No Peña, No Gain

Is Aaron Peña’s defection to the Republican party a sign of a larger trend—or simply another odd move by the quixotic lawmaker?
No Peña, No Gain
CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN? Peña at his announcement with the Republican leadership.
Photograph by Bob Daemmrich

Texas House District 40, which is anchored by the Rio Grande Valley town of Edinburg, encompasses one of the poorest areas in the state, with 42 percent of its residents living below the poverty line. The population is 94.9 percent Hispanic. More than half of its adults never graduated from high school. Not surprising to anyone who follows Texas politics, the district is also solidly blue. It

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