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      Rodríguez elected Sen. Democratic Caucus chair

      by Marty Schladen, El Paso Times—

      Texas Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, has been elected chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, the senator announced Monday. Through rule changes and increasing conservatism among Republicans, the power of the caucus has been declining. But a political observer said that …

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      Rodríguez: Program aims at youth voter turnout

      by Sen. José Rodríguez, in the El Paso Times—

      When I first was elected in 2010, I established advisory committees made up of engaged members of the community who wished to deliberate issues and advise my office on legislative and other matters. As any member of the committees can …

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      Editorial: School voter registration good start

      by El Paso Times Editorial Board—

      The Ysleta Independent School District and state Sen. José Rodríguez are launching a worthwhile pilot project next week aimed at getting young people registered to vote. Throughout next week, Ysleta officials and Rodríguez’s Youth Advisory Committee will make voter registration …

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      Thank you!! And other notes …

      Dear Friend: Last week, I formally announced my re-election campaign at Epic Railyard. It was as the name suggests. I had a great time in a great place with great music, food, and friends. And of course, I had the greatest …

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      Sen. Rodríguez: Texas must deal with education equity

      by state Sen. José Rodríguez, special to the El Paso Times—

      September marks the beginning of a new school year, and the effective date for much of the legislation passed during the 84th Texas Legislature. Among those new laws are needed revisions in the public education system, but the one we …

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      Troopers ticketing fewer overall, but more Hispanics

      by Alexa Ura and Terri Langford, The Texas Tribune—

      The share of Hispanics receiving traffic citations from state police has doubled in the last five years, even as the total number of tickets written and total number issued to whites have dropped significantly, according to Texas Department of Public …

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      Sen. José Rodríguez statement on school finance lawsuit

      Oral arguments in the school finance lawsuit began today at the Texas Supreme Court. The following is state Sen. José Rodríguez’s statement: Equitable opportunity for education is not just the right thing to do; it’s required by the Texas Constitution. …

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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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