Corrie MacLaggan Deomographics Reporter

Corrie MacLaggan is the Tribune's demographics reporter. Previously, the Austin native worked as a national correspondent for Reuters, writing and editing stories about Texas and nearby states and overseeing a network of freelance writers. Before joining Reuters, she covered Texas government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman, writing about everything from gubernatorial races to food stamp application backlogs. She spent her first year at the Statesman writing for the newspaper's weekly Spanish-language publication. She has also worked in Mexico City, where she wrote for publications including the Miami Herald's Mexico edition, Latin Trade magazine and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Her first reporting job was at the El Paso Times. Corrie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and Spanish.

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Report: Texas Lags in Hispanic Voter Turnout

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

Low voter turnout among Hispanics in Texas plays a key role in preventing the Republican-dominated state from being politically competitive, according to a new report.

 

Amarillo Struggles to Handle Influx of Refugees

Volunteer Jennifer Butler, second from left, works with Somali immigrants Saharlo Adlle, from left, Zainab Botnb and Ikyan Seer during an English as a second language class at an apartment complex in Amarillo on Feb. 15.
Volunteer Jennifer Butler, second from left, works with Somali immigrants Saharlo Adlle, from left, Zainab Botnb and Ikyan Seer during an English as a second language class at an apartment complex in Amarillo on Feb. 15.

Amarillo receives a higher ratio of new refugees to the existing population than any other Texas city. Local officials are worried that the refugee population is straining the city’s resources.

 

Straus Sends Interim Charges to House Committees

House Speaker Joe Straus gavels out the 83rd Legislative session at Sine Die 5:03 PM on May 27, 2013.
House Speaker Joe Straus gavels out the 83rd Legislative session at Sine Die 5:03 PM on May 27, 2013.

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Friday sent state representatives a list of interim charges, ordering committees to study everything from the 2013 explosion in West to online voter registration to graffiti.

 

Women Underrepresented in Texas Legislature

Democrat Celia Israel, a candidate for Texas House District 50 in Austin, speaks to supporters at a Battleground Texas rally at a supporter's house on Saturday, Jan. 25. Israel won a special election runoff on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to serve the remainder of former Rep. Mark Strama's term, and she will seek a full term in November.
Democrat Celia Israel, a candidate for Texas House District 50 in Austin, speaks to supporters at a Battleground Texas rally at a supporter's house on Saturday, Jan. 25. Israel won a special election runoff on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to serve the remainder of former Rep. Mark Strama's term, and she will seek a full term in November.

Texas ranks 33rd for its percentage of female legislators. The number of women in the upper chamber is unlikely to increase, even as two of the seven in the Senate — Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte — pursue statewide office.

 

 

Farms Aren’t Going Away, but a Lot of Little Ones Are

Mike Skinner on Dec. 26, 2013 outside the farmhouse on the land five miles east of Spearman that he sold last spring. Three generations of his family had farmed the land.
Mike Skinner on Dec. 26, 2013 outside the farmhouse on the land five miles east of Spearman that he sold last spring. Three generations of his family had farmed the land.

More Texans are leaving farming and ranching because of opportunities in urban areas, increased land prices and concerns about weather patterns fueled by drought.