Tribpedia: Eddie Rodriguez

After governor's cuts, Texas rep. leads fundraising drive for Travis County

Gov. Greg Abbott and Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez.
Gov. Greg Abbott and Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez.

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, announced plans Friday to raise public funds for Travis County after Gov. Greg Abbott canceled criminal justice grants over the county's new "sanctuary" policy. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez endorsed the initiative.

Austin Police Officer Cory Ehrler monitors the entrance to Ridgetop Elementary School after classes start on the Monday following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As the 83rd legislative session approaches, Texas lawmakers are considering making firearms more available to teachers and other school personnel.
Austin Police Officer Cory Ehrler monitors the entrance to Ridgetop Elementary School after classes start on the Monday following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As the 83rd legislative session approaches, Texas lawmakers are considering making firearms more available to teachers and other school personnel.

Bill Calls for Emergency Alarms at Texas Schools

Legislation filed by state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, would require Texas school districts to equip their campuses with electronic emergency alarms that could contact the police directly in the event of a school emergency. 

Co-director of the Metropolitan Organization Kevin Collins standing in Immaculate Conception Church where he serves as a priest.
Co-director of the Metropolitan Organization Kevin Collins standing in Immaculate Conception Church where he serves as a priest.

Cities Make Wage-Theft Prosecution a Priority

With a new state law designed to protect workers from wage theft now in effect, organizations and lawmakers in at least three Texas cities are facing a new challenge: how to ensure that prosecuting it is a priority.

The Way Forward

Six weeks after the drubbing their party took at the hands of voters, surviving Texas House Democrats find themselves at a crossroads — on style and substance, politics and policy. With massive budget cuts looming, will they effectively sit out the session and force Republicans in the majority to have all the blood on their hands? Will they participate just enough to soften the blow in the areas they care about the most: education and health care? Can they hold together a solid 51-vote bloc on key legislation? Where exactly should they go from here? And who will lead them?

Jim Hightower viewing his archives at the Wittliff Collections.
Jim Hightower viewing his archives at the Wittliff Collections.

The Last Populist

Like his hero Little Richard, Jim Hightower knew how to scream and piss off the establishment. As a tour of his archives led by the man himself reveals, his is the story of a Texas-style progressive movement that peaked before the young Texans of today can even remember.