Not so special

Last week, Governor Greg Abbott announced a special session of the Legislature to begin on July 18th. I talked about it on

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#TXLEGE in Review, Part 1

It’s so good to be home. To be perfectly honest, I was happy to see Austin in my rearview mirror when I was driving up I-35 on Tuesday. There is a lot to say about what happened in this just-concluded legislative session, and I won’t try to say it all in one email. There was some good, but a lot more bad. I have always said my most important job is to work for our district. So, I will start my recap there and let you know some of the things we worked on for t

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The last full measure of devotion

Today, we reflect on the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation and the freedoms we enjoy. We will never be able to repay the incredible debt we all owe to those who gave their lives, or to the loves ones they left behind. Each year, on Memorial Day, I am reminded of President Lincoln’s words,"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full

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Discrimination

Last week, SB 4, the "show me your papers" bill was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. It's surreal. It's disgusting.  The result of this misguided law: local law enforcement and college campus police will now serve as de facto immigration officers, driving many members of our community deeper into the shadows. This law, which was billed as a pro-public safety measure, will make our neighborhoods less safe. Don't just take my word for it, here is what Arlington Chief of Police Will Johnson wrote about

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New Maps Must be Drawn Immediately

Today's ruling on the state House map proved what we've known all along -- Republicans in the Legislature cynically and intentionally divided minority voters so Republicans could enhance their power. By doing so, Latinos and African-Americans saw their ability to elect the candidate of their choice diminished. As the ruling clearly states, "The impact of the plan was certainly to reduce minority voting opportunity statewide, resulting in even less proportional representation for minority voters." This is shameful and unacceptable - new maps must be drawn im

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