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Archive for February 19th, 2009

NPT City: Mayoral candidate Rivera: Here’s the platform, give me your ideas

A news release from the campaign of mayoral candidate Carlos Rivera:

Thanks for your support since our Announcement for Mayor on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at El Zarape Restaurant, as well as our Steering Committee meeting on February 7. Many of you have contributed your ideas and suggestions for our Campaign. Appreciate your contributions and support.

You are invited to join us this Saturday, February 21 at 8:30am at El Zarape Restaurant (6369 Montana behind Bingo Hall). We will present our campaign plan, strategy, and platform issues. Also, we will announce our schedule for upcoming events, rally/town hall meetings, and other events to take place between now and May 9 to help us accomplish our mission.

This is a truly grassroots effort. Invite your family, friends, and colleagues to join us on our journey for our “Diamond in the Desert”. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 19, 2009 at 8:27 pm

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NPT Capitol: Chavez appointed to important Stimulus committee

chavezState Rep. Norma Chavez, D-El Paso, has been appointed to another subcommittee of Appropriations. Chavez will now serve on the Stimulus subcommittee as well as Business and Economic Development.
— Ben Wright

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February 19, 2009 at 12:12 pm

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NPT Media: Furloughs at ABC-7

First it was the El Paso Times. (Actually, first it was us with a lovely vacation during the December holiday). Now it’s ABC-7, which reported on its own newscast that it is making employees take an unpaid week off (except for sales reps). Yikes!

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February 19, 2009 at 11:00 am

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NPT Capitol: Berman on illegal immigration and abortion

Yesterday, state Reps Leo Berman, R-Tyler and Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas debated about immigration at an event put on by the Texas Employers for Immigration Reform. Angry words were exchanged, including Berman telling a Dallas Lawyer of Chinese American descent to “go home.” [link]

Berman also suggested, as quoted in the El Paso Times, that if $50 million fetuses had not been aborted since 1973, America would have no need for illegal Mexican labor.

While these sentiments are obviously unacceptable for any elected official, let’s pretend for a few moments that the logic is sound: If so, surely Berman is on the wrong track. Instead of less abortions in America, he should support more abortions in Mexico. That way, there wont be a labor surplus. In fact Berman could support gay marriage legislation in Mexico as well – that might also bring down the birth rate.

I’ll suggest this to Berman when I next bump into him at the Capitol. Though being English, I might get told to “go home” as well.

Ben Wright

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February 19, 2009 at 10:56 am

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NPT Juxtapose: El Paso vs San Antonio: Lobbyist parties

Here are a few snaps from two parties held concurrently in Austin on Tuesday. El Paso Days and San Antonio Days coincided this year, and the two parties were held less than a block apart (in fact, House Speaker Joe Straus went straight from the EP to the SA party). Though ostensibly about local officials coming to lobby Austin, a couple of elected honest-johns were frank enough to inform me that it’s the free margaritas they really come for. El Paso is on the left, San Antonio on the right.

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Ben Wright

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February 19, 2009 at 10:54 am

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NPT Capitol: Chavez to serve on business subcomittee

chavezAppropriations Committee Chair Jim Pitts, R-Waxahatchie, has appointed state Rep Norma Chavez to the Business & Economic Development subcommittee. Appropriations is divided into seven subcommittees: General Government, Health & Human Services, Education, Criminal Justice, Business and Economic Development, Hurricane, and Stimulus.
Ben Wright

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February 19, 2009 at 10:49 am

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