December 11th is fast approaching, and the Republican Party has yet to field a candidate to challenge Robert “Bobby” Guerra for his Texas House of Representatives District 41 seat. Guerra, the incumbent, has irked out two victories against GOP opponents, one in 2014, the other in 2016.
Rio Grande Valley – Liberals received their marching orders and the orders are to deflect to Trump in handling Senator Al Franken’s sexual harassment scandal. Franken has been accused of sexual misconduct when a long held photograph of him reaching out to seemingly grasp the breast of sleeping journalist Leeann Tweeden.
The photo was taken while both Franken and Tweeden were attending a 2006 USO Tour.
Liberals, rather than address the situation at hand, opted to compare the sexual advance to that of Judge Roy Moore and his sexual misconduct allegations. Moore is currently seeking a highly coveted U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.
President Donald Trump’s tweet regarding Franken’s conduct sent the liberal press into over-drive, with the press criticizing Trump’s response to Franken in comparison to his handling of Moore’s allegations.
Othal Brand Sr’s 1997 runner-up vote totals were greater than Jim Darling’s winning totals in 2013 and 2017.
McAllen – Around 88 percent of eligible registered McAllen voters were not moved to vote in last Saturdays mayoral election, according to the unofficial election results provided by the City Secretaries Office. Ultimately, their passiveness proved costly to challenger Othal Brand Jr, who had spent nearly two times as much as the Darling campaign, in effort to convince McAllen voters to elect him over incumbent Jim Darling. Darling was declared the winner of the highly contested race with a comfortable margin of 4,409 votes to Brand’s 3061 tally. While other traditional media outlets were quick to congratulate voters that turned out, a lingering question remained. How could a city of over 134,000, with approximately 66,000 registered voters, have a major election decided by a very few? Since 1997, the City of McAllen as seen a sharp decline in voter turnout for local races.
McAllen – The Monitor was accused today of assisting incumbent Mayor Jim Darling by providing questions in advance during a MonitiorLive Q & A Session.
Below is the closing moments of Jim Darlings Q & A Session with The Monitor Staff Writer, Mitchell Ferman. Ferman has covered much of the McAllen Mayoral race since all three candidates announced their intentions to run.
Edinburg – Today, a representative of UTRGV’s Young Republican posted on the groups Facebook page an image taken that displayed a vulgar anti- Trump message on one of the brick columns along the covered walkway.
Tuesday, August 9th, the honorable, incorruptible, and always ethical elected officials of the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court overwhelmingly approved via a 4-1 vote, to allow the Proposition of a Health Care Taxing District to be on the General Election, November 8th ballot. Of the 5 deciding officials, only Eddie Cantu of Pct 2 was the dissenting vote. Cantu’s primary reason behind his objection had to do with language on the petition, which were presented to the court by Juanita Valdez-Cox, Director of La Union de Pueblo Entero (LUPE), an illegal immigration advocacy group, and Father Jerry Frank, of Valley Interfaith. The petition called for an 8 cent property tax for every $100 valuation. According to Cantu, the setting for Health Care tax rate should be reserved exclusively for the Commissioner Court appointed “Board of Directors” and the tax rate ultimately approved by Hidalgo County Commissioners. According to Senate Bill 626, the ballot must specify a proposed tax rate. However, SB 626 also allows the Court appointed Board of Directors to set a tax rate, and to be approved by the Commissioners Court. Essentially, the rate you see at the ballot box may not ultimately be the rate Hidalgo County tax payers will have. That rate will be decided behind closed doors. As for why the proposed 8 cents, it’s likely that it was carried over from the first attempt at establishing a medical taxing district, which was narrowly defeated in November 2014. However, unlike 2014, the 2016 version may have a better chance at passing, and it all comes down to the numbers…. Continue reading “Health Care District Back on Ballot. And Why This Time It May Pass”
More money. For those with too much of it, the mainstream media, politicians, left leaning pundits, and union leaders have influenced massive amounts of Americans on who is to blame for their current economic status. Essentially, the reason why many of us are poor is because there are few at the top holding all the wealth. This has been a prominent stump speech talking point bellowed by Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Presidential Candidate in his continuing push for income equality. Now I will say, I don’t in any way give any clemency to the major financial institutions who’s lending practices during the mortgage crisis helped cripple the middle class. Or disastrous or unfair trade agreements that has allowed major manufacturing, which was once
the backbone of the American economy, to take their manufacturing overseas and across our borders. Tax benefits and lower cost of wages have also contributed greatly to the manufacturing job exodus. With a great majority of good paying jobs gone, those in the service industries, namely the fast food sector, have decided to make a stand and demand higher wages per hour, and that higher wage per hour has a sweet spot. $15. Continue reading “Living Wage Rage. Why $15/hr Solves Nothing.”