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Wichita Falls Democratic Annual Dinner

“The Future of Texas”

October 14th, 2017 6:00-9:00pm
Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University
2 Eureka Cr, Wichita Falls TX 76308

Speakers

Mike Collier- 2018 Candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor

Greg Sagan– 2018 Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives Texas District 13

Kim Olson– 2018 Candidate for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture

Wichita County Commissioners. From left, Jeff Watts, Barry Mahler, Woody Gossom, Lee Harvey and Mark Beauchamp.

Commissioners Court Meeting

We need to be well represented.

On Monday, August 14, there will be a public hearing over voting centers starting at 10 in the Commissioners court. The meeting will be at 10am at 900 7th street room 270. Additional Information.

Kim Olson is running for Commissioner of Agriculture

Join her at Johnny Carino’s
Tuesday, June 27
4:00-4:45 pm

Let’s give her a warm welcome to Wichita Falls and give her our support.

Dear Fellow Democrats,

I recently read a Letter-to-the Editor written by a retired Air Force Colonel that discussed the supported legislation by James Frank in the recent legislative session.  He supported a restriction to wind turbines being no closer than 25 miles to a military installation.  The letter attached outlines, far better than I, how the entire piece of legislation was complete waste of time and energy in the Legislature.  That is, unless, Rep. Frank had another motive to hurting one of the latest growing industries in this state and hurting local business here that are involved in wind energy.

In a representative democracy such as ours, the number one job of an elected official is to serve the people they represent.  I am of the vested opinion that was not done in this case and it actually could hurt the people he represents.  I ask Rep. Frank, and I ask you to ask him as well, who are you serving in Austin, the people or financial benefactors or your own business? 

John Richie, Chairman
Wichita County Democratic Party


Times Record News: Letter to the Editor – June 26, 2017
The wind industry agrees that national security is paramount.

Despite the impression given in John Ingle’s June 19 article, the Department of Defense (DoD) already has a robust review process to ensure wind farms don’t harm military operations.  

The Navy study Ingle cites doesn’t say anything new.  Yes, in some instances wind farms can cause clutter on radars.  However, this can be mitigated, something the Navy study didn’t analyze.  In South Texas, wind project developers have committed millions of dollars toward mitigation.   

Both DoD and local base commanders review any wind farm proposed near military facilities. If concerns exist, private developers and DoD discuss whether they can be addressed. If not, developers move on to other projects, even before DoD needs to formally object through the federal review process.

No project opposed by DoD has ever been built.  And no missions at bases have moved because of the tens of thousands of turbines deployed

– Dave Belote, Col (ret), USAF, managing partner and CEO, DARE Strategies, LLC

TEXAS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN
Meeting: Monday August 14, 2017
11:30 a.m. Luby’s Cafeteria

Farewell to Mary Ann Coe
Discussion on Change to By-Laws/Constitution
Our speaker this month will be
Laura Grimsinger of Child Advocates ~ CASA

917 Hate Groups are currently operating in the US.
Track them below with our Hate Map.

Please find the latest list of Hate Groups being monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center. We do have one in our own back yard unfortunately. We wanted everyone to know and to be vigilant. We will not tolerate hateful groups and the horrible message they spread.

https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map

Dear Fellow Democrats,

I recently read a Letter-to-the Editor written by a retired Air Force Colonel that discussed the supported legislation by James Frank in the recent legislative session.  He supported a restriction to wind turbines being no closer than 25 miles to a military installation.  The letter attached outlines, far better than I, how the entire piece of legislation was complete waste of time and energy in the Legislature.  That is, unless, Rep. Frank had another motive to hurting one of the latest growing industries in this state and hurting local business here that are involved in wind energy.

In a representative democracy such as ours, the number one job of an elected official is to serve the people they represent.  I am of the vested opinion that was not done in this case and it actually could hurt the people he represents.  I ask Rep. Frank, and I ask you to ask him as well, who are you serving in Austin, the people or financial benefactors or your own business?

John Richie, Chairman
Wichita County Democratic Party


Times Record News: Letter to the Editor – June 26, 2017
The wind industry agrees that national security is paramount.

Despite the impression given in John Ingle’s June 19 article, the Department of Defense (DoD) already has a robust review process to ensure wind farms don’t harm military operations.

The Navy study Ingle cites doesn’t say anything new.  Yes, in some instances wind farms can cause clutter on radars.  However, this can be mitigated, something the Navy study didn’t analyze.  In South Texas, wind project developers have committed millions of dollars toward mitigation.

Both DoD and local base commanders review any wind farm proposed near military facilities. If concerns exist, private developers and DoD discuss whether they can be addressed. If not, developers move on to other projects, even before DoD needs to formally object through the federal review process.

No project opposed by DoD has ever been built.  And no missions at bases have moved because of the tens of thousands of turbines deployed

– Dave Belote, Col (ret), USAF, managing partner and CEO, DARE Strategies, LLC

Kim Olson is running for Commissioner of Agriculture

Join her at Johnny Carino’s
Tuesday, June 27
4:00-4:45 pm

Let’s give her a warm welcome to Wichita Falls and give her our support.

We are so pleased to announce that Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Senate Candidate who may face Senator Ted Cruz in the 2018 election cycle, will be in Wichita Falls on Thursday August 10, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Highlander Public House 726 Scott. For those somewhat familiar with the area it is on the ground floor of the old Holiday Inn across from the Big Blue Building on Scott.

Please come and hear Congressman O’Rourke speak and visit with us.

The Wichita County Democratic Association (WCDA)
will meet Thursday, July 20th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
at Luby’s Cafeteria, 1801 9th Street, Wichita Falls. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.

Peggy Browning will be presenting “Food Insecurities in Wichita Falls and Surrounding Counties”.

Ms. Browning joined Americorps in 2016 to serve her country. She is assigned as a VISTA to work at the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank to address client empowerment and food access. Last summer she served at the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank monitoring summer feeding sites.
She is a long time resident of Wichita Falls and has been employed in several different fields including teaching with WFISD and as development director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wichita Falls.

The public is invited. Anyone interested in this presentation or WCDA may contact Vicki Sanders at 940-249-0100 or visit our website: http://www.wichitacountydemocrats.org

The Wichita County Democratic Association (WCDA) will meet Thursday, June 15th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Luby’s Cafeteria, 1801 9th Street, Wichita Falls. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.

In support of PRIDE month, there will be a panel discussion about
“The Fight for Acceptance: The LGBTQA Movement- Past, Present, and Future”.

Activists from three generations of the LGBTQA community will discuss past struggles, current hardships, and future directions needed to secure equal rights for all.

The public is invited.  Anyone interested in this presentation or WCDA may contact Vicki Sanders at940-249-0100 or visit our website: www.wichitacountydemocrats.org

 

Wichita County Democratic Association

Dr. Brian Hull, Family Practice Physician with United Regional Physician Group
The Current Healthcare Crisis and How Every American Can Make A Difference

Books mentioned during his talk to us.

 

Yield Sign Issues

Letters were recently sent to the mayor and TV stations concerning the lack of yield signs on Kell. NewsChannel6 presented a video last night on what people think about it. Thanks to Mary Ross and John Richie for their work on this issue. Click to view video.

Wichita County Democratic Party purchased a piece of texting software from TextMark. It allows us to send text messages to everyone who joins the list.

To join:

  1. Use your cell phone to send a text to 41411,
  2. Text DEMOPARTY.
  3. That is it!
  4. This will put you on the list to receive messages, such as, write to your state representative concerning a specific issue, notices of bills that are ready for vote, etc.
  5. Pass the word.
  6. Click here for more information.

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Thanks to all who participated.
Successful Day!

Special Thanks to Lou Lehman for her hours of work
and generous use of her garage.

Pricing & Organizing workers: Lou Lehman, Nan Rice, BJ Amos, Mary Ann Coe
Saturday’s workers: Mary Ann Coe, Terry & John Gilleland,  Nan Rice, Catie Robinson, Liz Vernon

It’s time again to clean out those closets, drawers, corners and garages and bring the stuff you no longer need to support the TDW garage sale.  Profits will go to TDW and Democratic Party.

TDW uses their money to support Democratic Candidates!  We need your help!

The garage sale committee has decided to have the sale on May 6 at 4513 Westward Drive.  Begin collecting the treasures that you no longer want or need.  You can bring them to the above address after April 22.  Things that we can take include but are not limited to –

Kitchen ware (pots, pans, etc), Sheets, Towels, Pillowcases
Plates, Glasses, Cups, etc
Tools, Furniture, Electronic devices
Purses, Shoes, Plants
Clothing (on hangers, if possible), Blankets or bedspreads
Totally useless stuff

Please call Lou at 940-692-0480 before you bring your items to be sure she is home!

Also call to volunteer to help!

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Issues

Early voting

May Voting

 

globalWCDA April meeting was held at Luby’s. Dr. Rebecca Dodge spoke about climate change,

Click to find out more about the topic, more about Dr. Dodge’s work, and a copy of the Presentation she used during her great presentation.

Rural voters lose in Trump’s budget plan

Great statistical look at what the GOP-ACA plan 

<> on March 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Low-Income Families Would Have To Give Up

A Lot More Than iPhones To Pay For Health Care
The Huffington Post

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was widely mocked on Tuesday after suggesting that Americans who struggle to afford health care should sacrifice “getting that new iPhone” and instead choose to “invest in health care.” … Read the full story

WC Democrats Demand
Congressman Thornberry Hold Town Hall

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Press Release

Please find attached a press release on the lack of town halls by our Congressman Mac Thornberry during this current recess.  The Chairman of the Wichita County Democratic Party is quoted in the press release and feels that this is an important topic for all of the people he represents.  For the record, this is not a partisan attack but a plea to to interact by those he serves. 

For those interested in trying to get
Mac Thornberry to meet with us:

Facebook: #townhallforall
Twitter: @MacThornberry

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks: The best of times…

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Data-Driven’ Campaigns Are Killing the Democratic Party

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Call for Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

Speaker Walter Graham announces the call for election of members to the 17th TSHL for 2017-2019 term. Any older Texan, age 60 and over, may file for election provided they are a registered voter living in one of the 123 areas or districts they wish to represent. (Wichita County, presently, has no representation.) http://txshl.org  

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1. To motivate older citizens to realize that legislative involvement is a primary responsibility of effective citizenship.
2. To help older Texans know that if they are to become a viable political force, they must become informed and knowledgeable about the issues facing our community, state and nation.
3. To develop a forum for older persons to discuss and debate issues concerning not only their own welfare, but also that of others.
4. To educate the Silver-Haired Legislators in their advocacy role in order that they may continue their involvement in legislative matters in their local community.
5. To provide a model legislative body in which the Silver-Haired Legislators will have the opportunity to introduce, discuss, and pass resolutions dealing with major concerns of our state.
6. To work for the passage in the regular Texas Legislature of resolutions adopted by the TSHL, especially those that were prioritized.

Read About the Call for Additional Members 

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6:00 PM

Come and meet Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa of the Texas Democratic Party and Candidate for Lt. Governor Mike Collier

Wichita County Democratic HQ
3308 Kemp Blvd
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Chairman Hinojosa will discuss where the Democratic Party at the State level is currently and where and it is headed.  Mike Collier will make his case for a change as Lt. Governor.

Both will be here to help us rid the “snakes from Texas”!!

 

logoWCDA Meeting  – March 16

The Wichita County Democratic Association (WCDA) will meet Thursday, March 16th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.at Luby’s Cafeteria, 1801 9th Street, Wichita Falls. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the WCDA would like to welcome Alieca Hux to present “Women in Activism: Past to Present”. Mrs. Hux is a two term Past-President of the Texas Democratic Women State Organization and is currently serving her fourth term as Committeewoman of Senate District 2 to the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC).  Prior to serving with the Texas Democratic Women and the SDEC, she was an American Government and History teacher at Wichita Falls High School and McNeil Junior High School.

She is a graduate of Rider High School, attended North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) and graduated from Midwestern State.

Ides of March Postcards to Trump Event
On March 14th and March 15th, Headquarters will be open from:
Tuesday the 14th, 8:00am-8pm
Wednesday the 15th. 8:00am-3:00pm

Join us. Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Postcards are available. Additional postcards would be helpful – available at post office. Mailing labels for postcards provide. A brief message is advisable. 

The Ides of Trump Campaign was initiated by a resident of Berkeley, California who wanted to create a simple, affordable and easy way for people to show-up and be heard. The idea is that you express your concerns with brevity on a postcard. The hope is that postcards will flood the White House on March 15, the Ides of March.

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Join Us for a SideWalk Health Care Rally

Friday, March 10, 11:00am – 1:00pm
3308 Kemp Blvd.
Signs Provided

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Lobby Day

Ride the bus with AFT on Monday, March 13!

Meeting for those attending.
Saturday, March 11 to prepare for Lobby Day Trip. 2:00 pm

Logistics and poster making, if desired.
Lobbying will be discussed.

Click on the picture or title above for more details

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Gabby Gifford ( Former Democratic Congresswoman) Speaks

“To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents. Hold town halls. I was shot on a Saturday morning. By Monday morning my offices were open to the public. Ron Barber — at my side that Saturday, who was shot multiple times, then elected to Congress in my stead — held town halls. It’s what the people deserve in a representative.”

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Senator Elizabeth Warren on
Servicemember Transition to Civilian Life

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Over 60 people attended! 

Next Meeting: Monday, February 27th at 7:30 at Headquarters.

Click on Indivisible tab at the top of this page for more information. Thanks to Leeann Andrews for her leadership in this important endeavor.

Attend the “Indivisible” meeting on Monday, Feb. 20th at 7:30 pm at Headquarters, 3305 Kemp Blvd. 

Indivisible – Rachel Maddox -What is it?

Download Indivisible Guide

Donna Brazile: Trump’s pitch to blacks is deluded

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IMG_1666Judge’s Order Knocking Down Voter ID Requirements Signed 

Abbott/Paxton efforts to change the order failed

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New Texas Law Allows College Students 
to Carry Guns on Campus

A student walks at the University of Texas campus in Austin

A student walks at the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas, June 23, 2016. A new law was passed on Aug. 1, allowing students with concealed weapons permits to carry firearms into class and other campus buildings in Texas. Jon Herskovitz / Reuters

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Houston Chronicle Makes History by Endorsing
Hillary Clinton for President

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Texas Voter ID Ruling: Details Discussed

The appeals court affirmed Gonzales Ramos’s finding that the law’s drafters were aware that it would make it harder for minorities to vote, but they nonetheless rejected a slew of measures that would have softened its impact, largely refusing to explain why.

Nelva Gonzales Ramos is a district judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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Congratulations to Tom Bursey on his appointment to School Board for District 5

Click to view his swearing in.


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Reports are in on Hillary’s emails and on Benghazi issues. Thanks to the Republican party for keeping these issues in the forefront of the news. 

It is now time for Democrats to move forward and keep our eyes, ears, time and stamina on the main issue – keeping the Whitehouse a democratic house and to do the same with the Congress.

Let’s get busy!

Explanation of Some Issues at State Convention

gilberto I too was disappointed in how the venue worked out.  It was too big and very difficult to get from location to location.  We got this venue because we expected up to 10,000 or more delegates and guests, and, more importantly, it was the only venue in San Antonio that could accommodate our need for rooms for the numerous caucus meetings that would be held on Friday.  In any event, we needed to figure the logistics of that venue better.
 
Secondly, the Disability access turned out to be a big problem.  Given that the Alamodome was a sport’s venue, we figured that that issue was taken care of by the design that was in place.  Again, we were wrong.
 
The lack of close captions was one issue that we had not thought of given the fact that we had someone signing and we believed that the sound system would provide those with disabilities in hearing the necessary volume of sound so that they could hear what was going on.  As you know I have a hearing disability, (pretty severe) and in the convention I was able to hear everything without my hearing aide.  In any event we will take care of this problem next time.
 
I am pretty pissed off about the food issue.  We were promised enough vendors to feed the thousands that we anticipated would be at the convention and they utterly failed to deliver.  I am not sure what to tell you there other than at the next convention we will get guarantees that this will not happen.
 
I am not sure what happened on the parking.  I need to talk to Crystal; but I assume that the cost of the Alamodome to the Party was based upon their ability to charge for parking.  We had a budget and we could only meet the budget by negotiating a price that fit within the budget.
 
The same for the transportation to and from hotels.  We paid for some transportation from the hotels; we simply did not have the resources to pay a company to be on standby to take people back.  We got no help from the City on this issue.
 
Be assured that we will work to make sure that we minimize these problems at our next convention in Fort Worth.
 
Thank you for all you do for our Party.
 
Gilberto Hinojosa
Chair of the Texas Democratic Party

IMG_1666Changes To TRS-Care Adopted by TRS Board of Trustees; Benefit Reductions in Store for TRS-Care

Here is another definition of insanity.  Insanity is, when you keep on voting the way you have been voting and expect a different result.  Writing letters to the people teachers voted for and helped elect and asking them not to destroy teachers and schools the way they have in the past is a waste of time.  If teachers want change, they will have to work and elect people who care about teachers and schools.  When a candidate is running for office and tells teachers he will do nothing to help them, believe him and expect things to be even worse.

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Will Clinton (and Trump) Turn Texas Blue?

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What to Expect: The National Conventions and Beyond
(from Channel 3, Texhoma’s Homepage)

Watch a video of both Republican and Democratic response to Channel 3’s questions concerning the upcoming election.

“Wichita County Democratic Party Chairman John Richie, on the other hand, said the fact that Donald Trump has even made it this far is an embarrassment.”

IMG_1666How to fix Texas’ outdated voter registration system by Bruce Elfant

While Texans are able to conduct a wide variety of online transactions that require sensitive personal and financial information, including renewing drivers’ licenses and paying property taxes, we are among a dwindling minority of states that prohibit their citizens from being able to register to vote online.

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Capital Tonight June 2: School Finance Reform

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Donald Trump hasn’t particularly made winning over evangelicals a campaign platform. But he hasn’t had much of a problem appealing to that demographic, either.

On Thursday’s show we took a closer look at how Trump is winning over the typically crucial voting bloc Republicans. Plus, following the state supreme court’s school finance ruling, a top Texas lawmaker is heeding the justices’ call and directing House members to get to work on reforming the system. We’ll tell you what’s being proposed to make funding schools more “efficient.” And our guest was Democratic State Representative Chris Turner. He weighed in on the school finance ruling and de-facto severance pay among several state agencies.

Let us know what you think. Use Contact Page.

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John Richie and Arthur Bea Williams’
School Board Presentations
Video

Thank you Mr. President and members of the School Board for giving me some time to comment on the items on the agenda tonight for action by you. The issue I wish to discuss is the bathroom issue and the discussion of going into litigation.

There are some questions that seem to have been going around in my head since I heard the Lt. Governor speak last week. The main question I have is how will we make up the potential shortfall of millions of dollars that we will not receive from federal funding? I would think, however you want to spin it that is still a major loss to the budget of this district as well as other districts around the state. Will the district have to raise taxes? Will we have to purpose another bond referendum? How will we make it up? I realize that you do not answer questions during public comment but I feel these are the questions you need to consider.

I would think that there are a number of solutions that could be discussed, one of which being a gender-neutral bathroom to be used by those consistently professing their gender identification. Why the sudden urgency? Has there been a rash of criminal acts either by or against transgendered individuals that have taken place in the restrooms of the schools in this district? Or is this a solution looking for a problem?

Members of the board, I would ask you to not fall into the political trap this presents and provide for the education of our children which is your charge. That education is to be provided regardless of ones race, gender, socio-economic status or identity. I have 2 children in this district. I am a product of this district along with a mother and 2 uncles and now as a tax payer and a parent, I expect and rightfully demand that education they receive will prepare them for life beyond the schoolhouse door. There are members on this board in search of a problem and, as a whole; we need to be concentrating on your charge. I urge to vote no on the litigation and possibly form a task force to look into alternative ways to address the issue before us. The Ft. Worth District which was maligned by the Lt. Governor took a year or better to come up with a policy and a plan, why can’t we do the same?

Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.

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School finances ruling calls for a Special Session

Texas Senate Democratic Caucus responds to school finance ruling

Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement on behalf of the members:

Today, the Texas Supreme Court abdicated its historical role in addressing the failure of the Texas Legislature to properly fund our Texas schools. The overwhelming evidence showed struggling schools, higher standards, and less funding for school districts across the state. The situation is even more dire for our school districts with little wealth and for English Language Learners and Economically Disadvantaged students. However, the Supreme Court ruled that constitutional deference must be given to the Texas Legislature. If that’s the case, now is the time for Governor and the Legislature to take up the challenge. Funding education is one of our state’s core responsibilities. It is how we build our future. Now that the issue is back to the Legislature, we call upon the Governor to call a Special Session so that we can give the issue the undivided attention it deserves, and we can provide our students, teachers, and parents better opportunities sooner rather than later.
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The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus is comprised of the following members: Sen. José Rodríguez of El Paso (Chair), Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston (Vice Chair), Sen. John Whitmire of Houston, Sen. Judith

Zaffirini of Laredo, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. of Brownsville, Sen. Royce West of Dallas, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of Mission, Sen. Carlos Uresti of San Antonio, Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, Sen. Sylvia Garcia of Houston, and Sen. Jose Menendez of San Antonio.

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