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Julian Castro

The Real Meaning of Julián Castro's HUD Nomination

by: SaraChicaD

Tue May 20, 2014 at 05:05 PM CDT

Over the weekend I received a text from one of my politics-obsessed friends: "NYT: Castro to get HUD." As I was out and about, more interested in the conjunto festival in San Antonio than its political shakeup, it took a while for all of that political dust to settle on my distracted brain.

Once it did, however, the first thought that came to mind was not what Castro's move meant for the 2016 election and whispers of a potential VP nomination from Hillary Clinton. No, my thoughts were much more local: too bad for San Antonio.

More on what this means for San Antonio below the jump.

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Julian Castro Wipes Floor With Dan Patrick In Televised Immigration Debate

by: Omar Araiza

Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

Last night, the Texas Tribune and Univision 41 (link in Spanish) televised the much anticipated immigration debate between San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Texas state Senator Dan Patrick, likely Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

The debate covered multiple issues concerning immigration, such as border security and the Texas DREAM Act -- and even some other issues, including Asian terrorists, "anchor babies," choice, and gay marriage, that Patrick decided mid-debate somehow pertained to the discussion.

Thankfully, Castro was there to fact-check Patrick and keep him honest about his awful immigration record.

Read the highlights of the debate below the jump.

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'Illegal Invasion' Rhetoric Shows Just How Out Of Touch Republicans Are To Latino Community

by: Omar Araiza

Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM CST

Republicans' relationship with the Latino community can be described as complicated at best, and abusive at it's core.

Along with efforts of voter suppression, Texas Republicans have a long history of portraying Latinos as "the bogeyman" of Texas, feeding into the xenophobia of many right-wing voters. The Republican Lieutenant Governor primary race has so far been the perfect embodiment of this dilemma. All four major GOP candidates have been desperate to sound the toughest on immigration, often resorting to racially divisive messages in order to pander to conservative Tea Party voters.

Even the Hispanic chairman of the Associated Republicans of Texas, Hector De Leon, believes this type of anti-immigrant rhetoric will only undermine the party's efforts to branch out to different voters, particularly Latinos.

"I understand the need to address the issue of illegal immigration, and I understand the need to secure borders, and I realize that's critically important," said De Leon. "But by the same token, that issue can be addressed by not engaging in rhetoric that sounds like thinly veiled racism."

Read more of the GOP's problem with Hispanic voters, including remarks by Senator Van de Putte, below the jump.

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South Texas Mayor Raul Reyes Joins Julian Castro And Annise Parker In Support Of Marriage Equality

by: Omar Araiza

Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM CST

Raul Reyes, Mayor of El Cenizo
Yet another mayor of Texas has come out in support of marriage equality, joining the group, Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.

Mayor of El Cenizo, Raul Reyes, came out in support of marriage equality this month, becoming just the seventh mayor in Texas to do so. Other leaders in the group are Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio and Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, who are among the co-chairs of the group.

"You don't have to be gay to sympathize with reality, and reality is that any Texan or any American in general should be allowed to choose who they want to spent their life with," Reyes said to Lone Star Q in an interview.

"And government, whether it be state or federal, should not dictate who they can be with. I think Texas sends a very wrong message to the rest of the country, when one of the most important states in the nation hasn't caught up to other states."

Read more below the jump, including the personal connection Reyes has to the LGBT community.

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Efforts To Repeal San Antonio's LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance Fails

by: Omar Araiza

Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 09:00 AM CDT

The drive to repeal San Antonio's recently passed LGBT non-discrimination ordinance has failed.

Those opposed to the NDO had 40 days to collect over 60,000 signatures. These were the number of signatures required in order to place the ordinance on a citywide ballot in 2015. They failed to do so.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro responded immediately after the petition failed:

"I'm glad people can move on from divisive attempts to undo an ordinance that was always commonsense about treating everybody the same," Castro said.

The hotly debated ordinance gained national attention after a secret recording of City Councilwoman Elisa Chan was released with very homophobic and transphobic remarks. This was also one of Castro's largest priorities since his DNC speech last year. Many wanted to see the rising national figure in action.

Read more about the ordinance below the jump.

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San Antonio City Council Votes to Pass LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance, A Victory for Equality

by: Omar Araiza

Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 03:30 PM CDT

The San Antonio City Council voted to pass the non-discrimination proposal authored by City Councilman Diego Bernal and Mayor Julian Castro.

Starting at least 15 years ago, the local LGBT community has sought to add sexual orientation and gender identity to groups protected from discrimination. Two serious attempts in 1998 and 2011 to get non-discrimination laws to cover LGBT rights failed to pass.

After a long and hard fought struggle, the LGBT community and straight allies of San Antonio can finally claim victory.

The final vote was 8-3, putting the ordinance into effect immediately.

"This ordinance fundamentally is about ensuring that whether you are white or black, whether you are Christian or Jew, whether you are straight or gay, San Antonio belongs to you too," said Castro. "This is a city that belongs to everyone. This ordinance is about saying there are no second-class citizens in San Antonio."

Read statements made by the council members, and what brought us here today after the jump.

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Passions Erupt as San Antonio Citizens Meet to Discuss LGBT Ordinance at City-Wide Meeting

by: Omar Araiza

Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 01:00 PM CDT

As the rest of the country took part in gatherings to commemorate the 50th-year anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, the people of San Antonio gathered to debate the civil rights of their city's LGBT community.

Nearly 500 people filled the San Antonio City Council Chambers yesterday afternoon, as people from both sides of the issue passionately gave testimony on behalf of their beliefs.

The hotly debated ordinance -- which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of city's protected classes -- gained national attention earlier this month after a secret recording of City Councilwoman Elisa Chan was released by one of her former staff. In the recording you can hear Chan's very disturbing homophobic and transphobic beliefs, and her true reasons for why she opposes protecting the city's LGBT community from discrimination.

Now, the city of San Antonio has turned into the country's next battleground for LGBT rights.

Read more about yesterday's meeting, and the aftermath that has occurred since the secret recording was released.

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Battleground Texas Seeks Latino Leaders in Promising New Fellowship Program

by: Omar Araiza

Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 01:00 PM CDT

Since Battleground Texas launched six months ago, the response has been tremendous and volunteers from all across the state have been working hard to turn Texas blue. Battleground Texas has already deputized more than 3,000 voter registration volunteers, hosted a 14-city listening tour that was met with standing-room-only crowds in nearly every part of the state, and built a digital Facebook following that outpaced the Republican Party of Texas in just 78 days.  

The organization's next vision -- ensure that the next generation of Latino leaders have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and play prominent leadership roles in the future of the Democratic Party.

With prominent Latino figures such as the Castro brothers hinting to one day seek the presidency, Battleground Texas is launching the Executive Latino Leadership Program to further develop the community's organizing talent in our state.

Read more about the program and how you can apply after the jump.

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Joaquin And Julian Castro Out on The National Road, Hint At Future White House Aspirations

by: Omar Araiza

Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 03:30 PM CDT

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, left, and U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro, right.
Twin politicians, U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro, (D-San Antonio), and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, have been making their presence known across the country through this year's Democratic Party's national speaking circuit.

The young, charismatic brothers -- who Democrats projected upon the national stage through Julian Castro's keynote speech in the 2012 Democratic National Convention -- will by the end of October have appeared at major functions in at least 11 states outside Texas, and as guests in the sets of national TV programs like NBC's "Meet the Press" and ABC's "This Week."

If all of this brings about feelings of déjà vu, it might be because after his own DNC speech in 2004, then-State Senator Barack Obama began to highlight many national fundraisers, which allowed him to build a national donor and activist network. That same year, Obama went on to be elected as U.S. Senator of Illinois, and then as President of the United States in 2008 -- becoming the first biracial candidate to ever hold the presidency.

Is this the future that awaits the Castro brothers? Will either Julian or Joaquin Castro soon make history by becoming the first Hispanic-American elected as President of the United States?

Read more about what the two brothers have been up to after the jump.

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Disgusting Homophobic Remarks from San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan Caught in Secret Recording

by: Omar Araiza

Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 02:00 PM CDT

San Antonio Councilman Carlton Soules (left) and Councilwoman Elisa Chan (right) plan to vote against equality on Sept. 5.

(Updated 8.17.13 to include San Antonio's LGBT community's reaction)

"So disgusting!" is what San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan thinks of gay people and San Antonio's LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance.

Earlier this month, we covered a piece on Fox News' highly flawed report of Mayor Julian Castro's proposal to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's non-discrimination ordinance. According to the opposition, the ordinance would just bar Christians from serving in the city council.

Now, a secret recording provides us with much more genuine motives from those that oppose the ordinance.

This past May, Councilwoman Elisa Chan was meeting with members of her staff to discuss the proposal and try to attempt to come up with a strategy to oppose the ordinance without seeming so intolerant.

In the course of the meeting, Chan expressed her highly distorted views on homosexuality -- which range from confusion about how stuff works to, well, really intolerant beliefs.

Listen to the secret recording after the jump.

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