Kino Flores

Kino’s valedictory

Sep 15, 2009 By Paul Burka

From the press release: Rep. Ismael “Kino” Flores, D-Palmview, whose legislative seniority and expertise have allowed him to successfully champion issues that are crucial to South Texans – including securing more than $1 billion for public education, transportation, and health programs for the Valley – on Tuesday, September 15, announced…

Kino’s Konundrum

Jul 21, 2009 By Paul Burka

The defense for Kino Flores, who was indicted by a Travis County grand jury on charges relating to the failure to report his sources of income as is required by state ethics laws, was laid out by his lead attorney, Roy Minton, in an exclusive interview with the…

Flores fires back

Jun 5, 2009 By Paul Burka

Kino Flores was on Texas Monthly's list of the Ten Worst legislators that was released today. Since he chose to issue a response, I felt that he was entitled to have his concerns appear in this space. We have had our say about why he is on the Ten Worst list, and he's entitled to his say. It would not be appropriate for me to elaborate further on what appears in the story. I will make other remarks following his. Texas Monthly, which on Friday, June 5, released its list of the best and worst state lawmakers, has again portrayed Hispanic and border lawmakers in a negative fashion, said Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview. "As has happened in previous years, South Texas fared poorly," the Rio Grande Guardian, an award-winning internet political newspaper which focuses on the Texas border, noted in its coverage of the Texas Monthly story, which was posted on the magazine's online edition. "Not one border or Hispanic legislator made the Ten Best," The Rio Grande Guardian observed. In the final days of the legislative session, which ended on June 1, Flores successfully championed two major issues of statewide impact: he received approval for a bill that will provide up to 100 percent property tax break for tens of thousands of U.S. military veterans who are disabled as a result of their service to the country, and he passed a bill that will require the state government to work with the U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration to build a VA Hospital in the Valley and in other portions of the state. Also, Flores played a crucial role, along with other border and Hispanic lawmakers, in passing legislation in late May that will place the Tejano Monument – a planned bronze monument that will honor the past and future contributions of Texans of Mexican American descent – on the historic south lawn of the Texas Capitol. The Valley legislative delegation also excelled in securing passage of a bill – its number one priority – that will lead to the creation of a $100+ million University of Texas Health Science Center in deep South Texas that will include a major medical school. The list of accomplishments for border, Valley, and South Texas legislators just this session alone "could fill the pages of Texas Monthly," said Flores, the only Valley representative on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which helped write the state's $182.3 billion budget. He said the article is just the opinions of a few writers, with little understanding of the complicated legislative rules that govern the passage of laws, and even less time to review the actions of 181 state lawmakers. "Readers should take the magazine's story with a grain of salt, particularly when considering Texas Monthly's documented history of ignoring South Texas," he added. "There is only one minority lawmaker on their Top 10 list, even though minorities represent more than 50 percent of our state's population."

All not quiet on the Western Front

May 24, 2009 By Paul Burka

A mostly mind-numbing day during which Democrats slow-played the local calendar by asking questions for just short of ten minutes on every bill ended with Republicans and Democrats defending their parliamentary maneuvers as being consistent with the rules of the House. Republican caucus chairman Taylor produced a lengthy list of…

Cabin fever

Dec 17, 2008 By Paul Burka

The story about Kino Flores’s cabin in today’s American-Statesman brings back some memories of the time when I worked as an attorney in Senator Babe Schwartz’s office. During the interim before the 1973 session, Babe held hearings about environmental issues along the coast. Jack Giberson, the longtime chief…

Son may seek post if Kino Flores resigns

Nov 13, 2008 By Paul Burka

So says South Texas Scandal, a blog that describes its mission as follows: With a notorious past of political corruption, South Texas has made a lot of progress in recent years to clean up its act. But there remain some Patrones who continue to cling to the old…