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Archive for February 13th, 2009

NPT: Moving dirt for the Children’s Hospital

From El Paso County Commissioner Veronica Escobar:

veroescobar wanted to remind you that tomorrow is the groundbreaking for the Children’s Hospital on the Thomason campus at 11:00. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made the Children’s Hospital a reality.

It could not have happened were it not for the “keepers of the vision,” folks like Dr. Carlos Gutierrez, Sam Legate, Anne Semmer Grieshop, and others.

At Thomason, it couldn’t have been a reality without the Board of Managers who pushed the initiative. I am so grateful to them and our CEO Jim Valenti for taking the vision and making it happen. And on the campaign side, my thanks to Dennice Knight who was relentless when it came to presenting the idea to every pocket of El Paso; without her commitment, the public would not have known all the details of the plan. Thanks also to our great campaign coordinator, Audrey Marrufo, who was there every step of the way for the campaign, always with a smile and a positive message.

Thank you also to the organizations that passed resolutions in support of the effort, the thousands of volunteers who knocked on doors, phoned voters, stood at corners on election day and participated in winning the election.

And finally, thanks to the voters of El Paso who said “yes” to the greatest gift we could give our children.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new era for us, and El Paso deserves it!

Thank you to everyone who made tomorrow possible. It couldn’t have become a reality without you. See you there!


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February 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm

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NPT Capitol: Reps react to appointments

El Paso state Reps Marisa Marquez, Joe Moody and Norma Chavez have all sent out press releases regarding their committee assignments.

chavezChavez’ release said, “Speaker Joe Straus re-appointed Representative Norma Chávez to powerful and influential committees: House Committee on Appropriations, and Committee on Calendars. She will also serve on the Committee on Defense and Veteran Affairs. Her appointments, along with her seniority and hard work, will be key in accomplishing El Paso’s legislative goals.” (Read more here)—

marquezMarquez said, “I know that these are committees that will allow me to serve my district better…I am looking forward to working on local issue and serving as a conduit to state government for El Pasoans in County Affairs. I will also have the opportunity to work on issues affecting people across the state with a seat on Corrections.” (Read more here)—

moodyMoody said, “I thank Speaker Straus for having the confidence in me to work with him on the important issues facing Texas. These committees allow me to serve the people of El Paso in an important way and I appreciate that he allowed me to do that.” (Read more here)

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February 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm

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NPT Capitol: Margarita Madness, that’s how El Paso rolls

Ok, seriously, El Paso Days in Austin is THE major effort for public officials and assorted movers and shakers to put El Paso’s priorities in front of key lawmakers and bureaucrats in Austin. This year’s event is Tuesday and Wednesday, and is packed with daily meetings with El Paso’s legislators, the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house, and so on. The two days of events is expected to be so highly attended that the El Paso City Council is meeting Monday instead of Tuesday this week, so they all can go — they’ve even been briefed on how to behave so they do not run afoul of Open Meetings laws, because there’s going to be a quorum.

Speaking of a quorum, the highlight, perhaps, is Tuesday night’s Margarita Madness. Everyone knows the lege is lubricated by good cheer, and El Paso is inviting the entire legislature (with margarita glass invitations) to the event, where folks can sip drinks themed on El Paso’s priorities: Medical School Margaritas, Miner Margaritas, Mission Trail Margaritas and Military Margaritas.

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February 13, 2009 at 11:14 am

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NPT Capitol: Marquez honors Moreno “the conscience of Texas”

State Rep. Marissa Marquez,D-El Paso filed a concurrent resolution honoring former state Rep. Paul Moreno yesterday at the Capitol.

marquez “Mr. Moreno’s years of service inspire all of us, especially me, to work for what is right, just, and fair, no matter what may be popular or fashionable at the time,” said Marquez in a press release, which rather conspicuously does not include a quote from Moreno saying, “Gee Marissa, that’s really nice of you. Gracias.”

The reason of course, is that in a rather ill tempered primary battle last year, Marquez ousted Moreno from the district seat he had held for over 40 years!

“For 40 years, Paul Moreno has devoted his considerable talents and abilities to representing the interests of his constituents and to advancing the cause of social justice in the Lone Star State,” goes the resolution. Gosh, you’d think Marquez thought it a real shame that guys not still around at the Capitol!

The resolution also offers Moreno “best wishes for a rewarding retirement.” A retirement Marquez brought on at least two years earlier than Moreno would have wanted!

You can read the resolution here

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February 13, 2009 at 10:50 am

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