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Congrats to the SA Mayor and brilliant move by The President’s Campaign team!  This will send a very powerful message to Latino voters as we head into the final 60 days of the election.  Self-deport my arse!   Check out from today’s SA Express News:

Mayor Julián Castro will make history in September when he presents the keynote address on the opening night of 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Castro will become the first Latino to be a keynote speaker at a Democratic national convention, according to the Obama for America campaign and the Democratic National Convention Committee. The groups announced early Tuesday that Castro would speak on Sept. 4, following first lady Michelle Obama.

Ted Cruz reads Commentary.  Well at least he read yesterday’s Commentary because he is feeling pretty confident about today so now he’s moving a little away from extremism and says he would work with Dems.

Check out the Chron here.

Check out a bit here:

“I look forward to working very, very closely with him (Sen. John Cornyn) and working closely with both Democrats and Republicans in Washington.”

And:

This comes from a candidate who has slammed Dewhurst for his work with Democrats as Senate leader, and one who likes to say he wouldn’t consider himself to be doing the job in Washington unless he has arrows up and down his torso as he fights in Washington.

Now Cruz sounds like a slimy rascal.  If he would have said this right after May 29 he might have been toast by now. 

The only folks I’ve heard in the last 48 hours that say the Lite Guv is still going to pull off a win tonight are folks that are being paid by the Lite Guv.  Now let’s see.  Everyone was predicting a Lite Guv win back in December.   The last week or so folks started saying that Cruz was poised for an upset victory. The last couple of days, most folks have been predicting it will be a slam dunk Cruz victory.  If the Lite Guv does pull it off and gets 50% plus tonight, will it be considered an “upset?”   I’m confused!

Lone Star State political observers are saying that the Lite Guv’s campaign has been one of the worst run in recent memory, right up there with Guv Dude’s race for Prez effort.  Aren’t they the same folks that ran both campaigns?  Commentary is not going to get too down on the Lite Guv’s and Dude’s consultants/staff.    In the case of the Lite Guv and his consultants/staff, I don’t think they really understood the Tea Bagger factor.  The Lite Guv has never been comfortable around Tea Baggers.   I kind of would like to hear an unvarnished take on why they decided to go negative against Cruz so early in the campaign.

In the case of Dude’s campaign, I don’t think they knew what they were getting into and it showed.  Now I don’t think they understand how the Tea Baggers feel about Dude and his dismal performance on the national stage.

If Ted Cruz wins today, tomorrow he will be the leader of the Texas Republican Party, err Texas Tea Party.  Stand aside Sen. Cornyn, Dude, the Lite Guv, AG Abbott, and all the rest that are trying to figure out how to wear a Tea Bagger snuggie.

The new Chron Sports Columnist has a piece on the ‘Stros today and mentions that only three ‘Stros make more than a million bucks.   Name them?

Yesterday I received a GLBT post card with their endorsed candidates:  Jamaal Smith for State Rep. Dist 137, Alan Rosen for Constable Pct. 1, Zerick Guinn for Constable Pct. 2, and Erica Lee for CBOE, Pct.2, Pos. 6.  I also got a Paul Sadler robo call.

My pal Rosi Hernandez is no longer ‘Stros Vice President for Corporate Partnerships.  Rosi first became a VP back in the 20th century – 1999. Of the ten current Executive Office VPs, none – nada – zilch – are Latino or Latina.  Root, root, root!

Last night from Arlington:

(Angels DH Kendrys) Morales became the third switch-hitter in major league history to homer as a lefty and righty in the same inning. Carlos Baerga did it for Cleveland in 1993 and Mark Bellhorn of the Chicago Cubs duplicated the feat in 2002.

 

Nice job, Kendrys!

New ‘Stros Francisco Cordero (reliever) and Ben Francisco (outfielder), and Jed Lowrie (shortstop on the DL) of course are the only roster players that make over a million dollars a year. 

We got back to our losing ways last night. 

 

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Can you believe that the Lite Guv is getting flushed down the toilet?  I ran into a GOP friend of mine at The Yard Saturday evening.  She has been actively involved in local GOP politics for years and she is kind of in disbelief of what is going on inside of her party.  Meanwhile, the Lite Guv is being reduced to campaigning at a Chick-Fil-A today.  Here is a Texas Tribune story today on the latest poll:

Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz has a 10-point lead over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst……… according to the latest poll from Public Policy Polling.

The North Carolina-based firm………….. found Cruz leading Dewhurst 52 percent to 42 percent among likely voters ………….. Among voters who identify with the Tea Party, Cruz’s lead grows dramatically to 75 percent to 22 percent.

And:

Likely runoff voters said they were were 31 percent more likely to vote for someone endorsed by (Sarah) Palin, while only 16 percent were more likely to cast a ballot for a candidate endorsed by Gov. Rick Perry, according to the poll. Another 35 percent said they were less likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by Perry.

"Cruz’s victory is driven by 4 things: the Tea Party, the enthusiasm of his supporters, a generational divide within the Texas Republican ranks, and the lack of regard the party base currently holds for Rick Perry," Tom Jensen, the firm’s polling director, wrote in a blog post. He noted that a victory for Cruz raises questions of whether Perry could survive a primary challenge in 2014 if he decided to run for re-election.

Here is from Burkablog this past weekend:

The tea party is an immediate threat but not a long-term one; it is a one-generation phenomenon, the last gasp of old angry uninformed white guys. Hispanics are a different story; they represent the future and without them the Republicans have no future. Does it change anyone’s thinking? Apparently not.

I had a conversation with a nationally known Republican consultant yesterday . Here is what he told me: “If Ted Cruz wins the Senate race, Texas will be a purple state in four years.” In other words, the tea party is so extreme that even a Democrat might be able to get elected. Does it change anyone’s thinking? Probably not.

My question to Lone Star State Dems is “why wait four years?”   Why not accelerate things starting Wednesday morning?

A little over a million GOPers will cast votes in the GOP runoff tomorrow.  In the 2008 General Election in the Lone Star State, eight million of us cast votes.  That’s seven million voters that aren’t participating in the GOP mudfest.   A lot of voters across the state have been turned off by the onslaught of negative ads that now have a mom blaming her kid’s suicide on Ted Cruz.

I think if Cruz wins he is damaged goods that Dems can seize upon over the next 99 days.

Commentary really doesn’t know who is running the Lone Star State Dem Party these days.  Yeah, I know we have us a new Chair, but I don’t know if he’s in charge.  Commentary also doesn’t know former State Rep. Paul Sadler and of course I don’t even know if he will win tomorrow but if he does, is he capable of convincing those in charge that he can mount a serious challenge?

I do know that here in Harris County if Cruz is the GOP nominee and if we properly redirect resources we can make huge inroads into parts of the County that Dems need in order to thrive, grow, and succeed.

163,000 GOPers voted in Harris County on May 29.

As of Friday, 70,000 GOPers had voted early here in Harris County.  I don’t know how many will show up tomorrow.

In 2008, over 1.1 million voters went to the polls in Harris County.  You get the picture?

If Cruz does pull it off tomorrow we need to immediately paint him and the rest of the GOP ballot as too extreme for the Lone Star State and Harris County.   Commentary has said it before that in order for Dems to grow here in Harris County we have to head northwest.  Commentary is also partial to my client, State Board of Education, District 6 candidate Traci Jensen.  Traci’s GOP opponent Donna Bahorich is State Senator Dan Patrick’s former district director and every bit as scary as Ted Cruz.   The showcasing of Traci Jensen, Rep. Sadler, and Sheriff Adrian Garcia against extremism candidates in that part of the county will result in more Dem votes up and down the ballot countywide.

Sometimes unexpected opportunities just show up at your doorstep.  If Cruz wins, an opportunity is at our doorstep.

If the Dems in charge just shrug it off and go on about business as usual and cede the state to Cruz, the Tea Baggers, and extremism, then a “shame on you”  would be letting them off too lightly. 

In the MLB, only four teams do not have a mascot.  Name the team?

From the Oh Brother Department:  In the wake of the Aurora shooting, movie producer Harvey Weinstein wants to call a summit of movie makers to address how they handle violence in flicks.  This is from the fella that produced “Pulp Fiction”, “Inglourious Basterds”, “Halloween”, “Scream”, and “Grindhouse.”  Shut up, Harvey!

The Leader, a local weekly community newspaper that serves my ‘hood, has a new look and team.  Here is what they put out last week about Early Voting:

Where are the early voting sites?

by Charlotte Aguilar
charlotte@theleadernews.com

With early voting underway and a runoff election looming, we did our civic duty and attempted to prepare a list of polling places for voters in Leader neighborhoods for this issue. When it came to early voting, that wasn’t easy.

The Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and other north and northwest communities are a giant no-man’s-land when it comes to voting locations for those who, for whatever reason, can’t make it to their neighborhood polling place on Election Day.

The nearest sites are in River Oaks, Spring Branch, the West Loop/Galleria area, Acres Homes, Moody Park and downtown Houston.

Most other communities in Harris County – especially those with the knowledgeable, committed type of electorate that lives in our areas – have at least one convenient early voting location. We’re wondering about this and would love to hear from you:

1. If you do vote early, where do you go?

2. Is having polling places so far outside your community a deterrent for you to vote early?

3. Has it ever kept you from voting?

4. Where would be a good location in your community to place a regular polling site? (Think large community buildings with adequate parking.)

We’ll take your feedback (and our own concerns) to the appropriate Harris County officials for answers – and perhaps some action in time for the General Election in November. In the meantime, do get out and vote. Even if they make it a challenge for you to do so.

Nice job!

The Angels, Cubbies, Dodgers, and Yankees of course do not have a team mascot.

What the Fick!  We now have on the roster ia pitcher named Chuckie Fick.

The ‘Stros traded third baseman Chris Johnson to the D-Backs yesterday and we finally got a W.

 

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Forbes says H-Town is the “coolest” city in the U.S. of A.  Huh!

Check it out here.

Whatever!  The Mayor being on Colbert and the signing of Jeremy Lin put us over the top I guess.

H-Town CM Helena Brown continues to get pub in the Chron. 

Check it out here.

Now that’s probably not cool.

The Pirates are in town for a four game series.  They are in second place in the NL Central with a 56-42 record.  The last time they had a winning season was in 1992 when they finished atop the NL East a few years before we had the Wild Card.  How did the Pirates fare in the 1992 NLCS and name the team they faced?

Here is from a story about last night’s Tea Bagger rally for Ted Cruz up in Dallas:

Burleson activist Maggie Wright was among the speakers who encouraged Texas voters to go to the polls and show their support for Cruz.

"I believe God had a hand in this election," she said. "If we had the election in March, David Dewhurst would be our senator."

Amen!

Yesterday I received mailers from Precinct 1 Constable candidates Cindy Vara-Leija and Alan Rosen.

I bet Forbes didn’t factor in the local janitorial strike when they said we were cool.

The Muppets pulled out of their business arrangement with Chick-fil-A. 

The Chron Sports Section joined the list of those that read Commentary because they put Jerome Solomon on the first flight out to London yesterday.

Meanwhile, Dominique Sachse’s postcard’s in the Chron is all about name dropping. What else is new!

From the “Yankee Doodle came to London just to ride the ponies” Department:  Mitt Romney’s piehole got him trouble with the Brits yesterday.  Meanwhile, The First Lady is in London and she said today that she was going to check out some basketball and Ann Romney came to London just to watch her pony.

The 1992 Pirates lost in seven to The ATL of course in the NLCS.

I honestly can’t say if the team will win another game this season.  Heck, we’re on course to even defy the law of averages!  Tomorrow night Dante and I will be on the third row in Diamond Level.  Too bad nobody will be watching.  Now that’s not cool!

 

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Quien es mas macho?  Nolan Ryan o Sarah Palin?  If you listen to Sports Talk like Commentary then you have probably heard the drawl of Nolan Ryan endorsing the Lite Guv for U.S. Senate.  Sarah Palin comes to The Woodlands tomorrow to give her stamp of approval to Ted Cruz.

We will find out Tuesday night if we have a Republican Party of Texas or a Tea Party of Texas. 

Here is from a Star Telegram story today on the Tea Party taking over:

"I’m not at all surprised that Mr. Cruz has support from different people around the country. I’ve never gone to any of these people and asked them for their support," Dewhurst told The Associated Press. "I’ve been focused on Texans. My focus is Texas, not Washington and all of these people from other states that Mr. Cruz seems to want or need to come in and embrace him."

Here it the rest of the story.

Here is from an AP update last night:

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he never felt the need to woo key tea party leaders nationwide. In his words, "I’ve been focused on Texans."

What a bushel of BS!  The Lite Guv has been courting the Tea Party for the last couple of years or so and even trying to advance the Tea Party agenda this past legislative session.  He just wasn’t as frothy at the mouth like Cruz.  Now the Tea Baggers could take a chunk out of his arse this coming Tuesday. 

It doesn’t surprise Commentary that the Lite Guv is running negative and nasty ads on Cruz.  The Lite Guv is hurting.

Guv Dude, the Lite Guv, and others have been feeding Tea Baggers piles of red meat and now it looks like they could be taken hostage by the Tea Party of Texas.   I wonder how Hunker Down and Nolan Ryan feel about being a member of the Tea Party?

Courtesy of Dougie:  Who is now the longest tenured ‘Stro?

Speaking of, my pal Nick Anderson has a killer cartoon on CM Helena Brown in today’s Chron that you can only see in the hard copy – ouch!

Here is an interesting stat from the 2008 general election in Harris County.  Among straight party Early Voters in Person, Dems received 56.94% and the GOP received 42.7%.  Among mail ballot straight party voters, the GOP received 65.81% to the Dems 33.8%. 

I got an Erica Lee mailer yesterday.

I got a Paul Sadler bilingual robo call yesterday.

The Chron Sports Section did a bunch of pre-Olympics coverage but the only reporter sending post cards from London in the Chron is Channel 2’s Dominique Sachse.  What’s up with that?

Reliever Wesley Wright of course is the longest tenured ‘Stro these days when he made his debut in March of 2008 – of course he has also been sent down a time or two since then.

Here is what I said yesterday about Tuesday’s game:

Our new closer came in to close out the game with a one run lead and he didn’t close.  What else is news? 

Here is what I’m saying about last night’s game:

Our new closer came in to close out the game with a one run lead and he didn’t close.  What else is news? 

I don’t know what to say.

 

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If you are on your way to London this morning, there is plenty of reading material for your flight.  Patricia Kilday Hart has an unflattering piece on the Lite Guv and his race against Ted Cruz.

Check it out here.

Also from the Chron is the latest on CM Helena Brown.  Here is how it starts:

City Councilwoman Helena Brown on Tuesday accused Mayor Annise Parker of sabotaging her recent taxpayer-funded trip to Asia to promote direct air service between Seoul and Houston.

Check out the entire piece here.

As I was sitting at The Yard last night while we still had a lead, I got to thinking about arguably the best team we ever had and it had to be the 1998 team when we won 102 games but flamed out in the NLDS against the Padres.  Name the 1998 Opening Day lineup for the ‘Stros?

If you want more reading material for your trip to London, check out today’s Chron article on the GMPs here.

Here is from the piece:

County Commissioners Steve Radack and Jack Cagle and County Judge Ed Emmett said the status quo is unfair to residents in some unincorporated areas of the county who pay taxes to Metro but get few services.

"It’s long overdue for the citizens of the unincorporated area of Harris County to stand together and fight against the unfair Metro sales tax imposed upon them," Radack said, deriding Metro’s light rail as "a choo-choo train."

As I recall, voters voted a few decades ago to impose the METRO sales tax upon ourselves fair and square and it looks like we will also get the opportunity to vote on something this November.

Commentary received the Kubosh petition yesterday in the mail to do away with the ordinance on feeding the homeless.  All I have to do is sign it and stick it in the postage paid envelope.  I won’t.

I was at The Yard and noticed that the street parking meter rate went up by 25%.  They didn’t ask Commentary.

Speaking of, a parking issue is forcing The Roundtable to set up shop at the Black Labrador tonight.

During the game yesterday the buzz started about Wandy getting traded to the Pirates and then we checked the schedule and realized that Wandy could be pitching against us this Saturday.  We also realized that the roster had been officially blown up and as we celebrate 50 years of MLB in H-Town we have the look of an expansion team.

Leading off at second base, B-G-O, followed by Derrick Bell (RF), Baggy (1B), Sean Berry (3B), Moises Alou (LF), Richard Hidalgo (CF), Ricky Gutierrez (SS), Brad Ausmus catching, and Shane Reynolds on the mound of course was our 1998 Opening Day starting lineup against the Giants.

Hunter Pence got a bobblehead and so did Michel Bourn and so did Jose Valverde and so did Brett Myers and so did Pudge and heck even Chris Johnson got a bobblehead.  Even Milo, J.D. and Brownie have bobbleheads.  Wandy never got a bobblehead. 

Our new closer came in to close out the game with a one run lead and he didn’t close.  What else is news? 

 

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CEWDEM has decreed that he will no longer put out takes on the CD 7 Dem runoff…awwwww!   It was just getting interesting.  Meanwhile, the Chron has a piece on the Constable Precinct 1 runoff.    Here are parts:

(Cindy) Vara-Leija accused (Alan) Rosen of misrepresenting his post at the Sheriff’s Office by not clarifying that he is a reserve. Rosen called that a "non-issue," noting that reservists have the same training and arrest powers as full-time officers and that his training hours and patrol experience exceed his opponent’s.

And:

"I have valuable insight that my opponent does not. I did come from Precinct 1," Vara-Leija said. "I know exactly where to go, how to take care of problems that I know are already there."

And:

Online, Rosen supporters have questioned whether Vara-Leija knew of (Former Constable Jack) Abercia’s alleged crimes while at the precinct.

"My responsibilities and my duties were to supervise and to make sure those under my command were taking care of the community’s needs," Vara-Leija said. "Whatever was going on in the constable’s office, I was not privy to."

Well she didn’t know where all the problems were – got it!  The runoff was getting a little boring so a little spice doesn’t hurt.  Both Alan and Cindy would be OK constables so I’m not going to get all worked up for nothing.  My pal Keir is right on target though:

Political consultant Keir Murray said the precinct’s black voters likely will decide the runoff, noting that two black candidates in the May primary split 42 percent of the vote between them. Rosen’s edge in campaign funds and spate of endorsements from black political leaders may give him an edge, Murray said, but nothing is certain in what is expected to be a low-turnout election.

Check out the Chron piece here.

We will know a week from tonight!

The late Cubbie Ron Santo was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past weekend.  The nine-time All Star and winner of five Gold Glove Awards was the 4th highest vote getter in the 1967 NL MVP balloting and 5th in the 1969 balloting.  Name the players that were ahead of Santo in the 1969 balloting? Hint:  They are all still with us, three are in the Hall of Fame, and one may never be.

My pal Robert Miller has a take this morning on winners and losers. 

Check it out.

Robert predicts that GOP State Sen. Wentworth is going down the drain next week.

This is how Robert ends his take this morning:

At this point, it appears that establishment Republicans and trial lawyers may float out into the Gulf together after being swamped by a Tea Party election wave.

I don’t know about that.

What I do know is that Ichiro Suzuki is now wearing the pin stripes. 

Yesterday I received a robo call from Erika Lee and one from Paul Sadler.

In 1969, Cubbie Ron Santo trailed NL MVP Award winner Willie McCovey, Tom Seaver, Hank Aaron, and Pete Rose of course in the balloting.

Here is what the ‘Stros GM said yesterday:

“One of the benefits of some of the trades we’ve made in addition to getting prospects is that we’ve given ourselves some more freedom next year by freeing up some payroll space that allows us to use that to get the free-agent pieces we want to get.  We’re going to be able to use that freedom to more effectively help the club next year immediately than we would have.”

We will see!

You don’t want to hear about another loss night.  It was like most of the other 62 losses. 

 

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Early Voting in Person begins today and the Lone Star State Dem Party has endorsed former State Rep. Paul Sadler for U.S. Senate.  I’m Ok with that as long as Sadler wins or else egg on our faces is going to be the least of our problems.

The Chron has a story today on the Constable Precinct 2 Dem runoff.

Check it out here.

Of course, the Chron didn’t endorse in this race.  What’s up with that?

If opposition to the proposed HISD bonds ever emerges, they will probably use what was in Saturday’s Chron.  Check out how the article starts:

Numerous HISD schools that underwent tens of millions of dollars in repairs and renovations in recent years would be rebuilt or remodeled under a proposed bond issue this November, raising questions about wasted spending.

Here is the entire article.

Name the ‘Stros players that were yesterday’s starting lineup in Arizona that were also in the Opening Day starting lineup back on April 6 against the Rockies?

It is official.  The NCAA will never ever impose a death penalty on a member school.   I was watching the NCAA announce their penalties on Penn State this morning and when asked about the death penalty they said that they took into account “collateral damage” to the band, the athletic department, and the folks that made a living off of games.  Well, that’s the whole point!

Here is what the ‘Stros GM said before the season started:

"We’re going to work hard, work smart and make a return to competitiveness in as short a time frame as possible."

And this is what he also said:

“There is a plan in place.  We want to get to a point where we can compete year in and year out.” 

Who are these guys?   The latest ‘Stros to get traded included Brett Myers, J.A. Happ, and Brandon Lyon is a sure sign that new management is saying get ready for another 100 plus loss season this year and possibly another 100 plus loss season next year.  That’s certainly not going to get folks to visit The Yard anytime soon.   It could also possibly put a dent in season ticket sales.

Oh, well!  At least the bathroom lines won’t be long.

Jose Altuve (2B), Chris Johnson (3B), and J.D. Martinez (LF) of course were in yesterday’s starting lineup and in the Opening Day starting lineup.

Let’s get back to the plan.  The team has decided that by stockpiling prospects, maybe a few will turn into bona fide major leaguers.  Right now of the position players, Altuve and Jed Lowrie (currently on the DL) are the only ones that could play on a contending team.   The team has decided that for now, going the free agent route is not part of the plan.  So we are just going to have to wait, wait, wait, and root, root, root, and be patient, patient, patient!  It is going to be a while before we can compete, compete, compete, much less contend, contend, contend!

The problem with this plan is the prospects will get so used to losing that they will never learn how to win.

 

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