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Archive for April 2009

NPT Media: The EP Times apparently costs more. Sort of. Maybe.

The El Paso Times apparently has or is raising the cover price. NPT received a call from someone saying that the paper raised its price to 75 cents. But the paper sitting on our desk, today’s, was 50 cents. The caller said not all papers were properly marked, so there’s been some confusion on the rollout of the price increase. We could not confirm that (although we have a call in to the Times to get the info straight). NPT found some 75 cent papers — Monday’s and Tuesday’s — at the Downtown Walgreens on Mesa Street. And one of our friends said they saw a vending machine at Cici’s Pizza on N. Mesa with the 75 cent papers inside (although the machine said 50 cents — and it worked!). Is this new, or did we miss a previous announcement? NPT has called the El Paso Times several times but nobody’s talking yet.



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April 28, 2009 at 4:26 pm

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NPT Capitol: TxDoT sunset bill amended, passed out of committee

In a brief hustle of a meeting this afternoon, the House Transportation Committee passed a HB 300 out of committee. The bill has morphed considerably from the original filed by state Rep. Carl Isett, R-Lubbock. [link]

Particularly, the original recommended TxDoT ditch its five member Texas Transportation Commission leadership structure in favor of a single commissioner. The committee substitute keeps the five member panel but instead of all members being governor appointments, now only three are, the other two being appointed by the House Speaker and the Lieutenant Governor respectively.

Isett said he expected the bill to make it onto the floor next week.

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April 28, 2009 at 12:52 pm

NPT Capitol: Moody (quietly) passes first bill, then another

moody1With all the fuss and palaver last Thursday over Pickett’s CASA bill and Margo considering another pop at District 78, this slipped through the radar.

The press release, from state Rep. Joe Moody’s office was issued last Friday after he passed his first bill the day before. Moody’s bills concentrate on law and order. Read the press release after the jump.

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April 28, 2009 at 8:45 am

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NPT Capitol: Straus names House budget conferees

A press release from the House Speaker:


Texas House Speaker Joe Straus Announces House Appointees to Conference Committee on State Budget

AUSTIN— Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today announced the following appointees to the Conference Committee on Senate Bill 1, the state’s biennial budget for 2010-2011.

· Representative Jim Pitts, Chairman, House Appropriations Committee
· Representative Richard Raymond, Vice Chair, House Appropriations Committee
· Representative Ruth Jones McClendon
· Representative John Otto
· Representative John Zerwas

“The House conferees represent a cross section of our state and will guarantee the final budget meets a majority of our Members’ priorities by delivering essential services, preserving the Economic Stabilization Fund and controlling state expenditures”, said Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. “I know Conference Committee members will work together to craft a sound budget which is fiscally responsible and sensitive to the financial difficulties faced by all Texans in today’s challenging economy.”


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April 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm

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NPT Media: Time Magazine: “On the Bloody Border”

Just out, a Time Magazine article titled On the Bloody Border. Quotes several El Paso-Juarez people, including El Paso city Rep. Beto O’Rourke (“If you live on the border, you see that the old drug-policy emperor has no clothes.”); Lucinda Vargas, head of the community-development organization Plan Estratégico de Juárez (“Washington and Mexico City need to know the solutions to this crisis are here on the front line.”); and Tony Payan, a Mexico expert at UTEP (“(Obama) needs a Mexico approach for the next 20 years, not 20 days.”)

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April 27, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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NPT Capitol: Border committee hoping to gather info on swine-flu

House Border and Intergovernmental affairs committee Chairwoman Veronica Gonzales, D-McAllen, is hoping her committee will be able to schedule a last minute hearing this afternoon in wake of cases of swine flu hitting parts of Texas.

Gonzales said this morning she was hoping Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey would be able to make the hearing scheduled for later on this afternoon.

So far cases in Texas have been limited. However, Gov. Rick Perry has requested 850,000 courses of antiviral medication from the Federal Government as a precautionary measure. The BBC reports that Swine flu may have killed up to 150 people in Mexico. There has yet to be any major decisions publicized on how border ports of entry will be effected.

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April 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm

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NPT: Bill White: “No, I don’t” and other positions

Houston mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bill White dropped in on Saturday’s Ray Pearson Forum and fielded questions on everything from solar energy to running a stormwater utility.

He was brought there by El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza.

White, Houston’s strong mayor for the past five years, is among a hoard of Republican and Democratic candidates going for the seat that Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison intends to leave to run for Texas governor.

He opened with a shot at Republicans, saying, “I think there’s something wrong when people hope for the failure of the administration just to score political points.”

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April 26, 2009 at 11:06 pm

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