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      Keep the MCA vision

      by State Sen. José Rodríguez—

      The Cardwell Collaborative, which broke ground Feb. 9, 2015, officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month. With 60,000 square feet of cutting edge technology, the building is a testament to our community’s vision, persistence, and potential. The Cardwell Collaborative …

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      Sen. Rodríguez’s statement on Dallas shootings

      I was hesitant to speak out on the events of the past days because of the raw emotions involved and the complexity of sorting through the elements of gun culture, police culture, the protest culture, and the legacy of racism in this …

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      U.S. Supreme Court overrules Texas abortion law

      by Marty Schladen, El Paso Times—

      AUSTIN – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a 2013 Texas law, ruling that it placed an undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion. The ruling, Whole Women’s Health v Hellerstedt, is now regarded …

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      Editorial: Deadlock on immigration

      by El Paso Times Editorial Board—

      The Supreme Court handed down a widely anticipated split decision that effectively blocks President Obama’s executive actions on immigration enforcement. The decision is perhaps the best illustration yet of the policy paralysis of our largely dysfunctional federal government. Our nation’s …

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      Immigrant advocates decry Supreme Court’s vote

      by Aileen Flores, El Paso Times—

      Immigrant advocates in El Paso on Thursday expressed disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court’s tied vote on President Barack Obama’s immigration policies and urged Congress to work on comprehensive immigration reform. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 4-4 vote blocked Obama’s 2014 …

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      We’re for Texas, and we’re with her

      Dear friend: Thousands of Texas Democrats gathered this weekend in San Antonio to affirm our values of equality, opportunity, and inclusiveness. The top of the ticket is important, and we are in full support of the presumptive Democratic nominee, Secretary …

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      Trump’s racist comments prove he’s unfit for office

      by Sens. José Rodríguez, Rodney Ellis, Sylvia R. Garcia, José Menéndez, Carlos I. Uresti, Kirk Watson, and Royce West—

      Time and again, Donald Trump has shown that he is unfit to be the chief executive of the United States. His latest remarks about the Trump University fraud case further demonstrate that he is more than just an embarrassment — he is …

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      Lower tuition requires more investment from Texas Legislature

      by Senator José Rodríguez in the Texas Tribune—

      I agree with Texas lawmakers saying we must rein in college tuition costsborne by students.  However, too many blame universities, ignoring the major contributor to student costs: legislators who deregulated tuition, then under-funded universities. If lawmakers want to reduce tuition, we …

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        A former migrant farm worker, Jose understands that education is the key to individual and community success. He’s fought for equitable funding, innovative programs, and access to higher education.

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        Border Issues

        José firmly believes that the future of the Border is the future of the State (and indeed the nation). Jose’s message is clear: The border is an opportunity for Texas and the U.S.

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        Access to healthcare is a critical issue for El Paso, the state, and the nation. We can do better when it comes to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care for million of Texans.

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        Jobs & Economy

        While El Paso is making significant economic gains, its low tax base, high unemployment, and lack of high paying jobs are a barrier to economic prosperity. Young college graduates are unable to find sufficient job opportunities and leave, while other workers find only low wage jobs.

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        Government & Ethics

        Across the nation, including in El Paso, public corruption has grown like a cancer and tested the will of citizens to reign in those who spread it.

        “Pay to play “in the government procurement process, gifts, and other undue influences

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        Public Safety

        Despite El Paso’s designation as the second safest city in the nation, the drug war violence in Cd. Juarez, Mexico has raised legitimate concerns about spill over violence into El Paso. Of particular concern are transnational gangs operating in El Paso that work for the drug cartels.

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        Adequate transportation and related infrastructure remain a critical need in El Paso; without them, El Paso’s progress will be stymied. State transportation funding has literally dried up and our challenge is to find new ways of generating funds to meet transportation needs. 

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