The Texas Tribune
Electric bills are likely to rise for everyone, experts and consumer advocates say, but some Texans on variable rate contracts have been hit with immediate, massive price spikes. Lawmakers and the governor have promised to help, but haven’t said how.
Already Hit Hard by Pandemic, Black and Hispanic Communities Suffer the Blows of an Unforgiving Winter Storm
Texans of color, disproportionately devastated by death and unemployment during the last year, tend to live in neighborhoods with older homes, more vulnerable pipes and fewer food options. That’s made it harder to withstand the cold temperatures and power outages.
Texas Power Outages: Nearly Half the State Experiencing Water Disruptions as Power Grid Operator Says It’s Making Progress
The Texas Tribune is tracking the fallout from the massive winter storm in Texas, which has brought widespread power outages and transportation problems.
Texas residents said the storm —and ensuing partial collapse of the state’s power system— sapped what mental reserves they had left after eleven months of a global health crisis that has cost thousands of jobs and claimed more than 40,000 lives in the state.
At least 10 people have died in weather-related incidents across the Houston area, the Houston Chronicle reported earlier today.
Rolling Power Blackouts in Effect Across Texas as Massive Winter Storm Drives Demand for Electricity
The state’s power grid operator said the blackouts will last at least through Monday morning.
Cecilia Ballí and two colleagues spoke to 100 Texas Latinos to better understand what drives civic engagement and whom they prefer as candidates.
Voters in the historically Democratic stronghold of South Texas are left wondering whether this was simply a strange election during an unusual year or a sign of a profound political realignment in the region.
Joe Biden is not faring as well among Latino voters in the polls as Hillary Clinton did in 2016. But Democrats in Texas are working to motivate the key voting bloc.
As Congress Weighs a New Coronavirus Aid Bill, Will US Citizens From Mixed-Status Families Get Left Out Again?
U.S. citizens who have undocumented family members were barred from receiving stimulus checks earlier this year. They’re hoping that Congress doesn’t leave them out again.
Conservative Think Tank Leader Says Schools Should Reopen Since Most Texans Dying From COVID-19 Are Elderly or Hispanic
In an interview, Vance Ginn said the intention of his Twitter thread was to outline the more thorough data provided by the state. He also said his tweet with a GIF was “woefully taken out of context out of bad faith.”
Without money to pay rent, facing pressures from landlords and afraid of courts, people without legal immigration status have limited options.
The lawsuit cites a 2020 Department of Justice policy that prohibits judges from speaking about policy or law, even in their personal capacities.
Some Texas cities are eyeing cuts to police department budgets to fund social services like housing assistance, mental health services and job training.