Beto O’Rourke talks evolution on guns

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke says he came to support a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons after speaking to mass shooting survivors in El Paso. (Oct. 2)

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O’Rourke in Twitter ‘threat’ row with Texas rep.

A Texas state representative was criticized for tweeting he had an assault weapon ready for Democratic president candidate Beto O’Rourke. (Sept. 13)

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O’Rourke visits towns targeted in ICE raids

Democrat Beto O’Rourke has become the first presidential candidate to visit Mississippi towns where federal immigration agents raided chicken plants and arrested nearly 700 people. (Aug. 16)

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Beto O’Rourke attends vigil for El Paso student

A high school in El Paso, Texas held a vigil on Monday night for Javier Amir Rodriguez, a 15-year-old student who was killed in the mass shooting at a Walmart store on Saturday. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke spoke at the vigil. (Aug. 6)

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O’Rourke critical of Trump in wake of shooting

Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke, who was an El Paso congressman for six years, says President Donald Trump’s rhetoric played a role in the massacre that jolted the Texas border city. (Aug. 5)

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How Democrats Can Take Back Michigan in 2020

Both nights of the Democratic debates in Detroit posed a fundamental question for the Democratic Party: How far left is too far left to beat President Trump? That’s especially relevant in the upper Midwest, where Trump managed to flip Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan in 2016.

Congressman Dan Kildee understands how to win in a red state. The Democrat represents nearby Flint, Michigan — a Democratic stronghold that Trump chipped away at in 2016, winning 42.59% of the vote versus Mitt Romney’s 35.24% in Genesee County. The water crisis made national news and hit residents of all races. In the past few months, the town has become a must-stop for presidential candidates like Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, Sen. Cory Booker, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who have all made visits in just the past few weeks.

Kildee came to Detroit to hear which of them has a plan that might galvanize voters in Flint and across Michigan. He told VICE News ahead of the Wednesday evening debate that candidates need to speak directly to voters’ anxieties.

“I think there’s a misperception about what’s happening in the economy. You know, we hear all this stuff about the economy is great, unemployment’s low, the Dow is at whatever. People are still afraid. They’re nervous about the job they might have now, but they don’t think they make enough money to support their families,” he said.

Kildee bluntly assessed that Michiganders “can see through bullshit really easily.”
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Democratic presidential candidates visit controversial migrant children detention facility | AFP

US Democratic presidential candidates meet with activists outside a migrant children detention center in Homestead, Florida, to raise awareness about the situation of minors held in those facilities. “I think that when Americans learn this, it’ll shock the conscience of the country,” says Beto O’Rourke.

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Beto O’Rourke visits Gullah Geechee Nation in SC

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke met held a roundtable discussion in Beaufort, South Carolina with members of the Gullah Geechee Nation. (June 14)

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2020 Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke runs with LGBTQ community in NYC | AFP

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke runs with members and friends of the LGBTQ community in New York. He used the opportunity to talk about his Equality Plan to condemn violence and injustice against the LGBTQ community. As New York prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, he also paid tribute to “the heroic struggle” made by the city on behalf of the entire country.

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Artist creates 2-acre image of Beto O’Rourke

An artist and Beto O’Rourke fan took his support for the Texas Democratic presidential candidate to a new level in creating a piece of artwork of O’Rourke’s face in an Austin, Texas field. (March 19)

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Beto O’Rourke speaks at Penn State

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rouke made a campaign speech Tuesday before a crowd of Penn State University students, promising a grassroots campaign and taking tough questions from the audience. (March 19)

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O’Rourke visits Michigan a year before primary

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke campaigns in Michigan a year before the state’s primary. (March 18)

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What Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 Bid Means For The Democratic Primary (HBO)

Beto O’Rourke, the U.S. congressman who gave Ted Cruz a surprising challenge in the Texas Senate race, has backtracked on his pledge not to run for president.

“I haven’t made any decisions about anything,” O’Rourke told TMZ on Tuesday.

In November — on the very day before the midterm election he narrowly lost to Cruz — O’Rourke said he would not be a candidate for the 2020 presidential election.

“I will not be a candidate for president in 2020,” O’Rourke told MSNBC. “That’s, I think, as definitive as those sentences get.”

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Here’s the latest for Thursday, March 14th: US Senate rejects Trump’s national emergency; Former Texas Congressman, Beto O’Rourke, announces his 2020 bid for the White House; UK Parliament votes to ask EU to delay Brexit; A scientific mission retrieves underwater drone from depths of Indian Ocean.

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O’Rourke begins 2020 bid at Iowa coffee shop

Democrat Beto O’Rourke jumped into the 2020 presidential race Thursday, shaking up the already packed field and pledging to win over voters from across the political spectrum as he tries to translate his sudden celebrity into a White House bid. (March 14)

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Trump calls out Beto, praises Boeing in Oval

President Donald Trump welcomed Beto O’Rourke to the Democratic primary Thursday by going after his hand movements. “Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?” Trump asked in the Oval Office. (March 14)

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Beto O’Rourke joins 2020 presidential race

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke formally announced Thursday that he’ll seek the Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of intense speculation over whether he’d try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid. (March 14)

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Beto O’Rourke announces 2020 White House bid

Beto O’Rourke has officially joined the 2020 presidential race. The former Congressman from Texas made the official announcement on Thursday morning. (March 14)

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Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke leads rally against wall

Former Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, a potential Trump rival in 2020, held a rally in El Paso, Texas at the same time as President Trump to argue against building a border wall. (Feb. 12)

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Trump slams O’Rourke at El Paso Rally

President Donald Trump is boasting about the size of the crowd attending his rally in El Paso, Texas, versus that for former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke. (Feb. 11)

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Beto O’Rourke shares stage with Oprah

Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke broke months of near-silence about his political future on Tuesday during a taping of a show with Oprah Winfree in New York. (Feb. 5)

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Houston Elected 19 Black Women And At Least One Socialist Judge (HBO)

HOUSTON, Texas — The Democrats’ blue wave didn’t quite capture the great state of Texas. Beto O’Rourke lost a close race to Ted Cruz. Greg Abbott easily defeated a challenger for a second term as governor.

But further down the ballot, especially in the big cities, blue was the only color.

Nowhere was that more true than in Houston, where a combination of Beto-fever and Texas’s straight-ticket-voting option, meant that every single Republican judge on the Harris County bench lost their seats to Democrats — 59 new judges, all told, including more than a dozen black women, and at least one democratic socialist.​.

The wipeout could mean a wholesale transformation of the judiciary in Houston, a city with one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation, a crisis over bail reform for indigent defendants, and a historic penchant for the death penalty.

“For 19 black women and a socialist to be elected judge in Houston, which is the epicenter of mass incarceration, is not a small deal,” said Jay Jenkins, an attorney with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. “The possibility that we could fix some of the issues that the sitting judges have just proved unwilling or unable to fix is on the horizon.”

But a clean slate election also meant some tough losses. Marc Carter has been a criminal court judge in Houston for 15 years, and one of the court’s most highly regarded jurists — from attorneys on both sides of the aisle. In 2009, he helped set up Texas’s first veterans court, which funnels veterans into treatment programs rather than jail for certain infractions.

He lost to a candidate who never set up a campaign website.

“I’m not going to pretend like I didn’t know what the rules are,” Carter told VICE News “The way you become a judge in Texas isn’t based on merit. It’s simply based on what party you’re affiliated with. And that’s it.”

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