EDITOR’S NOTE: U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from El Paso, hopes to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz in March. The Monitor does not endorse candidates, but O’Rourke asked for a sit down with our Editorial Board when he was in the Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday, a day after he challen…

As congressman of the 15th District of Texas, it is my responsibility to listen and engage with South Texans. On Sept. 18, Juan Del Bosque, of Donna, sent a letter to The Monitor asking a series of questions. I would like to take this opportunity to answer his questions and assure him, and a…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, met with the editorial board of The Monitor on March 24 to discuss priorities of the 85th Legislature, including funding for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His comments were made before the Senate passed a budget last week,…

Editor’s note: A story that ran last Sunday, “Culture of fear: UTRGV Faculty Senate report raises leadership concerns,” inadvertently omitted written responses by Faculty Senate President Bobbette Morgan to Monitor questions. The responses are presented below:

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the controversial case brought by Texas and 25 other states against President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive orders calling for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful…

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On Aug. 27, Monitor Editor Carlos Sanchez sat down for an hour-long interview with Guy Bailey, founding president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley during a Newsmaker Breakfast Series at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Here are excerpts from their chat:

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Oct. 1, Opinion Editor Sandra Sanchez interviewed via phone Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services in the United States Department of Agriculture, to discuss healthy lifestyle improvements within the Rio Grande Valley, especially changes t…

EDITOR’S NOTE: In his first trip since being sworn in as governor last week, Greg Abbott traveled to the Rio Grande Valley on Thursday to attend the announcement of a $2.8 million grant by United Health Foundation to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine to better help…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Bishop Daniel Flores spoke with The Monitor following an interfaith prayer vigil on Sept. 30 at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine­. The bishop took part in the vigil along with leaders from Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran and Jewish congregations to p…

EDITOR’S NOTE: U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo was the only Democrat to vote for controversial immigration reform legislation earlier this year following a surge of undocumented immigrants into South Texas. He explains during a Sept. 26 meeting with The Monitor’s editorial board as excerpt…

EDITOR’S NOTE: U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo was the only Democrat to vote for controversial immigration reform legislation earlier this year following a surge of undocumented immigrants into South Texas. He explains during a Sept. 26 meeting with The Monitor’s editorial board as excerpt…

EDITOR’S NOTE: State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, was interviewed by Monitor Editor Carlos Sanchez during our Newsmaker Breakfast Series Event on Aug. 7 at the McAllen Convention Center before about 150 people. Davis, from Fort Worth, is running against Republica…

EDITOR’S NOTE: State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate for Texas lieutenant governor, was a guest of our Newsmaker’s Breakfast Series on July 15 at the McAllen Convention Center. She was interviewed by Monitor Editor Carlos Sanchez for an hour and discussed the immigration …

Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which on June 11 heard testimony from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on the overwhelming influx of undocumented minors who are illegally crossing the Southwest border, many through Sout…

Greg Abbott is Texas’ attorney general and the Republican nominee for governor. He is a former justice on the Texas Supreme Court from Wichita Falls and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Abbott was interviewed on Thursday by Monitor Editor Carlos Sanchez for an hour during …

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro was our featured guest in the Newsmaker Breakfast Series on Thursday, an event partnered by The Monitor and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by IBC Bank. Rep. Castro was interviewed by Monitor Editor Carlos Sanchez at the chamber. Here are excerpts from …

Monitor Editor Carlos Sanchez on Jan. 31 interviewed Former Ambassador Tony Garza in the third of our Newsmaker Breakfast Series events held at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. This former Cameron County judge is a well-known lawyer who served as Texas Secretary of State and chairman of the …

The Monitor’s editorial board last week sat down with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance CEO Israel Rocha and Alonzo Cantu, who is on the hospital’s board of managers, to discuss plans this doctor’s-managed health care facility has for our region. Below are excerpts from our hour-long conversation:

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