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Archive for August 18th, 2009

Rallying in El Paso and across the state Aug. 29 for immigration reform

News release in the NPT Inbox (disclosure: the release was sent by NPT contributor Jaime Abeytia, who works for the Border Network for Human Rights):

Kick-off Events for Statewide Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

El Paso, Texas – Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) will launch a statewide push for comprehensive immigration reform in cities across Texas. The statewide coalition of immigration reform organizations and advocates is partnering with the Border Network for Human Rights to organize the local event, which will be a rally taking place on August 29th, 2009 at the El Paso Convention Center.

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August 18, 2009 at 2:31 pm

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The ethics commission is still a political football; kickoff is Monday

You all remember the ethics bill in the state Legislature. If you forgot, click here for NPT archives found using the search words “ethics legislature.”

That was the easy part. Now the county has to figure out how to implement an Ethics Commission. Coming in the heat of an election season, with public corruption cases working through the court system, that’s going to be one hell of a fight. Speaking of which, we missed the County Commissioners’ Court meeting yesterday, but heard that the battle already has begun.

Using a football analogy (yes, baseball is America’s Pastime, but c’mon, more people watch freakin’ exhibition football watch baseball games that count), this event Monday can be considered the kickoff in the effort to create an El Paso Ethics Commission.

Representative Márquez and Senator Shapleigh to Hold Press Conference Urging County Action on Ethics Bill

EL PASO, TX- The El Paso delegation, following a milestone legislative triumph during the 81st legislative session, is currently working to ensure that SB 1368, the El Paso County Ethics Bill, takes effect in El Paso after it becomes enacted into law on September 1st, 2009. State Representative Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) and State Senator Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso) who led the fight for ethics reform, will collaborate on a joint statement to the press on August 24, 2009.

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August 18, 2009 at 1:21 pm

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U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, candidate for governor, in El Paso Friday

The official notification ought to be along shortly, and we’ll post that as it comes. In the meantime, here’s the Houston Chronicle on her announcement of candidacy for governor.

For some context, consider that her leaving the Senate opens that seat. Houston Mayor Bill White and former Texas comptroller John Sharp are in the race on the Democratic side, and White was in El Paso Sunday and Monday.

UPDATE: Here’s the official notification:

Hutchison To Visit El Paso On The “Texas Can Do Better” Announcement Tour

Austin, TX – On Friday, August 21, Kay Bailey Hutchison will visit El Paso to formally announce her historic campaign for governor and rally with supporters as part of a five day, 19-stop tour.

WHO: Kay Bailey Hutchison
WHAT: Rally with Supporters
WHEN: Friday, August 21, 2009 3:00 PM
WHERE: Jaxon’s Restaurant & Brewing Co. 1135 Airway Blvd. El Paso, TX 79912 (915) 778-9696

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August 18, 2009 at 12:53 pm

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