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
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
As you all remember the El Paso Crime Lab was put on probation on June 24, 2011. The irony of the raging drug war going on in El Paso’s sister city, Cd. Juárez, at that time was not lost in me especially when subsequent to the city being put on probation county commissioner Willie Gandara… Read More Corruption Laden and Drug Gateway El Paso to Revisit Drug Lab
As the final sentences are handed out in the public corruption cases I began to wonder about two other criminal cases with political connections. The first case is City Representative Ann Morgan Lilly. As expected in a corrupt laden city like El Paso, the local police department is keeping this case hidden behind the illusion… Read More Follow Up on Jaime Abeytia Criminal Case: Two More Cases
Apparently I hit a nerve with some of you in regards to my post on Oscar Leeser canceling TVO’s real estate contact with the city. As usual your comments, suggestions and leads are not only useful but also much appreciated. As you already know through my Tweet on Tuesday, city council voted unanimously to terminate… Read More Russell Vandenburg Follow Up
Today’s city council meeting has an item on the agenda asking for the termination of a real estate management contract between the city and TVO North America. This item caught my attention because it was added to the agenda by Oscar Leeser and there is no back up material. It also appears to be calling… Read More Why Is Leeser Asking to Cancel TVO Contract?
The problem with useful idiots is that their job is to create propaganda for the benefit of those they serve. In doing so the truth is just an inconvenient obstacle that they always ignore. Case in point; two weeks ago, a Veronica Escobar political operative sent in a reader letter to the El Paso Times,… Read More Dissecting A Disinformation Campaign
When the Courts of Inquiry were first announced in 2004 the first thing the corruptors did was to create the illusion that those alleging police misconduct were “police haters”, “criminals” or had “monetary motives” for making the allegations. Many rejoiced when the system resulted in one criminal referral because in their mind it vindicated the… Read More El Paso Law Enforcement Conduct
When Theresa Caballero and Stuart Leeds looked for justice for their client via a rarely used court procedure and Judge Richard A. Roman signed the order convening the first Court of Inquiry in El Paso in many years, many in the city were aghast at the two attorneys and a judge who dared challenge the… Read More The El Paso Courts of Inquiry: Nine Years Later
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
As you can already tell the upcoming election season is going to be a brutal one. With the local paper apparently walling up its content behind a pay wall and the increasing relevance of the online community in influencing the electorate I expect there will be no shortage of political operatives being unleashed as Election… Read More Who is Veronica Escobar?
As Leonard Martinez of KVIA first reported on November 18, 2013, it appears that the El Paso Times is putting up a pay wall on its website in the near future. A pay wall is basically a requirement to pay for content, in this case the El Paso Times will tease you with small tidbits… Read More El Paso Times Pay Wall is a Gift for Veronica Escobar
As a political blogger I expect my fair share of dissent, hostility and challenges to my notions of the state of the political scene. In many ways I welcome it because the more dissention the greater I feel my message is getting through to those who read my blog. To create community discussion is the… Read More Jay Koester: Thief and Hypocrite
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
Anybody interested in government transparency at the City of El Paso should take a moment to read my experience with the open records process at the city. And, no this is not about David Karlsruher. His parent’s company just happened to be the mechanism that led me to question the city’s competence and sincerity when… Read More El Paso Open Records: City Incompetence or More?
From the first moment I was notified by the city that my money order was not acceptable for the open records request I had submitted looking for images of Steve Ortega I knew something was wrong. At first it seemed like a simple attempt at delaying or discouraging me from pursuing my quest for information… Read More The Money Order Conspiracy
One of the problems with the political process is that many people live in a culture of fear that allows other people to manipulate them. Living within the culture of fear does not allow an individual to decide on their own on how to handle a given situation because other people are advising them on… Read More Lily Limon Silence Only Serves To Keep the Public in the Dark
It all started out as a simple attempt to confirm whether a rumor that Steve Ortega may have used city property to run his mayoral campaign was true or not. The sixty-three day odyssey turned into a search for an elusive picture of a city representative and the County Judge that when I finally got… Read More Is The City Hiding Public Records?
Yesterday, at approximately 5:30 El Paso time I received four images of Steve Ortega and Veronica Escobar pursuant to my open records request. My receipt of these images has now reinforced my belief that there are some serious problems with how the city has handled my open records requests. For those who might be anxiously… Read More Open Records Process Update
One of the things about commenting on the political scene is the fact that in a Democracy the human factor is still very much in play. I believe that most everyone would agree that the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) is so corrupted that to allow any of the elected officials to remain in… Read More EPISD Board of Managers
Gross, disgusting and disrespectful are the comments I got when I showed friends the picture of Cortney Niland shoeless at a recent city council meeting. “No one wants to smell her stinky feet” was the common comment I got from various people. Of course, this is not as simple as being shoeless. This is about… Read More Gross, Disgusting and Disrespectful
The trouble with liars is that they become so accustomed to lying that they completely lose understanding the difference between right and wrong. Since a liar doesn’t understand between right and wrong their own actions eventually expose them for the corrupt individuals that they are. David Karlsruher has been exposed not only for outright lying,… Read More Bloggers That Lie Could Easily End Up in Jail
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?
By now most of you have heard that there was some type of altercation in the city council chambers last Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Because of the local media’s incompetence we don’t know much however I can tell you that it involved Lily Limon and Cortney Niland. According to the various accounts I have heard… Read More Niland’s Childish Behavior Forces Changes at City Council
As salacious and tantalizing, at least for some, that a picture of Steve Ortega’s hand on Veronica Escobar’s breast sounds this story is not about the picture rather it is about a process that seems at best to demonstrate the ineptitude of the city and at worst it showcases an attempt to corrupt the open… Read More Steve’s Hand on Veronica is About the Process
As most of you already know I have been battling with the city for a set of images that I had requested through an open records request. My request was for any images of immediate-past elected officials found in any of the city representatives’ computers. There have been numerous allegations of city officials using city… Read More Sometimes Open Records Make Me Laugh, Unfortunately for El Paso
As many of you probably already know, Ann Morgan Lilly is being investigated by the El Paso Police Department on allegations of threatening a city employee. According to media reports, city employee Jose Fierro called 911 alleging that he was threatened by Ann Morgan Lilly when he notified her that he would have to trim… Read More Ann Morgan Lilly’s Legal Woes and Police Special Treatment
Yesterday, October 28, 2013 I was pleasantly surprised to get a message from Ms. Irma Lopez, the city’s Public Records Coordinator letting me know that the pending records request that has been held up due to the issue of money orders has finally been released to me. As you will remember there has been a… Read More Quick Update On Open Records Requests
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?
As many of you already know last Tuesday city council discussed the city’s process for open records. Lilly Limon put item 14B on the agenda for discussion. The item was posted as “Discussion and action on the process used to provide open records requests.” As I have stated numerous times before; I have never had… Read More Open Records Request and Money Orders Update
There used to be questions. Then there was anger. And now, there is outright rage in El Paso. The little unassuming yappity dog that the baseball ownership group was hoping would unite the divided community around the incoming baseball team seems to have instead lit the fuse of rage. A dog better known for its… Read More There is Rage in the Community
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
As you may remember, on October 9, 2013 I posted “Is the City Playing Games with Open Records?” In that post, and the previous one; “Money Orders and the City of El Paso” I described the two issues I was having with the city in fulfilling my open records requests. The first issue is that… Read More Open Records Request Update
As you all already know Steve Ortega has filed a challenge to being questioned by Stephanie Townsend Allala under oath about what responsive records he may have in regards to her open records request. You may have also noticed that many people are offering their interpretations of the legal nuances about the ongoing legal battle.… Read More Judge Richard Roman Opines on Steve Ortega Filing
I guess I’m just an idiot and I really don’t understand what corruption is because I can’t get over the text message shared by Armando Rodriguez with El Paso. “We can get marisa [sic] to run interference before that board gets taken over. Month to month crisis management and legislative advocacy. 13,500 per month, 6… Read More Woody Hunt on Public Corruption
Of all the people that read my blog, it is David Karlsruher that finally made me understand why the local media is such a disaster. We have all figured out why the management types at the local media allow mediocrity, or in the case of the El Paso Times masquerading as a newspaper outright create… Read More David Karlsruher Makes My Point About the Local Media
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
One of the things that drives me to blog is the hypocrisy of politicians. The hypocrisy that oozes out of Steve Ortega is unexplainable. As you probably already know, Steve Ortega filed two motions electronically on Sunday, October 13, 2013. According to the filings, copies were sent out to counsel on Friday, October 11, 2013.… Read More Steve Ortega and Hypocrisy
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?
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