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Kolten Parker
Digital Editor, • Mexican Coke & Tacos • & alum ⚽️ parker@texasobserver.org
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Forrest Wilder 8h
We've been covering border wall(s) on the Texas-Mexico border for more than a decade, and now all our coverage is available on a single page. Read it and weep, amigos. (Thanks to for making it happen)
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Ryan Murphy 10h
Donors got in while they could with (then presumed) House Speaker — in the five days leading up to the donation moratorium, he collected $2.3 million
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Rose Jan 15
As national attention focuses on Trump's wall, here's a reminder that has been reporting in depth on the border wall for more than 10 years. put together this collection of our best work:
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Kolten Parker Jan 15
the border security that local law enforcement agrees works is on hold while Trump sorts out a border security option local sheriffs say won't work. got it.
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Kolten Parker Jan 14
Trump didn't bother meeting with Texans who would actually be impacted by his wall next month, when he visited the RGV last week. So did. Meet the first victims of Trump's wall in Texas:
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Kolten Parker Jan 14
Adding on to this thread re: press credentials This year, in the House, 346 people applied. 2 were denied, both working with ' "magazine" , via letters from Rep. . I've yet to receive records from Senate, where they were approved
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The Texas Observer Jan 13
Trump’s Border Wall Could Decimate These Rare Species
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Kolten Parker Jan 11
. takedown of The Wall picked up in via
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Gus Bova Jan 11
Trump invited a Texas landowner to his roundtable, but NOT one with land in the path of the wall. No invite, it seems, for the director of the National Butterfly Center, the priest in charge of La Lomita chapel or Hispanic families who've been in the RGV since Spanish land grants
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Justin Miller Jan 11
A reminder that , a sitting Texas state senator (representing nearly a million people) doubled down in defense of Ray Myers after we reported on his comments.
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Michael Barajas Jan 11
Replying to @michaelsbarajas
“The reality is that plaque never should have gone up in the state Capitol in the first place, and it shouldn’t have taken 60 years to take it down."
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Kolten Parker Jan 11
don't get started on milkweed
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Madlin Mekelburg Jan 10
Today Texas AG Ken Paxton told Donald Trump that El Paso had one of the highest crime rates in the country until a border fence was built there, then it became one of the lowest. That is........not true. via
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Michael Barajas Jan 11
I'll be at a preservation board meeting this morning, where and others will discuss the fate of a confederate plaque installed in the TX capitol during the civil rights era that denies slavery's role in the civil war Some bg
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Bud Kennedy / #ReadLocal Jan 10
Former Texas SREC member Sara Legvold of Keller, whose “Protect Texas” Facebook group helped launch the campaign against Shahid Shafi, is outside the ⁦⁩ meeting sarcastically wearing garb.
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Bud Kennedy / #ReadLocal Jan 10
Arlington Republican Dale Attebery (earlier photo), who wanted Shahid Shafi removed as county party vice chair and sponsored “anti-jihad training” by John Guandolo, tossed his badge at the stage and resigned after kept Shafi
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Kolten Parker Jan 10
What a cool caucus y’all are assembling
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EricaGrieder Jan 10
Also, lest we forget: A year ago this month voted to censure outgoing House Speaker Joe Straus, after at least one of his critics referenced "our Christian values" in his speech urging support for the motion. (Straus is Jewish.)
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Kolten Parker Jan 10
A good thread here on the scene in Tarrant County as the local Republicans are deciding whether to let a Muslim stay in the party.
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Forrest Wilder Jan 10
There are many ways in which Empower Texans is not a media org but here's one of them: What media outlet has *donated huge sums of money* to lawmakers at the Capitol?
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