Again, if you are old school like Commentary and pick up your fish wrap off of the driveway, you get to read today’s Patricia Kilday Hart’s piece on why George Fleming and Bethel Nathan are taking on Judge Steve Kirkland. Oh yeah, the candidate running against Judge Kirkland is Elaine Hubbard-Palmer. Apparently, this Fleming fella is trying to get even with Judge Kirkland for a decision made by the judge that cost Fleming a few mil. Kilday Hart also quotes “Harris County Democratic Chairman Gerry Birnberg.” He’s not. Here might be another instance where voters need to know what is going on.
My Best Friend, former State Rep. and former Harris County – Houston Sports Authority original board member Al Luna and his beautiful wife Julie now have a second grand kid. My lovely god daughter Lisette and her hubby Mike welcomed Gabriel Michael yesterday weighing in at 9 pounds and 3 ounces and 22 inches tall – yikes – a big fella just like his Grandpa Al. Congrats!
Rockies hurler Jamie Moyer became the oldest player ever to win a MLB game last night at age 49 and 150 or so days. Moyer was drafted out of St. Joseph’s University by the Cubbies in Round 6 of the 1984 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Who did the A’s draft out of USC in Round 1 of the 1984 Draft?
Everybody knows that the GOP has a Latino problem. From today’s Star Telegram:
"We have to get Hispanic voters to vote for our party," Romney told a private fundraiser in Florida on Sunday in which he insisted the GOP needs an alternative to the DREAM Act. He warned that a significant number of Hispanics backing Obama "spells doom for us," according to NBC News.
So, Marco Rubio and some within the GOP have come up with the “Half Arse DREAM Act” that allows for some DREAMERs to just stick around with no chance whatsoever of becoming a citizen. The far righties aren’t pleased:
Rubio faces a major obstacle in pushing his measure. The Republican Party and its allies remain fiercely divided over immigration policy, a split even more pronounced in an election year.
Moderates who favor a route to citizenship are pitted against lawmakers who want tough laws cracking down on illegal immigrants. The agriculture industry, which relies heavily on illegal immigrants, and its GOP backers in Congress have challenged Republican legislation in the House requiring employers to use an electronic database to determine whether a new worker is legal, commonly known as e-verify. Businesses fear it will be an unnecessary regulation while tea partyers worry about government intrusion.
Opponents of Rubio’s work-in-progress already have appealed to their rank-and-file members to contact the senator and express their opposition.
Numbers USA, which wants to reduce the number of legal and illegal immigrants, provided talking points to their nearly 1 million members. "It is downright appalling that you are working on a DREAM Act amnesty. There is no difference between giving illegal aliens citizenship and giving them an amnesty. They would still be able to compete against unemployed Americans for jobs! You need to drop this plan presto!" the group said.
Some Dem leaders see it as a political ploy and aren’t buying:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., signaled Tuesday that Rubio’s effort has little chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate, telling reporters that he won’t accept an alternative that stops short of providing a path to citizenship.
You know your U.S. Senate campaign is hurting when candidates for State Rep are raising more money. I snatched this from the Texas Tribune:
Democrat Paul Sadler has compiled the latest fundraising figures for his U.S. Senate race, and it’s not pretty: $72,800 for the first three months of the year.
“It’s shocking. It’s absolutely shocking to me,” Sadler said. “We’re in uncharted waters. I don’t think we’ve seen a primary where there was basically no money given. And that’s basically where we are.”
Commentary’s not shocked and not surprised.
Mark McGwire of the USC Trojans of course was drafted in Round 1 – 10th overall – of the 1984 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Wow, now that’s old!
We’ve now lost three in a row.