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We produced our first-ever Fiesta medal this year, and it was named the first-place winner in the San Antonio Express-News Fiesta Medal Contest, membership association category.
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Status quo is unthinkable
By Celia Kaye, LWV Texas Child Health Issue Chair
This week the unthinkable happened again, this time in a small town near Galveston. Ten students and teachers at Santa Fe High School died in a school shooting, with guns in the hands of a 17-year-old.
Our lieutenant governor has asked parents to lock up their guns, and our governor has said that new gun laws need to be considered. We support action to improve the background check system and reduce the availability of certain types of guns.
We need to communicate with our U.S. senators and representatives, and with our Texas legislators, governor and lieutenant governor – the status quo is unacceptable, and waiting longer will only lead to more deaths.
Analysis: The anemic state of democracy in Texas
BY ROSS RAMSEY
The difficulty in getting voters to show up for a runoff election is a big problem in Texas. There are hotspots around the state that might engage more voters, but generally speaking, it’s hard enough to get voters to the table once —and harder still to get them to come back for seconds.
Turnout in the March primaries was mediocre. According to the Texas secretary of state, 10.2 percent of the state’s 15.2 million registered voters cast ballots in the Republican primary, while 7 percent showed up for the Democratic primary. Together, those primaries attracted a little over 2.6 million voters.
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