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NPT Capitol: Anyone can be a Miner — even Speaker Straus

UTEP has been criticized in the past for its loose admission standards. Tuesday night, all House Speaker Joe Straus, R-Alamo Heights, had to do to become a UTEP Miner was show up to El Paso’s Margarita Madness party and speak for 30 seconds or so (ok, so we’re just having some fun with the event — seriously, Straus would make a great Miner). Watch the video for more.

Sito Negron (Video: Ben Wright)


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February 18, 2009 at 11:39 am

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NPT City: Lozano wants his former District 3 seat

Former District 3 city Rep. Alexandro Lozano, who resigned and ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the County Commission last year, said he will formally announce tomorrow a run for his old seat. The spot now is held by city Rep. Emma Acosta, who won the seat in a special election about a year ago.

Lozano, who has been weighing the decision, said family support was the final factor: “The main person was my wife, she wanted me to stay home more but she supports me, she understands my passion … I needed her support more than anything else. We’re on board now I need to get my supporters behind me and start to campaign.”

Lozano said he would focus on customer service and quality of life issues.

— Quality of life: “We need quality of life infrastructure so we can have industry so we can have jobs,” he said, adding he would focus on creating a “park system.”

— Customer service: “Every citizen in El Paso can come to my office and get service and attention.”

Sito Negron


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February 18, 2009 at 11:13 am

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NPT Capitol: A quick chat with Gov. Perry

perry“How you doin?” asked Texas Gov. Rick Perry, as he greeted Mayor John Cook and a group of El Pasoans who were meeting with him.

“I’m blessed, how about you Sir,” replied Cook.

“I’ve got no complaints,” Perry responded, sauntering around the table of El Paso bigwigs at the Capitol yesterday, who included UTEP President Diana Natalicio, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center/Paul Foster School of Medicine Founding Dean Dr. Manny de la Rosa, and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority’s Harold Hahn.

“Everything is good in my world,” Perry told one official. The meeting was a very chummy affair, not much more than a chance for El Paso officials to meet-and-greet with the Governor. Here are some excerpts from what Perry told the delegation.

Opening remarks:
“Its pretty fascinating what’s going on in El Paso…if you look at El Paso ten years ago, it was all ‘woe is me’… now it is one of the brighter spots in the country.” Read the rest of this entry »

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February 18, 2009 at 10:39 am

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NPT Capitol: Who paid what for the El Paso Days party

The Margarita Madness party last night wasn’t free, of course. For background, check through this blog, or read this NPT story about El Paso Days, of which the party was a part. Yesterday, we asked who was paying for the party. You can read the list of sponsors by clicking on the invite below.


So how much did it cost? Here’s the breakdown for sponsorships, according to a Greater Chamber of El Paso representative (which also paid for the El Paso Days in El Paso event, in which Austin folks went to El Paso for some schmoozing — so this total isn’t just for the Austin party last night): Title sponsorships are $10,000; Diamond is $5,000; Platinum is $2,500; Gold is $1,000; and Silver is $500. Now this took place in a crush of margarita-wielding lobbyists, elected officials, business reps and others, and it occurs to me that there are six categories but only five dollar amounts given. So I might have to update this post. Meanwhile, going by those numbers and the number of sponsors in each category (excluding Bronze), we have a total of $87,500. Party on! — Sito Negron

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February 18, 2009 at 10:32 am

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