Deadline looming, still no GOP challenger for Dist 41

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.

Many political observers have determined that District 41 to be one of the most competitive offices for Republicans in the otherwise dominant Democratic Rio Grande Valley.  Continue reading “Deadline looming, still no GOP challenger for Dist 41”

UTRGV Medical School Dean wants taxpayers to “step up” and support health care tax

Edinburg –  John Krouse, the dean of the School of Medicine at UTRGV would like the citizens of Hidalgo County to support a health care taxing district, this according to comments he made at Tuesday’s Health care forum, hosted by the Texas Tribune.

Krouse was also joined by state Representatives Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Oscar Longoria, and U.S. Rep Filemon Vela, with each giving their opinion and insight on the health care conundrum in the Rio Grande Valley.

When the ever important topic on how the health care problem will be funded, Krouse used the opportunity to lecture the public on what their roles are as cash givers. Continue reading “UTRGV Medical School Dean wants taxpayers to “step up” and support health care tax”

Hidalgo County: No action on Health Care Funding District for second straight week

Edinburg – For the second straight week, the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court have taken no action on the “Health Care Funding District.” Possible discussion of the health care funding district have been scheduled for the past two weeks, appearing as listed items on the Hidalgo County agenda. Continue reading “Hidalgo County: No action on Health Care Funding District for second straight week”

Richard Cortez officially kicks-off campaign, local leaders still unsure of electability

McAllen – Former McAllen Mayor and former District 1 Commissioner Richard Cortez officially kicked-off his bid to become the next Hidalgo County Judge. Speaking in front of supporters, Cortez assured them that he’ll work to become a County Judge that citizens would be proud of.  Current Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia will not be seeking re-election.

Speaking with the Rio Grande Guardian, Cortez offered his plans on dealing with county-wide issues, one which includes his support of a highly unpopular proposal.  For the much maligned courthouse project, Cortez assures that he’ll see that it’s built on time and on budget. In speaking about the UT-RGV School of Medicine, Cortez would like to see the school fully funded. Currently, legislation in Austin have left the UTRGV Medical School with reduced funding. Proposition 1, which sought to establish a health care taxing district, would have offered additional financial support to the medical school. At this time, Cortez hasn’t made it clear whether he would support a new health care proposition.

Despite the fanfare, there are some local leaders that are still un-sold on Cortez’s appeal in a county-wide race, one official being current County Judge Ramon Garcia.

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Health Care District back on Hidalgo County Agenda

Prior attempts at establishing a healthcare taxing district have failed twice with Hidalgo County voters.

EDINBURG – A highly controversial subject is expected to be discussed once more if agenda items hold true at Tuesdays Commissioners Court meeting.  Item 8-A on the Hidalgo County agenda calls for a discussion over a “Health Care Funding District.” Previous attempts at creating at Healthcare (Hospital) District have failed twice with Hidalgo County voters, with the most recent 2016 Proposition 1 being rejected by 72% of voters. Continue reading “Health Care District back on Hidalgo County Agenda”

2017 McAllen mayoral race had a 42 percent drop in turnout since 1997

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.

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LUPE set to confront City of Mission Mayor over border wall comments

The mayors comments in support of a border wall drew criticism from local open border groups.

Mission –  A delegation from LUPE (La Union del Pueblo Entero) are set to arrive today at Mission City Hall to present a petition to Mission Mayor Beto Salinas objecting to comments he made to the Washington Post, regarding his support of the border wall.  In addition, LUPE is petitioning the Mayor to retract his support, demanding that he, and the city council draft a resolution to oppose the border wall. Members of the Objective Watchers of the Legal System (OWLS), and supporters of border security will also attend to voice their support for Mr. Salinas.  The highly suggestive image below, created by LUPE, seeks to draw parallels between President Trump and Mayor Salinas.


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Early Voting: McAllen mayoral race turns ugly

McAllen – The race for mayor is reaching a fever pitch, and neither side is showing signs of relaxing as each candidate trades last minute barbs in hopes of convincing undecided voters to swing their way.  Local races, including the mayoral race are heading into day 4 of early voting.

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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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