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Beto Living in Utter Poverty Since Forbes Downgraded Father-in-Law to Multimillionaire Status

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 5:00am

Above: Beto O'Rourke lites a cigar as he talks of the dire economic situation of his family.
Beto Living in Utter Poverty Since Forbes Downgraded Father-in-Law to Multimillionaire Status
O’Rourkes hit financial rock bottom
by  Satira Sinvergüenza
Associated Mess
     Times have been hard in the Beto O'Rourke's household since a November 2018 announcement by Forbes that his father-in-law Bill Sanders is not a billionaire.
     Beto feels cheated. "I was made for this!" But he says the family has made some cutbacks for husband not willing to work, and they should be able to survive out the year.     “It’s been a terrible 4 months since that announcement,” says Beto, barefoot at home. “I'm entitled to so much more. I’m working hard playing on my guitars, trying to get the band back together.”
     In November 2018, Forbes reported “Based on a review of Sanders' biggest deals, we're far from ready to put him on our list of The World's Billionaires Based on the public information that Forbes has reviewed, Beto O’Rourke’s “billionaire” father-in-law is more likely to have a net worth in the neighborhood of $500 million.
     "This is terrible news," stated O'Rourke. From devaluing their El Paso mansion with the local tax entity to making cuts in house staff, the O’Rourke’s have hit rock bottom.

     “Instead of a butler,” said Beto as his valet used a clothes brush to brushed off dust from the shoulders of same blue shirt he wore yesterday (and the day before), “we had to settle for a footman."    Waving his arms fanatically, "Imagine if your family, your children have to be served dinner by a person wearing white gloves. This is unacceptable!”
     Even tough culinary decisions have had to be made in the O’Rourke household. “The pancake batter we bought for Shrove Tuesday and for National Pancake Day,” says Beto almost breaking into tears, “we’ve had to make that last. We may be eating this same mix until after St. Patty's day!”
     “Instead of the gold sprinkles we use to put on our pancakes, we have limited ourselves to silver,” says Beto wiping a tear from his eye. “I now know who my former constitutes in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio live. I feel their pain.”     Nevertheless, the O'Rourke's have not stopped their community generosity. "I just sent four cases of caviar to the womens shelter this morning," says Beto. "And the kids and I are going to volunteer this afternoon at the community garden, at the country club."
Above: O'Rourke, in Iowa accesses the blues shirts he never takes off.

     The dire economic situation of the O’Rourke family has also affected the family’s fashion.  Beto had had to wear the same blue shirt every day. Exclaiming his frustration, Beto yells, “I can’t even afford to buy the lower sleeves for my blue shirt."
     In interviews, Amy Rourke has had to limit the times she turns her head toward Beto in a loving gaze. “We have now limited it to 3 times an interview,” says Beto. “Least we have to visit the chiropractor less than 4 times a week.”
     “When I said my wife was taking care of the kids,” says Beto, “ I meant that we had to fire one of our three nannies. Hell, I may have to start mannying again, or being a real dad.”
    At his computer, as Beto searches the web for government assistance, he is distraught.       "We are going to have to make other sacrifices," says the presidential candidate. “We were about to put in 25-caret gold faucets in our bed room bathroom, but after a long conversation with Amy, we had to set for 14 caret.”
Above: O'Rourke sacrifices since hitting poverty include buying 14-caret gold facets instead faucets of  24-carat gold.

     “Also, my skin is really suffering,” says the former congressman. “I was used to cash baths and long soaks in $100 bills, but of late we’ve had to settle for 1 dollar bills. I’ve broken out in rashes all over.”Above: O'Rourke in cashbath: regarding cash baths, "...of late we’ve had to settle for 1 dollar bills."

     As he puts the strap of his guitar round his neck, Beto assures that he  will make it through this tough time. "I think every poor family like ours has to make sacrifices once in a while. For example, yesterday at Guitar World, instead of buying the $20,000 Les Paul, I thought about my  family, and settled for the $19,000 Squire Strat instead."
     After tuning the guitar, he says “Have you heard this CCR song?":  “Some folks are born, made to wave the flag
Ooo, they're red, white and blue...”
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Rep. Cesar Blanco Uses Political Contribution to Pay Membership in Borderplex Alliance (aka Paso del Norte Group)

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 6:54am

Rep. Cesar Blanco Uses Political Contributions to Pay Membership in Borderplex Alliance (aka Paso del Norte Group)Oppressive Group Well-known for Involvement Corruption by Ike and Ben
If any organization in El Paso has hurt people of color and the poor more, it has been the Borderplex Alliance (aka Paso del Norte Group). 
Texas Representative Cesar Blanco has used contributions to pay for membership in this organization.
Even taking it out of that realm, every taxpayer in El Paso who has a complaint against the City of El Paso’s mounting debt, lack of transparency, rising property taxes, the Borderplex Alliance has a connection to it.
Beto O’Rourke’s father-in-law William Sander founded the Borderplex Alliance, then known as the Paso Del Norte Group. 
Its first executive director was Myrna Deckert, whose emails to Joyce Wilson and Steve Ortega during the Downtown Ballpark scandal showed the influence of the Paso del Norte group in pushing this money pit on El Paso taxpayers. These emails were exposed in the Chucoleaks cache of email obtained via the Texas Open Records Act.

According to the Downtown Scam timeline, the Paso del Norte Group was founded by in 2003: “In El Paso, Bill Sanders founds the Paso Del Norte Group, using the Commercial Club of Chicago as his model. The PDNG is made up of more than 350 business and political leaders from both sides of the border. On the El Paso side the group includes his son-in-law City rep Robert O’Rourke, Army housing developer Woody Hunt, and Chris Balsiger who was indicted by the FBI for an alleged $250,000,000 coupon fraud scheme.” El Paso Downtown Scam 2003. See Timeline for more information information
On February 15, 2005, the City of El Paso contracted with the Paso del Norte Group: “City of El Paso votes approves contract with PDNG to create downtown redevelopment plan. City Council grants them $250,000. Some of this is federal money in the form of HTGB grants.
The El Paso City Council, under mayor Joe Wardy, voted to approve contract with Paso Del Norte Group to create a downtown redevelopment plan. Before the vote took place, however, a series of questions emerged about the scope of the project.”
The exploits of this oppressive organization are well known, but the focus of this article is Representative Cesar Blanco using political contributions to pay for membership in this organization. 
The least would have been for Blanco to use his own money to pay for this membership. But maybe the $1000 membership dues is a bit steep on a Texas representative's salary.

The most egregious is the Paso del Norte Group push to demolish Segundo Barrio as part of the Downtown Plan, their support of the Downtown Ballpark, and the demolition of Duranguito.
Blanco should be ashamed to be a member of this organization.
This is truly unfortunate as Blanco has been seen has a rising star in politics in El Paso, being outspoken for many causes for the poor.
In looking at Blanco’s contribution report more closely, Blanco is increasingly being funded by PACs. We will focus on this in another article.
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City Puts Only One Early Voting Site South of Sunland Park Drive

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:05pm

City Puts Only One Early Voting Site South of Sunland Park Drive
Did the City of El Paso Violate the Voting Rights Act in Selecting Early Voting Sites

There are five early voting sites for the City Council runoff for District 1 and District 8. 

The El Paso City Council has clustered  four of the five in the Westside, along the I-10 corridor between Sunland Park Drive and Artcraft Road.

Only one early voting site is south of Sunland Park Drive and that is the County Court House which is Downtown. 

This is the only early voting site serving people living between Sunland Park Drive and Fonseca Drive near Ascarate Park. 

To our knowledge, the city or county does not waive parking fees to the County Courthouse's parking garage if you want to vote there. This, in a way, imposes on voters a type of poll tax.

The City has put no early voting sites east of Downtown. None south of Shuster Drive other than Downtown. District 8 flows all the way east through South El Paso to Fonseca Drive. From Fonseca Drive to the County Court House, it is 5 miles depending on the route you take.

However, the four early voting sites on the Westside are between 1 1/2 to 3 miles apart. Two early voting cites are only 1 mile apart from each other. 

Why are there no early voting sites south of Sunland Park Drive? Why are there no early voting sites east of Downtown? Early voting sites could have easily been set up at any of the housing units in South El Paso or any of the schools, community centers, or churches.
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by Dr. Radut