Roberto Alonzo

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    June 10, 2013

    Fort Worth Representative Matt Krause Named Texas' Most Homophobic Legislator

    The advocacy group Equality Texas has put out its first legislative report card in several sessions, ranking Texas state legislators' records on working for LGBT rights. The factors Equality Texas took into account include public votes, authorship (both pro- and anti-), resolutions and committee vo ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Last Night, a First Step Toward Solving, Or Not, the Problem With ICE's Secure Communities

    ​Tuesday night, the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council's Task Force on Secure Communities (hold on, gotta catch my breath after that pithy title) held a pilot meeting at the Dallas County Community College's Bill J. Priest Campus to discuss ICE's controversial fingerprint screeni ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Because We Have Nothing Better to Do Than Pore Over Campaign Finance Reports

    Photo by Sam MertenDonna Starnes raised more than former city council member Sandy Greyson in the race to succeed Ron Natinsky.​Now that you've had time to chew on our analysis of the mayoral candidates' fund-raising prowess, we thought it was time to take a quick look-see at how the city coun ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    City Hall Gives Gene Simmons a Big KISS

    Photos by Patrick Michels​Well, that was ... surreal.When I left Dallas City Hall at 4:50 this afternoon, Gene Simmons was still there -- in the mayor's fifth-floor conference room, surrounded by cameras and politicos and one or two fans who'd managed to work their way into the room. Laid out befo ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Sweatin' It Out With the Justice League!

    Photos by Sam MertenState Senator Royce West and county judge candidate Clay Jenkins help pump up the crowd as District Attorney Craig Watkins grabs the mic Saturday afternoon.​This, in case you have not heard, is the "Summer of Justice." Which, as far as summers-of goes, ranks somewhere in betwee ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Mountain View College VP of Instruction Files Federal Suit, Alleges Retaliation

    Dr. Matilda Saenz​Last week, while looking for something entirely unrelated on PACER, I stumbled across a federal lawsuit filed by Dr. Matilda Saenz, who, for the last five years, has been the vice president of instruction at Mountain View College. One week ago today I asked Dallas County Communit ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    With City's First Municipal Management District Official, Let the Self-Taxing Begin!

    Sam MertenThe board of directors of the Cypress Waters Municipal Management District take their oaths today at One Arts Plaza.​The Cypress Waters Municipal Management District officially became the city's first such district -- that is, one with the power to levy taxes and issue bonds -- this ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Ultimately, Says Rep. Alonzo, All Immigration Bills, Pro or Con, Are Just "Fodder for Politics"

    You might think that since Texas legislators are tied up dealing with a plunging housing market and accepting stimulus money, they'd drop the predictable collection of politically motivated immigration bills seeking to fill the federal policy vacuum. Nope. Not a chance.Rep. Jim Jackson of Carrollto ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    Caraway Gets a Little Carried Away Recalling His Role in Chavez Dispute

    Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway Before last week’s pro-hotel shindig in the Flag Room at City Hall, I decided to attend Wednesday’s council meeting. No particular reason, although the Fairfield zoning case was on the afternoon agenda. Ironically, I ran into Kat Truitt on my way down the elev ... More >>

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    February 5, 2007

    Anchia to Tackle "Divisive and Misguided" Anti-Immigration Legislation

    State Representative Rafael Anchia Don't tell FrontBurner, because they'll think he's a racist, but Representative Rafael Anchia belongs to the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives. And last week, Anchia was named vice-chair of MALC's newly formed task force on i ... More >>

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    November 16, 2006

    Slow Tide Rising

    Did the Latino vote push Democrats over the top?

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    November 14, 2006

    "Un-American, un-Texan and un-Christian"

    Megan Feldman Elizabeth Villafranca, who owns the Mexican restaurant Cuquitas in Farmers Branch with her husband, was among those protesting the anti-immigrant measures passed yesterday by the city council. While protestors chanted and waved American flags outside, the Farmers Branch city counci ... More >>

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    March 2, 2000

    Impossible dreamer

    Fearless reformer or legal terrorist? Bobby Wightman-Cervantes makes a run for the Senate. The Texas Bar says he should have his head examined.

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    February 3, 2000

    The king of Cockrell Hill

    Dallas Constable Aurelio Castillo claims the criminal charges against him are a political conspiracy. His opponents say he's just a doofus.

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    April 24, 1997

    Babe in the 'hood

    Accused of bribery, ineptitude, and cattle rustling, rookie constable Aurelio Castillo can't tell his friends from his enemies anymore

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    February 13, 1997

    Born of El Sol

    Germinated in the rich tradition of El Sol de Texas, the Spanish-language press takes root in Dallas

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    February 15, 1996
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    February 15, 1996
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    February 1, 1996

    Politics makes strange enemies

    Why Domingo Garcia is running against the father of his godson