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Courtesy of Paul Sequiera

In late 1960s Chicago, disparate and diverse working-class political groups banded together to collectively push back against oppression, inequality, police brutality and poverty.


David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

Last year when Julián Castro declared that he was running for president, few were surprised. But it was clear with the crowded field of candidates it would be an uphill battle for the former San Antonio mayor and secretary of Housing and Urban Development to win the nomination. But sometimes campaigns catch the zeitgeist.


Julián Castro speaking in January, 2019.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

The last Democratic presidential candidate from Texas — and the only Latino — has stepped off the political field, nearly one year since the former secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development and San Antonio mayor first entered the race.

Wendy Davis filed to run for Congress on Wednesday.
Wendy Davis Campaign

Former Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis filed to run for Congress on Wednesday. She seeks the Democratic nomination for the 21st congressional district of Texas, which covers the Hill Country and reaches into the San Antonio and Austin areas. 


Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen demonstrates how to use the new ballot tabulator the week before the November 2019 election.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

More than 106,000 Bexar County ballots were cast in the joint election by the end of Tuesday night, including early and Election Day votes. That’s a sharp increase over the last similar election in 2017, which saw 38,000 total votes cast.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera | The Texas Tribune

During a June conversation at the Texas Capitol, Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen urged hardline conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan to target members of their own party in the 2020 primaries and suggested he could get Sullivan’s group media access to the House floor, according to a secret recording of the conversation released Tuesday.

State of Texas District Viewer

Last August at a posh Austin hotel conference room the American Legislative Exchange Council held its annual meeting, and one of the topics tackled was called “How to Survive Redistricting.”

Discussed were the finer points in the redrawing of district lines. That outcome will impact every American after the 2021 redistricting showdown.

It’s likely that somewhere Democrats are holding similar sessions; and if they are not, then they are guilty of political malpractice.

Leticia Vazquez after being announced as the potential replacement for the Precinct 2 Constable seat.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Bexar County Commissioners have selected Leticia Vazquez, a sheriff’s deputy, for the potential replacement in the Precinct 2 Constable seat.

 

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is speaking to reporters after meeting with the House Democratic caucus.

There are growing calls for an impeachment inquiry following reports that President Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Michael Stravato and John Jordan/The Texas Tribune

All 13 Texas Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have indicated that they are open to impeaching President Donald Trump after recent reports that Trump asked the Ukranian president to investigate the business activities of Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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