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Meet Julián Castro's Biggest Fans: The Texas Delegates

September 4, 2012

By David A. Graham, The Atlantic

CHARLOTTE -- "OF COURSE!" Mildred Hilbrich roars. She's been talking calmly about her experience as a delegate to the Democratic convention, but the question -- whether her mayor, San Antonio's Julián Castro, will be the next governor of Texas -- sets her off.

Viewpoint: Legislature must commit surplus revenues to public education

August 20, 2012

By Sen. Carlos Uresti

Like many concerned Texans who track state revenue and spending, I am cautiously optimistic about recent projections that we could collect at least $5 billion more in sales taxes and fees than originally anticipated, thanks to a steadily improving economy.
And I have a good idea for how the state should use this extra money. We should invest it!

Back-to-School Events in District 19

July 16, 2012

When the days are long, and our air conditioners are working overtime, there is no question that the summer season is still upon us. But for thousands of schoolchildren across Senate District 19, summer break is beginning to wind down and their focus is turning on the upcoming school year. A major part of that new focus is purchasing school supplies, but that won’t be an easy task for many families who will need a helping hand this year. As in years past, I am working with a few very generous sponsors to help our children prepare for the important work that lies ahead.

Sen. Uresti weds in Sunday ceremony

June 24, 2012

(SAN ANTONIO) — State Sen. Carlos Uresti exchanged vows Sunday with the former Margaret Lleanna Elizondo, uniting the couple and their families.

Uresti, an attorney who has served in the Texas Legislature as a House member and senator for 15 years, and Mrs. Uresti were married in a ceremony conducted by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia. Some 350 guests attended the wedding Sunday afternoon at the Kendall Plantation, east of Boerne. 

Fed decision on dunes sagebrush lizard strikes balance

June 15, 2012

By Senators Carlos Uresti and Kel Seliger

Washington got this one right. Without the need for restrictive regulations, the dunes sagebrush lizard is going to get along just fine. And so will the West Texas economy.

Thanks to the extensive stakeholder process and voluntary conservation efforts by landowners and oil and gas producers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided this past week that the dunes sagebrush lizard does not need to be listed under the Endangered Species Act.

SA children bearing brunt of cost cuts

June 3, 2012

Express-News Editorial

Bexar County has once again found itself at the top of an unfavorable ranking list.

This time it's for the dubious distinction of having the most confirmed cases of abused and neglected children in the state.

With 5,915 abuse and neglect cases reported last year, the statistics are higher than those of Houston, which recorded 5,493 and has a young population almost three times San Antonio's. Records also show the county has the highest number of repeat victims in the state.

Senator urges funding to be restored to prevent child abuse

May 23, 2012

By Eva Ruth Moravec, San Antonio Express News

The epidemic of child abuse and neglect in Bexar County is embarrassing and appalling, and state funding must be restored to properly prevent it, public officials said during a news conference Wednesday.

“We need to come together and protect these children,” Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, told about 50 people gathered at The Children's Shelter. “These places don't work for free.”

Texas Cuts Efforts To Prevent Child Abuse

May 21, 2012

By Jack Douglas, CBS 11 News Investigative Producer

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A CBS 11 News investigation has found that, despite a staggering number of child deaths and injuries due to abuse, the state of Texas last year took away more than $27 million from programs meant to prevent such abuse.

Foster Kids Abuse Case: “We Should Be Embarrassed”

May 16, 2012

By Jack Douglas Jr., CBS 11 News Investigative Producer

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – This is the story of three courageous children … from the moment they were born to the hopes and heartaches that followed.

It will likely leave you with the strong feeling that the state of Texas owes these children … and perhaps thousands of other kids … a big apology.

They are called this state’s “Forgotten Children” … thousands of them in foster care… hidden from the public as they are taken from abusive homes …and moved elsewhere … over and over again.

Senate voting study finds productive middle ground

May 4, 2012

By Sen. Carlos Uresti

Using a statistical analysis that I will not attempt to explain, Rice University political science Professor Mark Jones developed an ideological ranking of Texas state senators, based on our votes in last year’s legislative session.

His findings were no great surprise to me, largely reflecting my experiences on the Senate floor and the knowledge I’ve gained of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in working with them over the years.

Still, it was very interesting to see that in the stark reality of something called a “Bayesian estimation procedure,” I fell in the middle of the pack ideologically, along with Sen. Bob Deuell, a Republican from Greenville, among the 31 Senate members.