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NPT Capitol Round Up

nptlogo2Check out NPT’s new weekly feature, Capitol Round-up. This week, The feds fund, Dutton disses, Pollsters provoke and Berman’s bi-lingual, while everyone has something to say when it comes to Mexico. Here’s a sneak peak:

— Scene of the week: the live sonogram at the capitol: During a press conference in support of SB 182, which would require any woman seeking an abortion, to first have the opportunity to hear the heartbeat and see an ultrasound image of the fetus, organizers included a pregnant women undergoing a live sonogram, which was projected on a pull down screen adjacent to the speakers. [link]

— Busy week for:
Gov. Perry. He was in Washington on Monday meeting with the President. He flew back to Austin in order to speak at a pro-life rally at the capitol on Tuesday, got on a plane and was speaking in El Paso by mid-afternoon, and was back in Austin to speak at two different events on Wednesday.

— Weird moment:
Leo Berman. The Tyler state rep, when asked if there should be an amnesty for illegal immigrants in Texas, repeatedly punctured his response with the word “why” and even switched it up asking “por que.” Listen below.

— Question of the week: Will Dunnam’s Select Committee tour come to El Paso?

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February 28, 2009 at 9:55 am

NPT Capitol: A double shot of Haggerty

Former El Paso state Rep Pat Haggerty has been making the news lately. He features in Gardner Selby’s excavation of Joe Straus’ political philosophy and Christy Hoppe’s piece on legislators that become lobbyists.

Despite losing his seat in the Texas House, Haggerty is still a force at the Capitol. The El Paso man is busy lobbying on behalf of several interests, is seen as close to Speaker Straus and even told NPT a couple of weeks ago that he would “never say never” to running for office again.

From the Austin American Statesmen: “The candidate was Haggerty. “Twenty-six years later, this guy is a colleague of mine in the Texas House and party leaders try to knock him out and did,” Straus said. “That’s just not the (right) way. I was part of the effort to build the party, not the one to rip it apart.” [link]

From the Dallas Morning News: “Two days after Pat Haggerty relinquished the El Paso legislative seat he’d held for 20 years, he was back to work at the Capitol, this time for the tobacco firm Reynolds American. [link]

–Ben Wright

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February 23, 2009 at 10:48 am