POLITICS: Special Interests

Plummeting Peso Hurting Border Economy

A bridge to Mexico that is near the busy downtown Laredo shopping area is shown on Nov. 5, 2011.
A bridge to Mexico that is near the busy downtown Laredo shopping area is shown on Nov. 5, 2011.

The Mexican peso is well below its exchange rate against the dollar compared to a year ago, and store owners on the border are bracing for a prolonged drought of Mexican shoppers. In some cities that could mean a loss of up to 45 percent of business.

Border Shelter for Female Veterans Hits a Roadblock

Army Retired Lt. COL. Hope Jackson at the H.O.P.E. (Healing, Optimizing, Perfecting, Empowering) Institute shelter for female veterans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in El Paso.
Army Retired Lt. COL. Hope Jackson at the H.O.P.E. (Healing, Optimizing, Perfecting, Empowering) Institute shelter for female veterans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in El Paso.

Retired Lt. Col. Hope Jackson's efforts to open a shelter for homeless female veterans in El Paso hit a snag when she lost out on a contract with the local veterans administration. She argues that's a sign that the unique needs of female veterans are not being met.

County Judge Asks State to Resolve Birth Certificate Issue

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins during "All Transportation is Local," part of The Texas Tribune Transportation Symposium on Oct. 17, 2013.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins during "All Transportation is Local," part of The Texas Tribune Transportation Symposium on Oct. 17, 2013.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has asked the Department of State Health Services to resolve a controversial birth certificate policy the Democrat said could adversely affect North Texas students’ ability to enroll in school later this month. 

Texas Wants Another Win Against Obama's Immigration Plan

Scott Keller, the Texas Solicitor General, speaks to reporters after delivering oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.
Scott Keller, the Texas Solicitor General, speaks to reporters after delivering oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.

Attorneys for the Obama administration will try again on Friday to persuade a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to let a controversial immigration policy take effect.

 

Mexican Official: Border Security a "Shared Responsibility"

Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico José Antonio Meade Kuribreña and Gov. Greg Abbott at the Governor's Mansion on July 9, 2015
Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico José Antonio Meade Kuribreña and Gov. Greg Abbott at the Governor's Mansion on July 9, 2015

José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs, talks about the relationship between Mexico and Texas, border security, and whether Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's security plan is working. 

El Paso Democrat Márquez Bows Out

State Rep. Marisa Márquez, D-El Paso, who announced she will not seek reelection.
State Rep. Marisa Márquez, D-El Paso, who announced she will not seek reelection.

El Paso Democratic state Rep. Marisa Márquez will not seek reelection after four terms in the Texas House. She announced her retirement in a statement on her official website, saying she would remain an active figure in the state politics.

Advocates Call for Release of Some LGBT Asylum-Seekers

Supporters of LGBT asylum-seekers rally at a church in Austin.
Supporters of LGBT asylum-seekers rally at a church in Austin.

A growing number of asylum-seekers are asking for safe haven based on a factor that isn't usually associated with a need to flee one's homeland: gender identity. In the days before the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark gay marriage case, immigrant rights groups were drawing attention to the plight of LGBT immigrants.

Amid Veto Period, Lobbyists Keep Working Abbott

The Texas Capitol on the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.
The Texas Capitol on the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.

The legislative session may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s vacation time for many of the Capitol’s lobbyists. With a Sunday deadline for Gov. Greg Abbott to veto legislation, some of them are still making a last-ditch effort to kill bills.