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Archive for April 14th, 2009

NPT City: Candidate Carlos Rivera before and after

The image below arrived via email to the NPT offices:


Attached is the official campaign photo for Carlos Rivera’s campaign for Mayor. Please use the attached photo for all future reference of Mr. Rivera and if possible, please replace the old photos with this one.

Thank you very much for your understanding

Luis Ruiz

On the right, an image published in El Paso Magazine’s April issue, is the look candidate Rivera had for most of the race. Granted the image on the right is in gray scale, the new image of candidate Rivera makes it look as though he hired some new staffers. –Lisa Degliantoni

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April 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm

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NPT Capitol: Su Casa es Mi Casa?

casa Texas Casa placed cardboard cu-outs of children on the south steps of the Capitol today in order to make a statement about the state of foster care in Texas.

“Last year, 14,295 Texas children entered the foster care system (1,191 children each month). Since these children can’t come to Austin to speak up for themselves, life-sized cut-out photos will stand for them on the Capitol grounds. Each cut-out will hold a sign displaying actual words of a foster child,” said TexasCasa’s website regarding the event.[link]

Casa made a similar statement in El Paso this morning as well. UTEP found itself strewn with 242 cutouts of children representing the 242 children that are in the foster care system with out a CASA volunteer. [link]

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April 14, 2009 at 4:29 pm

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NPT Capitol: Tiguas still in the game (for now)

NPT spoke with a number of people this morning about the progress of a broad based (omnibus) gambling bill currently being hammered out between lawmakers and gambling interests.

Licensing Chair Ed Kuempel, R-Seguin, held another meeting with the various interests (Racinos, Casinos, Indian tribes), Monday and said that the meeting went well. Kuempel said that it would take another couple of meetings before bill language would be agreed upon. He also said that, right now, the Tiguas were still in the mix.

Doubt about the Tigua’s place in any omnibus bill had been rife over the weekend due to state Rep. Norma Chavez, D-El Paso, declaring her Tigua only bills were dead due to the criminal history of Tigua Governor Frank Paiz. [link] However another sources told NPT today that the issue of Paiz had not even come up during the Monday meeting in Kuempel’s office.

So the Tiguas are still in the game (for now.)

–Ben Wright

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April 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm

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NPT Capitol: Straus “positive” about budget showdown.

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-Alamo Heights said today he felt “very positive on where we are with the budget.” Straus singled out the work of the Appropriations committee, who had invested “countless man hours and woman hours” in the bill that will hit the House floor on Friday.

“The appropriations committee has done a fantastic job,” he said. “I think if you asked every member they would tell you they had full authority and participation in the process and they all voted enthusiastically for the bill coming out.”

Straus said he expects there to be “ample debate on lots of creative ideas from the members” but answered in the negative when asked if the debate would be a ‘litmus test’ for his leadership.

“Not particularly. I think it is a litmus test for the whole House and I feel very good about where we are,” Straus said. Assuming the budget debate is wrapped up by Friday night, the House will be able to spend more of its time considering other pressing issues, such as sunset bills and voter ID.

“The mantra has been lets get the budget passed and then everything else. The ‘everything else’ portion of this session is just ahead,” Straus said. “I think you’ll see a lot of bills move this week and next week.”

–Ben Wright

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April 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm

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NPT City: Asarco opponents aren’t done

An e-mail going around reminding folks that the Asarco issue is not close to finished:

ASARCO has announced that they will not be re-opening at the El Paso site, but the issue is not yet over with. The citizens in the Paso Del Norte Region have until May 3rd, 2009 to send in comments to the Department of Justice to ensure that the clean up fully protects our community. Here are the issues related to the clean-up:

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April 14, 2009 at 9:34 am

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NPT City: Election endorsements from the Black El Paso Democrats

The Black El Paso Democrats endorsements for municipal and school board elections:

— City Council: John Cook (mayor) and Susie Byrd, Emma Acosta, Carl Robinson and Steve Ortega for city rep.
— Municipal Court#4: Cheryl S. Lay
— EPISD school board, District 2: Maria Isela Castanon-Williams

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April 14, 2009 at 9:32 am

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