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Archive for April 3rd, 2009

NPT: Moody Minute…well two minutes, from the Capitol

moody1Things are getting so busy at the Capitol that state Rep. Joe Moody has had two make his Moody Minute audio-spot two minutes long! This week Moody focuses on bills he supported that passed in the House aimed at boosting the Texas economy. HB 394 requires the Governor to “prioritize small businesses already in Texas that commit to creating new jobs” when it comes to doling out cash from the Texas Enterprise Fund. HB 873 is about providing incentives to the film industry to come and shoot in Texas.

Listen to the audio-spot here

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April 3, 2009 at 6:53 pm

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NPT Capitol: Perry’s office to testify at the stimulus select committee

perry2On Wednesday, The House select committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding will hear testimony from the Office of the Governor. State Rep. Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, who chairs the committee, has been one of the most outspoken critics of Gov. Rick Perry’s handling of the stimulus money, particularly his public turning-down of over $550m of unemployment benefits that Texas could receive if it made changes to its unemployment code.

If attending, get there early and bring popcorn…

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April 3, 2009 at 2:39 pm

NPT City: Carlos Rivera releases infomercial

carlos-rivera21A press release from mayoral candidate Carlos Rivera’s campaign: Carlos Rivera issues new internet video

Contact: Luis Ruiz
Director of Communication


The Carlos Rivera for Mayor of El Paso campaign released an infomercial featuring Rivera’s appearance on the Essential Hour, an Internet radio show on,
which is owned and maintained by Empire Borderland Records.

One of the initiatives on the Rivera platform is the commitment to help young entrepreneurs in the city of El Paso by helping to expand the independent film, multimedia and music scene in El Paso.
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April 3, 2009 at 1:04 pm

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NPT Capitol: Chavez doesn’t like Marquez’s “sloppy” ethics bill.

marquezSomething of a fight is brewing in Austin over the El Paso county ethics bill.

chavezThe bill, HB2301, filed by state Rep. Marisa Marquez (and by Sen. Shapleigh in the Senate), is moving forward against the wishes of state Rep. Norma Chavez, Chavez told NPT late yesterday evening that she believes the bill is rushed, “does not pass muster,” has had little public input, and may even be unconstitutional.

Earlier the same evening, Marquez told NPT the bill has been amended to address concerns raised by other state Reps, El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles and El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza. The bill is now supported by every member of the El Paso delegation…except Chavez.

Last night, El Paso County Commissioner Veronica Escobar, who spent all of Thursday running around the Capitol lobbying for the bill, said she was frustrated by Chavez’s opposition claiming the state Rep was being vague in her criticisms and was actively working behind the scenes to kill the bill.

veroescobar“Everyone we’ve talked to (about the bill) have had specific concerns because they want the bill to pass.The bottom line is she (Chavez) doesn’t want it passed,” Escobar said. Chavez maintains her concerns are legitimate.

“Everyone recognizes the need for something like this but we shouldn’t be sloppy about this. This is not Veronica’s playground, this is very serious business,” said Chavez. Despite Chavez’s opposition, Marquez is moving forward with the bill. She told NPT she has the votes to get it through the County Affairs committee on Monday.

shapleigh1Shapleigh said he was satisfied the bill is both constitutional and good for El Paso: “If there are any issues put them on the table in the light of day and we’ll deal with them. But to take shots at the bill from behind closed doors is not a fair tactic,” he said.

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April 3, 2009 at 1:00 am

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