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José Menéndez declares victory over Martinez Fischer, Carlos Uresti leads state senate race

March 2, 2016

By Jason Buch, MySanAntonio.com
Source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/State-Senate-Martinez-Fischer-Menendez-Madla-6861633.php

SAN ANTONIO — State Sen. José Menéndez has declared victory in his Democratic primary bid, carrying 59 percent of the vote with all percent of precincts reporting.

Sen. Carlos Uresti took 75 percent of the vote in his reelection campaign against South San ISD School Board President Helen Madla the multi-county District 19.

In Bexar County, Uresti has 73 percent of the vote.

State Sen. Uresti holds off challenger Helen Madla

March 2, 2016

By Paul Venema, KSAT
Source: http://www.ksat.com/news/state-sen-uresti-holds-off-challenger-helen-madla

SAN ANTONIO - It was a night in which the results were never in doubt as State Sen. Carlos Uresti easily defeated challenger Helen Madla in the Democratic Primary race for Texas Senate District 19.

Though the numbers continued to grow all evening, Uresti said he did not take the challenge lightly. He said now is the time to look ahead to the next legislative session.

In order to get there, he must defeat Republican candidate Peter Flores, a retired game warden from Pleasanton, in the November general election.

More Work Needed to Combat Bullying

March 1, 2016

There is a fine line between the kind of teasing most kids are guilty of indulging in at some point in their adolescence and bullying. The line gets increasingly blurred, when social media platforms and text messaging are used. Policing speech, even that which may be hurtful to another individual, is tricky. After all, even minors are entitled to the protections of the Constitution, and learning how to communicate with one another is an essential part of growing up.  Policing speech between two users on a private communication method such as cell phones is nearly impossible. And yet, when a student's teasing begins to look more and more like harassment, we are responsible as adults to step in.

State Sen. Uresti holds off challenger Helen Madla

March 1, 2016

By Paul Venema, KSAT12
Source: http://www.ksat.com/news/state-sen-uresti-holds-off-challenger-helen-madla

It was a night in which the results were never in doubt as State Sen. Carlos Uresti easily defeated challenger Helen Madla in the Democratic Primary race for Texas Senate District 19.

Though the numbers continued to grow all evening, Uresti said he did not take the challenge lightly. He said now is the time to look ahead to the next legislative session.

In order to get there, he must defeat Republican candidate Peter Flores, a retired game warden from Pleasanton, in the November general election.

Message from Carlos - March 2016

March 1, 2016

March 2nd is Texas Independence Day, a day we celebrate the rugged individual spirit that makes the state we call home great. But, while we celebrate, there is an important opportunity to reaffirm our independence and our devotion to the future of Texas.  We can do so by voting on March 1st, also known as Super Tuesday.

While there is much on the line in Texas—the future of our schools, highways, veterans services among others—our elections suffer from extremely low turnout. Texas’ low turnout is perplexing, given our reputation the world over for being opinionated, assertive, and downright unashamed of our love of Texas.

Oil and Gas Update - March 2016

March 1, 2016

News on the petroleum front continues to be dismal as the price remains around $30 a barrel and companies in the oil industry continue to lay off workers.

The number of drilling rigs working in Texas oil and gas fields dropped to 231, according to the weekly report from Baker Hughes. That's still 46 percent of all the 502 rigs working in the United States but getting close to the company's lowest recorded counts in 1999.

The Railroad Commission of Texas reported that 510 drilling permits were issued in January, down from 727 in December and down from 1,102 in the same month a year earlier.

Well completions in January numbered 1,204 compared to 1,997 in January 2015.

Identity Theft is Growing Problem for Veterans

March 1, 2016

This tax season, fraudsters and criminals are working overtime to steal your personal information. If you receive a call or visit from somebody claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service, call the IRS Phone Scam Hotline at (800) 829-1040 or visit https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml to verify the claim before handing over any personal information. However, calls and visits are not the only way scammers try to make off with your money.

LNG exports leave the Gulf Coast

March 1, 2016

In February, the United States passed an important milestone on the path to full energy independence, as the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports left the Gulf Coast to be sold on the world market. This could be the beginning of a new era in America energy – one in which we are no longer dependent on expensive energy imports, but instead create jobs at home in a thriving energy export industry.

Possible loop hole in state law for registered sex offenders

February 12, 2016

By Amanda Weber, News 4 San Antonio
Source: news4sanantonio.com/news/local/possible-loop-hole-in-state-law-for-registered-sex-offenders

A registered sex offender is now back behind bars and accused of aggravated sexual assault. Police arrested 71 year old Raul Suarez, accused of sexually assaulting a 16 year old girl since she was 3. We have learned a second man is also in custody for assaulting the same girl.

According to the arrest affidavit, the alleged victim told police Suarez assaulted her frequently over the years. This is the same man convicted in 2006 of indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Senator Uresti to hold Veterans Round Table & Resource Fair

February 1, 2016

Senator Carlos Uresti will join together with Senator José Menéndez to host a Veteran’s Legislative Round Table and Resource Fair. The round table will allow veterans the chance to express their ideas for legislation needed in the upcoming session, as well as receive an update on legislative accomplishments during the recent 84th legislative session. Veterans organizations will also be on hand to offer information on community resources available to veterans.