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Julián Castro

David Martin Davies

As Hillary Clinton campaigns for the Democratic nomination for president she is fighting against the appearance of inevitability.

However, she holds approximately 60 percent support among Democratic voters in primary polls and despite the efforts of other candidates like Senator Bernie Sanders it’s easy to assume Clinton’s nomination is a chinch. So much so that there’s been speculation for several years over her Vice Presidential running mate. Former San Antonio Mayor and HUD secretary Julian Castro is being touted as the guy at the top of that short list.

From Texas Standard:

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced the latest cities to be designated "promise zones" this week. This is the second set of cities to take part in the federal program that seeks to reduce poverty and crime, increase economic and educational opportunities and attract private investment.

None of the eight announced this week are in Texas, but we thought this was a great opportunity to check in with one of the inaugural five.

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The last Democratic presidential nominee to seriously campaign in Texas in a general election was a Clinton. But it’s been nearly two decades since President Bill Clinton stormed through Fort Worth’s Sundance Square for a late-September campaign rally.  

His wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, finds a totally different Texas as she embarks on her own presidential run — a Republican-dominated state relegated to the backwater of Democratic campaign blitzes. 

National Democrats aren’t deluding themselves into thinking they have a real chance here in 2016, and Republicans are not concerned about losing the state to Clinton or anyone else. 

Early voting starts today in the special election for Texas House District 124

When former Mayor Julian Castro left his position for a seat in President Obama's cabinet, he set a series of political dominoes falling with several resignations and special elections.

Ryan Poppe

Julián Castro has been running the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development for nine months. In that time he has shepherded millions of dollars to communities for a variety of issues. One of the biggest issues in the nation he says is the tightening of credit standards for people seeking home loans as well as access to affordable housing.

How can communities improve the inner city while maintaining the character and longtime residents of neighborhoods?

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Few would deny that former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was a charismatic and dynamic leader. It was those attributes that allowed him to turn a nearly-unpaid city mayor job, at $3,000 a year, into the cabinet of the most powerful man on the planet, as U.S. Secretary of housing and urban development. 

But as San Antonio reevaluates everything from transportation and public safety, to conservation and urban transformation, has the city seen a slow down or even an outright reversal of the vision for the city?

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

On Fronteras: New HUD Secretary Julian Castro says he wants to lower rents and help more people attain the dream of home ownership. The number of babies born with drug addictions has risen over the last decade or so in New Mexico. We look at efforts to encourage pregnant mothers with drug addictions to get help. Senator John Cornyn’s re-election campaign is looking beyond November, to the future of the Republican Party in Texas. Also, Commentator Yvette Benavides weighs in on Mattel’s Mariachi Barbie. The doll has already made waves on social media.

Charlie Rose Show

Fronteras: San Antonio is trying to figure how to regulate ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. This week, we look at how Uber is faring in San Diego. Rosie Castro was a trailblazer for Latino politicians, which includes her twin sons, Julián and Joaquín. Rosie will be featured on HBO Latino this fall. She joins us on Fronteras to talk about her early activism days, her sons’ political careers and more.

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Fronteras: The USDA has lifted a ban on inspectors working in Mexico, which could invigorate a cattle trade that has been hurt in both countries. We look at how one border city provides a model for solar power in Texas. State health officials have alerted the CDC about conditions in border facilities where thousands of Central American minors are being detained. Commentator Yvette Benavides takes us inside an immigration court room in San Antonio where these children and teens are making their cases.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

As Mayor Julián Castro prepares to depart San Antonio for our nation's capital, last night the area chambers of commerce hosted a community celebration in his honor.

In San Antonio style, people came to honor the man who has led the city for the last five years. The community, business leaders and city staff members came to hear Castro say goodbye.

Castro said the most special day he has had as mayor was welcoming the kids to Pre-K 4 SA last summer.

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