is an associate editor and reporter at The Texas Tribune. As the Tribune’s demographics reporter, she covers the intersection between politics and race with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population. She also covers voting rights issues for the Tribune, where she started as a reporting fellow in 2013. She’s a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
On this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Cassi and Patrick about what we learned from recent campaign finance reports, a nationally targeted special election runoff for a Texas House seat, and presidential endorsements.
On this week’s TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Jolie and Emma about the governor’s decision to opt out of the federal refugee resettlement program, the state’s hemp legalization fiasco and the latest in the Texas vs. Planned Parenthood fight.
Local governments, nonprofits and churches are stepping into the organizational void left after Republican Texas lawmakers shot down any significant funding for state efforts to avoid an undercount in the 2020 census.
Sensing opportunity in 2020, the Texas Democratic Party and campaign arms for Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate are ramping up legal challenges to voting restrictions, this time arguing that the state is unconstitutionally rejecting voter registration applications with digital signatures.
A lower court previously ruled that Texas was violating federal law by failing to register residents to vote when they updated their driver’s licenses online and ordered the state to implement its first system of online voter registration.
All Harris County election results had to be driven to downtown Houston with police escorts after state election officials objected to the county's practice of uploading memory cards through an encrypted network.
The lawsuit — filed with the Democratic campaign arms for the U.S. House and Senate — alleges that a change in state law that effectively ends the use of temporary or mobile early voting sites is unconstitutional because it discriminates against young voters.
For the next 14 months, the powerful committee chairs who called for House Speaker Dennis Bonnen to step down will be asked to carry out his will — and every decision the speaker makes will be viewed in the shadow of demise.