Ashley Lopez

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Elderly Mexican Parents See Their Children In The U.S. For The First Time In Decades

Saturday, August 25, 2018

A program started by a Mexican state has been reunifying elderly parents with their children living illegally in the U.S. Recently more than 30 families were reunited near Austin.


Some States Say Federal Grants Aren't Enough To Secure Voting Systems

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

States across the country are in the process of receiving grants from the federal government to secure their voting systems. But local election officials worry the money won't be enough to make systems safer for the next election.


Local Officials Call Federal Election Funds 'A 10-Cent Solution To A $25 Problem'

Saturday, August 04, 2018

States across the country are in the process of getting money from the federal government for election security. But local officials worry it isn't enough to make systems safer for the next election.


After Supreme Court Punts On Gerrymandering, Democrats Make It A Campaign Issue

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Democrats around the country are mobilizing around the issue of gerrymandering. But whether it's enough to excite voters who often sit out midterm elections is another question.


Gerrymandering As A Campaign Issue

Sunday, July 15, 2018

After the Supreme Court declined to make a decision about whether partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional, the issue is becoming a campaign issue for Democrats around the country.


Fearing Deportation, Some Immigrants Opt Out Of Health Benefits For Their Kids

Friday, June 22, 2018

A growing number of American children are losing out on Medicaid — and other programs — because their parents are undocumented immigrants and fear detainment and deportation.


Health Care Providers Say Title X Change Would Restrict Access To Family Planning Services

Friday, May 18, 2018

Family planning clinics in Texas say that the Trump administration's proposed rules will further hamper their ability to provide family planning services in a state that has high teen pregnancy rates.


Many Electronic Voting Machines Are Not Secure. One County Is Trying To Fix That

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Most electronic voting machines don't create a paper trail but voting officials in Austin are trying to marry the convenience of electronic machines with a paper trail that can be audited.


Texas Works To Create A More Secure Electronic Voting System

Thursday, May 10, 2018

There are concerns electronic voting machines can be hacked. In Austin, election officials are trying to create more secure machines but their efforts have been stymied by the voting machine industry.


Texas Disability Group Wants Victims' Voices Heard In Gun Debate

Friday, April 20, 2018

Advocates in Texas wants to help people who've been disabled by gun violence talk to lawmakers. Victims say they have a big stake in how guns are regulated.


Birth Control Apps Find A Big Market In 'Contraception Deserts'

Monday, March 26, 2018

For some U.S. women who buy hormonal contraception via an app, it's all about convenience — birth control pills in the mail, without an office visit. But in Texas there's much more to it.


Austin Community Enacting New Security Measures After Series Of Bombings

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

As authorities in Texas investigate the explosion of what is believed to be a fifth bomb, people in Austin are worried. Schools, businesses and residents are putting new security measures in place.


In Reaction To Trump, Democratic Candidates Surge In Deep-Red Texas

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

For the first time in 25 years, Democrats are running in all of Texas' 36 congressional districts. But that doesn't mean they can win in the Republican state.


Facing Discrimination In Public Life, Latinos Stay Positive About Government

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Even as 1 in 7 Latinos says he or she has encountered discrimination while voting or participating in politics, 60 percent of Latinos report that local government represents their views well.


Federal Court Prepares To Consider Texas Gerrymandering Case

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Next week a federal court will consider whether Texas should change its political boundaries before the 2018 election. Courts had ruled that previous congressional and statehouse districts discriminated against minorities. But plaintiffs in this case argue the current maps haven't fixed that problem.


Texas Braces For Medicaid Cuts Under GOP Health Plan

Friday, March 17, 2017

Advocates on both sides of the aisle say the GOP health care bill will be bad for Texas because it will lead to more people without coverage and punish the state because it did not expand Medicaid.


In Texas, Activists Enforce Election Rules In Place Of Federal Monitors

Friday, October 28, 2016

Federal officials no longer have the legal tools they once had to enforce the Voting Rights Act. So in Texas, it's up to non-profits to monitor the state's compliance with federal law and recent court rulings.


Texas Governor Announces Decision To Leave Refugee Resettlement Program

Friday, September 30, 2016

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that the state is leaving the federal refugee resettlement program over safety concerns. But that doesn't mean refugees will no longer be resettled in Texas.


Justice Department: New Texas Voter ID Rules Are Misleading To Voters

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Texas lost a lengthy legal battle over its voter ID law and had to change its rules. Now the Department of Justice says the state is misleading voters about what those new rules are.


Justice Department Says Texas Is Misleading Voters In ID Law Re-Education

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Department of Justice and voting advocates say Texas is misleading voters with information about how its voter ID law is supposed to work after courts struck down an earlier version of the law.