Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
He already has a treasurer established and has been attending meetings and events for quite awhile now. Yanez will likely be the first in a crowd of candidates for the position. Prominent Democrat Mike Apodaca has already made his interest known about a possible bid for the seat.
Its still very early and Yanez will be in a crowded field of candidates so he'll have to start pounding the ground pretty heard if he wants to make a run-off.
More on this and other municipal races in the next few days...
People around the UTEP campus have been asking what ever happened to the University Democrats. They were reborn (again) last year and were given much more fanfare within the El Paso Democratic Party than the Young Democrats because well, EPYD couldn't be controlled by the former chair.
But in typical University Democrat fashion, here today, gone tomorrow.
Even the College Republicans are asking what the hell happened to their colleagues from the left. Frankly, its a bit of a shame too because the UTEP College Republicans are in an almost all-Democrat town but have been recognized for their activism by the state entity of the College Republicans.
So someone go wake up the University Dems and tell them to get off the bench and get their butts in the game will ya?
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
I am taking care of some family business right now so I am out of the loop on a few things. But since Monday night I have received a slew of phone calls, emails, text messages, and FB inboxes about the swearing-in ceremony for the new Chairman of the El Paso Democratic Party.
It was a royal mess. Surprise, surprise.
Actually, some people should count themselves lucky I wasn't there because I would've been recording it and I would've posted the whole mess online. But since I wasn't there, they have a reprieve.
But I pieced together what happened based on my conversations with people that attended the event. Here's how it wen't down...
On Monday night’s swearing-in ceremony held at The Garden, the local Democratic Party and its leadership proved once again why the local party is a joke to so many people. It was a damn novela for the people in attendance. There are a few things to take away from the entire evening:
Friday, August 17, 2012
The event is being organized by the in-coming Chairmen Rick Melendrez and will be on Monday at 6:30pm at The Garden in downtown El Paso.
This event is open to the public and there will be refreshments available.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The mere fact that the head of our legislative delegation is leading the way in support of Moody should send a message to the rest of the delegation to jump on board. Chairman Pickett has stated that he's going to stay out of it and Representatives Marquez and Gonzalez have been pretty quiet so far. While I understand that there is some sort of unwritten rule about helping out against incumbents, I think Pickett, Marquez, and Gonzalez have a higher obligation to the people of El Paso to support a candidate who's positions are more consistent with the values and priorities of El Pasoans.
Representative Margo toed the Republican Party line on key votes that have had a very negative impact on El Pasoans. Pickett, Marquez, and Gonzalez should follow the lead of Senator Rodriguez and Rep-Elect Gonzalez and forget unwritten code in favor of the people of El Paso by publically and financially supporting Moody.
If you'd like to help Moody win a contribution from the Burnt Orange Report, click this link and vote for Joe Moody. Its quick, its easy, and its a simple thing you can do, whether you live in his district or not, to help him win.
He's going to lose that one bigger than the one he lost two years ago by the way.
But it turns out the the Republican nominee's former campaign manager that left her campaign on election day is now running...you guessed it...Dan Chavez's campaign.
But the reports of infighting within the Republican nominee's camp appear to be pretty consistent. Which is strange because they apparently haven't been looking at the math. No matter what happens, they just don't have the votes to be a threat in November...
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Good for them. It wasn't an easy vote and they took it anyway. It was an especially difficult vote on the part of Escobar because she's the only member of Court that is still going to be around come January and from the news coverage it appears she did it mostly because it was the right thing to do.
But I think they also made an effective economic argument for domestic partner benefits at the County. It saves tax payers money and that is a hard argument to be against, even if your name is Dan Haggerty.
The meeting had the usual group of people that are against gay rights including Bishop Brown, his wife, Sal "I Want Attention" Gomez, and Nacho "Oh, Pretty Please, Let Me Still Be Relevant" Padilla. We've seen this same show at the city. The only thing that has changed is that Pastor Brown is now Bishop Brown and now he has a loud shirt.
For the benefit of Bishop Brown and his flock, and for Commissioner Lewis for that matter, let me explain the basic flaw in their premise about the people having voted on this issue. You are talking about a different ordinance with different details, applying to different people, with different requirements, at a totally different level of government.
Stop saying the people voted on it because they haven't. And there is a far bigger electorate at the county level as opposed to the city level.
Douchbag of the Week - Cowboy fans. I still hate you guys. Just thought I'd remind you.
Apparently the campaign manager for their nominee, I forget her name, was a guy that left her campaign on the day of the primary election. Word on the street is that Dan Chavez is running the congressional campaign and apparently that is bothering another faction of the local GOP.
Dan Chavez previously ran for State Senate in the last election against State Senator Jose Rodriguez.
I should mention that the Ron Paul supporters are somewhat of a pivot point for the local GOP. Lets face it, they are the actual worker bees the GOP needs in order to make any of the elections they are about to lose in November look respectable. A good portion of the El Paso Liberty Group are supporters of the Democratic Nominee Beto O'Rourke. Some prefer the Republican nominee.
Apparently there was a bit of a hub-bub about some of the postings of the El Paso Liberty Group's Facebook page being interpreted as "pro-O'Rourke" and they were contacted by the establishment of the GOP and called to the carpet for it. Which is interesting because pulling the loyalty card with the Liberty Group isn't going to fly because the Liberty Group quickly pointed out the fact that its difficult to ask for Party loyalty when the GOP's nominee was seen recently courting the support of the El Paso Young Democrats at a meeting in San Elizario.
Interestingly at that meeting, the El Paso Young Democrats were featuring a Democratic congressional candidate that would've taken on Congressional Republican Quico Canseco in the General Election.
One more note, the El Paso Liberty Group is the most vocal and visible political group in town in terms of social media. The El Paso Democratic Party had a rather vigorous social media campaign in place but Danny Anchondo pulled the plug on it. The GOP has basically no social media presence and very few of the Democratic Party clubs have an active social media presence to the degree that the Liberty Group does.
Maybe the new Democratic Party Chair Rick Melendrez will take note and let some of the young guns in the El Paso Democratic Party start leveraging the FB page again...
Melendrez's previous reign as Party Chairman was shadowed by controversy and a range of allegations but the new Chairman is already making some changes. I've heard that the new Secretary of the El Paso Democratic Party is going to be Illiana Holguin, spouse of City Representative Eddie Holguin.
They also made an official announcement yesterday that the new PIO is Soraya Holguin (pictured). I don't know what her public relations experience is as of yet but it is a step in a different direction for the Democratic Party. Lets face it, the Party's public relations has either been non-existent or terrible. There has been a complete lack of presence from the Party in local media and its a rare occasion that the Party ever voices opinion on local, state, or federal policy issues.
Soraya Holguin hasn't previously been around the El Paso Democratic Party but Melendrez is likely getting new blood in to the Party for a couple of reasons. One is likely to have a new pool of talent and the other is because the current group of established Party members aren't going to give him the warmest of welcomes due to his last stint as Party Chair.
I'll keep you posted.
Monday, August 13, 2012
However I thought another item was interesting. Justice of the Peace Brian Haggerty had to be before the Court to ask for permission to raise a fee about something I don't remember or care about. I thought it was funny that Judge Haggerty and Commissioner Haggerty (his older brother) were going back and forth on the issue.
I got a kick out of them calling each other by their titles. Somewhere Ma Haggerty is smiling...
Friday, August 10, 2012
Look, I love art as much as the next guy. I don't have an artistic bone in my body, unless you count the ability to tell someone to go to hell, in which case, I'm Picasso.
I'd never be the type to say what is and isn't art. But I can say what is and isn't insulting. And this Alameda corridor art project is a slap in the face. As it is there is a problem with blight on Alameda. Its the part of town full run-down car dealerships and parts stores. Its something many are trying to overcome.
And someone that it was a good idea to send money to someone out-of-town to make art out of old car parts in the area of town trying to overcome a stigma? If I didn't know better, I'd think someone was TRYING to perpetuate a stigma rather than have a worthwhile art project.
BTW, I feel I should note that I think Loteria is a distinct cultural icon. So someone isn't creating new art, its just copying something someone else did.
Frankly the idea making an eye out of a wheele and windshield wipers in the part of town that is blighted with run-down car and parts stores is a slap in the face. I guarantee you that putting something like that in the hoity-toity Westside would not fly.
Lets face it, transit gets used the most in the valley, so why can't we make it a priority to make sure its done right. Not with some left-over car parts because symbols are important.
Oh, and here's a wacky idea...why not spend all that feria on LOCAL artists. We have a ton of local artists in town that could come up with some great concepts and then we don't have to export our dollars.
If you think a City Council or Commissioner's Court meeting is exhilarating and entertaining on their own, imagine all that fun jam-packed in to one meeting! Sorry...that's sarcasm. I apparently have a reader who's lips still move when they read and they don't always understand sarcasm so I feel I need to point it out now.
For some reason, they beat the crap out of a dead horse on the topic of IT consolidation. Not sure why considering that is the part of consolidation that seems to have been the most successful consolidation venture. But for some reason Representative Robinson couldn't seem to wrap his head around the fact that a cost avoidance is similar to a cost savings. Either way, its money the tax payer's don't have to spend. Not sure why that is so difficult to understand for Representative Robinson, but after a testy exchange between Robinson and County Judge Veronica Escobar, Robinson replied, "Well maybe I'm not that smart."
Actually the testy exchanges were the highlight of the meeting really. Clearly City Reps Holguin and Robinson have issues with some members of Commissioner's Court since both of them seemed to clash with County Judge Escobar in one form or another during the meeting.
Commissioner Lewis had a bit of a testy exchange with Commissioner Perez, though he really went out of his way to convey that he "respectfully" disagreed. It was over going forward with a motion to explore the idea of a Parks Authority. The motion wasn't to create the authority, it was a motion to explore the idea of creating a Parks Authority.
It was also interesting to watch a meeting facilitated by two head hanchos, the Mayor and the County Judge. If you are a policy wonk, it was interesting stuff.
Sidebar - Sal Gomez was interviewed again. I cannot figure out why local media interview that guy. He's contrarian, we get it. Seriously reporters, photogs, and assignment directors, can't you get comment from ANYONE else? When he's constantly the go-to guy for contrarian view points it actually inflates his influence.
Don't expect there to be consolidation of law enforcement anytime within our lifetime. Its just structurally impractical. Although Chief Allen made a remark about there are not the egos in place now among the Sheriff and PD leadership that there was in the past. I'm not sure who that was a shot at...
I didn't stick around I left right after an exhilarating conversation about extending a lease...(to my slow reader, yes, that was sarcasm as well.)
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Word on the street, although unconfirmed, is that Aaron Barraza, who was closely tied to the Moreno faction of the Party in his run for State Rep earlier this year is now going to be the new Parliamentarian for the El Paso Democratic Party under the new Party Chair, Rick Melendrez.
So the person who is going to make official interpretations of the state TDP rules is someone who has only voted once in their life? Great...I'm sure thats going to work out wonderful.
Oh and hey, speaking of voting for the first time in this last election...shout out to El Paso County Commissioner Tania Chozet who despite being registered to vote since '08, finally voted in her first election in El Paso during the Primary earlier this year. A couple more elections and she'll be considered a reliable voter.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Interestingly of the "amigos", only contributor appears to have a Spanish name and only one appears to be from El Paso.
Dee Margo, the gift that keeps on giving.
Oh, in other Margo news, it appears the son that famously said something along the lines of El Paso isn't good enough for his dad when he lost to Joe Moody the first time is apparently back in town.
Friday, August 3, 2012
So if the report is accurate, then Laura Starthmann is Judge-Elect of the 388th Family Court.
Smart move on the part of Thomas, she was going to lose anyway. You have to go pretty far back to the last time a Republican won a countywide seat.
Take a look at this image. Its a picture of list of candidates that Representative Quintanilla poll sitters were passing out to voters during early voting.
The candidates listed forged alliances with Quintanilla because the perception was that he would be able to get out the vote.
I guess it didn't occur to any of them that Quintanilla has never really had a serious challeger in an election.
Know what all the names have in common?
They all won.
Negron will be the Communications Director for El Paso's Democratic Senator for the 29th District of Texas.
Negron has worked at the El Paso Times, Newspaper Tree, and the El Paso Inc.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
David K nailed it in this piece in that special way only The Juice can.
Especially when he talks about staying relevant and rejection.
Read it here! http://refusethejuice.typepad.com/thinkaboutit/2012/08/pat-yourself-on-the-back-el-paso-you-finally-did-something-right.html
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
I know that Vince Perez has not received a phone call from Chente Quintanilla as of yet. If I remember correctly I don't think O'Rourke ever received a call from Reyes though I think Reyes might have congratulated O'Rourke in the media, and I'm not sure if any of the other candidates called their opponents.
I know Rudy Loya called to congratulate Perez for making the run-off during the primary and Rudy Loya actually attended Perez's results-watching event last night. In fact, Loya and his wife collected all the Perez signs from the valley so that the Perez family could get some much-needed rest.
I remember a time in politics that even in hotly-contested races the opponent would call the victor and offer congratulations.
Hell, even though I'm often critical of former State Representative Norma Chavez, I have to admit that I know for a fact that she was graceful in her loss to current State Representative Naomi Gonzalez. When Chavez lost she called Gonzalez, conceded victory and offered a very graceful congratulatory message.
Now it appears to be the exception to the rule.
It shouldn't be.
Memmer when we were talking about the split between urban voters and rural voters in Precinct 3 and how I said that a majority of the voters in that Precinct come from the metro areas of El Paso, Horizon City, and Socorro?
Memmer when you were saying that I didn't know what I was talking about and that I should get a Precinct map?
Well I had already seen the numbers which is why I made that statement in the first place and knew what I was talking about. But I didn't respond to you then but filed your remark away in my head for today.
So now that the race is over, I think maybe you are the one that has never seen the Precinct 3 map. The majority of the voters in the Precinct live exactly where I said they did.
Check the scoreboard Rosie...