Anson Mills takes El Paso Speak to task for their coverage of city council's vote to hire urban planners to plan three separate projects under one contract. Anson also points out that a county commissioner candidate is due a piece of the contract and that poses potential conflicts for the candidate as a candidate and the candidate as an advocate for lower taxes.
I think everyone here has to remember that voters voted on these projects. If they're feeling a little unsure now - it's too late. You can't un-promise money to bureaucrats. Once you say yes they will set to wasting that money faster than you can keep track.
The arena is the dumbest idea I've ever heard of and I'm pretty sure it's going to become quite famous as a large iconic symbol of government waste. Brian Kennedy does a hell of a job with the County Coliseum - they should have handed him a few million for expansion and repairs and watched him turn that investment into pure gold.
The fighting has only just begun.
Max Powers has found that Lyda Ness-Garcia is the photogenic gift that just keeps giving. Who knows how her handlers in Austin are reacting to this...
I do know that they put a push poll in El Paso where they mistakenly claim that Ness-Garcia was a member of the city council. Several people have contacted me with complaints about the little slip in factual history.
It's not uncommon to hear such garbage in a push poll. That's the entire point of them. The truth is stretched in the hopes the person who picked up the phone will pass on the misinformation to other voters. The key is to shit on your opponent and then make all kinds of outlandish claims about your opponent. For example, if I was running against Max Powers
"Did you know that Max Powers' great grandfather invented cancer or that Max Powers is Washington Redskins season ticket holder?"
"Did you know that David K's ancestors let Joseph and Mary stay at their hotel for free 2013 years ago?"
You get the point.
I don't think Ness' efforts here are going to pan out.
Brownfield is back. Please go support him.
I hear that Mary Gonzalez might have a little problem. Turns out that her constituents weren't aware that she is a "pansexual" and aren't on board as the constituents of a sexual freedom crusader. They'd just like the trains to run on time and some pot for all of their chickens... or something like that.
I also hear that some of the gay and lesbian advocates in Austin have figured out that she's neither gay, nor a lesbian. She pretends she is because there's money for her campaign in it.... and it makes for some good conversation at cocktail parties.
Pretending to be gay in order to get money for your campaign isn't as a bad as pretending to have cancer in order to get donations, but it's getting there.
Norma Chavez is finding the campaign trail to be very lonely. She's got no money, no friends and has been forced to offer a cash bar in lieu of the free beer she's known for. Ten people cheering you on via Facebook feels like 1,000. However, it's just ten people.
I hear that her vendors are asking for money up front. That is not the vote of confidence you want when running for office.
UTEP's Poli-Sci department is adding a new class for the spring called "How Not to Run for Office - Eddie Holguin 101." It will be taught by Jaime O. Perez who will just tell the class how he'd go about running for an elected office. If anyone outside of your family still likes you at the end of the semester - you fail.
I also hear that Holguin's campaign vendors are looking for their money up front. Digging it out of the burning wreckage after March is just too much work.
I have seen snapshots of Holguin posing with just about every single convict related to the public corruption investigation. Even if he hadn't stumbled out of the blocks so badly, the pictures would have been damming enough to kill his chances.
I just learned this the other day....
The mayor instituted a policy that everyone must sign in when visiting city hall. Why? Who knows? Maybe he's putting together a Christmas card list?
I do know that you can ORR those sign-in sheets and learn a lot about who is doing what at the city on a daily basis. Someone would be real smart to get a copy of those from time to time. You might find some extremely interesting information in them.
Why do you think the White House's list is so coveted?
Watch council today - should be a good fight.