McAllen Mayor Jim Darling did support Hospital District. *Video*

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.

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Busted? The Monitor accused of providing Q&A questions to Jim Darling in advance.

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

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UTRGV Medical School Funds Slashed – The Monitor Blames the Voters

 

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”

McAllen Mayor Grandstands Trump, but re-election uncertain

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”