Congresswoman Veronica Escobar announced earlier today that she will seek a third term as the Congressional Representative for the 16th U.S. Congressional District in Texas. Barring a primary challenge, which I don’t see happening, she will probably easily win reelection. No matter who the Republicans, who are mired in chaos and infighting, might find to go up against her.
The El Paso GOP’s prospects are Irene Armendariz-Jackson, who Escobar easily vanquished in last November’s Congressional election, and Samuel Williams, who would be a fresh sacrificial lamb for the El Paso GOP.
The 2020 Republican candidate for State Senate District 29, Bethany Hatch announced a couple of weeks ago on Facebook that she was moving to Fort Worth, so I’m not sure how available she’d be.
Veronica Escobar has helped pass legislation concerning gun control, equality, the environment and climate change, as well as veterans and military personnel. She has also outspoken in her support for comphrensive immigration reform.
I can vouch for her that she is also an ally of the disabled and for autistic individuals.
El Paso City Council unveiled it’s budget for fiscal year 2022 at its meeting on Tuesday. The proposed budget will cost up to $473 million, an increase of $31 million from 2021.
The proposed budget for the next fiscal year will focus in four areas, including public safety, streets, quality of life, and capitol bond projects. Allocated funds for these four focus areas include $291 million for public safety, an increase of $13 million from 2021. $53 million for Quality of Life, and $50 million for infrastructure.
Street resurfacing projects would receive around $7.8 million in funding. $3 million for collector roads and $4.8 million for residential streets.
Quality of life includes funding for 32 facilities budgeted to open, including Recreation and Senior Centers, which were closed due to the pandemic.
$180 million in funding will go to various capital bond projects that have been approved by the voters of by City Council.
According to my latest average of President Joe Biden’s approval rating, the President now has an approval rating of 53.8%. It was 53.6% yesterday. His disapproval is 40.6%, according to my average. That is down from the 40.7% yesterday. Two recent polls that I have factored into my average are the Economist/YouGov poll and the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.
The Economist/YouGov poll shows the President with a job approval of 51% and a disapproval of 43%. The Rasmussen daily tracking poll for today shows President Biden with a job approval of 52% and a disapproval of 47%.
The Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats continue to push for the passing of the For the People Act, despite stiff opposition from Republicans, despite the bill having broad bipartisan support. Voting Rights Activists are attempting to put pressure on Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to rethink his opposition to the bill. With the 50-50 split in the Senate, Joe Manchin’s support of opposition could mean the life or death of any particular piece of legislation.
The For the People Act, if passed into law, would expand access to the ballot box for American voters, including disabled and Autistic voters, would reduce dean influence of big money in politics, would strengthen ethics rules and implement other anti-corruption measures with goal of protecting our democracy.
Senate Republicans, such as Mitt Romney of Utah, are saying no to tax increases for those making over $400,000 a year, and on corporations, as part of the President’s infrastructure plan. These tax hikes were included in the bill as a way to pay for the plan.
Budget Reconciliation is probably going to need to be considered, in hopes of having any chance to pass the President’s infrastructure package. The President’s American Jobs Plan includes several millions of dollars in funding for Home and Community-Based Services for people with disabilities.
According to my latest average, President Joe Biden now has a job approval rating of 53.6%. His disapproval is 40.7%, according to the new average. New polls, released recently, that I factored into my average, include, the Politico/Morning Consult poll, the RMG Research poll, the Canadian poll, Leger360, and the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.
The Politico/Morning Consult poll shows Biden with a job approval of 52% and a disapproval of 43%. The RMG Research poll gives President Biden a job approval of 55% and a disapproval of 39%, the Leger360 poll shows Joe Biden with a job approval of 51% and a disapproval of 38%. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll gives President Joe Biden a job approval of 51% and a disapproval of 48%.
President Biden is making his first overseas trip as POTUS. He will be attending the G7 summit in Cornwall, United Kingdom, where he will he will also be meeting with the Queen, and with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
President Biden told SkyNews that he would be pitching a Vaccine plan for the world at the G7 summit, to the U.K. and Europe.
The Delta variant of the Coronavirus, which is 40% more transmissible than the original strain, has become the dominant strain in the U.K. This pretty much means that we are in a race against time to get folks vaccinated here in the U.S., and to reach herd immunity.
Folks, it’s imperative that you get fully vaccinated, if you haven’t already, not just for your own health and safety, but for those around you.
El Paso, Texas City Council is set to join a host of other American cities in committing to fighting climate change in their municipalities. Cities such as Houston, Dallas, Denver, Oakland, and Las Cruces, have already committed to reducing carbon gas emmissions and combat climate change. At today’s City Council meeting, El Paso City Reps. look to have El Paso join them.
El Paso City Council is hoping to establish a modern commitment to helping to ensure that El Paso continues to grow and develop with Climate Change in mind.
“We need to make the most of what we have here…So, it’s not just a one-size fits all, it’s about coming up with a plan, a strategy, an ability to execute.”-District 1 City Rep. Peter Svarzbien said.
According to my new average of President Biden’s approval numbers, 53.7% of American voters approve of the President’s job performance. The average was 53.6% yesterday. 41.1% of voters still disapprove of Biden. Today’s Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll, which I factored into the average, shows President Biden with a job approval of 49% and a disapproval of 49%
Democrats in Virginia go to the polls today to choose who will be their party’s nominee in this falls Virginia Gubernatorial election. The nominee will face Republican Glen Youngkin, who was nominated by Virginia Republicans at their state convention last month.
Former Governor and former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe, is the front-runner. A recent Roanoke College poll of likely voters gives the former governor a sizable lead over his closest challenger, Jennifer Carroll Foy, 49% to 11%. McAuliffe has the endorsements of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Governor Ralph Northam, who is unable to run because of term-limits.
A new Senate Report on the January 6th insurrection was released yesterday. It stated that intelligence regarding a possible attack on the capital was known two weeks prior to the January 6th assault, but was left unanalyzed.
A recent Ipsos poll on the New York City Mayoral Democratic shows that former Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is in second place, behind front-runner Eric Adams, who picked 22% in the latest survey. Yang gathered 16%.
According to my new average of President Joe Biden’s job approval numbers, 53.6% of voters approve of the President’s job performance. It was at 53.9% Friday afternoon after the Hill/HarrisX numbers were released. His disapproval, according to my average, is 41.1%. The latest polling data that I factored into my average, is the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll, which gave the President an approval rating of 48% and a disapproval of 49%.
The White House, last Thursday, released new numbers on the country’s vaccination rate. The President, earlier this year, laid out a goal, to have 70% of the nation fully vaccinated by July 4th. It’s looking like we might fall a bit short.
70% is the threshold for herd immunity.
According to the White House’s numbers, 63% of Americans have received at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. 52% of Americans have been fully vaccinated. 12 states have already reached the 70% threshold.
Last week, vaccination rates fell about one percentage short of the targeted number, many that, if that trend continues, the number of Americans having at least one dose, would be 67%. Short of the President’s 70% goal.
We’ll probably get to the 70% threshold, but it might not be by July 4th.
Israel Irrobali defeated Vanessa Betts by about 25 percentage points, 62% to 37%, in the El Paso Independent School District District 5 runoff, on Saturday. He will be replacing outgoing School Board member Chuck Taylor, who opted not to run for reelection earlier this year.
Irrobali was heavily backed by the Kids First PAC, which is supported by a group of local businessman, including Woody Hunt and Richard Castro, who each donated about $28,000 to the PAC.
Irrobali took home 1,196 votes out of 1,916 total. Turnout for Saturday’s runoff election was only 6% of registered voters.
According to the new Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking poll, 48% of likely voters approve of President Biden’s job performance. 49% of respondents registered their disapproval. Included in the results of this survey are 32% who Strongly Approve of Biden’s job performance as President and 41% who Strongly Disapprove.
Joe Biden is running into massive roadblocks, as his ambitious, liberal policy agenda has gotten bogged down on Capital Hill. This past weekend, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said that he will oppose the so-called “For the People Act.” The sweeping Voting Rights Reform bill proposed by Congressional Democrats and championed by the President. Opponents of the bill, though, say that it would give the Democrats an unfair partisan advantage in elections.
With the Senate in a 50-50 split, Manchin’s defection here would almost certainly mean defeat for the voting reform bill, since Senate Republicans are likely to be united in opposition to the bill.
Biden’s infrastructure bill, the American Jobs Plan, has also encountered stiff opposition from Republicans. Opponents of the plan cite the $1.9T pricetag, along with the proposed tax increases and the amount of proposed spending on projects not traditionally defined as infrastructure.
According to my average of several major polling data, President Biden has an approval rating of 53.9% He has a disapproval of 41.1% according to my average. The Hill/HarrisX released their earlier, which showed President Joe Biden with an approval rating of 61% and a disapproval of 39%.
In new political developments, former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke continues to travel across the state, as he is attempting to organize opposition to the GOP’s “Election Integrity” bill, which Texas Progressives refer to as a voter suppression bill.
O’Rourke hasn’t said whether he’ll be running for Governor or not next year, and doesn’t yet have the organization in place that would indicate that he’s about to, but his statewide activities and involvement continue to fuel speculation that he might.
Actor Matthew McConaughey also continues to stoke speculation about his possible political intentions. McConaughey recently spoke against anti-mask sentiments, saying that the mask mandates, while being inconvenient, weren’t destructive of Constitutional liberty. Conservative comedian Chad Prather, who has announced that he is challenging Governor Greg Abbott in next years Texas GOP gubernatorial primary, was a vocal critic of Abbotts mask mandate.
The PAC People Not Profits have begun to circulate a petition to draft Matthew McConaughey for Governor.
Could we see a McConaughey/O’Rourke showdown in next years Texas Democratic primary?
The May jobs report, released this morning, showed a net gain of 559,000 new jobs last month. The unemployment rate fell to 5.8%.