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Archive for March 27th, 2009

NPT Drug War: Reyes, House chairmen visit Mexican President Calderon

News release from the office of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes:


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and two other senior Chairmen today met with President Felipe Calderon in Mexico City to discuss his Administration’s ongoing efforts to combat drug-related violence along the country’s northern border. Coming at the request of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chairman Reyes led the three-Member delegation of top national security chairs, along with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman. The delegation met with President Felipe Calderon at Los Pinos, Mexico’s Presidential Residence and following that meeting, Chairmen Reyes and Berman observed as Chairman Skelton laid a wreath at the historic Monumento de Los Niños Heroes, a monument commemorating the 1847 Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War.

Follow the jump to read Reyes’ statement.

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March 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm

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NPT City: Ortega’s fund-raiser

Damn, we missed another fund-raiser:

Please join us at a fundraiser to
Re-elect Steve Ortega, City Representative for District 7

Thursday March 26

1201 Cincinnati (the castle house)

Checks should be made payable to Steve Ortega Campaign
(and if you can’t attend, they can be sent to Steve at
521 Texas Avenue, 79901)

Political advertisement paid for by Steve Ortega Campaign

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March 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm

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NPT Capitol: Valley boys: Follow El Paso’s ethical example

snapshot_r1_c1The Rio Grande Guardian has a story today about Harlingen City Commissioner Robert Leftwich who thinks the valley should follow El Paso’s example by pushing for stronger ethics code, given teeth by Texas law.

“I encourage Rio Grande Valley state law makers to seriously consider backing this legislation,” Leftwich told the Guardian. “I would also ask both Hidalgo and Cameron county Commissioner Courts to support this as a legislative item critical to providing taxpayer protection from the costly effects of official misconduct.”

According to the Guardian, El Paso County Attorney José Rodríguez and El Paso County Commissioner Anna Perez were in Austin this week to testify about the El Paso County ethics code legislation, filed by state Rep Marissa Marques in the House and Senator Elliot Shapleigh in the Senate. Listen to Rodriguez and Perez being interviewed by the RGG here

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March 27, 2009 at 1:10 pm

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NPT Capitol: Shapleigh weighs in on the science/evolution debate

State Senator Elliot Shapleigh has weighed in on the current debate among Texas State Board of Education members over Texas’ science curriculum. The increasingly heated debate centers around the “strengths and weaknesses” language, tentatively dropped in January by the SBOE. The SBOE is pretty evenly split, but significantly social conservatives are in the minority (7 out of 15 by most counts). Read the New York Times article about it here.

Here’s what Shapleigh had to say:

“Allowing scientifically unfounded arguments and theories to be taught in our public schools discounts science in favor of religious ideology, and religious ideology has no place in our public school system.
Maintaining the “strengths and weaknesses” language in our science curriculum would undermine science education in our public schools and, frankly, places Texas at a competitive disadvantage, both in terms of
education and attracting 21st century businesses into our state.”

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March 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

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NPT Biz: Brick company’s air pollution permit hearing in Sunland Park

Press release from the New Mexico Environment Department:

Environment Department to Hold Public Hearing for American Eagle Brick Co. Air Quality Permit on April 7 in Sunland Park

WHAT: The New Mexico Environment Department will hold a public hearing regarding an air quality construction permit for American Eagle Brick Company’s brick manufacturing plant. The company submitted an air quality permit application to the department’s Air Quality Bureau for an 8.5 ton per hour brick manufacturing facility located at 1000 Brickland Road, approximately 2.2 miles southeast of Sunland Park City Hall in Dona Ana County. American Eagle, a Texas-based company, owns and operates the plant.

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March 27, 2009 at 10:09 am

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NPT Capitol: El Paso stimulus meeting rescheduled

News release from the office of state Rep. Norma Chavez:

El Paso Stimulus Select Committee Hearing Rescheduled

AUSTIN – Earlier this month, State Rep. Jim Dunnam, Chair of House Select Committee on Economic Stabilization Funding, announced that the Select Committee would hold a hearing in El Paso tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2009. The hearing will be rescheduled as a result of scheduling conflicts.

“The Select Committee rescheduled the hearing because of the Appropriations process. We will re-confirm a date as soon as possible,” Rep. Dunnam said.

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March 27, 2009 at 9:54 am

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NPT City: Mayoral candidate Carlos Rivera wants economic summit

News release from the Carlo Rivera for mayor camp:

Mayoral Candidate Carlos Rivera announced today that he will be holding a press conference to outline details for an economic summit that will be taking place in El Paso in the near future. The Carlos Rivera for Mayor of El Paso campaign invites members of the El Paso press to a press conference to be held at Taco Real 1160 Airway on Saturday March 28th at 9:30 am.

The event is open to the public, but media members are encouraged to make reservations in advance so photo and/or video can be made.

For more information please contact Luis Ruiz or go to

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March 27, 2009 at 9:41 am

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NPT Capitol: Revamped Moody Minute from the Capitol

moodyState Rep. Joe Moody released his seventh Moody Minute today, a short audio broadcast that aims to inform constituents of what’s going on in El Paso. A few changes have occurred though. Gone are the triumphant blasts of brass music that were playing in the background at the start of the session. They have been replaced by somber strings. The content has changed as well, the content switching from a quick round up of the week, to a solemn plug for legislation aimed at combating domestic violence.

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March 27, 2009 at 9:31 am

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