Corrie MacLaggan, Texas Tribune http://kut.org en Texas House Race Draws Focus to Vietnamese Voters http://kut.org/post/texas-house-race-draws-focus-vietnamese-voters <p class="byline" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35; font-size: 15px;">A Democratic state representative who is the only Vietnamese-American ever elected to the Texas Legislature has drawn two Vietnamese-American Republican challengers. The contest underscores the diversity of the Houston district in a state where Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing race or ethnic group.</span></p><p class="body" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Nghi Ho and Al Hoang, the Republicans who are vying to unseat Rep.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/hubert-vo/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/hubert-vo/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); text-decoration: none;">Hubert Vo</a>, are talking about the usual issues, like abortion. They are also talking about some unlikely topics, like the Communist government in Vietnam, the birthplace of all three candidates running in the southwest Harris County district, which includes most of Alief.</p><p class="body" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">“It shows that a place like Alief has come a long way from what it was when it was first established as a fairly Anglo suburb of Houston,” said Mustafa Tameez, a political consultant for Vo’s first race. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:48:34 +0000 Corrie MacLaggan, Texas Tribune 9515 at http://kut.org Texas House Race Draws Focus to Vietnamese Voters Majority of Texas Fast-Food Workers on Public Assistance http://kut.org/post/majority-texas-fast-food-workers-public-assistance <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Fifty-nine percent of front-line fast-food workers in Texas rely on public assistance programs such as food stamps and Medicaid to support their families, according to a report released on Tuesday.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Nationally, more than half &ndash; 52 percent &ndash; of the families of front-line fast-food workers use at least one public assistance program, compared with a quarter of the total workforce, according to the report. The research was sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Urban &amp; Regional Planning.</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:09:41 +0000 Corrie MacLaggan, Texas Tribune 8941 at http://kut.org Majority of Texas Fast-Food Workers on Public Assistance Texas Fast-Food Workers to Join Nationwide Strike http://kut.org/post/texas-fast-food-workers-join-nationwide-strike <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><span style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Jose Avila thought he could save money to pay off college loans by moving into his mother’s one-bedroom Houston apartment and working at a Subway restaurant. But he says he’s barely making ends meet on his $7.75-an-hour wage, and he considers taking the bus to work such an extravagance that he walks an hour and a half each way, unless it’s raining.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Avila, 22, says he plans to join fast-food workers in dozens of cities across the country on Thursday in a pre-Labor Day strike to call for $15-an-hour wages. Workers in Houston, Dallas and Austin plan to participate, organizers say.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:35:00 +0000 Corrie MacLaggan, Texas Tribune 8554 at http://kut.org Texas Fast-Food Workers to Join Nationwide Strike