Pete’s Periódico: Fight for Texas

183 years ago this month, Texas declared independence from Mexico. The following six weeks was a flurry of victories and defeats. The men of the Alamo were avenged on the fields of San Jacinto; General Sam Houston won the long game against General Santa Anna. The free and independent Republic of Texas was established. The same desire for liberty that […]


Let’s talk prom. The whole getting ready with your friends, working football concession stands to bump costs off your ticket, the impending doom of messing up your hair. Ok, maybe that’s a little far fetched, but the reality is that prom is meant to be a fun night to interact with your peers and it’s not that detrimental. You wanna […]

Pete’s Periódico: Property Tax Reform

Texas Senator District 19

While February is the shortest month, it has not felt that way around the Texas Capitol. Committees are meeting daily and votes on bills are beginning: over 1,000 Senate Bills have been filed this legislative session. There are many that I’m working on, but I would like to take this opportunity to discuss two bills in particular. I am a […]

ACSO: It’s the Law

I need to take the opportunity this week to talk about telephone scams. The number of scam attempts and successful scams have became alarming. One of the hottest scams right now is the bogus Publisher’s Clearing House call. Residents will receive a phone call advising them they have won a large sum of money. The caller, who is usually a […]

Human Trafficking awareness

February is known as the month of love but for many, this is far from the truth. Human trafficking awareness month is also marked as February and the issue of trafficking in persons has been a universal concern for the world. The Department of the State states, “ ‘Trafficking in persons’ and ‘human trafficking’ have been used as umbrella terms […]

Rep. Guillen files for $5,000 teacher pay raise

AUSTIN – State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed legislation that would create an allotment of $5,000 for every full time teacher in Texas. It requires school districts to use this funding for the sole purpose of paying qualified employees and would not be available for reallocation. “Texas teachers spend countless hours preparing and educating our kids, often spending […]

Pete’s Periódico: State of our State: Booming

On Tuesday, February 6, Governor Greg Abbott spoke to a joint session of the Texas House and Texas Senate to give the “State of the State.” This speech, which resembles the State of the Union, is given every biennial towards the beginning of the legislative session. The address can be summed up in a few words: the state of our […]

Teacher Pay Hike, Property Tax Lid: Who Pays?

There was an attitude of Kumbaya surrounding the kickoff Jan. 15 of the second four-year terms for Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and the first two-year term for new House Speaker Dennis Bonnen of Angleton. Patrick even introduced Bonnen at the inauguration, since Bonnen, elected by the House Jan. 8, had already been sworn in. “Today is […]

ACSO: It’s the Law

One of the laws that we strictly enforce is the “Failure to Stop For a School Bus – Loading or Unloading”. I have gotten asked many times in the past about which traffic has to stop and which traffic doesn’t. I would like to explain this; we have a zero tolerance policy for individuals that violate this law, as do […]

Committee work begins

We are now a few weeks into the 86th Legislative Session. Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick have been officially inaugurated for second terms, hundreds of bills have been filed, and even more visitors have come through my office. And, perhaps most significantly, Senators were assigned to Senate committees. Senate committees are based on policy areas. The Texas […]

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