Tag Archives: Carlos Uresti
A diverse and bipartisan ensemble of politicians and groups were rudely awakened as they were wrested from or kept out of power in 2018.
Power is a funny thing. One minute you have it; the next it’s gone. Sometimes it’s taken forcefully; other times it’s given away. In Texas, the ruling Rep...Read More
Democrats will have a little more leverage in Dan Patrick’s far-right Senate on issues like property taxes and public school funding.
When the Texas Senate convenes in January, Democrats will have one more senator in their ranks. But the reality is that Republicans and Lieutenant Governor Dan ...Read More
In what should have been an easy win in San Antonio, Democrats managed to lose a seat they’ve held for 139 years.
The defining attribute of Trump era special elections has been tectonic shifts from red to blue, fueled by highly energized voters. Democrats have flipped more...Read More
Amid Democratic Party infighting, the Texas GOP made a last-ditch effort to get their guy into a runoff — putting a precious Democratic state Senate seat in jeopardy.
When longtime San Antonio Democratic state Senator Carlos Uresti was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 12 years in prison last month, he was forced to vacate ...Read More
The state’s part-time Legislature and weak ethics laws allow corruption to flourish. Uresti was just stupid and brazen enough to get caught.
It’s one thing to be useless and honest, and another thing to be useful and crooked, but it’s another thing entirely to be useless and crooked. Useless and ...Read More
In the Texas Legislature, Sexual Harassment Complaints are Rarely Filed, Haphazardly Maintained and Then Destroyed
Despite the Legislature’s reputation for sexism and sexual harassment, there are no official complaints on record in either chamber. What’s happening to allegations?
Late last year, amid a national reckoning over sexual misconduct in politics, media and entertainment, reports surfaced of a pervasive culture of sexual harassm...Read More
The Texas House’s Sexual Harassment Training Video is Short, Legalistic and Will Likely Be Ineffective
Research shows that in order to be effective, sexual harassment training must be longer than four hours and involve face-to-face interaction.
After reports surfaced in November that women have for years endured sexual harassment in the Texas Capitol, leaders in the House promised, among other actions,...Read More
Editor’s note: For more context on the responses and allegations, read the full story here. The Observer reached out to all 31 Texas state senators for co...Read More
The reticence of many to respond strongly against these allegations is likely in part because more senators hold secrets of their own, a political scientist said.
“Bitch, you want to fuck with me tonight?” state Representative Borris Miles allegedly asked a legislative intern in 2013, flashing a wad of cash at her out...Read More