Mario Gallegos

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    February 28, 2013

    Follow the Money: Financial Reports Released on Alvarado, Garcia on Eve of Runoff

    Mom always said you are known by the company you keep, but in the world of politics you're known by the contributors who keep you. Texans for Public Justice was out with that contributors list in that run-off duel between former Rep. Carol Alvarado and former Commissioner Sylvia Garcia for the late ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Charter-Friendly HISD Doesn't Like Sen. Dan Patrick's Charter School Bill

    Sen. Dan Patrick's charter school bill has drawn the ire of the one school district that probably would have been the most favorably inclined to support it: Houston. The Houston Independent School District was charter friendly long before other school districts were, mainly due to the influence of ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Dean of Senate John Whitmire Praised for 40 Years of Service

    Colleagues spent Monday afternoon lauding Sen. John Whitmire, known as the Dean of the Senate, for his 40 years of service in Texas elected office. The Texas Senate, more than any other elected body in Texas, knows how to do pomp and circumstances. It's often a slower and frequently a more polite v ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Mario Gallegos' Final Words: "Fuck Vouchers"

    You can say whatever you want about State Senator Mario Gallegos -- and there was plenty, good or bad, to say about him -- but the man apparently knew how to make an exit. As he was on his deathbed, he had one message left for his final words: "Fuck vouchers." Policy Man!! The "fuck vouchers" quo ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    State Senator Mario Gallegos Hospitalized In "Grave Condition" (UPDATED: He's Died)

    State Senator Mario Gallegos, a member of the legislature for two decades and a thorn in the side of the Houston school district for much of that time, is gravely ill, a spokesperson says. Gallegos, 62, is hospitalized in Houston. "Senator Gallegos' family is at his side during this difficult time ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    GLBT Hate Crime Victims Memorialized on Charles Armstrong's Property

    Montrose residents lit a candle for hate crime victims.​Last night, throngs of people bearing candles filled an empty parking lot in Montrose, just off the main gay bar drag of Pacific Street. A block or two from here, Paul Broussard was murdered in 1991. Aaron Scheerhoorn was stabbed to death ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Terry Grier Says Please, Please Mr. Postman

    ​Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier has been busy writing letters, in one responding to state Senator Mario Gallegos, who has questioned whether some people are making money through Apollo 20 who shouldn't be, and a second and more immediate one to counter today's Houston Chronicle banner ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Mario Gallegos, Champion of Ethical Behavior

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    State Senator Mario Gallegos Says HISD's Apollo 20 Contracts May Be Unethical

    Mario Gallegos goes after Terry Grier again.​State Senator Mario Gallegos, a persistent critic of Houston school superintendent Terry Grier's Apollo 20 pilot program, has asked the Texas Education Agency to audit the contracts involved in it. He says there are ethical questions involving HISD ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Mario Gallegos and Rodney Ellis Spar over Redistricting, and It Gets Ugly

    Mario Gallegos gets on Rodney Ellis's fighting side.​An attempt to move the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center into Sen. Mario Gallegos's senate district caused a minor skirmish between Gallegos and his longtime Democratic colleague Sen. Rodney Ellis. Emotions during redistricting al ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    HISD: Will Apollo 20 Become Apollo 60?

    Senator Rodney Ellis​Under a bill proposed by Texas Senator Rodney Ellis, the Houston ISD could open up its Apollo 20 program for low-performing schools to some 60 campuses or about 20 percent of all the district's schools, extending school days and school years beyond what's called for by the ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Heights Art Heist Update

    Lawyers loom, tempers flare

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    February 23, 2011

    HISD Accused of Spurning HCC in Favor of Lone Star College

    Has HISD found somebody new?​State Senator Mario Gallegos has a new beef with the Houston school district -- he says HISD is stiffing Houston Community College in favor of Lone Star College. Gallegos wrote to HISD superintendent Terry Grier saying the district's "been extraordinarily indiffer ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Sen. Mario Gallegos Files "The Terry Grier Bill," Calling for Openness in Superintendent Searches

    Mario Gallegos: Won't get fooled again​Texas State Senator Mario Gallegos has filed a bill calling for public notice of finalists for a superintendent's position complete with two public forums designed to give any community -- not just its board of trustees -- a chance to check out a candidat ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Diana Davila Takes No Questions As She Resigns

    Diana Davila left with a rambling statement​Diana Davila took no questions from reporters before or after resigning from the Houston school district board this afternoon.Instead she gave a somewhat rambling speech on her sudden decision, saying the time demands of the board-member job had become t ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Mario Gallegos Continues His Anti-Terry Grier Letter Writing Campaign

    Gallegos is writing, but he's not hearing back from Grier​State Senator Mario Gallegos has continued to dictate letters since calling for Houston ISD superintendent Terry Grier to leave in an earlier letter, saying Grier was going to ruin the lives of students here.In his latest set of letters -- ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Mario Gallegos Wants Terry Grier to Leave HISD

    Mario Gallegos opens up with both barrels on Terry Grier​Texas State Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr. has gone on the attack against Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier and his reform efforts, sending out letters to the school board and state legislators, in which he says his office has been investi ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    City of Coffee

    Is Houston about to become America's coffee capital?

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    June 5, 2009

    The Tomball Area Dominates Texas Monthly's Worst Legislators List

    Texas Monthly's eagerly anticipated list of Best & Worst Legislators is out, and one thing is clear: Tomball and its environs are a sticking cesspit of ineptitude and hackery.Two of the top ten bad legislators on the list (a list which is generally accepted to be nonpartisan) are from the town n ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Rodeo: Soft-Spoken Guy On A Good-Luck Streak

    Cody Blanscet of Henrietta, TX sure knows how to scramble for the big win.  Last year, he was the first to rope a calf and the second to drag it into the center of the ring at the Houston rodeo. This year, the Angus beauty he bought with the prize money placed first in the Scramble Heifer Show. ... More >>

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    April 13, 2007

    That’s Why You Should Stay up Late

    Our own Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, cut quite a swashbuckling image in the wee hours of last night and this morning in the Texas Senate. As deftly recounted by a number of media outlets, including Robert T. Garrett of the Dallas Morning News, Patrick broke all sort of club rules: the conservative f ... More >>

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    August 19, 2004
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    June 24, 2004

    Tax Cuts for Some

    Bugged about property taxes? Buy a skyscraper.

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    March 7, 2002

    Some Very Reliant Directors

    Board members on gilded strings

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    January 10, 2002

    Riding Short

    Houston firefighters say the city has been playing Russian roulette by carrying crews of three members instead of four on its trucks. Last October, Jay Paul Jahnke anted up with his life.

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    December 6, 2001

    When Will They Learn?

    GOP label doesn't sell in mayoral races

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    August 30, 2001

    Cracking the Club

    Latinos find little sympathy from Commissioners Court

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    July 5, 2001

    Mid-Summer Daydreams

    The Democratic Party chief is full of promises -- and attitude

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    June 21, 2001

    Does Not Compute

    Loopholes still hamper electronic reporting of campaign finances

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    June 7, 2001

    Curiouser and Curiouser

    Ex-congressman Stockman is labeled a co-conspirator in prescription fraud

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    December 28, 2000

    Worked Over

    Quietflex laborers laud EEOC findings after setbacks

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    May 11, 2000

    Workers Reject a Union

    A January walkout fails to bring representation to Quietflex

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    December 16, 1999

    The Insider

    Political Goodfellows Editor: Gabe and Gary get new toys; Lee and Mario cry in their stockings

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    November 25, 1999

    Brave Talk, Bleak Prospects

    Outgunned county Dems feast before famine in 2000

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    June 10, 1999

    Black and White Only

    County jail counts strip Hispanics of their ethnicity

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    December 3, 1998


    Pasadena police wanted bad trucks off the road. Then big-rig politics wrecked their plans.

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    September 17, 1998

    Bum Deal?

    Politics plays an uncertain backup to this "Gimme Shelter"

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    June 11, 1998
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    February 19, 1998
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    December 18, 1997

    A Family Affair

    Roland Garcia has the political backing to be the U.S. Attorney for South Texas. He also has a brother imprisoned for murder and drug trafficking -- a fact he somehow forgot to tell his congressional sponsors. That may not be enough to disqualify him, but

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    October 23, 1997
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    January 30, 1997
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    August 15, 1996
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    July 4, 1996
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    June 27, 1996
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    June 13, 1996
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    June 6, 1996
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    March 28, 1996
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    May 4, 1995

    The Law East of Downtown

    With his army of volunteer deputies, Victor Trevino is Harris County's most innovative and open lawman. But his sharp tongue hasn't endeared him to other politicians. And some wonder if all his power has gone to his head.

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    March 30, 1995

    All the Law Enforcement You Can Afford

    Harris County has abdicated a basic responsibility of government: to provide for the public safety of all. Instead, those who have get and those who don't get the leftovers.

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