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Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle and previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on Twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at fernando@texassignal.com

CNN Report on Texas Dark Money Renews Push for Reform

Democratic lawmakers and the watchdog group Public Citizen gathered in Austin on Tuesday to push for limits on state-level campaign contributions and modernize the Texas Ethics Commission.  It’s a renewed push to curb the influence of dark money on Texas politics...

Federal Money Funds a Deadly Police State at the Texas Border

Civil rights groups in Texas have filed yet another complaint with the Justice Department against Operation Lone Star, an anti-migrant program kicked off by Gov. Greg Abbott more than one year ago. The operation has seen the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas...

Texas’ Total Abortion Ban Begins Aug. 25

The Supreme Court issued its final judgment on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization on Tuesday, the last procedural step to finalize the overturning of Roe v. Wade. In Texas, the state’s trigger law HB 1280 is set to take effect at the end of next month,...

Organizers Push El Paso for Climate Charter

On Monday, organizers with Ground Game Texas and Sunrise Movement El Paso announced they had secured enough signatures to launch a ballot initiative for a climate charter in the city of El Paso. The ballot initiative would see the creation of a city-wide climate...

Beto O’Rourke Launches 49-Day Texas Tour

On Tuesday, gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke kicked off a 49-day tour of Texas. Speaking to a crowd in his hometown of El Paso where the tour set off, O’Rourke blasted Gov. Greg Abbott for prohibiting abortion in the state, failing to stop mass shootings, and...