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Archive for August 20th, 2009

State Rep. Marisa Marquez and political insider Carlos Aguilar have a conversation

That’s it. Both parties said they saw each other at the Pershing Inn last night and discussed politics a bit. Among the things they did not do (list courtesy of a little birdie): Go fishing; toast to Fidel Castro, George Bush and Barack Obama; toss a dwarf; do body shots; dance on the bar; or engage in a fist fight.

Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 20, 2009 at 2:03 pm

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The grassroots stir; health care, elections are in the wind

From the NPT Inbox, El Paso Grassroots (as opposed to Conservative Grassroots El Paso). Sort of reminds of the Bush strategy back in the recent day — Democrats would sense opportunity, rush in during spring and summer, expend themselves, and then Bush would stomp all over them in the fall. Is that what we’re about to see? Here’s the missive:

August 19, 2009

Greetings All,

We continue to welcome and thank all the new folks who’ve graciously provided support and email information. This is El Paso Grassroots, a progressive community-minded group.

It’s been a whirlwind of a summer, to be followed by an active autumn. We’ve been engaging people of our community, as evident by the collection of over 1600 signatures in support of Health Care Reform. Our respective stories are being shared with one another, connecting us through experience. What will ensue is a convergence of passion and social justice. El Paso Grassroots now has 600+ supporters and potential volunteers, joining the voice of our community. Reaching out to folks who come from all walks of life, with all types of ailments—emotional and physical; yet we share our skills and talents that we’ve gleaned from our wonderful El Paso. It seemed that our unofficial theme for the summer was to “Come Together.” As evident by the great turnouts at various summer events and beautiful venues throughout El Paso, the sense of community exuded from our interaction.

If you’ll indulge us, some have expressed disappointment with the situation involving Health Care Reform.

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 20, 2009 at 11:33 am

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Rep. Reyes on Health Care reform at the Ray Pearson Forum Saturday

From the NPT Inbox:

RE: Congressman Silvestre Reyes to discuss HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM LEGISLATION at Ray Pearson Forum with Joe Oliva (Bowie High School)


El Pasoans will have another opportunity to discuss health insurance reform legislation with Congressman Silvestre Reyes at a special edition of the Ray Pearson Forum with Joe Oliva this Saturday, August 22, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Bowie High School 801 S. San Marcial Street (Fine Arts Theater). The event is free and open to the public.

I am grateful that Congressman Reyes will join us again, this time to discuss health insurance reform. Congressman Reyes will be available for a full hour and a half to speak about health insurance reform legislation being debated in Congress and answer questions from the public. Please forward this email to everyone in your contact list.

Stay well and I hope to see you on Saturday,

Joe Oliva

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 20, 2009 at 11:20 am

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