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Refuse the Juice - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 9:29am
There's nothing like the first night in Vegas or the opening day of early voting. You can quote me on that. So, turnout looked to be insanely good everywhere in El Paso and around the rest of Texas (AKA -... Brad Kanus
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EPISD debt service

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 5:00am

This is the ballot language relating to the EPISD issue:

“APPROVING THE AD VALOREM TAX RATE OF $1.41 PER $100 VALUATION IN THE EL PASO ISD FOR THE CURRENT YEAR, A RATE
THAT IS $0.0647 HIGHER PER $100 VALUATION THAN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ROLLBACK TAX RATE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF
GENERATING ADDITIONAL STATE FUNDING TO SUPPORT THE DISTRICT’S COMPENSATION PLAN AS ADOPTED ANNUALLY
INCLUDING THE ONE-TIME EMPLOYEE STIPEND IN 2018-2019, TO EXPAND ACADEMIC PROGRAMMING, AND TO SUPPLEMENT
FUND BALANCE. IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE CURRENT TAX RATE, IF VOTERS APPROVE THE $1.41 TAX RATE, THE BOARD OF
TRUSTEES WILL REDUCE THE INTEREST AND SINKING RATE BY $.10, TO REDUCE THE TOTAL TAX RATE TO $1.31, WHICH IS
EQUAL TO THE TAX RATE FROM 2017-2018.”

The problem

Their 2018-19 Official Budget report shows:

Their existing interest and sinking rate (before the election) is $.24.  From that they estimate raising $37,913,980.  If they lower the rate by ten cents they will raise about $22.1 million.

That leaves them with just enough money to pay the interest on the bonds but none of the principal.

Also according to state law they can raise the interest and sinking fund rate next year without fear of triggering a roll back election.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Young people, East Siders lead surge in El Paso voter registration numbers

Borderzine - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 12:22am

A record 457,141 El Paso County residents are registered to vote for the Nov. 6 election, according to data from the County Elections Department. That’s up from 427,850 in the 2016 presidential election and 404,580 in 2014, the last midterm election.

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El Paso’s voter registration grew by 6.8 percent since 2016, faster than the state’s 4.6 percent growth rate. Preliminary figures from the Secretary of State’s Office show that only 18 of Texas’ 254 counties have had a higher percentage growth of registered voters than El Paso between 2016 and 2018.

The registration growth is driven largely by younger voters and those living on the eastern edges of the city and nearby unincorporated areas, according to preliminary data from the El Paso County Election’s Office.

For more complete coverage, see the full report on KVIA ABC 7.

The post Young people, East Siders lead surge in El Paso voter registration numbers appeared first on Borderzine.

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Ted Cruz is An Emasculated Man

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:00pm
The hypocrisy of the politicians is what drives me crazy. It is disgusting. But even worse than that […]
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Who Do

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 6:09pm
Who Do You Want to Lose the Midterms Most?: Podcast

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Despite?or Maybe Because of?Trump's Immigration Crackdown, Record Number of Families Crossing Southern Border

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 6:09pm
Despite?or Maybe Because of?Trump's Immigration Crackdown, Record Number of Families Crossing Southern Border

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How Media Avoid the ?Big Story? Behind Public Charge Rule Change

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 6:09pm
How Media Avoid the ?Big Story? Behind Public Charge Rule Change

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The mainstream media is missing the importance behind the Trump administration's approach to the Public Charge rule.


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Nashville Considers Ways to Sidestep State?s Anti-Sanctuary Laws

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 6:09pm
Nashville Considers Ways to Sidestep State?s Anti-Sanctuary Laws

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When metro Nashville voters go to the polls on Election Day, they will decide whether to establish a ?Community Oversight Board.?


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Wise Latina summit showcases services available to women after leaving abusive relationships

Borderzine - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:05pm

Several El Paso women’s groups are helping victims of domestic abuse by providing them with resources to resume a healthy, productive lives after leaving abusive relationships, speakers at a recent conference said.

Univision anchor Karina Yapoor was among the speakers at the Wise Latina summit at El Paso Community College to raise awareness about services available to women.

Among the services provided for domestic violence victims are rental assistance, replacement of damaged property, medical bills, counseling, and protective orders from the County Attorney’s Office are available for victims of violent crimes, but shelter is the most need resource, said Jessica Ugarte, a certified crime victim compensation services provider.

“They’re used to receiving financial support from their abuser, so when they leave they’re not sure where they can go or how can they support themselves,” Ugarte said during the annual summit called “Enough is Enough. Ya Basta” on Oct. 6 at the El Paso Community College.

Abuse “was just something that was accepted and women dealt with. No one in my family has had to use this, everyone just kind of dealt with it, but now, I think it’s awesome that we’re breaking that norm and moving forward,” said Stacy Arrieta, a case manager at El Paso First Health Plans.

“I didn’t even realize how many groups are available for people in domestic violence,” Arrieta said.

Ugarte and other speakers addressed about 150 people at the annual summit with the goal of improving awareness and empowering women to deal with sexual harassment, assault and domestic violence. The organization serves women in El Paso, Las Cruces and Ciudad Juarez.

Liz Chavez, president and founder of Wise Latina International, welcomes participants with a speech at the 2018 summit “Enough is Enough! Ya Basta!” at El Paso Community College.

Speakers and attendees noted the irony of hosting their event on the same day the Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was accused by more than one woman of drunken behavior and attempted sexual assault.

Among the accusers was Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto University professor, who said Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her while they were teens in Bethesda, Md. Kavanaugh denied the accusation.

“The fact that the (Ford) story was kind of brushed aside and not given the attention that was necessary was a slap in the face for so many women,” said Liz Chavez president and founder of Wise Latina International.

“We know that we’re in a very critical time in our society and we need to be able to raise awareness, educate, and empower our women to deal with sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence,” Chavez said.

“I really believe that we have to make our voice count now than ever,” Chavez said. “Its really important that not only we register to vote, but show up and vote whether it is at the local level, whether it is at the state level, whether it is at the national level.”

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Middle Eastern Migrants Part of Caravan?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:03pm
Middle Eastern Migrants Part of Caravan?

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President Trump's tweet this morning, suggesting Middle Eastern migrants have joined the large ca...

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BIA Should Vacate Matter of X-K-

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:03pm
BIA Should Vacate Matter of X-K-

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This is a particularly salient point given the caravan of migrants from Central America. If they knew tha...

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Early voting

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 5:00am

Early voting starts today.

Please go vote.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Fear of a Black Continent

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 4:01am
Fear of a Black Continent

Why European elites are worrying about African babies.
Source: Fear of a Black Continent

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Is U.S. Accession to the Mexico-UNHCR 'Caravan' Plan a Long-Term Mistake?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 4:01am
Is U.S. Accession to the Mexico-UNHCR 'Caravan' Plan a Long-Term Mistake?

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Apparently a part of the "plan" for resolving this caravan crisi...

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Caravan Issue Heats Up

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 4:01am
Caravan Issue Heats Up

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The closer the caravan gets to the southern border of the United States, the more likely it is to influence the mid...

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The Last Time America Picked a Side It Resulted in 9/11

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 10:00pm
The last time the American government picked one country over another it resulted in the 9/11 attacks. The […]
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Unfortunate answer

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 5:00am

I think our local candidate for the United States senate could do with some better advisers.

When he was recently asked about his nickname he told the audience that in our community if you are named Robert or Albert or Gilbert or Umberto the community calls you Beto.

His statement is not true.

If he had told us that he uses the nickname because his mother, father, other relative, childhood buddies or someone else called him that I don’t think that most of us would give it a second thought.

Instead he misrepresented our community.

We deserve better

Brutus

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RumpToons No: 103

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 103
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My Year as a Trump Ambassador

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 6:09pm
My Year as a Trump Ambassador

Some disorder is normal at the start of an administration. But it was extreme under Mr. Trump.
Source: My Year a...
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The Democrats? Left Turn Is Not an Illusion

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 6:09pm
The Democrats? Left Turn Is Not an Illusion

Like many overnight sensations, it has been years in the making.
Source: The Democrats? Left Turn Is Not ...
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