How out “partisan” are Gilbert Garcia and the San Antonio Express-News? The front page commentary by Garcia about the Nirenberg-Brockhouse mayoral election says, “This should have been easy for Nirenberg.” The SA Express-News (SAEN), who serves as the mouthpiece of the SA City Hall Establishment backed current Mayor Ron Nirenberg against challenger city councilman Greg Brockhouse, and they were shocked when Nirenberg barely won, 49%-46% in a crowded field. They will face each other in a runoff on June 8th.
Garcia outlines the reasons why Brockhouse was a weak candidate and repeats the political and personal attacks Nirenberg used in the campaign. There is no doubt the SAEN will support and endorse Nirenberg in the runoff.
Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina and his wife Dalia have been arrested for voter fraud in what is described as “an organized illegal voting scheme” that brought him to power in the November 2017 municipal election. According to a news release from the Texas Attorney General’s office, Molina directed voters to change their addresses to places where they did not live — including an apartment complex owned by Molina — so they could vote for him.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton arrested a total of 18 people in connection with this particular scheme. This case was the latest in a string of arrests by the state’s election fraud unit.
Molina ran as an “anti-establishment” challenger against incumbent Mayor Richard Garcia who had served for 11 years as mayor and beat him by 1,240 votes.
Political machines have historically dominated in south Texas, and its big news when an outsider like Molina wins. However, election fraud and voter fraud are also prevalent in south Texas communities.
Democrat U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro has decided to forgo re-election to his congressional seat in San Antonio next year and instead challenge Texas Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Joaquin is joining his twin brother Julian, who is running for president, on a new political adventure.
Joaquin Castro decided to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Monday, March 18 in San Antonio after El Paso Democrat Robert “Beto” O’Rourke announced he was running for president. O’Rourke was considering running for Cornyn's seat.
Joaquin has made some dubious news lately. In October, he accused Pres. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, of orchestrating the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and had to scramble to “clarify” his comment. In November, he publicly complained about the presence of a San Antonio police patrol at the voting site claiming their presence might “intimidate” voters. Most recently, he challenged President Trump on the Emergency Declaration for funding a border wall, ignoring the invasion of illegal aliens and contraband.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is investigating the city of San Antonio for potential First Amendment violations after the City Council voted to prevent Chick-fil-A, from opening a location in the city’s airport. At the heart of the SA city government’s action against Chick-Fil-A is the City’s “Non-Discrimination Ordinance” (NDO) that demands and forces "diversity" and " inclusion" in all matters the City touches.
Democrat TX state representative and former city councilman Diego Bernal authored the NDO that demands "inclusion" or else of everyone and everything. Many felt then, and certainly feel now, the NDO violates the First Amendment.
The NDO was extremely controversial, and there was considerable opposition against it. However, rather than hold a popular city-wide vote, the city council led by then-Mayor Julian Castro voted to pass the ordinance.
On Wednesday, Feb 27, federal judge Samuel “Fred” Biery Jr., who was appointed by Bill Clinton to the U. S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas, halted the removal of any registered voters from Texas state voter rolls. Judge Biery's ruling is another blow to Texas' efforts for election integrity.
The liberal Hispanic organization LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) brought the lawsuit after Texas Secretary of State David Whitley announced that a review of voter registration rolls found nearly 95,000 noncitizens were registered to vote. The study also found that about 58,000 had voted in one or more Texas elections.
LULAC, the Texas Democratic Party, and other liberal groups immediately alleged the report was racist and meant to intimated minority voters. Unfortunately, within days of the announcement, the State did find that more than 25,000 people on the state’s list had been erroneously identified and were, in fact, U.S. citizens.