NewsTaco's Latino News Roundup: Eagle Ford Shale, Voter ID, Redistricting and Mexican Weddings

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Texas Latinos Reshuffle In Congressional Race –  San Antonio Congressman Charlie Gonzalez will retire when his term expires, now, Joaquin Castro is set to run in Gonzalez's seat, district 20, paving the way for former Congressman Ciro Rodriguez to run in the newly created 35th where Castro had been campaigning since June.

How Texas' Redistricting Lawsuit Really Went Down – NewsTaco contributor Dr. Henry Flores was one of the expert witnesses in MALDEF's case against the state; we sat down with him recently and asked him about the lawsuit.

Gonzalez's Retirement Makes Room For Younger Latino Politicos – It was a surprise for me to hear that Rep. Charlie Gonzales would not seek reelection – but after a little reflection it made sense.

Joaquin Castro's San Antonio Strategy – Whether Joaquín Castro would have run in Central Texas, or gets elected to serve San Antonio, it's been evident in our conversations with him that his political vision has been sharpened by his experiences as a San Antonio native.

The Top 5 Signs You're At A Mexican Wedding – You gotta love Mexican weddings. And we all love Mexican weddings for different reasons, here are just a few.

The Eagle Ford Shale: Short-Term Benefits, Long-Term Probs – Touted as perhaps Texas' largest oil (and gas) discovery on record by boosters, the Eagle Ford Shale has been attracting serious international economic investment. But no one is talking about the severe public health consequences that growing national evidence indicates accrues with fracking technologies in affected regions.

600,000 Texas Voters Are Too Many To Ignore – Rafael Anchia, Texas State Representative, District 103 writes about the refusal by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to pre-clear the strict photo ID legislation that Texas Republicans passed during the 2011 legislative session.

Wanted: Latino Venture Capitalists – Only 2% of the nation's venture capitalists are Latino.

Is Art Only For Whites? Sometimes It Feels That Way – I recently had the experience of attending some classes out in the “burbs” and having that experience of walking into the room and realizing within seconds that there is no other woman of color in the place.


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