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Archive for June 22nd, 2009

State Rep. Coleman news release about Marquez echoes health issues addressed by Chavez

UPDATE: NPT editor Sito Negron needs some reading comprehension lessons. The item below has been reworked to address a glaring error — the item initially attributed Coleman’s news release to Marquez.

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, sent a news release lauding Marquez’s work on health care issues. His news release has this line:

This week, Chairman Coleman and the Progressive States Network, a national policy organization he co-chairs, presented a letter calling for healthcare reform to the White House by state legislators at a meeting with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy-Ann DeParle, the head of the White House Office on Health Reform. Earlier, the delegation delivered the letter to Congress at a Capitol Hill press conference hosted by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, third-ranking Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The letter was signed by 25 Texas legislators, including Rep. Márquez.

Something rung a bell. Sure enough, last week, state Rep. Norma Chavez, who famously is not Marquez’s friend, sent a news release mentioning the Progressive States Network (which, by the way, is an interesting deal in its own right, giving rise to the thought that President Obama might be playing a little rope-a-dope on the health care issue). Anyway, here’s what Chavez’s news release stated:

State Rep. Norma Chávez will host a press conference on Wednesday, June 17th, in support of a national effort led by state legislators around the country to reinforce President Obama’s efforts to pass comprehensive health care reform, including the choice of a public health insurance option, this year.

Texas legislators have joined a nationwide movement of state lawmakers which now number over 600 state legislators from 46 states who have signed on to a support letter organized by the Progressive States Network, a national partner of Health Care for America Now.

Her news release went on to state that:

Rep. Chávez will be leading a delegation from Texas that will include, State Rep. Elliott Naishtat of Austin, Bexar County Commissioner Chico Rodriguez, and LULAC Council President Henry Rodriguez, to Washington D.C. on June 24-25th to lobby members of Congress to support President Obama’s efforts to pass comprehensive health care reform.

While Coleman is in Washington, D.C., getting ink on the national press release about the big picture of the effort under way, Chavez is in El Paso spilling ink for the local effort (at which, by the way, Marquez was present).

Addendum, 4:15 p.m., Monday, June 22, 2009
By way of reference to the parenthetical thought above, that Obama might have more support than he has let on, as Chavez said during a conversation after this item was published, the topic of health care will dominate the national discussion for the rest of the summer. Thus far, the loudest voices have been the opposition to major reform, or at least, to the major bone of contention, the public option. As the interlocked efforts of HCAN (Chavez) and its partners (PSN and Coleman, for one) begin to unfurl, and take on the look of the Obama presidential campaign with its grassroots and Web-based organizing, it may be that Obama takes on the look of Ali fighting Foreman.

Sito Negron

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June 22, 2009 at 1:53 pm

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Liberal immigration hardliners

Ok, I follow the argument, but still … this sounds sort of like Conservatives for Abortion Rights or something similar.

Recent Poll by Progressives for Immigration Reform Shows Concern Among Liberals and Progressives Over Current Immigration Levels

WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A nationwide poll of 600 self-indentified liberals and progressives shows that liberals are concerned about the current levels of immigration into the United States and the harmful effect that current immigration policies are having on U.S. population growth, the environment, and the availability of jobs. The poll was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC in April 2009.

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June 22, 2009 at 10:14 am

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But how did he die?

Without commenting on the issue of justification, this headline seems to be missing something:


Date/Time: 06-19-2009 @ 11:54p.m.
Location: 2500 N. Mesa
Vehicle: 2008 Ford Mustang, 2 door, red
Suspect: Ruben Troncoso, 31 year of age, 3100 block of Rockwall (DECEASED)
Victim: Police Sergeant, 12 year veteran, Westside Regional Command Center

EL PASO, TEXAS – An El Paso Police officer is forced to discharge his weapon after a man attempts to strike pedestrians and earlier attempts to strike an officer. Just before midnight, an El Paso Police Sergeant assigned to the Westside Regional Command Center was forced to take immediate action in an attempt to save a crowd of pedestrians at Mesa and Cincinnati. The Police Sergeant had spotted 31-year old Ruben Troncoso driving erratically in the area of Executive and Mesa, and knew from police dispatch that he had been involved in a pursuit from the Mission Valley area. The Sergeant attempted to stop Troncoso, who was driving a red 2008 Ford Mustang. The Sergeant signaled and gave commands for Troncoso to stop and he refused. As Troncoso continued south on Mesa and was approaching Cincinnati he began to rev his engine and accelerate toward pedestrians. Witnesses recalled people having to scatter in an attempt to avoid being struck. At that moment, the Sergeant, forced to stop the dangerous actions of Troncoso fired his weapon at Troncoso striking him.

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June 22, 2009 at 10:07 am

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PETA: El Paso is meaty and fat, so listen to naked Alicia Silverstone

News release came across our desk:


Sexy Ad to Promote Vegetarian Fitness After City Named One of America’s Fattest

El Paso, Texas — Showing off her fit, veggie-powered body, sexy Alicia Silverstone goes au naturel in a TV ad campaign aimed at reminding residents of El Paso—which was recently named one of America’s fattest cities by Men’s Fitness magazine—that going vegetarian is the best way to get slim and stay healthy.

“The Sun City’s love affair with meat is making its residents fat—and could literally be killing them,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “If the good people of El Paso want to shed their ‘saddlebags’ and get on the road to good health, the best thing that they can do is go vegetarian.”

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June 22, 2009 at 9:28 am

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