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Archive for March 3rd, 2009

NPT City: Fred Jackson out of the mayor’s race

News release from the Fred Jack (former) campaign:

Fred Jackson
Candidate for Mayor
El Paso, TX 79903

Effective today, Tuesday, March 3, 2009, I am withdrawing from the Mayor Election process.

I have e-mailed our city clerk on this action as well as sending a letter by mail. El Paso is at the crossroads of moving forward and taking full advantage of the great opportunity that we have been awarded or we can accept the status quo and hope for the best. My business is at the same crossroad. I can continue to move it forward and grow or take a change of it crawling without my everyday leadership and direct involvement. I feel it is in my company’s long term interest in this challenging economic time to put my full attention and energy into it.

Our great City of El Paso demands a Mayor that will direct our city on a positive path. This will require a commitment from the Mayor’s office that has never been seen before.

As I have done for the past nineteen years and I will continue to give my time, energy and resources to help move El Paso forward and make it a great quality of life city for all to enjoy and prosper.

Sincerely,

Fred Jackson

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 3, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

NPT Media: Troubled Times?

Brace yourself, Times. You’ve got visitors. We are prepared to feel your pain. Seriously, I know we don’t always play nice with each other. But the better you are, the better we are, and the better off El Paso is. Best of luck, folks. I got my fingers crossed …

Sito Negron

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 3, 2009 at 11:05 am

NPT Drug War: Suddenly, the border exists, and everyone’s writing and broadcasting about us

On and off, major news organizations such as television network news and major papers like the NY Times write and broadcast stories about the border. In the past week, the LA Times, New York Times, CBS and many others have written and broadcasted about the Drug War and the violence in Juarez and Mexico. Somehow, the old adage, just make sure the name is spelled correctly, doesn’t seem like much comfort:

CBS News: The War Next Door

LA Times: The war we gave Mexico

Time Mag: “One of the world’s most militarized borders.”

NY Times: ‘We could still rescue ourselves.’

LA Times: Columbus’ view on the ‘bloody brawl’

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

NPT Capitol: Shapleigh et al demand Perry take all the stimulus cash

shapleigh1State Senator Elliot Shapleigh joined other Democratic leaders at the capitol this morning calling Gov. Rick Perry to take all the stimulus money available…even if it comes with strings attached.

“I’m here to share this thought from the people I represent. In my community, not taking stimulus money is a profound irresponsibility on the part of the Governor of the state of Texas,” blasted Shapleigh.

“Not all is rosy in the lone star state,” said Senator Rodney Ellis, D-Houston. Eliis called for Perry to 1: “take all of the money” and 2: “spend the money wisely.” Regarding potential strings attached, the Houston Senator said, “quite frankly, I don’t care.”

Governor Perry has repeatedly said that he will not take the money if and when it means expanding government. The Democrats want Texas to make the changes necessary in order to draw down all the federal money available. For example, Texas could receive $2.52 for every dollar invested in the expansion of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

When it comes to unemployment, this means the possibility of another $570m toward state benefits if the program is extended to cover those seeking part time work. Shapleigh said that he was expecting 300,000Texans to be filing unemployment claims by October.

“Saying no to stimulus money is saying no to too many Texas families,” said Shapleigh.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 3, 2009 at 9:47 am

Posted in Uncategorized