While working on a story about the Hispanic vote for this week`s paper, I put in a call to Joaquin Castro, a Texas state representative who`s now running for Congress. His campaign catchphrase is that he wants to build out "the infrastructure of opportunity". As political messaging goes, this is easily my favourite slogan of the cycle. FULL STORY

"The good news for the Democrats is this is the best it`s ever going to get for Republicans. We`re only going to get stronger from here," Julian said. Joaquin says the seemingly-divided Republican Party could end up helping Democrats in the end. "The Texas Republican Party is moving so far to the right that so many people feel like the Republican Party is leaving them behind, and we certainly intend to capitalize on that," he said. FULL STORY

Texas Democrats put their brightest stars on display at their convention Friday as they try to rebrand the party as pro-family and pro-education while ridiculing the growing influence of the tea party movement among Republicans. State Rep. Joaquin Castro, who faces no significant challenge to represent San Antonio in Congress next year, is scheduled to introduce his twin brother, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, as the keynote speaker. The 37-year-olds said Democrats must take advantage of the GOP’s brutal internal battles.

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His twin brother, Joaquin Castro, a state representative and congressional candidate who faces no GOP challenger in November, told reporters that Republicans are flirting with failure by cutting spending on education, health care, roads and other essential services. "There is no more moderate Republican Party. It`s a choice between very conservative folks and radical folks," he said.

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In a conversation that largely centered on what he calls his core values, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett also had high praise for San Antonio’s Castro Brothers. “Joaquin brings a fresh approach to the Congress. A great deal of energy. He’ll be a great partner on behalf of Bexar County, and I think I can be of some assistance to him,” said Doggett.

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Castro, poised and polished and with degrees from Stanford and Harvard Law, is a state legislator who is a slam dunk to win an open House seat in Texas. The 37-year-old identical twin brother of the mayor of San Antonio, he could become a major player in Texas and even in national politics.

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Having received state and national attention as a political rising star in the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, Texas Monthly, Latina magazine and numerous other publications, Castro’s political career is growing beyond Texas soil. But his loyalty, business acumen and heart belong to Texas first and foremost. The political future for Castro seems endless.

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