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Omar Araiza is a new staff writer at the Burnt Orange Report, with a focus on immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border, and LGBT issues.

Three Texas Cities Among List Of Least 'American' Cities

by: Omar Araiza

Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 02:30 PM CDT

Charro Days in Brownsville, Texas, 4th "least American" city
Personal finance social network, WalletHub, sought to find "which cities bleed the most red, white and blue" according to characteristics such as ethnic makeup, household size and median income. Their analysis resulted in a list of most "American" cities, and least "American" cities.

No Texas city was included among the top 10 most American cities. However, three of Texas' major cities were included among the nation's top 10 least American cities.

Take a look at their top ten most "American" and least "American" cities below.

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Rick Perry Hypocrisy: We Settle Our Political Differences At Ballot Box, Unless You're Suing Obama

by: Omar Araiza

Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 03:00 PM CDT

Governor Rick Perry is in a bit of a pickle: His hopes of becoming president, and ever being taken as a serious candidate, are rapidly being demolished by his recent indictment. Because despite the good hair, his mugshot released this week doesn't exactly scream presidential material.

Now, a desperate Perry is scrambling to come up with whatever excuse possible to clear up his reputation -- even if this means contradicting what he has said and done in the past.

Perry went on Fox News this weekend immediately following the announcement of his indictment. According to Perry, this is all a cheap shot at trying to tarnish his legacy as governor. We don't settle our political differences through court. We settle them at the ballot box.

Funny that he says this now -- because it doesn't seem Perry has always felt this way. Certainly, not in regards to suing the president.

More below the jump.

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Progress Texas Radio Ad Holds Texas GOP Accountable for Attacks Against DREAMers

by: Omar Araiza

Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

A 60-second ad by Progress Texas hit the radio waves this weekend. The liberal progressive organization launched a radio ad in Spanish on Friday, entitled "Deporten a Todos" (Deport them All), that has now begun airing in the city of El Paso.

The radio ad criticizes Republicans for voting to deport over 585,000 currently approved DREAMers living in the country -- young undocumented residents brought to the U.S. as children.

See the ad, made available with English subtitles, below the jump.

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Wendy Davis Crítica A Greg Abbott Por No Defender Derechos De Mujer Víctima De Violencia Sexual

by: Omar Araiza

Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Esta semana, la candidata Demócrata a la Gobernación de Texas, Wendy Davis, lanzo su primer anuncio de campaña en contra de Republicano Greg Abbott, haciendo fuertes declaraciones en contra de Abbott por no defender los derechos de una mujer victima de violencia sexual.

El video, disponible en ingles y en español, detalla como el actual procurador estatal voto a favor de los intereses de una corporación y en contra de una mujer víctima de violencia sexual cuando Abbott era miembro de la Corte Suprema de Texas.

Debajo, la historia completa y el video en español.

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Leticia Van de Putte Receives Big Endorsement From Nation's Largest LGBT Civil Rights Organization

by: Omar Araiza

Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio), one of our state's strongest supporters of LGBT equality, received a major endorsement in her race for Lieutenant Governor of Texas from the Human Rights Campaign -- the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization.

"The Human Rights Campaign is proud to announce our endorsement of Leticia Van de Putte for Texas Lieutenant Governor. Senator Van de Putte has an extensive track record on equality issues, including voting against a proposed constitutional amendment that would discriminate against same-sex couples. During her role as "Governor For A Day," she publicly advocated to end employer discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. If this is the type of work she gets done in one day, we are confident she'll get more done as Texas Lieutenant Governor," said the LGBT civil rights organization through a statement on Monday.

Check out Leticia's response below the jump.

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Texas Universities Among Princeton Review List Of Most LGBT-Friendly, Unfriendly Campuses

by: Omar Araiza

Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Texas A&M University made it on the LGBT-unfriendly list again this year, two years in a row
This week, Princeton Review released it's annual "The Best 379 Colleges" review list. Included among their reviews were lists of the most LGBT-friendly, and unfriendly campuses for sexual minority students in the country.

Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.) was ranked as the most LGBT-friendly university this year, while College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, Mo.) was ranked as the most LGBT-unfriendly campus.

Three Texas universities made the two lists. One Texas university was ranked among the most LGBT-friendly campuses in the nation, while two Texas universities appeared once again this year on the list of most unfriendly campuses for LGBT students.

Check out the lists below the jump.

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Rick Perry Weighs In On Israel-Gaza Conflict: Can't Understand Why U.S. Would Ever Criticize Israel

by: Omar Araiza

Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

Now that it's becoming increasingly obvious he's running for president again in 2016, Governor Rick Perry has been voicing his opinion on all matters lately, including now the war conflict occurring in Israel and Gaza.

During his weekend interview with CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, instead of lament the loss of innocent lives lost and wish for a quick, immediate resolution to this war, Perry turned the conflict into a partisan opportunity to attack the president. Because, Obama.

Video and interview below the jump.

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Watch: Rick Perry Goes On CNN To Make Absurd Claims Associating Immigrants To Terrorists

by: Omar Araiza

Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

Governor Rick Perry went on CNN's State of the Union this week to gain more media exposure regarding his recent political theatrical stunts on the border crisis and immigration.

During the interview, host Candy Crowley put Perry on the spot on his decision to send the National Guard down to the border, and how people are saying Perry is only doing so out of personal motives to run for president again in 2016.

"And, Governor, to those who say that you're calling up of the National Guard in Texas is a part of your road to become president and to run for president again, your response is?" asked Crowley.

The question gave Perry the perfect opportunity to come up with one of his most absurd claims yet: Linking Central American child refugees and other immigrants to terrorists from South Asia.

Video below the jump.

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Armed Domestic Terrorist 'Militia' Groups Patrolling Texas Border on Hunt for Child Refugees

by: Omar Araiza

Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 03:00 PM CDT

No less than 10 armed "militia" groups, all composed of private citizens, have ganged up together to patrol the Texas-Mexico border, with a mission to seek out "illegals" -- child refugees coming in from Central America.

Leading the groups is Chris Davis, a former truck driver discharged from the Army in 2001 "under other than honorable conditions in lieu of trial by court martial." Davis is asking his followers to threaten and shoot to kill any child they see crossing the border seeking refuge. "You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, 'Get back across the border or you will be shot.'"

While Republicans remain silent on condemning these fascist, domestic terrorist groups, Democrats have denounced the groups and call for appropriate action by law enforcement officials.

More on the border crisis below the jump.

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Conservatives Resort To Lying About Child Refugees' Vaccination Rates To Justify Their Deportation

by: Omar Araiza

Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

Conservatives are coming up with multiple kinds of excuses in order to deport the Central American child refugees, all while trying to hide their true prejudice against them. Case in point: "Our schools cannot handle this influx, we don't even know what all diseases they have. Our health care systems can't withstand this influx," recently said U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, trying to make a healthy safety case for deportation and "war" against these children.

Sadly for conservatives, their excuses and lies simply don't match up to the facts. In a horrible twist of irony, according to statistics by the United Nations, Central American children have a higher vaccination rate than U.S. children.

And whose fault is this? The very same conservative officials and voters in America raging war against vaccinations, and health insurance coverage.

More below the jump.

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