’s talking with authorities despite claims that he’s stopped cooperating
The school district police chief who served as on-site commander during last week’s deadly shooting in Uvalde, Texas, says he’s talking daily with investigators, contradicting claims from state law enforcement that he has stopped cooperating.
President Biden suggests razing Texas elementary school where 21 people were killed, state senator says
Robb Elementary School, where a gunman killed 19 children and two adults this week, could be razed and replaced by a new building, President Biden suggested to a local lawmaker on Sunday.news.yahoo.com
Uvalde picks up pieces as shifting accounts of attack trouble officials
Muñoz criticized the Texas Department of Public Safety for its shifting accounts of what occurred at the school on Tuesday, but he cautioned against making too many conclusions. State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, a Democrat who represents Uvalde, said, “We’re all angry. He confirmed that officers waited for nearly an hour in a hallway outside the locked classroom, where authorities say Salvador Rolando Ramos was shooting children and killing their teachers. The president heads to Uvalde on Sunday to meet the families of the victims. AdvertisementHere in Uvalde, a seemingly endless schedule of funerals has been released, beginning Tuesday and stretching for nearly two weeks.washingtonpost.com
School massacre continues Texas' grim run of mass shootings
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Once again, one of America's deadliest mass shootings happened in Texas.Past shootings targeted worshippers during a Sunday sermon, shoppers at a Walmart, students on a high schoo[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Pete Gallego’s relatively short tenure as president of Sul Ross University was mired in conflict — from the campus to the Texas Capitol
The politician turned college president got stuck in a fight over which university system should manage the university. And he faced pushback from faculty and members of the Far West Texas community about his decisions and leadership style.
Local group launches campaign to decriminalize cannabis
The local grassroots, nonprofit organization Mano Amiga announced it will launch a campaign focusing on decriminalizing cannabis in San Marcos.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Barely underway, Texas redistricting draws its first lawsuit challenging Legislature’s authority to redraw legislative maps
Two Democratic state senators filed the federal suit arguing the Texas Constitution does not allow lawmakers to meet in special session to draw up state House and Senate districts. They’re asking the courts to do it instead.
Join The Texas Tribune for a live interview with new members of the Texas Senate
César Blanco, Roland Gutierrez and Drew Springer join The Texas Tribune for a live event on Jan. 19. Join The Texas Tribune at noon Central Jan. 19 for an interview with three new members of the Texas Senate: César Blanco, D-El Paso; Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio; and Drew Springer, R-Muenster. Blanco, D-El Paso, represents Senate District 29 in El Paso. Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, represents Senate District 19 in San Antonio. Though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.
San Antonio state lawmakers looking to expand marijuana use in the state
SAN ANTONIO – Texas lawmakers have begun filing bills for the upcoming legislative session and there are already more than a dozen bills regarding marijuana use and decriminalization. The new bill proposals come off the heels of five more states legalizing marijuana for full medical use or recreational use. “The people of Texas are tired of marijuana prohibition,” Heather Fazio the director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy said. The Compassionate Use Act in Texas only allows a small amount of medical marijuana to certain patients. The 86th Legislative session begins on Jan. 8.
San Antonio state senator proposes marijuana legalization as Texas faces budget shortfall
While campaigning for the state Senate seat, Gutierrez, a Democrat, made marijuana legalization one of his campaign platforms. In 2015, Texas lawmakers passed the Texas Compassionate Use Act, which legalized medical cannabis with less than 0.5% THC for people with specific diagnoses, like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Veterans unsuccessfully lobbied the legislature to include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as one of the diagnoses that qualify for medical marijuana use. Public sentiment has grown in Texas for marijuana legalization, polls showed. Dan Patrick, have yet to embrace marijuana legalization and have not completely been supportive of expanding medical use.
2020 races that haven’t been called yet
By midnight, Biden had racked up 205 electoral votes to Trump’s 171, according to the Associated Press. Congressional District 23UPDATE: Republican Tony Gonzales wins election to U.S. House in Texas' 23rd Congressional District, AP reports. Gonzales' lead, which ballooned to 14,000 votes before midnight, is a much healthier advantage than past races in the district’s history, but it remained too close to call with only 78% of precincts reporting. “With thousands of ballots yet to be counted, the Gonzales campaign’s attempt to declare victory is premature,” Jones' campaign manager Lacey Morrison said. Flores stunned the Texas political landscape by winning the District 19 state senate seat.
Election results 2020: Roland Gutierrez elected to Texas State Senate District 19 seat
Find other election results Type to search all races...State Senator, District 19 View All CandidatesGet more election results on our homepage and Vote 2020 page. Democrat Roland Gutierrez declares victory in state Senate race for District 19Wednesday, 3:49 p.m. - Roland Gutierrez has defeated Republican incumbent Pete Flores by more than 10,000 votes. Texas’ District 19 represents one of the largest legislative districts in the entire country, spanning 15 counties and covering 35,000 square miles and 400,000 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. BackgroundTwo years ago, Pete Flores stunned the Texas political landscape by winning the District 19 state senate seat. Texas State Senate District 19 (KSAT/Brittney Daniels)Before his run for the Texas Senate, Gutierrez had been a member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 119 since 2008.
Democrat Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Campos takes on Republican George Garza in Texas House District 119
The winner between GOP candidate George Garza and Democrat Elizabeth “Liz” Campos will succeed Democrat Roland Gutierrez, who left the seat vacant to run for Texas Senate District 19. According to the 2010 Census, 69% of the people living in the district reside on San Antonio’s south and east sides. The last time a Republican ran in this left-leaning district was 2012 when Anna Campos (no relation to Liz) took 38% of the vote. His Democratic challenger, Elizabeth “Liz” Campos, didn’t get on the November ballot as easily. Uresti’s resignation from Senate District 19 opened the way for Gutierrez to seek that seat, which in turn left his House District 119 seat open.
Pete Flores, Roland Gutierrez square off in critical District 19 Texas Senate race
SAN ANTONIO – Two years ago, Pete Flores stunned the Texas political landscape by winning the District 19 state senate seat. Before his run for the Texas Senate, Gutierrez had been a member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 119 since 2008. Prior to that, Gutierrez served on the San Antonio City Council from 2005-2008. In his first legislative session, Flores has authored or sponsored bills that focused on infrastructure and funding for the renovation of San Antonio State Hospital (SASH). Flores was the co-author of the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019, which provides immediate property tax relief and limits future tax-rate growth.