McAllen – Jim Darling told The Monitor’s, Mitchell Furman that he never supported the creation of a Healthcare(Hospital) District. This in effort to distance himself from what is generally perceived to be a toxic position due to the overwhelming defeat of the health care proposition last November.
Furman did not fact check Mayor Darlings statements, and a simple Google check would confirm that Mayor Darling did indeed support the creation of a Health Care District, going as far as testifying in it’s favor during a Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.
Continue reading “McAllen Mayor Jim Darling did support Hospital District. *Video*”
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.
Video provided by Scott Casey of anonymousrgv.com
Continue reading “Busted? The Monitor accused of providing Q&A questions to Jim Darling in advance.”
Edinburg – After being elected three times as Hidalgo County Judge, Ramon Garcia has finally decided to give up the gavel. Garcia had cited interest in returning to law full time as primary reason to not seek a re-election bid. Despite Garcia’s intent on whether to run, a slew of established challengers hovered from above, seeking their own bid on a highly coveted position. Continue reading “Lack of Confidence for Hidalgo County Judge Race Leaves Door Open For Wildcard Candidates”
Edinburg – The UTRGV School of Medicine may see it’s funds slashed, if the State Senate votes on reducing “special item”appropriations. The University has suggested a $60 to 70 Million dollar operating budget, however the State may only be able to provide a bit short of $25 million over two-years.
Local representatives, including a delegation from UTRGV are in Austin to contest the budget slash and appeal for additional funding. Meanwhile, now faced with reduced funding for the Medical School, the McAllen Monitor has sought to play the blame game, and took particular aim and local voters. Continue reading “UTRGV Medical School Funds Slashed – The Monitor Blames the Voters”
Shortly after the Inauguration of President Donald Trump, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, with the approval of his Commissioners, formally invited the new President to visit the City of McAllen. The purpose for President Trumps visit would be for Mr. Trump to personally see the impact his policies would have on the border region, specifically when it comes to Trumps strong illegal immigration and trade positions.
Despite appeals from Mayor Darling, aswell as local congressmen, it’s very unlikely Mr. Trump will accept the invitation to visit the Rio Grande Valley, especially within the first 100 days of his administration. Meanwhile, Jim Darling shouldn’t keep the light on for Mr. Trump. What is also uncertain would undoubtedly be Jim Darlings re-election hopes. Since 2013, Jim Darling has served as Mayor of McAllen. And in these few years, the City of McAllen has been faced questions regarding its transparency of city operations, and concerns on whether he, along with City Commissioners have been fiscally responsible with city funds. Despite these troubles, Darling has remained confident in his re-election bid. However, to those that seek to unseat him as mayor, there is no doubt that Darlings performance has made him vulnerable. Continue reading “McAllen Mayor Grandstands Trump, but re-election uncertain”
Let this serve as a reminder that although the Hidalgo County Hospital District was obliterated at the polls. There is always that chance that 50 signatures will once again be gathered, placed before Hidalgo Commissioners, and back on the ballot in future elections. Continue reading “Prop 1- Hospital District. What could have been!”
Edinburg – In a big story that broke today. Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and other area Hospitals have been designated as early voting mobile polling stations, and are set up to receive shuttled voters from the surrounding areas. Recently, Lonestar National Bank, which is owned by Alonzo Cantu, was set up as voter registration drives centers. Continue reading “Corruption! DHR/Local Hospitals Set As Poll Stations to Push Prop 1!”
McAllen, TX – LUPE, a local illegal immigration advocacy group, hosted a free screening of “America Divided.” The film, an EPIX original picture, which chronicles inequality in the United States from the perspective of wealthy and privileged celebrities, was screened at Historic Cine El Rey on Tuesday. Never to let a good opportunity to stump go to waste, LUPE previewed not 1, not 2, not even 3, but 4 times an ad for supporting Proposition 1 and all before the feature film began. Continue reading “LUPE Host Film Screening. Spams Pro Health Tax Ads!”
Father Jerry Frank lashed out at the opposition yesterday by calling on local media to help spread the word that only parishioners were allowed to attend Health Care Workshops. Unfortunately for Fr. Frank, my media outlet, though small, will not spread the word which calls for a controlled and agenda driven discussion in favor of more taxes. Continue reading “SAD! Fr. Frank Pockets the Silver for Health Care District.”
Since the final weekend of August, participating Catholic parishes throughout Hidalgo County began offering “informational” workshops with the sole purpose of pushing a County Health Care Taxing District, and influencing those that participate to vote for said District. The information workshops are being spear-headed by Father Gerald (Jerry) Frank, a Pastor of St. John the Baptist, and one of the leading proponents of the Taxing District, who also presented the signed petition to County Commissioners.
Opponents of the Taxing District, concerned that a religious institution is taking sides on a political issue, decided it was in the best interest of the electorate to provide an opposing view, and let the voters decide. Continue reading “Father Jerry Frank’s Silencing of Tax Opponents Is Not Catholic Teaching.”