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Past articles by Alexa:

As the share of white Texans continues to shrink, the Legislature remains mostly white and male

In the 2023 legislative session that convened Tuesday, 70% of lawmakers are men. More than half of the Senate and House members are white, and nearly half are white men. → Read More

Texas is now home to 30 million people

Texas has joined California as the only other state in the nation with a population of more than 30 million, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. → Read More

Texas Supreme Court ruling opens possibility that late Harris County ballots won’t be counted

After several Harris County polling places opened late, a state district judge ordered voting locations there to stay open until 8 p.m. But the state’s highest civil court blocked that ruling. → Read More

Beaumont election officials accused of harassment and discrimination against Black voters

The Beaumont chapter of the NAACP filed a federal lawsuit Monday. → Read More

Listen: Abortion is considered basic health care in Mexico City. Its clinics are open to U.S. women.

Private clinics offer abortions at a fraction of the cost in the United States. City public health clinics may be more difficult to navigate but offer abortions free of charge, including for noncitizens. → Read More

Volunteer networks in Mexico aid at-home abortions without involving doctors or clinics. They’re coming to Texas.

Before abortion was legal in parts of Mexico, an extensive “accompaniment” system grew to help women safely terminate pregnancies on their own. Its organizers are now moving abortion-inducing medication across the border and helping replicate the system in the United States. → Read More

A corrido is written for the lost “Angels of Uvalde” as Latino artists begin crafting tributes

Through music and painting, artists have begun works to preserve the lives lost in the Robb Elementary School shooting. “We want them to be monumental,” one artist said. “Because those lives should’ve been monumental.” → Read More

Irma and Joe Garcia, a teacher and her heartbroken husband, are buried together in Uvalde

They were high school sweethearts. Irma Garcia taught at Robb Elementary for her entire 23-year career. Her husband died of a heart attack two days after she was shot. → Read More

Partisan spats over vote counting mean Harris County’s election results will likely be late again

Waiting for final results from Houston and Harris County has become an unwelcome Texas political ritual. The county’s sheer size is part of the problem, but so is party squabbling over counting procedures. → Read More

A GOP power grab shatters 30 years of political progress for Black voters in Galveston County

Republicans dismantled the only Galveston County commissioners precinct in which voters of color held political clout. It’s a major blow for Black and Hispanic voters who had been building political momentum. → Read More

The U.S. census estimates it missed more than a half-million Texans during 2020 count

Immigrants, people living in poverty and non-English speakers were among the most likely to be missed, yet the crucial count received lackluster promotion by Texas state government. → Read More

Texas’ primary runoff election is May 24. Here’s what to know about voting.

Early voting ended Friday. Mail-in ballots must be returned by May 24. → Read More

More than 12% of mail-in ballots were rejected in Texas under new GOP voting rules, final tally shows

Figures released by the Texas secretary of state show that more than 24,000 Texas voters... → Read More

Texas is quietly using redistricting lawsuits to launch a broader war against federal voting rights law

As Texas defends against accusations that its new political maps are discriminatory, it’s laying the groundwork to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out longstanding Voting Rights Act protections. → Read More

Texas ban on encouraging mail-in votes likely unconstitutional, judge rules

SAN ANTONIO — A new Texas law that keeps local election officials from encouraging voters to request mail-in ballots likely violates the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled late Friday. Following a testy three-hour hearing earlier in the day, Federal District Judge Xavier Rodriguez temporarily blocked the state from enforcing the rule against Harris County’s election administrator until the… → Read More

Hundreds of mail-in ballots are being returned to Texas voters because they don’t comply with new voting law

Local elections officials say an unexpectedly large number of ballots for the March primary are being initially rejected for lacking newly required ID information. → Read More

“They are us. There’s no distinction”: Terror of synagogue standoff is no isolated incident to Texas Jewish leaders

News of Congregation Beth Israel hostages' safe escape is met with intense relief, but communities feel pain and fear over the latest in a series of antisemitic attacks and incidents in Texas and beyond. → Read More

Hundreds of mail-in ballot applications are being rejected under Texas’ new voting rules

Texas Republicans last year enacted new identification requirements for voting by mail as part of sweeping legislation that further restricted the state’s voting process and narrowed local control of elections. → Read More

In Texas Supreme Court case, state argues that Dallas-Houston bullet train developer can’t use eminent domain

In both courthouses and at the Capitol, opponents have zeroed in on Texas Central’s... → Read More

Opportunity was snatched away from Dallas County Latino communities when Texas Republicans redrew congressional maps

Dallas-area Latinos hoped their growing numbers would finally translate into political clout this year through the creation of a new congressional district anchored by their communities. Instead, their neighborhoods were splintered between numerous white-majority districts. → Read More