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Archive for February 17th, 2009

NPT Capitol: Marquez gets a turn with the Gavel

mar-gavelmar-gavel1State Rep Marisa Marquez got a hold on the Speaker’s gavel, this morning. It is common practice that when the Speaker has other business to attend to , his fellow state Reps will take a turn up front. You may remember that State Rep. Joe Moody got a little rough-housed by Craig Eiland a few weeks ago when he took to the podium. [link] So far though, senior members haven’t caused Marquez any trouble. (In fairness, she does wield the gavel with more pizazz than Moody did.)

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February 17, 2009 at 11:30 am

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NPT Capitol: Perry, Dewhurst and Straus to address El Paso days

donor-picGovernor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus will all make appearances at El Paso day events today. Perry will speak at 2:15 at the State Capitol, Room 2S.1, Dewhurst at 3:30 at the Office of the Lt. Governor, and Straus at the The Sheraton Hotel at 5:00pm.

Also, on the adjournment of the House, state Rep. Norma Chavez will hold a press conference to announce the filing on a bill that would re-open Speaking Rock Casino in El Paso.

For a full itinerary of El Paso days click here

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February 17, 2009 at 11:04 am

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NPT Capitol: Marquez clarifies regarding her Moreno Resolution

marquezState Rep. Marisa Marquez, D-El Paso, made a few things clear surrounding her filing of a concurrent resolution (HCR) last week honoring Paul Moreno. According to Marquez, Moreno was in fact contacted by her district office, prior to the resolution being filed, but due to ill health was unable to comment for the press release.

“They (the district office) spoke briefly. He was excited…he thanked us and he is looking forward to being on the floor, so we have to wait and see if his health will be a problem and he can make it,” said Marquez. Furthermore, Senator Eliot Shapleigh was also contacted prior to filing. He agreed to carry the bill in the Senate.

“Frankly, I see it as an act of statemanship on Marisa’s part…she has taken a step,I think it is a wise step, to honor his legacy,” said Shapleigh. Finally, state Rep Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, was asked yesterday (and agreed) to be a co-sponsor of the bill in the House.

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February 17, 2009 at 10:46 am

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NPT City: Lozano: I’ll announce today

loz1For background, check this NPT blog item.
Meanwhile, stay tuned for an announcement this afternoon by former city Rep. Alexandro Lozano whether he’s running for city representative or for mayor or … ?
“I’m getting together with my supporters at lunch and finalize the decision and right there I’ll decide,” he said.

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February 17, 2009 at 9:34 am

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NPT Capitol: So, who’s paying for this?

You already know El Paso is invading Austin today and tomorrow, and one of the highlights — aside from the heavy pitches for El Paso priorities such as UTEP and Tech funding and Tigua gambling — is the Margarita Madness party tonight. For background, check through his blog, or read this NPT story
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So who’s paying for the party? Well, the city and county are in as Title Sponsors. The next level, Diamon Sponsors, includes highway contractor Abrams, lobbyists HillCo Partners, and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. Platinum includes the Tiguas and Hunt Companies. Gold, Silver and Bronze include Hoy Fox Automotive, Hector Gutierrez Jr., JDW Insurance, and Moreno Cardenas, Inc. For the full list of sponsors, click on the picture.

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February 17, 2009 at 9:20 am

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NPT Capitol: Tiguas take a gamble on El Paso Days

Press release this morning from the office of state Rep. Norma Chavez:

CHÁVEZ FILES LEGISLATION TO RE-OPEN SPEAKING ROCK CASINO

House Bill will be one of several legislative initiatives to re-open Speaking Rock

chavezAUSTIN – State Representative Norma Chávez (D-El Paso) will file legislation that will allow Speaking Rock Casino in El Paso to re-open. Ysleta del Sur Pueblo’s leadership, along with business and community leaders from El Paso, are in Austin hosting “El Paso Days”, an event to promote El Paso’s legislative agenda. Re-opening Speaking Rock is one of the legislative priorities for El Paso. A press conference will be held today.

“There is no day better than today to highlight the importance that Ysleta del Sur Pueblo has in our region,” Rep. Chávez said. “The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua Indians have been tremendous economic partners, as a community we stand united behind the Tribe’s efforts to re-open Speaking Rock Casino.”

The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo is the oldest community in the state and is one of 3 federally recognized tribes in Texas. From 1993 until 2001, the Tribe operated Speaking Rock Casino. The opportunities and benefits created by the casino helped strengthen and improve all of El Paso. Over $800 million dollars flowed through the local economy.

“We are here to work with the Legislature in any way that we can to restore the Tribe’s right to self-determination,” Gov. Frank Paiz said. “We are pleased by Rep. Chávez’s filing, and look forward to earning the support of members in the Legislature.”

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February 17, 2009 at 7:26 am

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