So, I had this all written out and it disappeared, so you'll get the really short version.
Once again El Paso voted itself into the abyss by going in with both feet for Democrats. When the people who hand out the shit at the state capital (the Republicans) look around to see who deserves something, they never see El Paso. Why? because they don't see blue very well. That red sure does stand out. Do yourself a favor and try doing the easy for once and see what you get.
Right now you're basically paying to send our state senator and house members to Austin for 140 days to eat free food and drink free booze while you get squat. But hell, being an El Paso rep is a good gig if you can get it - no expectations and all the free beer and tacos you can eat in Austin.
You guys passed the bond. Great, more construction jobs for all. Bad in other ways. El Paso's Bureaucratic entities are notoriously bad at handling large sums of money. Lot's of people end up in jail and taxpayers don't get what they wanted. And remember, you're getting nicer real estate in this deal, not smarter kids.
Nothing else was a surprise at all. What was surprising was this unneeded, stupid fight with the sheriff. The unions backing the Republican are now f*cked. They went against Wiles, who is a Shapleigh Camper, and you can bet they ain't gett'n shit for a long time. No Republican had any chance at all and it was stupid to pick a fight you had no chance of winning. It was equally dumb for Jaime Abeytia to poke them with a stick. He accuses Hector Montez of doing things that will cause him pain the future - well Jaime did it to himself here. He created enemies when he didn't need to. Wiles was going to win without Abeytia kicking the undersized and wimpy opposition in the ass all the time. Never a need to stick your neck out when you don't need to in the political world.
Good luck on your island. You've got some mayor shopping to do. I suggest you get in of you're going to get in because it's going to be a mess.