El Paso County Candidates for 2014 Primaries

The following is a list of the candidates in the 2014 March Primary ballot. I only listed the offices where there is an El Paso candidate on the ballot and that has a challenger. Updated on December 12, 2013 (15:25ET) to add candidates I neglected to include. Chief Justice 8th Court of Appeals District Mario… Read More El Paso County Candidates for 2014 Primaries

On Candidate Slates

As much as political observers have rejoiced about the repudiation of Steve Ortega in the last election the fact is that the Hunt/Foster public agenda policy is still firmly in place. Yesterday, the final slate of candidates for the upcoming March Primary has been finalized. As much as many may think there is an opportunity… Read More On Candidate Slates

The Courts of Inquiry and El Paso Public Corruption

The following is a guest post by Judge Richard A. Roman “When two elephants fight, it’s the grass that gets trampled” – African proverb. “A sitting Texas judge faces a rare court of inquiry reviewing allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in a 25 year jail sentence before the defendant was exonerated.”  (National Public Radio). “Today, a… Read More The Courts of Inquiry and El Paso Public Corruption

It Takes Two to Bribe

As many of you already know, former El Paso County Assistant District Attorney Antonio Reyes was indicted by a federal grand jury charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to the FBI’s media release dated November 12, 2013 the government alleges that “Reyes conspired with others through text messaging to accept cash bribes… Read More It Takes Two to Bribe

Is Oscar Leeser Beginning to Question Joyce Wilson’s Sincerity?

For many years now, Eddie Holguin has publicly complained that Joyce Wilson and her staff have provided incomplete or erroneous information to city representatives on action items before city council. My own recent experience with my open records requests has forced me to question whether city staff has purposely providing me the wrong information or… Read More Is Oscar Leeser Beginning to Question Joyce Wilson’s Sincerity?

Why Did Eliot Shapleigh Suddenly Go Politically Quiet?

Something that I noticed about the political undercurrent, once it became obvious that the public corruption investigations were throwing a wider net then the Luther Jones’ political faction, that has been bothering me for a while now is why did Eliot Shapleigh stop being a politician. In the various political functions, as the rumors simmered… Read More Why Did Eliot Shapleigh Suddenly Go Politically Quiet?

El Paso Triple-A Team Name: Lessons in Marketing Success and Failures, Mostly Failures

And there you have it, the El Paso baseball team is the El Paso CHIHUAHUAS. If you thought the horde had any respect for El Pasoans by now I’m sure you’ve put that notion completely out of your mind. Whether you were hoping for the Aardvarks, or the Buckaroos or you just hated all of… Read More El Paso Triple-A Team Name: Lessons in Marketing Success and Failures, Mostly Failures

Tell Me Who You Hang Out With and I’ll Tell You Who You Are

Dime con quién andas y te diré quien eres is an old Mexican proverb. Basically it states that those you choose to frequent with reveal who you truly are. Criminal conspiracy investigations normally include a matrix of who the connections are between individuals in order to see how the criminal enterprise is structured. Those who… Read More Tell Me Who You Hang Out With and I’ll Tell You Who You Are

Laredo State Representative Interested in Clint ISD Financial Disclosure Requirement; Is Naomi Gonzalez Behind It?

As some of you already know, on Thursday, October 10, 2013, El Paso Times reporter Alex Hinojosa reported that the board of trustees for the Ysleta Independent School District opposed the financial disclosure requirement recently enacted by the Texas Legislature. Back on May 2, 2013 Marissa Márquez was successful in passing House Bill 343. House… Read More Laredo State Representative Interested in Clint ISD Financial Disclosure Requirement; Is Naomi Gonzalez Behind It?

Ballpark Cost Increases by $8.1 million; MountainStar Provides Payment Guarantees

Earlier today, in addition to the press conference about the resignation of Joyce Wilson, the mayor announced that the downtown ballpark would cost an additional $8.1 million. Unlike the previous administration under John Cook, Oscar Leeser released a complete explanation of the negotiations, advised the community that city council would be voting on the proposal… Read More Ballpark Cost Increases by $8.1 million; MountainStar Provides Payment Guarantees