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Archive for June 10th, 2009

NPT County: Cobos Complaint metastasizes; complaint filed by his lawyers against Commissioner Escobar

Stuart Leeds and Theresa Caballero, the lawyers for El Paso County Judge Anthony Cobos in the ethics complaint filed against him by city Rep. Emma Acosta (read the details here), have filed an ethics complaint against El Paso County Commissioner Veronica Escobar.

They’re alleging the same thing Acosta alleged against Cobos: That (in this case) Escobar used her official authority to interfere with his political activities by asking for an accounting of how much the episode has cost the county, in terms of staff time and other expenses.

That’s basically it, although there’s more detail in the complaint. Read it here: EthicsComplaint-Jun-2009

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June 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm

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NPT Capitol: A picture (of the El Paso delegation) is worth a thousand words

Feel free to make up your own captions. The picture (taken during the delegation’s news conference in January to announce UTEP Tier 1 as a legislative priority) really speaks for itself, in so many ways. By the way, stay tuned for Ben Wright’s wrapup of the legislative session.

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June 10, 2009 at 11:15 am

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NPT Capitol: $10 million grant for IAF job training

News release received by NPT:

Texas IAF Network to hold press conference with Comptroller Susan Combs on passage of Workforce Legislation

The Network of Texas IAF Organizations will hold a press conference with Comptroller Susan Combs on June 11th at 1:30pm in the Senate Conference room at the Capitol to recognize their work together to pass legislation creating a $10 million competitive state grant program to invest in strengthening the skills of Texas workers. “Although the economic crisis has been less severe in El Paso, training local workers for local jobs is the best investment we can make right now,” said Rev. James Hall, a Co-chair of EPISO (the El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization) and a leader with the Texas IAF Network.

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June 10, 2009 at 11:08 am

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NPT: Some EPISD employees call proposed EPISD medical plans unhealthy

Sent to NPT late yesterday:

Some EPISD employees not happy with health care fund proposal
Community and EPISD employees cannot afford proposed bait and switch: Short-sighted district budget proposal would be paid for by up to 500 percent increase in costs to employees

EL PASO – A last-minute proposal to balance EPISD’s health care fund by squeezing the money out of employees is scheduled for it’s first airing at a Business Services Committee Meeting on Wednesday, June 10, at 4 p.m.

The administration will propose three new medical insurance plans for school employees, all of which would impose astronomical increases onto employees and their families. The proposal calls for increasing costs to employees by as much as 500 percent and would likely leave teachers, paraprofessionals, and other hourly employees, spouses and children without health insurance.

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June 10, 2009 at 11:07 am

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NPT Capitol: Special session is a go, but it’s unclear as to where

from the Houston Chronicle:

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday a special legislative session will be necessary to keep alive the state’s transportation and insurance regulatory departments but declined to say whether he also will include the contentious Republican-backed voter identification measure.

“We are to the point now where we can say there will be a special session. When is still a little bit up in the air,” Perry said.

The governor had hoped to avoid a special session to keep intact the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Insurance, as well as three others that were not renewed, but calling lawmakers back to the Capitol proved to be the only option.

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June 10, 2009 at 11:01 am

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