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Archive for March 11th, 2009

NPT City: PSB meetings to be televised

psb-el-pasoThe Public Service Board is televising meetings. Follow the jump for the news release. By the way, check out the quote from Ed Archuleta.

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March 11, 2009 at 2:16 pm

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NPT City: Mayoral forum today

This came from the mayoral campaign of Carlos Rivera:

The filing is done. It’s forum time. Our first Mayor Candidate Forum is set for today, Wednesday, March 11 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Cappetto’s Italian Restaurant.

Note, if you plan to attend the forum, there will be a $12 charge for cost of seating and pre-arranged meals – Spaghetti, Veal Parmesan, Chicken Pomodoro. This includes beverage, tax, and gratuity.

Questions are pre-set and no impromptu questions or comments will be taken from the audience.

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March 11, 2009 at 1:56 pm

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NPT Capitol: Quintanilla bill would provide local vote on gaming

State Rep. Chente Quintanilla is getting into the gambling game. He filed HJR 99, which proposes “a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to legalize and regulate the conduct of gaming in this state in counties that by local option approve the conduct of that gaming.”

In a news release, Quintanilla said: “Every session big gaming interests file bills that focus on their interests. The bills fail to pass and the opportunity for the voters to decide is lost. This joint resolution will finally allow Texans to say yes to gaming.”

According to the news release, the bill would allow each county to decide whether gaming is allowed, and if it passed, the House and Senate would begin a process to write a bill.

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March 11, 2009 at 9:28 am

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NPT Drug War: Economist: Legalize it

Another voice speaks up:

Failed states and failed policies: How to stop the drug wars, from the Economist

Prohibition has failed; legalisation is the least bad solution

A HUNDRED years ago a group of foreign diplomats gathered in Shanghai for the first-ever international effort to ban trade in a narcotic drug. On February 26th 1909 they agreed to set up the International Opium Commission—just a few decades after Britain had fought a war with China to assert its right to peddle the stuff. Many other bans of mood-altering drugs have followed. In 1998 the UN General Assembly committed member countries to achieving a “drug-free world” and to “eliminating or significantly reducing” the production of opium, cocaine and cannabis by 2008.

That is the kind of promise politicians love to make. It assuages the sense of moral panic that has been the handmaiden of prohibition for a century. It is intended to reassure the parents of teenagers across the world. Yet it is a hugely irresponsible promise, because it cannot be fulfilled.

Next week ministers from around the world gather in Vienna to set international drug policy for the next decade. Like first-world-war generals, many will claim that all that is needed is more of the same. In fact the war on drugs has been a disaster, creating failed states in the developing world even as addiction has flourished in the rich world. By any sensible measure, this 100-year struggle has been illiberal, murderous and pointless. That is why The Economist continues to believe that the least bad policy is to legalise drugs.

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March 11, 2009 at 9:02 am

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NPT Capitol: Keeping up with Marquez

marquezFreshman state Rep. Marisa Marquez is filing bills at an astonishing rate (or, sending news releases at an astonishing rate — or both). Here’s the latest, which, at first glance, appears to be the kind of thing we at NPT would thumbs up.

Follow the jump for the news release.

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March 11, 2009 at 8:56 am

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