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RGV U.S. Representatives Will Boycott Presidential Inauguration

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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (D-McAllen) and Congressman Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) have both released statements today that they will not attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday.

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Ranking RGV School Districts 2015-2016

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Earlier this week TEA released a preliminary A-F Accountability report grading schools for their performance for the 2015-2016 school year. Beginning in 2017, per HB 2804, TEA will issue “A-F” grades for school districts to measure their performance, abandoning their “meets standards-needs improvement” model. Districts are split as to whether this is a good idea or not, but either way, it’s hard to argue that the model DOESN’T give parents an easier snapshot of how well or how poorly their local district is performing.

Here’s how RGV Schools did this previous school year Keep Reading

The Bench Wire Hater’s Guide To The Valley: Mercedes

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The Valley is one of a kind when it comes to diversity. From the racist white people, the country-wannabes, the ghetto Hispanics, the snobby Mexicans from Monterrey and the token black person in between. With all that diversity and culture mixing all over, visiting the Valley might be a little overwhelming. Not to worry, tourist: The Bench Wire is here to help.

We finally figured out where that smell was coming from. Welcome To Mercedes.

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Hidalgo Co. Commissioner AC Cuellar Is Suing The Guy He Lost To

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Naxiely Lopez of the Monitor is reporting that Hidalgo County Commissioner AC Cuellar has filed suit against his opponent David Fuentes claiming Fuentes committed “fundamental campaign finance violations regarding transparency of the political system.” Keep Reading

Austin American Statesman: Progreso Politics Remain Shady As Fuck

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Friday morning, Austin American Statesman’s Elizabeth Findell (a ‘The Monitor’ alum) wrote a piece on election fraud that’s ran rampant in east Hidalgo County (the “mid-Valley” for all of us down here) over the last few years.

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2016 Worst RGV High School Football Teams Week 7

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While we already have PLENTY of rankings of the top teams in the Valley from the Monitor, RGV Sports, (S)TD Dave, etc. the Bench Wire believes that EVERYONE needs their chance in the spotlight…even our comically terrible teams.

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UTRGV Football Is A Really Stupid Idea

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Earlier this year, officials from UTRGV took their first major steps toward finally creating a college football program in the RGV and absolutely nothing about this is a good idea.

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2016 Worst RGV High School Football Teams Week 6

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While we already have PLENTY of rankings of the top teams in the Valley from the Monitor, RGV Sports, (S)TD Dave, etc. the Bench Wire believes that EVERYONE needs their chance in the spotlight…even our comically terrible teams.

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