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Archive for January 2009

Ben Wright: NPT Capitol: Speaker Moody

A sign of things to come…?
Moody described it is both an “honor” and “nerve racking.”

No wonder. More senior members of the House decided to have a little fun with Moody, demanding he bring down the gavel in a less girly way. Here’s a clip:

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January 28, 2009 at 5:19 pm

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Ben Wright: NPT Capitol: George Washington


George Washington made an appearance today at the Capitol

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January 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm

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NPT: Social Byrd

A note from the office of city Rep. Susie Byrd:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Rep. Susie Byrd is pleased to announce the new schedule of community meetings for 2009 through the month of May. The meetings will be held every first Thursday and third Saturday of the month, and each meeting will feature a guest speaker to give constituents insight and information on what is happening throughout the Sun City.

Between now and May, constituents will have the opportunity to hear from several community leaders. Mayor John Cook, City Manager Joyce Wilson, PSB Vice President of Marketing Cristina Montoya, Environmental Services Director Ellen Smyth, County Commissioner Veronica Escobar, and County Sheriff Richard Wiles are all scheduled to speak at upcoming meetings. To view the meeting schedule and to see who will speak at which meeting, please go to Susie’s blog, Notes From District 2, and please print out the attached meeting schedule for easy reference

The location of the Thursday morning meetings has changed, and they will now be held at Tierra del Sol Restaurant, 4201 Alabama, at 7:30 a.m. This move was done to make the meetings more accessible to a wider range of District 2 constituents. The Saturday morning meetings will continue to be held at the Memorial Park Library, 3200 Copper, at 10:00 a.m.

Be sure to include the District 2 community meetings in your calendars as we hope to reach out to and hear back from as many residents as we can so that we can continue to make District 2 one of the best places to live and work in El Paso.

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January 28, 2009 at 12:18 am

NPT: State Rep. newcomers learning the media game fast

Couple of news releases from the offices of newly elected El Paso state Reps. Joe Moody and Marisa Marquez, respectively. (Moody, by the way, gave a different comment to NPT Austin reporter Ben Wright immediately following the speech. Guess he needed to think on it a bit.) Keep ’em coming, newbies!

Moody on Perry
Representative Joe Moody Responds to Governor Perry’s State of the State Address
State of the State good, but should be better

Austin – Today Representative Joe Moody responded to Governor Perry’s State of the State address:

“Governor Perry is right, Texas is strong. But we should be stronger. The last few legislative cycles have been divisive and that has prevented us from getting some very important things done for Texas citizens.

What I didn’t hear from the Governor’s speech was solutions. During his time as Governor and with a House chamber that was more about politics than policy, good programs have been ignored or worse, whittled down with budget cuts.

Now that we have new leadership in the House and a positive bipartisan start to this session. Its time to put the focus back on providing health insurance for our children, improving education from kindergarten to college, and making a real investment in clean, renewable energy sources.”

Marquez tours valley
Rep. Marquez Tours the Valley with Lawmakers
Enjoys Opportunity to Get to Know Her Colleagues

AUSTIN, TX—State Representative Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso) joined House colleagues this weekend on an informative trip to the Rio Grande Valley. The trip to Harlingen, Brownsville, and San Benito, gave lawmakers the chance to study key facilities in the area including Cameron Park, Idea Academy, and the Veterans’ Health Center.

“In all the communities I see along the Rio Grande, there is a common theme: tremendous growth and opportunity, but educational resources lagging behind,” said Rep. Marquez. “I am heartened by Lt. Governor Dewhurst’s recognition that schools like UTEP should become Tier 1 institutions to close that gap. What I have seen here in the Valley only makes it more evident.”

In addition to the camaraderie, Marquez was interested in discussions regarding health care, commerce, and education. As the representative for central El Paso, Marquez is gearing up for a session that will have important meaning for the district, especially with the strain on state resources. She believes lawmakers have to fight to ensure state services do not suffer amid calls to tighten the belt. The trip to the Valley was an opportunity to view the infrastructure in growing border areas and better understand how they impact El Paso.

At 30, Rep. Marquez is one of the youngest members of the Texas Legislature. She serves District 77 in downtown El Paso.

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January 28, 2009 at 12:06 am

Ben Wright: NPT Capitol coverage: Perry speaks

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January 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm

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January 27, 2009 at 5:58 pm

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Ben Wright: NPT Capitol coverage: Twitter

Click on the picture to follow NPT’s Capitol coverage on

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January 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm

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Ben Wright: NPT State coverage: Bikers

5000 bikers descended on the State Capitol today. Read NPT’s coverage

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January 27, 2009 at 3:43 am

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New on NPT

Learning on a sore butt, by Tim Holt: Once we get kids comfortable, then true learning can begin, because in a battle between the brain and butt, the butt will always win. link

Drug War is not just a metaphor; so how do we stop the shooting? by Sito Negron: You and I know what will happen — sooner or later, someone will win out, and the winner will get back to business. Violence will die down, although the occasional blanket-wrapped or tortured body will be found in the desert, and the occasional girl will disappear, but nobody will hurt enough, care enough or be powerful enough to make much of an issue. The status quo will prevail. The drug economy, legal and illegal, will continue as before. link

Drug-related kidnappings in El Paso hard to pin down but ICE stands by 6, by David Crowder:
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency counts six kidnappings last year while the El Paso Police Department contends there were none at all. link

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January 27, 2009 at 12:55 am

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Ben Wright: NPT State coverage: Laptops

I thought this was an interesting take on what the Texas House looks like without any legislators:


I wonder what was there before the Laptops? Typewriters? Pens and Paper? Colt 45s?

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January 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm

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