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Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (born September 26, 1972) is an American businessman and politician of the Democratic Party who represented Texas’s 16th congressional district for three terms in the United States House of Representatives.

A native of El Paso, Texas, O’Rourke served on the El Paso City Council from 2005 to 2011. O’Rourke was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 after defeating incumbent Silvestre Reyes in a Democratic primary. Instead of seeking re-election in 2018, he ran for U.S. Senate and was narrowly defeated by Republican incumbent Senator Ted Cruz.

    Three areas that I will make a top priority if elected to Congress:
  1. Increase access to preschool education. Decades of research has shown that students who attend preschool earn significantly higher income, attain high levels of education, and commit fewer criminal acts than their peers. We must create a pathway for all children to begin school ready to succeed.
  2. Revise the No Child Left Behind Act. The current NCLB Act warps the priorities of public schools by emphasizing only the content on multiple choice math and reading tests.
  3. Incentivize math & science teachers. The country's future growth is reliant on jobs that require a mastery of math and science. Yet, schools face a chronic shortage of qualified math and science teachers. I propose that we increase the pool of talented and qualified teachers by providing scholarships for best and brightest students who commit to becoming math and science teachers in the public schools for five years after graduating.

Staff Comment: Beto O' Rourke is inline with what is important with the black and brown community.

Source: 2012 House campaign website, betoforcongress.com, "Issues" , Nov 6, 2012

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Beto O’Rourke brought black churchgoers to their feet when he discussed Botham Jean, a black man who was killed by a white police officer in his own home. “How can we continue to lose the lives of unarmed black men in the United States of America at the hands of white police officers?” O’Rourke asked. “That is not justice. That is not us. That can—and must—change.”

“That injustice, to many more people here than I know firsthand, continues to persist today. That system of suspecting somebody, solely based on the color of their skin searching that person solely based on the color of their skin. Stopping that person solely based on the color of their skin. Shooting someone solely based on the color of their skin. Throwing the book at that person and letting them rot behind bars solely based on the color of their skin. It is why some have called this — I think it’s an apt description— the new Jim Crow."

In 2017, O’Rourke voted for a bill that would let prosecutors apply the death penalty for defendants who murder law enforcement officers—a controversial measure that was often seen as the Republican response to police brutality protests. The Thin Blue Line Act

Staff Comment:  Beto O'Rourke has voted to support for Police officers not receiving sever penalties for excessive and lethal force. He has spoken out against police violence. Actions speak louder than words

Source:  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/fact-check-ted-cruz-claims-beto-o-rourke-called-police-n912136

 https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/01/heres-why-beto-orourke-voted-for-an-anti-black-lives-matter-bill/

https://www.tpr.org/post/beto-orourke-talking-about-racial-injustice-black-voters-are-listening

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Mr. O’Rourke emphasized criminal justice in his 2018 campaign, focusing in particular on racial and economic inequities. In an op-ed in The Houston Chronicle, he described his own criminal record — he was arrested once for attempted forcible entry and once for drunken driving when he was in his 20s; both charges were dismissed — and argued that his success since then had been possible because of his race and economic status.

“The chance that I had, and which I have made the most of, is denied to too many of our fellow Texans, particularly those who don’t look like me or have access to the same opportunities that I did,” he wrote.

He called for closing private and for-profit prisons, decriminalizing marijuana and expunging the records of people previously convicted of possessing it, eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent crimes, and reforming the bail system so people charged with misdemeanors would not be incarcerated because of their inability to pay.

He also emphasized rehabilitation for offenders released from prison, including the restoration of voting rights. Currently, those rights vary drastically by state.

Staff Comment: Beto O'Rourke's views are in line with that of Black and Brown voters.

Source:  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/us/politics/beto-on-the-issues.html

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SAN ANTONIO (2018) - Russian trolls have attempted to influence the Senate race between incumbent Senator Ted Cruz and his opponent, U.S. Representative Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, using fake Twitter accounts.

According to Politico, which confirmed its findings with digital experts, a “sustained and ongoing” disinformation campaign has begun in earnest, targeting top Democrats including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Beto O’Rourke.

Staff Comment:  We have not found any comments from Beto O'Rourke that acknowledges Digital Voter Suppression

Source:  https://news4sanantonio.com/news/trouble-shooters/russian-hackers-target-beto-cruz-and-manu-ginobili

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/02/is-russia-already-meddling-in-2020-election

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