Rep. Jim Tolbert (close Karlsruher family friend) is getting bad advice and acting on it. The Shapleigh Campers are using him to wage their petty little wars against their perceived enemies - in this case the police chief. Tolbert will learn a lesson most politicians have already been taught - don't mess with the local cops.
People love their police officers. If the cops come out for your opponent - that's one thing. If the cops decide to come out against YOU - that's another. One scenario involves $1,000 donation from the PAC and not much else. The other involves cops, their families and their friends doing everything they can to make sure you don't get reelected.
The firefighters actively trying to take Rep. Cortney Niland down is a great example of how this works. Her opponent got votes not because he was worthy of serving in office, but because the firefighters, their families and their friends spent most of their time trashing her at every voter's door in the district. Niland would have lost had her opponent been anybody other than a pot smoking juvenile delinquent.
Tolbert will not have the luxury of just one opponent. And Tolbert must also realize that the Shapleigh Campers will leave him high and dry in the next election when the peyote princess runs against him again (The Campers prefer female candidates for reason some of you are all too aware of). Taking orders from Byrd and Escobar now won't pay off in any way later.
At one time the Shapleigh Campers were above all the petty fights they find themselves in now. In those times they had to deal with the great Norma Chavez who was the queen of petty fights. Chavez, having lost all clout was desperate and just throwing punches in every direction. It seems the Campers are now in the same situation and acting in the same way.
You have a budget... I guess...
What you also have is a major contract awarded to a company to manage the building of an arena you can't afford and have no use for. You can't build much these days for $180 million. Whatever you get for that price won't be any better than the Haskins center. Even if you did get something substantial for that price there isn't enough interest in El Paso as an entertainment stop to at least have the building pay its maintenance costs.
People will often tell you that horses and boats are the worst purchases for a family financially. Well, this arena is your equivalent of a horse - you got nobody to ride it, but you have to feed it and keep it healthy. It's a complete drain on your wallet. I guess your lucky an arena doesn't poop everywhere.
Yes, Rep. Cortney Niland should probably ditch the phone. But that ain't going to happen. I'm not sure what more you people want me to say about that. If you think she's using it for official business during meetings you can file an open records request. I'm not going to declare her public enemy #1 because she wants her kids to have access to her during city council meetings.
When I became a parent six years ago I realized that I have no business judging other parents when it comes to how they choose to interact with their children. Well, I judge those parents who abandon or ignore their children, obviously. Other than that - helicopter mom situation etc. are none of my business. We are all raising our children wrong, but they'll grow up and fix all the damage we inflicted. That's just how it works.
I personally think politicians should have not only access to their phones while in session, but that they be engrossed in long drawn personal conversation with friends or family during the entire meeting. The less time they spend "legislating" the better off the public is. In fact, if they only met once a year and spent that whole meeting texting nasty shit about each other to their respective staff members, El Paso would be great again.
That is all.