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Archive for March 16th, 2009

NPT City: The Caballero ‘Click’

Fun with juxtaposition, or, spot the word:

— From the Theresa Caballero blog: City Rep Steve Ortega is the one term incumbent in district six. He is part of the Ray Caballero, Eliot Shapleigh, Jose Rodriguez click.

— From a mailer touting the candidacy of Ortega’s opponent, Trini Munoz: There’s presently a “click” that controls city government. … You know who they are and you also know that our city representative is one of the voting click’s strongest voices.

As background, Caballero wrote the blog item touting the candidacy of Munoz, and used the item as an introduction for Munoz’s letter to voters.

Now, folks from the Ortega “click” are going to view the mailer as a classic campaign product in the Luther Jones mold. I tend to disagree. Luther would not have misspelled “click.”

Sito Negron

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March 16, 2009 at 10:18 am

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NPT Capitol: A couple days later, Marquez blasts governor

News release just dropped into the NPT inbox with a quote from state Rep. Marisa Marquez:

“The decision of the Governor to put politics ahead of the interests of hard working Texas families who have been hit by this economy is cynical. Rejecting half a billion dollars in aid to make sure that people who want to work can get help transitioning in this economy is remarkably callous. Hopefully, the legislature will soon speak with one voice to go over the Governor’s head, accept the money, and do the right thing for the people of this state.”

This was her response to Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement last week rejecting unemployment aid from the federal government. Perry had argued the aid would require changes to the state’s system that would obligate the state in the future.

In contrast to Marquez, state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh was out of the chute almost immediately after the governor’s announcement Thursday, calling the governor’s actions “profoundly irresponsible” and arguing that “By October, over 300,000 Texans will be unemployed. Right now, we stand to gain $555 million to help Texas families who are unemployed in tough times.”

For more on the story, check out Ben Wright’s Capitol Roundup.

Sito Negron

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March 16, 2009 at 10:17 am

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NPT City: Ethics ordinance progresses

The loooooong process toward developing new ethics rules might be getting closer to a conclusion. Gerald Mangrum, who has pushed the issue since at least 2007, sent this note last week: “This afternoon (Wednesday, March 11, 2009) the City Council Rules LRC approved the revision to the Ethics Ordinance as presented by the Ethics Commission and it will now move to City Council in about two weeks for introduction.”

View the ordinance under discussion via the link below.


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March 16, 2009 at 8:48 am

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