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Sen. Carlos Uresti: Honor to Serve with Judge John Specia

March 4, 2016

Austin, TX—Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner John Specia has announced plans to retire from the Department at the end of May, 2016. Senator Carlos Uresti and Judge Specia have built a strong personal and professional relationship over two decades of public service.

"I've been truly privileged to have worked with Judge Specia in his role as a District Court Judge, member of the Texas Supreme Court Children's Commission, founding member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, and as Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services. His passion and commitment to the children of Texas in combination to the vast experience he has acquired, have been tremendous assets the State has relied upon throughout his tenure.

Sen. Carlos Uresti: Honor to Serve with Judge John Specia

March 4, 2016

Austin, TX—Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner John Specia has announced plans to retire from the Department at the end of May, 2016. Senator Carlos Uresti and Judge Specia have built a strong personal and professional relationship over two decades of public service.

"I've been truly privileged to have worked with Judge Specia in his role as a District Court Judge, member of the Texas Supreme Court Children's Commission, founding member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, and as Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services. His passion and commitment to the children of Texas in combination to the vast experience he has acquired, have been tremendous assets the State has relied upon throughout his tenure.

Blue Ribbon Task Force Against Child Abuse & Neglect to Hold Awareness Campaign Poster Contest

March 3, 2016

The San Antonio Blue Ribbon Task Force Against Child Abuse & Neglect is gearing up for Child Abuse Awareness Month in April with a poster design contest intended to encourage dialogue about child abuse awareness.  The winning poster and its message will be adopted as the Task Force’s new awareness campaign for 2016.

All children in grades K-12th across the greater San Antonio area are invited to show what child abuse awareness means to them by submitting their creative art work to Senator Carlos Uresti  in person or by mail at 3315 Sidney Brooks Dr., Ste. 100, San Antonio, TX 78235. Entries should be 11"x17" or smaller.

Encouraged themes are:

State Sen. Uresti holds off challenger Helen Madla

March 2, 2016

By Paul Venema, KSAT
Source: http://www.ksat.com/news/state-sen-uresti-holds-off-challenger-helen-madla

SAN ANTONIO - It was a night in which the results were never in doubt as State Sen. Carlos Uresti easily defeated challenger Helen Madla in the Democratic Primary race for Texas Senate District 19.

Though the numbers continued to grow all evening, Uresti said he did not take the challenge lightly. He said now is the time to look ahead to the next legislative session.

In order to get there, he must defeat Republican candidate Peter Flores, a retired game warden from Pleasanton, in the November general election.

Uresti tours, uses PCMH

March 2, 2016

By Bob Beal, Fort Stockton Pioneer
Source: www.fortstocktonpioneer.com/community/article_78fd81de-e16a-11e5-a2a5-db46f53be07f.html

Sen. Carlos Uresti toured Pecos County Memorial Hospital last Friday and ended up using its services.

Uresti, who represents the sprawling Texas Senate District 19, had postponed a doctor’s appointment that day to attend the annual Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday evening. PCMH Board of Managers member Jesse Gonzalez dined with the senator at that event and invited him to tour the hospital the next morning.

José Menéndez declares victory over Martinez Fischer, Carlos Uresti leads state senate race

March 2, 2016

By Jason Buch, MySanAntonio.com
Source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/State-Senate-Martinez-Fischer-Menendez-Madla-6861633.php

SAN ANTONIO — State Sen. José Menéndez has declared victory in his Democratic primary bid, carrying 59 percent of the vote with all percent of precincts reporting.

Sen. Carlos Uresti took 75 percent of the vote in his reelection campaign against South San ISD School Board President Helen Madla the multi-county District 19.

In Bexar County, Uresti has 73 percent of the vote.

More Work Needed to Combat Bullying

March 1, 2016

There is a fine line between the kind of teasing most kids are guilty of indulging in at some point in their adolescence and bullying. The line gets increasingly blurred, when social media platforms and text messaging are used. Policing speech, even that which may be hurtful to another individual, is tricky. After all, even minors are entitled to the protections of the Constitution, and learning how to communicate with one another is an essential part of growing up.  Policing speech between two users on a private communication method such as cell phones is nearly impossible. And yet, when a student's teasing begins to look more and more like harassment, we are responsible as adults to step in.

State Sen. Uresti holds off challenger Helen Madla

March 1, 2016

By Paul Venema, KSAT12
Source: http://www.ksat.com/news/state-sen-uresti-holds-off-challenger-helen-madla

It was a night in which the results were never in doubt as State Sen. Carlos Uresti easily defeated challenger Helen Madla in the Democratic Primary race for Texas Senate District 19.

Though the numbers continued to grow all evening, Uresti said he did not take the challenge lightly. He said now is the time to look ahead to the next legislative session.

In order to get there, he must defeat Republican candidate Peter Flores, a retired game warden from Pleasanton, in the November general election.

Message from Carlos - March 2016

March 1, 2016

March 2nd is Texas Independence Day, a day we celebrate the rugged individual spirit that makes the state we call home great. But, while we celebrate, there is an important opportunity to reaffirm our independence and our devotion to the future of Texas.  We can do so by voting on March 1st, also known as Super Tuesday.

While there is much on the line in Texas—the future of our schools, highways, veterans services among others—our elections suffer from extremely low turnout. Texas’ low turnout is perplexing, given our reputation the world over for being opinionated, assertive, and downright unashamed of our love of Texas.

Oil and Gas Update - March 2016

March 1, 2016

News on the petroleum front continues to be dismal as the price remains around $30 a barrel and companies in the oil industry continue to lay off workers.

The number of drilling rigs working in Texas oil and gas fields dropped to 231, according to the weekly report from Baker Hughes. That's still 46 percent of all the 502 rigs working in the United States but getting close to the company's lowest recorded counts in 1999.

The Railroad Commission of Texas reported that 510 drilling permits were issued in January, down from 727 in December and down from 1,102 in the same month a year earlier.

Well completions in January numbered 1,204 compared to 1,997 in January 2015.