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ACSO: It’s the Law



This week is National Police Week. It was created in 1962 and signed into law by President John F. Kennedy. May 15th was designated as National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day. Each year we lose around 150 peace officers across the United States that are killed in the line of duty. Each and everyone of these heroes were putting their life […]

Why I decided to sue the Secretary of State

It was a Saturday morning in January 2019, and I had just received a text pointing me to a newspaper article. It was a report of the Attorney General screaming via Twitter ‘Voter Fraud Alert!’ and threatening to investigate thousands of naturalized citizens for allegedly voting illegally. His sentiments were echoed and retweeted by the President; and it seemed like […]

A is for Autism

April 2nd was world Autism Awareness Day, but what is autism? According to Autism speaks (www.autismspeaks.org/) autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, […]

Pete’s Periódico: Protecting Texas Taxpayers



The final month of the 86th Legislature is here: with an end date of May 27, we have less than three weeks remaining. Property tax reform and school finance remain top topics of discussion, something that is hardly news to loyal readers. I am happy to report these discussions have turned into legislative action. The Senate version of the Texas […]

An open letter to Gov. Abbott

Your appointee for Education Commissioner, Mike Morath, has consistently failed to perform the duties of his office. In his tenure, ETS has failed to conduct one single STAAR administration without some kind of glitch, problem, or news item. In the latest iteration of this problem, we find out that the 5th grade STAAR test dropped the “F” bomb twice in […]

ACSO: It’s the Law



This week, instead of talking about a law, I wanted to let everyone know the status of the new jail expansion. This project started over a year ago and consists of the addition of 120 beds to our existing 138 bed facility. Our county jail has been running at or near capacity for three years which prompted the approval by […]

Pete’s Periódico: Property Tax Relief is on the Way



While listening to constituents from all parts of Senate District 19––rural and urban, Republican and Democrat––there is one shared issue that emerges: ever-increasing property taxes. Folks told me to “go to Austin and do something.” Well, we did something. The Texas Senate passed the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019; a landmark property tax bill which lowers […]

ACSO: It’s the Law



One of the dangers that law enforcement officers face almost every single day are motorists that fail to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles. The law, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2003, requires operators of motor vehicles to move over one lane when there is a police car, EMS unit, fire truck, tow truck or Texas Department […]

Pete’s Periódico: The State Budget



We have about seven weeks left to make a better Texas. Today to May 27 (the last day of session) will consist of a lot of long days and likely some long nights. The Texas Senate has already passed over 110 bills; the Texas House has passed over 70. As bills pass each chamber, they are again referred to a […]

ACSO: It’s the Law



It’s not the law, but I highly recommend that you come out to the Poteet Strawberry Festival in Poteet this coming weekend. Things get started on Thursday evening with arm band night at the carnival. It’s certainly one of the largest carnivals in South Texas. On Friday the gates open at 6:00 p.m. with ticket prices for entrance being only […]


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