“El Bronco” rides on social networks

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Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, independent candidate aspiring to run for President - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 25/02/2018 09:47 Mexico City OPINION: Under Reserve Actualizada 09:49

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“El Bronco” rides on social networks

The one giving it his all on social networks during this “inter-campaign” period is the independent candidate aspiring to run for President of the Mexican Republic, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, a.k.a “El Bronco.” Mr. Bronco likes to use the cyberspace to spread his campaign, as he has said in public in many an occasion, and now it seems he has a new chat group in Telegram, the app competing against WhatsApp. In this Telegram chat, the team of the yet Nuevo León Governor shares news about him and some of his see the new media is to believe.

Deputies stall Government Advertising Law

Tick-tock resounds in the heads of the Federal deputies. We're told that the first month of the last ordinary meeting period is about to end and it seems there's no green light to pass the regulatory law to Article 134 of the Mexican Constitution to regulate government advertising in the media. We're told Federal Deputies and Senators have until April 30, according to the deadline given by the Supreme Court of Justice. However, our sources say the presidential campaign term begins on March 31 and electoral authorities would have better certainty if this law were to be passed by that date and not a month after the campaign term has started.

The Prosecutor's deal is dying out

The stars seem to be in disagreement regarding the desired alignment that could give us a Prosecutor General and the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor during the current ordinary term of the Senate. The panorama is more than clear, with the refusal of the groups of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), the far-left Labor Party (PT), and the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) to give something to the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) while the electoral process is ongoing. And with the results on election day – which will introduce a new configuration to the Senate – incentives are high to let time go by. The purpose of Senator Emilio Gamboa of passing the Special Prosecutor's Office for Combating Corruption is hitting the wall of the conditions laid by the opposition, who want a constitutional amendment first so both Offices can be reinforced. And for that to happen, time is of the essence. Will Mr. Emilio be able to reach a consensus to appoint an Anti-Corruption Prosecutor?

The marks of the National Flag

In the last ceremony in honor of the National Flag Day, led by President Peña Nieto as head of the Executive Branch, an incident sparked social networks. We're told that for this kind of massive flags, certain marks are placed so the mechanisms can hoist the flag correctly. However, yesterday these marks were placed wrong and the flag was hoisted upside down. Who'll pay the price for this mistake?