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Archive for June 12th, 2009

NPT Media: Analog is not quite dead on the border

Story from Frontera NorteSur:

A historic June snowstorm hit homes in Mexican border cities today. As the United States went from analog to digital television transmissions, many Mexican viewers who’ve long watched broadcasts from just across the border lost access to their favorite programs. In Ciudad Juarez, for example, viewers with analog-only television sets are no longer able to view the El Paso affiliates of NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS, and Univision.

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June 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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NPT County: Rodriguez: Cobos has withdrawn lawsuit against the county

News release from the office of County Attorney Jose Rodriguez:


El Paso County Attorney José R. Rodríguez announced today that County Judge Anthony Cobos has dropped the lawsuit he filed against the County of El Paso seeking to stop the El Paso County Board of Ethics from investigating an ethics complaint filed against him.

On Monday June 8, 2009, visiting Judge Martin Brock Jones ruled the County Board of Ethics was not a proper party in the lawsuit, allowing the Board to continue investigating the complaint filed by City Representative Emma Acosta against County Judge Anthony Cobos. The judge also ruled that the County Attorney was not disqualified from representing both the County of El Paso and the El Paso Board of Ethics.

El Paso County Attorney José R. Rodríguez expressed his satisfaction with Judge Cobos’ decision to nonsuit the county. “It is unfortunate that so much time and county resources were wasted on a suit without merit,” Rodriguez said.

Notice of Nonsuit

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June 12, 2009 at 3:53 pm

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NPT Biz: Texas sues to stop GM, Feds from parts bankruptcy agreement

From the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott:

Statement from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Concerning the Objection Filed by Texas Regarding GM’s Attempts to Circumvent Texas Laws

GM to States: We are controlled by the federal government now, so get lost

GM is putting dealerships across Texas – and thousands of their employees – at risk. The new federally controlled GM that emerges from bankruptcy wants to be freed from Texas laws that require it to deal fairly with local dealerships. Its plan will move the business toward a command economy model and away from a free market model.


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June 12, 2009 at 11:41 am

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NPT DC: Cash for Clunkers program rebates up to $4,500 for fuel-efficient vehicle purchase

Couple of days late (sent to NPT Tuesday), but worth noting:


“Cash For Clunkers” bill would help Americans save thousands of dollars on the purchase of new, fuel efficient vehicles
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) today voted to support new incentives for consumers to trade-in their used vehicles for newer, more fuel-efficient models to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and decrease the level of harmful emissions into the environment. The Consumer Assistance to Recycle & Save (CARS) Act, also known as the “Cash for Clunkers” bill, would provide up to $4,500 in rebates toward the purchase of new, more fuel efficient vehicles. The measure passed by a vote of 298-119 and now proceeds to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

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June 12, 2009 at 10:46 am

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NPT County: Monday: Cobos v. County; paper ballots; public defenders and Ethics Board

Not experts on the county, so there may be some important/interesting stuff nestled in the agenda, but here are some items that jump out:

Regular agenda
— Discuss and take appropriate action regarding Big League Dreams Inc. and El Paso County Sportspark.

Executive session
— Discuss the pending litigation regarding Anthony Cobos vs. El Paso County, cause number 2009-2437; county attorney case number LD-09-046, pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071.

Addendum to the agenda
— Discuss and take appropriate action to direct the Elections Department transition of current electronic voting machines to those with a paper verification of votes cast – approved by the State of Texas and as soon as practicable.
— Discuss and take appropriate action to assign Public Defender’s Office to advise the Board of Ethics when hearing complaints against County Commissioners in the event the County Attorney’s Office recuses itself or has a conflict of interest, pursuant to Ethics Code: Section XIII – Enforcement: El Paso County Board of Ethics A. Creation and Membership 6. The Board of Ethics shall be assigned staff by the County to assist in its duties as the Commissioners Court deems necessary.

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June 12, 2009 at 10:41 am

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NPT DC: U.S Rep. Ron Paul pushing to open up the Fed, claims majority of Congress; Reyes, Dem leaders not on co-sponsor list

The Ron Paul Meetup Group in El Paso forwarded this email (as of today, according to The Daily Paul, U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes was not on board; Republican co-sponsors outnumber Democratic about 2-1 — also, there was very little press coverage to be found via a Google search — anyone out there know the other side to this?):

Audit the Fed Bill Reaches Crucial Benchmark

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ron Paul’s Federal Reserve Transparency Act, HR 1207, has reached and surpassed the level of 218 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, which means it is now cosponsored by a majority of the members.

The 218th cosponsor was Dennis Kucinich (OH-10), and the bill has since received its 222nd cosponsor.

“The tremendous grass-roots and bipartisan support in Congress for HR 1207 is an indicator of how mainstream America is fed up with Fed secrecy,” said Congressman Paul. “I look forward to this issue receiving greater public exposure.”

Hearings on Federal Reserve transparency are expected within the next month, as part of the Financial Services Committee’s series of hearings on regulatory reform.

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June 12, 2009 at 10:22 am

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NPT: Flight delays at El Paso airport

From the El Paso International Airport:

El Paso International Airport
Contact: Liz Perez Bellegarde, Marketing and Customer Service Coordinator @ 780-4781 or 240-3347

Media Advisory
El Paso, Texas –Date- Thursday June 11, 2009- Due to severe weather in the Dallas Forth Worth area El Paso International Airport is experiencing flight delays. Please call your Airline directly.

“We recommend contacting your respective airline before departing to the airport,” said Liz P. Bellegarde, Marketing and Customer Service Coordinator, El Paso International Airport.

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June 12, 2009 at 9:41 am

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