California governor to meet with Mexican president

July 28, 2014

07/27/14 Associated Press

shutterstock_182486318Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Peña Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

The governor’s office announced Sunday that Brown will meet privately with Nieto on Monday about topics including immigration. It comes amid a trade mission aimed at increasing direct investments in California, promoting university exchanges and forming environmental partnerships to combat climate change.

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Politician gunned down in western Mexico

July 28, 2014

07/27/14 Fox News Latino

PRI logoThe leader of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in Nuevo Urecho, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, was gunned down by hitmen suspected of being on the payroll of a drug cartel, state prosecutors said.

Arturo Alejandro Ramos was walking down a street Friday night in Zuracuaretiro, a city next to Nuevo Urecho, when he was shot, the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office said.

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Mexico’s president signs telecoms reform rules into law

July 15, 2014

07/14/14 Reuters

justice - gavelMexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday signed into law new rules for the telecommunications and broadcasting industries that are designed to curb the power of billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil and broadcaster Televisa.

The legislation, approved by Congress last week, fleshes out a constitutional reform that Pena Nieto pushed through Congress last year to spur greater competition in the telecommunications market that is dominated by Slim.

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Petraeus, Brown: Mexico’s miracle: Politicial productivity

July 14, 2014

07/14/14 Houston Chronicle 

voting mexicoImagine a U.S. congressional term during which Democrats and Republicans locked arms to reform taxes, immigration, entitlement spending, social security and the next dozen most significant issues preventing realization of America’s full economic potential.

That type of political miracle has been unfolding in Mexico. With his presidential victory in late 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto forged Pacto por Mexico, a remarkable – and politically unprecedented – agreement by which leaders of the three main parties, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, by its Spanish acronym), the National Action Party and the Party of the Democratic Revolution, pledged to work together on a vast set of reforms.

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In Mexico, water fight underscores distrust of government

July 8, 2014

7/7/14 LA Times

Protestors and police - Jesus Villaseca Perez (Flickr)The church bells rang out, a normal occurrence in a community where the sound usually beckoned residents to weddings, funerals or religious services. But the clanging on this morning was different: frenetic, insistent, relentless.

The sound signaled an alarm — and a call to arms.

More than 1,000 armored anti-riot police had begun to move into the outlying Mexico City colonia. Residents, meanwhile, prepared to meet them, armed with rocky projectiles they had created by swinging large hammers into the pavement, sidewalks and planters.

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Mexico’s Grand-Bargain Dealmaker Is Back in Action

July 8, 2014

7/7/14 Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Months behind on a plan to get laws implemented to support last year’s sweeping constitutional reforms in energy and telecommunications, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is back in deal-maker mode.

His administration has reconciled with leaders of the key opposition National Action Party, known as PAN, after bill negotiations fell apart in June, and struck deals to put legislation on the verge of congressional approval.

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Mexican president says new state governor has his full backing

July 2, 2014

7/2/14 Fox News Latino

peña-nietoMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he planned to work closely with the new governor of the western state of Michoacan, Salvador Jara, on security, economic and development issues.

The national government does not want to “create competition or establish another level of government” in Michoacan, where federal officials deployed the security forces in January to restore order in the Tierra Caliente, the president said.

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Thousands Protest Mexico City Vehicle Driving Ban

July 2, 2014

7/1/14 ABC News

shutterstock_28447024Thousands of people marched and blocked roads in Mexico’s capital Tuesday to protest a new anti-pollution measure that would ban them from driving on Saturdays.

Mexico City has long banned older cars from operating one weekday every week, but anti-smog rules that took effect Tuesday additionally now prohibit cars and trucks more than 15 years old from also operating on Saturdays.

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Mexico Vigilante Leader Demands Community Rule

July 2, 2014

7/1/14 ABC News

protest -- stroke -- resistanceThe leader of one of the first vigilante movements to spring up in Mexico last year filed a petition Tuesday demanding that the government allow communities in the southern state of Guerrero to elect local officials with open assemblies and show-of-hand votes.

Vigilante leader Bruno Placido said the petition filed with the Federal Electoral Tribunal asks specifically that the collective-vote system be allowed in the town of San Luis Acatlan. But Placido said his People’s Union movement would push for the system to be adopted in all 27 townships where vigilante forces known as “community police” now operate.

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Mexico Senate pushes back talks on key energy reform legislation

June 5, 2014

Reuters, 06/04/14

MEXICO CONGRESSMexico’s upper house on Wednesday pushed back discussions on the final touches to the country’s landmark energy reform, which seeks to lure new investment into the sector and boost growth in Latin America’s second-largest economy.

Congress passed the basic legislation last year to open the oil and gas industry and end the 75-year-old stranglehold that state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has held over the sector.

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