Former Obama Voter Is a Republican Winner Along the Rio Grande


Representative-elect Mayra Flores (R., Texas).


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“God, Family, Country” might sound like a slogan from a bygone period, however evidently many citizens of all backgrounds nonetheless sort of dig it. Perhaps they really feel that society’s largest establishments are too typically waging struggle in opposition to all three. Like so lots of our nation’s most patriotic residents, the candidate who rode that message to a historic election win on Tuesday was not born right here.

Cayla Harris experiences within the Houston Chronicle:

Republican Mayra Flores gained a particular election Tuesday night time to characterize a Rio Grande Valley congressional district, flipping the longtime Democratic stronghold and shortly making her the primary congresswoman born in Mexico…

Flores celebrated her win at an Election Night watch get together in San Benito. She is the primary GOP candidate elected to characterize this space of the Rio Grande Valley since 1870.

Tuesday’s win will give Flores only a few months in Congress as she completes the rest of U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela’s time period. Vela, a Brownsville Democrat, stepped down from the seat in March to take a job at a lobbying agency, prompting the particular election.

As if the morale of House Democrats wasn’t low sufficient already, one in every of their former colleagues didn’t even wait till the tip of his time period to maneuver downtown. Perhaps he was pondering there could be an excessive amount of competitors from different former Democratic House members if he waited till December to start out in search of work on Okay Street.

As for Tuesday’s winner, loads of media folks are including the asterisk that Rep.-elect Flores should run once more in November for a brand new full time period and, resulting from redistricting, it will likely be a way more Democratic seat.

But this second continues to be historic and continues to be extra proof of the continued motion of Hispanic voters in south Texas and elsewhere towards the GOP. Ms. Flores voted for

Barack Obama

in 2008 earlier than discovering a residence within the Republican Party.

Ms. Harris provides in a separate story printed within the San Antonio Express-News:

Flores, 36, was born in Burgos, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She immigrated to the United States when she was 6 years previous and have become a citizen at 14. She began working at 13, choosing cotton along with her mother and father within the Panhandle city of Memphis, to pay for her personal faculty provides and garments.

Now the mom of 4 younger youngsters and the spouse of a Border Patrol agent, she typically begins her pitch to voters the identical manner: Soy el sueño americano. I’m the American dream.

As such, immigration is a deeply private challenge. She helps heightened border safety, immigration reform and a authorized path to citizenship.

“If we really care about immigrants and children, we wouldn’t want them to cross that dangerous river,” Flores mentioned in March. “We wouldn’t want them to come across dangerous criminal organizations. If you really care about them, we’re going to have to help them come in through the door.”

Here’s hoping that in a lawful course of that door shall be opened extensive to let in loads of individuals trying to dwell the dream like Ms. Flores. Speaking of immigrants to the U.S., Texas resident Elon Musk tweets:

I voted for Mayra Flores – first time I ever voted Republican.

Massive crimson wave in 2022.

“Earning Elon Musk’s vote was just the icing on the cake and I can’t wait to work with his team! The American Dream is worth fighting for,” the winner tweets immediately through her marketing campaign Twitter account.


The President and the Producers
“Biden tells oil refiners: Produce more gas, fewer profits,” is the headline on an Associated Press story immediately. High earnings usually entice competitors. But good luck in search of the mandatory authorities approvals to compete on this market. How lengthy has it been since anybody constructed a big U.S. refinery? The web site of the U.S. Energy Information Administration notes:

The latest refinery within the United States is the

Targa Resources Corp

oration’s 35,000 barrels per calendar day (b/cd) condensate splitter in Channelview, Texas, which started working in 2019…

However, the most recent refinery with vital downstream unit capability is


facility in Garyville, Louisiana. That facility got here on-line in 1977 with an preliminary atmospheric distillation unit capability of 200,000 b/cd, and as of January 1, 2021, it had a capability of 578,000 b/cd.

1977! Over the many years, politicians have ensured that refinery house owners spend closely on environmental measures, and a few pols have gone to nice lengths to boost consciousness of the difficulty.

“Biden takes his protest to Sunoco,” was the 2002 headline on a Wilmington News Journal story a couple of senator from Delaware who stood on the sidewalk exterior a Pennsylvania refinery and demanded pollution-control upgrades.


James Freeman is the co-author of “The Cost: Trump, China and American Revival.”


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