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Anchia Makes an Overture
Amended version of bill would require both extra ID and substantial voter education and outreach
DAILY News  May 24, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Newsdesk has learned that Dallas Rep. Rafael Anchia on Friday filed an amendment to SB 362, the voter ID bill, that could basically be described as a counter-offer..."

Anchia: Fraser's Voter ID Bill Is Dead
Democrats' point man thinks even some Republicans can't go for it
DAILY News  March 13, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...I just spoke to Rep. Rafael Anchia of Dallas, the Democrats’ point man on voter ID bills, and thinks that Sen..."

Quote of the Week
Dallas state rep Rafael Anchia has been an outspoken voice against SB 4
News Column  April 27, 2017
"...– Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, to House lawmakers who support Senate Bill 4..."

Dirty Tricks in Voter ID Debate?
Anchia suspicious of voter impersonation allegations
DAILY News  March 9, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, on Thursday requested – and was granted – an investigation by the General Investigating and Ethics Committee “into dubious allegations of voter fraud in Hidalgo County during the May and November elections of 2008.”..."

Fighting Voter ID Laws
Activists and lawmakers give tips on how to stop "voter suppression" laws
DAILY News  June 7, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...That was one of the closing remarks of Rep. Rafael Anchia of Dallas at a panel on fighting against Voter ID laws this morning at the Texas Democratic Party Convention here in Austin this morning..."

Verify This
High school voter registration takes torturous route to passage
DAILY News  May 12, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...So imagine the surprise and annoyance of many reps when HB1654 by Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, got not one, but two verification votes..."

Bipartisanship in the Budget
Isett, Anchia show that budget agreement don't just mean concessions
DAILY News  April 20, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...During the debate, Reps. Carl Isett, R-Lubbock, and Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, were searching for House Democratic Caucus Leader Jim Dunnam: An amendment was in trouble, and they wanted to make sure it didn't get forgotten...."

Lege Lines: Derailing Bipartisan Progress?
Political pandering in the face of actual action
News Story  March 9, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...In the most impassioned speech held on the House floor this session, Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, slammed Keough's amendment, calling it "completely offensive" and flat-out "racist," and suggesting it "conflates children who are in desperate need with lawbreakers." It's unfair to further punish abused and neglected children born into families they didn't choose, noted Anchia, as well as other lawmakers who took the podium...."

Sessions: From Vodka to Voter ID
Dems rally to fight voter ID law
News Story  June 13, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...That was among the closing remarks by Rep. Rafael Anchia of Dallas at a panel on fighting against voter ID laws Saturday morning at the Texas Democratic Party Convention here in Austin..."

Lege Lines: Straus vs. the Extremists
Railroad Commission spat highlights the divide between right-wingers and House leadership
News Story  April 6, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...On the other hand, Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, proposed an amendment to HB 1818 that would penalize company CEOs who contract with the Railroad Commission if they commit perjury about hiring undocumented immigrants..."

Lege Lines: Don’t Blame the Death Worm
The Texas House wants to kill off "film incentives"
News Story  April 13, 2017, by Richard Whittaker and the News Staff
"...Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, classified the move as contrary to "pro-life" values, as the swapped-out TCEQ funds were earmarked for improving air quality..."

Lege Lines: Stretching Toward a Sunset
Don't praise the Senate GOP for working quickly to pass what's needed
News Column  July 20, 2017, by Mary Tuma and Richard Whittaker
"...Which raises the question: How does it feel for MALC Chair Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, to be able to call the Republicans anti-business? "Delicious," he said, while warning that it showed how far the GOP's right is prepared to indulge bigots come primary season..."

Lege Lines: Resistance in the “Sanctuary”
Assessing the fallout after SB 4’s passage
News Story  May 4, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"..."If you've succeeded in one thing, you've succeeded in terrifying a whole community," said Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus..."

Lege Targets the Undocumented
Lawmakers would restrict access to work, education, etc.
News Story  February 5, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"...Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, worries that much of the current legislation could undermine his championing of the Defer­red Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a temporary protection from deportation which also provides access to work permits..."

Legeland Update
Sunset shuffles, forensic fights, defections and campaign filings
DAILY News  November 12, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Out go Dan Flynn, R-Van, Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, and Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, as their four-year terms expire. In come new vice-chair Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, and Rafael Anchia, D-San Antonio..."

Marathon House Debate Yields “Show Me Your Papers” Sanctuary Cities Bill
Amendment lets cops question detainees' immigration status
DAILY News  April 27, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...In any normal world, we would all vote for this,” said Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, of the amendment excluding domestic violence shelters..."

Post-Game Quotes
Supporters of both candidates provide some spin.
DAILY News  February 21, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...State Rep. Rafael Anchia of Dallas, chair of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and an Obama supporter: "We're working really hard to connect him to the Latino community..."

An Acceptable Form of Voter ID
Democrat Anchia shifts strategy on hot-button issue
DAILY News  January 14, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...A voter ID law would seem to be a fait accompli, and an opening-day conversation with the Democrats’ point man on the issue seemed to confirm it – Dallas Rep. Rafael Anchia spoke not in terms of killing Voter ID, but coming with the fairest possible bill...."

Abbott Against the Environment
The governor vetoed $127 million out of the state's budget Monday, mostly for environmental initiatives
News Story  June 15, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Earlier in the session, Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, had written that "budgets are moral documents." Abbott's cuts to Texas' spending show where his priorities lie:..."

Lege Lines: Ignoring the Dawnna Dukes Problem
County Democratic Party Chair Vincent Harding doesn't want to talk about the beleaguered rep
News Story  June 8, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...The numbers don't lie: Aside from missing most of the session's days spent on the House floor, Dukes also skipped 10 of the 14 Appropriations hearings, and 10 of 13 hearings for the subcommittee on Article II of the budget. She made one of eight meetings for the House Committee on International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs: on May 4, when Chair Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, convened for two full minutes..."

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