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      Early voting starts today!

      Dear friend: Early voting begins today. It is important that you get out and vote. In the Democratic primary we have candidates for all statewide offices. We also have propositions to affirm our values. Among these propositions are a right …

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      Recycling: From analysis to action

      by Sara Nichols and Scott Pasternak, Resource Recycling Magazine—

      In 2015, a bill that passed in the Texas Legislature required the state’s environmental agency to conduct a comprehensive study on the Lone Star State’s recycling industry. At the time, state Sen. José R. Rodriguez (D-El Paso), who co-sponsored the …

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      District 29 in 2017

        Dear friend: The year 2017 is ending, and it’s time to reflect. I am lucky to represent El Paso and much of the Trans-Pecos in the Texas Senate. It is something I take very seriously, and my staff reflects …

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      Predatory ‘wraparound’ mortgages seen as boon or ruin

      by J.p. Lawrence, San Antonio Express-News—

      At first, the house on Spanish Point Drive brought happy memories to Darin White. His daughter had been born in the split-level home, bought in 2008 for $134,501 in a developing neighborhood in El Paso. White, a master sergeant in …

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      Sen. Rodríguez responds to City Council re Duranguito

      El Paso – State Sen. José Rodríguez responded to members of El Paso City Council who wrote a letter to him justifying the city’s actions in trying to place a sports arena in historic Duranguito, the first platted neighborhood in the …

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      Senate Democratic Caucus statement on shameful DACA decision

      Austin – Today, President Trump went back on his word and discontinued President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Senate Democratic Caucus’ statement is as follows: Since its inception five years ago, DACA has helped nearly 800,000 young people, many …

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      El Paso: A test case for proposals attacking rooftop solar

      by José Rodríguez, in TribTalk—

      Homeowners and small businesses increasingly use rooftop solar to generate power and lower electricity costs. Communities win when more solar is installed. It creates local jobs, reduces reliance on polluting traditional generation and reduces the need for electric companies to …

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