The black portrait of “Napito”
Napoleón Gómez Urrutia – MORENA candidate to the Senate - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL

The black portrait of “Napito”

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The black portrait of “Napito”

A portrait of Napoleón Gómez Urrutia – an aspiring candidate of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) to the Senate – has been unveiled by several union groups, led by the National Union of Mine and Metal Workers. He isn't painted as a political refugee, a miner worker, or a representative of the miners' union. Instead, he is drawn as a character who has pending issues with the Law, a fraud, an opportunist and disloyal man who is a white-collar union leader. It seems the union groups think “Napito” doesn't deserve to be a member of the Mexican Congress. Will their campaign be able to achieve something? Will the legal proceeding filed by the miners prevent Gómez Urrutia from receiving immunity?

AMLO warms up

According to our sources, while Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is peacefully enjoying baseball in Palenque, his team and coordinators are busy getting ready for the first days of the campaign and the kickoff this Sunday. Such is the case of Yeidckol Polevnsky, head of operations of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) who, we're told, is in the north of the country preparing the last details of the visits AMLO will make to the states of Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Durango, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas, while Mr. Andrés is warming up to prevent a third strike and out this July 1st. Play ball!

PANAL goes to Chicago

According to our sources, it seems the national leader of the center-right New Alliance Party (PANAL), Luis Castro Obregón, is keeping an eye on the business of the National Electoral Institute (INE). Our sources say that Mr. Luis went this Tuesday to the Mexican Embassy in Chicago to become familiar with the process established by Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs so Mexican citizens abroad are able to get a voter's card in the United States. On his Twitter account, Castro said that despite there being “over 65,000 Mexicans who have requested their voter's card at the Mexican Embassy in Chicago,” only one-fourth of them will be able to vote since only that number has been able to meet the requirement of activating their card. He also wrote that the “Mexican community in Chicago is proposing multimodal mechanisms,” such as voting by mail, electronic devices, temporary voting stations, and voting over the phone. And once his mission is complete, will Mr. Luis return to Mexico or will he take advantage of the holidays to tour around the majestic Windy City?

A debate over official advertising

The first week of April, according to what we informed you in this column, we will witness a clash in the Lower Chamber over the issue of the regulation of official advertisements. We're told that last Monday evening the document was handed to the members of the Commission of the Interior in San Lázaro, chaired by the member of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Mercedes Guillén. Several legislators – mainly from the opposition – are analyzing the document and sharpening their proposals, focusing on the more controversial issues, such as the document not including a provision on expenditure budget. It is expected this ruling be approved during the plenary session of April 5th and sent immediately to the Senate for its ratification or its amendment, in order to comply with the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice – which ordered the bill be passed before the ordinary meeting period concludes this April 30.


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