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The Chron E-Board continues to roll out their endorsements.  Today’s nods go to At-Large 1 CM Stephen Costello and former CM Brenda Stardig in District A.  Commentary is not surprised.

Here is the Costello endorsement.

Here is the Stardig endorsement.

The most interesting part of the Costello endorsement is this:

Costello readily acknowledges he plans to run for mayor following his council service. We would recommend that the best way for someone in his position to reach the big office on the third floor at City Hall is to be the best at-large councilman he can be if elected to a third two-year term.

I guess CM Costello becomes the first declared 2015 Mayoral candidate.  He better start voting in Dem Party primaries.

San Luis punched their ticket to the NLCS last night.  Last year San Luis retired the Numero 10.  Who wore the Numero 10?

Here is another exercise in exercising.  RNC Hispanics and AG Abbott and former State Rep.  Errant Pena are putting together a GOP outreach to Latinos voters – YAWN! 

Here is the Tribune story on the outreach that is going nowhere.

It is about issues.  It is about immigration reform.  It is about health care.  It is about voting rights. 

Commentary received a Zeph Capo for HCC mailer yesterday.

Forty years ago today Vice-President Spiro Agnew resigned.

Tony La Russa of course wore the Numero 10 for San Luis.

Here is from the ‘Stros website:

Astros owner Jim Crane said last week the team would be in position to increase its payroll next year, and on Tuesday he provided the first indication of just how much money could be spent on players in 2014.

Crane said the Astros’ payroll, which was at about $13 million to end the season, could be between $50-60 million next year regardless of whether the club is able to settle its dispute with television partner Comcast.

We will see.

 

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What is the NL and AL won-lost record for the MLB All Star Game?

Commentary dropped by the City Secretary Office a couple of days ago to check out the latest campaign treasurer designations.

Here is who I will add to my political page later on today:

For Mayor:  Keryl Douglas, Eric Dick, Michael Fitzsimmons, and Victoria Lane.

For At-Large 2:  David Robinson, Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, and Brent Gordon.

For At-Large 3:  As reported yesterday, Al Edwards.

For District B:  Joe Joseph.

For District C:  Pete Sosa.

For District D:  Lana Edwards, Larry McKenzie, and Anthony Robinson.

For District G:  Ben Taef.

Of course, these folks still have to plunk down the filing fee when the time comes.

The NL All Star Team has won 43 games, the AL All Star Team has won 38 games, and there have been two ties of course.

Here is the deal.  A bunch of GOP members of the U.S. House of Representatives don’t have very many Latinos in their districts so they don’t feel they have to support immigration reform.  Some far right wing GOPers even go on to say that pathway to citizenship means more Dem voters in the future.  I’m betting we won’t get immigration reform legislation.  We’ll just have to go another election cycle where Latino voters come out and heavily support Dem candidates and further cement the Latino community and Dem Party bond.   Hey, they asked for it!

Jarred Cosart has been called up and will make his MLB starting pitcher debut at Tampa Bay tomorrow night.  They needed to make the move for a club with a 32-59 record.   

 

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It is hard to keep a secret in politics.  I figured by now we would know Guv Dude’s future plans that he is revealing this Monday in San Antonio.

Check out CNN and Dude here.

Name the former ‘Stros skipper born on the Fourth of July?  HINT:  His record managing the ‘Stros was 254-232 including a NL Manager of the Year Award. 

A Happy Birthday to Malia Obama today!

Seventy-four years ago today Lou Gehrig called himself “the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”

Commentary will check out the Hot Dog Eating Contest later on today on ESPN2.

Commentary also suggests you go to the Chron editorial page and check out the Declaration of Independence in its entirety.  It is still a good read.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus said yesterday that they had not endorsed the Senate passed immigration reform bill.  That’s probably a good thing since I’m hearing more Latino groups have a problem with the measure in its current form.  It is more walls and more of the militarization of the border.

Former ‘Stros skipper Hal Lanier is celebrating his 71st BD today of course!

Chris Carter and his solo dinger and his three-run dinger was all we needed last night.

Some folks will be heading to the  Freedom Festival this afternoon and some will be heading to The Yard just after noon and some will do both.

Oh yeah, we declared our independence 237 years ago today.

 

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One of Commentary’s favorite movie quotes is from “Godfather, II” when Rocco says about whacking Hyman Roth it would be “difficult, not impossible.”

That’s kind of my thought regarding 2014 and the chances of winning statewide in 2014 instead of waiting for osmosis to do the job in 2020 or beyond.  There is such a thing as the GOP in Texas overplaying their hand.   Commentary mentioned last week the GOP’s effort to stop immigration reform and the Latino vote.  The GOP isn’t invincible.

Another favorite movie quote is from “Field of Dreams” and Shoeless Joe saying "if you build it, he will come.”

Commentary caught State Sen. Wendy Davis on “Meet the Press” and “This Week” yesterday as she continues to get national media run.  In my humble opinion she’s prime time.

A Politico piece this past Friday said Team Davis was reviewing their options.  Here are parts:

A statement to POLITICO Friday from Matt Angle, director of the Democratic political firm Lone Star Project and a Davis strategist, provided more clarity about a potential statewide bid — and it could come sooner than later.

“Right now, she and her team, in collaboration with the Lone Star Project, are looking very closely at the dynamics in Texas and the circumstances coming together for 2014,” Angle wrote.

“Working closely with the Lone Star Project, Senator Davis’ team is pulling together the information needed in terms of financial commitments and voter attitudes to make an informed decision on statewide prospects,” he added. “Certainly, the events over the last week or so show a groundswell in Texas. We have to see if it all adds up to a statewide campaign.”

Here is the entire Politico piece.

The Rays are in town for four though the Fourth.  Name their Triple A affiliate?

Kuffer has a good take on Sen. Davis and her chances statewide here.

This past weekend Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune assessed the chances of a Davis run for governor in 2014.  I have pulled a few of his lines:

She would almost certainly lose.

And:

Davis would probably be defeated in a statewide race.

And:

A bettor would have to go with the Republicans.

And:

But if she doesn’t run for governor now, it’s not because it’s a tough time for Democrats — it’s because she doesn’t want to be governor. She’ll never get a better shot.

And how about this:

Vexing the Republicans, frankly, is a quality she shares with none of the Democrats who have run for governor of Texas since Ann Richards: She galvanizes her supporters and makes the other team crazy. Garry Mauro, Tony Sanchez Jr., Chris Bell and Bill White had varying combinations of money, experience, skill and leadership ability. Together, they had almost enough charisma for one candidate, which made them easier for Texans to disregard. Mauro got 31.2 percent of the vote; Sanchez got 40 percent; Bell, with two major independent candidates also in the race, got 29.8 percent; and White got 42.3 percent.

Here is the entire Ross Ramsey piece.

The Chron also gave some run to 2014.  It is only available to subscribers so here are parts:

A short-term victory for Texas Democrats: doubtless. But that obscures a more important question: Will these events dramatically hasten the day when deep red Texas is once again a politically competitive state? Or is Democratic talk of a "purple" Texas as soon as 2014 an early-summer fantasy fueled by the euphoria of the past week?

Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson warns Democrats not to be swept away by "Wendy-mania."

"The events of the past week have certainly amped up the energy in Texas politics, but the changes required to turn Texas purple, let alone blue, will still be a decade or more in coming," Jillson said.

Indeed, a Houston Chronicle analysis of election data from 2000 to 2012 found that demographic shifts toward an ever-increasing minority population will only take Democrats so far. The study, conducted last November, found that if current demographic and voting trends continue, Texas will become a politically competitive state in 2020 and a true toss-up in 2024.

The study assumes no spike in registration or turnout among Texas Latinos or a shift among minority voters either away from or toward the GOP. It also assumes that independent swing voters will not dramatically shift from their current Republican leanings.

And:

"Democrats should save their champagne for New Year’s because there’s no reason for them to celebrate," said Vincent Harris, a GOP consultant who directed the social media efforts of Ted Cruz’s 2012 U.S. Senate campaign.

Harris said the week’s events "made a star out of Wendy Davis," but he added that it also "galvanized the large pro-life community in the state and Texas conservatives like hadn’t been done since Ted Cruz’s election."

And:

"Lots of very red states – Georgia, Mississippi, Montana – elect the occasional Democrat," said Jillson, "so it is possible in Texas, too."

Commentary thinks Sen. Davis would beat Guv Dude. 

Let me repeat what Rodd Ramsey said:

But if she doesn’t run for governor now, it’s not because it’s a tough time for Democrats — it’s because she doesn’t want to be governor. She’ll never get a better shot.

"If you build it, he will come.”  Stay tuned!

Speaking of baseball movies, the Durham Bulls are the Rays’ Triple A affiliate of course.

Commentary snagged foul ball numero 5 Saturday night.

Just in case you are wondering, we have five interleague games remaining on the schedule.  We go to San Luis for two next week and host the Reds for three in September.

We’re a game over the halfway point in the season.  We’re making way too many errors.  We lost two this weekend because of errors.

 

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38% of  Texas’ population is Latino and yesterday U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz said a big “#*&^ you” to us when they voted against immigration reform.   They can get away with it because we let them.

Last year Ted Cruz ran hard right when he whipped the Lite Guv in the GOP primary.  Cruz didn’t have to tack back to the center because he ran against an unfunded Paul Sadler.  Cruz is playing to his Tea Party base.

Sen. Cornyn is playing it “safe” by pandering to the Tea Party base that apparently controls the state’s GOP.  The last thing Cornyn wants is a serious challenge by a Tea Party activist in next year’s GOP primary.

The immigration reform legislation now moves to the GOP controlled U.S. House.  Commentary doesn’t feel confident the House will produce meaningful legislation.  They don’t have to. 

One could easily make the argument that the fiercest opposition to immigration reform in Congress is coming from Texas, a state with over nine and a half million Latinos.   

We all know that immigration reform resonated with Latino voters during the 2012 presidential election.   Immigration reform will resonate with Texas Latino voters in 2014 if fully engaged.   When that happens we will then see immigration reform move forward.

The Angels are in town.  When was the last time they made it to the post season?

Imagine a Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.  It could very well happen. 

Imagine a slate of GOP statewide candidates all with major Tea Party credentials.  That’s going to happen.

So what do we do in 2014?

I hope the folks that run the Democratic National Committee and Texas Democratic Party are working on a plan for Texas in 2014 that involves more than targeting a couple of state house seats.  

The Lite Guv put the blame on "Obama-style" protesters for what happened the other night at the filibuster.  Now I know what “Obamacare” is.  What the heck is “Obama-style?”

The last time the Angels were in the post season was in 2009 of course when they got beat by the Yankees in six in the ALCS.

The Angels are in for three this weekend.

 

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I’m hoping Senate Dems can kill the bad ‘ol abortion bill today and it looks like some GOP types (I won’t call them leaders) are playing the blame game.  Check this from Chron.com:

Accusations of who’s to blame for the anti-abortion proposal’s potential demise already are starting to fly.

Look no further than the always vocal Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who blasted leadership after the Senate recessed Monday afternoon.

In a short back-and-forth with reporters, Patrick said “very clearly it does not look like there was coordination between the people who lead the majority” when it comes to Senate Bill 5.

“It’s just clear that we appear to be flying a little bit by the seat of our pants. These are important bills. You don’t fly by the seat of your pants when you try to pass important bill.”

Patrick added: “We’re the majority if the majority can’t pass the legislation they think is important and the people think is important then that’s a great concern to me.”

In response, Lt. Gov David Dewhurst said Patrick misrepresented leadership’s strategy and that he “had a very clear plan” to “pass good pro life legislation.”

Dewhurst quickly turned the table to focus on the House, which passed SB5 Monday morning.

Here is the entire piece.

These guys are in total control of the process.  It doesn’t surprise me that Sen. Patrick won’t own up.  

How many dingers did Carlos Beltran have for the ‘Stros during the 2004 post season?

It looks like the Voting Rights Act got gutted today by the Supremes.  Check this from Politico:

The Supreme Court Tuesday struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act, ruling unconstitutional a provision of the landmark civil rights legislation used to promote the political power of minority voters across large swaths of the southern United States for nearly four decades.

In a 5-4 ruling that split the court along ideological lines, the court freed some or all of 15 states from the requirement that all changes to voting laws, procedures and even polling place locations get advance approval from the Justice Department or a panel of federal judges.

Here is the entire Politico piece.

This is still a developing story but I am thinking for now it is open season for Latino and African American voters in the Lone Star State.  I am also thinking that Guv Dude, the Lite Guv, and the AG will be huddling pretty soon to see how they can stick it to us.  Watch your arses!

Well at least Dems can say that the GOP are taking away our voting rights and that ought to help us at the polls. 

Carlos Beltran had eight dingers during the 2004 post season of course – four in the NLDS and four in the NLCS.

From the Chron Sports Section:

The Astros lead MLB in errors (60) and are ranked last in defensive efficiency (.674). The club’s tied for 26th out of 30 teams in fielding percentage (.980). … Carlos Correa is hitting .321 with four homers, 45 RBIs and an .852 OPS for low Class A Quad Cities. The No. 1 pick of the 2012 draft is 20-for-41 in his last 10 games.

Let’s see how we do against San Luis who own the best record in MLB.

 

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It looks like the Dome will get to hang around.

Check this out from the Chron.

I am sure we will get more specific details in the coming days and weeks.  It sounds like nobody wanted to tear the Dome down so they are just going to clean it up and hope that some folks will want to rent it for events.  We will see.

A lot of folks are saying a lot of nice things about James Gandolfini today.  I was shocked when My Best Friend texted me with the news.  I am still stunned. 

The ‘Stros signed number one draft pick Mark Appel yesterday.  Appel went to Stanford.   Name the ‘Stro who also attended Stanford who saw limited action in two games of the 2005 World Serious? 

This should not surprise any of us.  This is the kind of red meat his base loves.  Check this from the Chron:

In a radio interview with Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz warned that the Gang of Eight immigration plan would prompt a flood of illegal immigration — 20 million or 30 million undocumented workers within the next  decade or two.

When asked by the conservative commentator why Democrats support the Gang of Eight bill, the freshman Republican from Houston said that it is pure politics and that it is a way to create more Democratic voters.

As for the Republican support of the bill, Sen. Cruz said that a lot of the reasoning is political as well. After 2012, many of the political consultants advised that that the way to do better with Hispanic votes is for Republicans to embrace amnesty. Cruz called that political argument “complete nonsense” and said that Washington consultants want “Republicans give up our principles and become Democrats” when it comes to immigration, abortion, and gay marriage.

Here is the entire rant.

The H-Town City Council voted yesterday to give seniors a little property tax relief.  That’s politics!

The Big Jolly fella doesn’t think too much about the initiative to add a penny to our property taxes and put it into early childhood education programs.  He makes some interesting points about how the program will be handled.

Check out Big Jolly.

Eric Bruntlett of course saw limited action in Games Two and Three of the 2005 World Serious.

We should have won last night – period.  We should have scored more than one run.

 

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I’m thinking that Fort Bend Mechanical isn’t going to be doing any business at HISD for a while.  Channel 13 ran a piece Friday night that says according to court records the Fort Bend Mechanical honcho handed off cash to three HISD Board members.  The fella also says that he was asked to pay-to-play at HISD.

Here is the Channel 13 story.

You have to figure that the FBI is going to be all over this.

Why would any governmental entity want to hire Fort Bend Mechanical these days? 

Robin Ventura is the White Sox skipper.  How many career grand salamis does he have?

The Chron E-Board is kind of calling out U.S. Sen. John Cornyn for playing games on immigration reform.  Here are parts:

"This is classic Cornyn. We know the pattern all too well," said immigration advocate Frank Sharry. "He pretends to be sincere about the need for reform. He asks for changes that are a bridge too far. He destabilizes the bipartisan agreement already in place. He helps to thwart reform. He votes no in the end anyway."

Cornyn, the Senate’s minority whip, insists that his amendment would improve the bill. "I think it will also dramatically improve the chances of immigration reform passing," he said.

What the senator is not saying is that he’s up for reelection next year and is worried about a Ted Cruz clone tearing into his vulnerable right flank. A stealth sabotage of immigration reform might inoculate him against a challenger jabbing at him for being soft on the illegals.

Here is the entire E-Board take.

What else is news!

Robin Ventura has 18 careers grand salamis of course.

I don’t know what to say about the up and down ‘Stros who now have won four in row after losing six in a row.

 

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Today is the deadline for members of the public to turn in their Astrodome proposals.  In yesterday’s Chron, Kuffer and former County Judge Jon Lindsay penned Op-Eds and gave us their thoughts.  The Chron also published an Op-Ed on the Dome that appeared in the NY Times a week or so ago.  None of the three advocated Commentary’s well known position on the Dome’s future but Kuffer had what I thought were words that ring loud and true.  Check this:

The fact is that in this country, when a stadium stops functioning as a stadium, it gets torn down. Several of the teams that the Astros played against in 1965, the Dome’s opening year, are in their third stadium since then. Ebbetts Field, where Jackie Robinson made his groundbreaking debut in 1947, was demolished in 1960, two years after the Dodgers headed to California. Apartments were built in its place. The only historic venues that still stand are those that are still used as sports arenas, such as Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Lambeau Field and Madison Square Garden.

There is no precedent for turning an unused stadium into some other functional structure, which may be why we have struggled so much to come up with a new use for the Dome.

Hear, hear!

Here is all of Kuffer.

Here is Judge Lindsay.

Here is the NY Times.

Show me the courage!

How many times have the ‘Stros had the number one pick in the MLB Amateur Player Draft?

Speaking of Numbers Ones and dumbarse stuff falling out of your piehole, Chipper Jones tweeted the following:

Y’all think if they took all them gators they trap in Fla and La and put them in the Rio Grande, it wud stop the illegals from crossing? Jk

Then he tweeted this:

I realize that my tweet yest was offensive and distasteful. An attempt at humor was a terrible mistake. Please accept my heartfelt apology!

Here is from the Chron’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz:

Chipper Jones, who built a solid reputation during his long career with the Atlanta Braves, has atoned a bit for an ugly tweet about illegal immigrants.

“Y’all think if they took all them gators they trap in Fla and La and put them in the Rio Grande, it wud stop the illegals from crossing? Jk,” Jones tweeted from @RealCJ10 Saturday. Jones got a relative pass from the baseball media, but his tweet was beyond offensive.

Many people die each year trying to cross the border in a desperate attempt to improve their lots in life, and I simply don’t find it funny when athletes attempt to dehumanize immigrants by joking about them as though they’re some sort of prey.

Whether you agree or disagree with the U.S. immigration policies, I would assume we all agree that we must treat each other with respect and common decency. Chipper Jones is no John Rocker, and I’m glad Jones decided to apologize in another tweet tonight.

“I realize that my tweet yest was offensive and distasteful. An attempt at humor was a terrible mistake. Please accept my heartfelt apology!” he tweeted.

Chipper Jones has always been a class act when I’ve dealt with him, and I hope this was just one silly mistake. We all say stupid comments that we ultimately regret from time to time. Jones recognized his mistake, and hopefully he learned from it.

I’m putting Chipper Jones on my list of dumbarses and he’ll stay on it until I think he’s seen the light if you know what I mean.

This past Saturday With the 557th pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft the ‘Stros selected Jake Rodriguez.  Jake!

Of course I’m not talking about our Jake but rather Jake who catches for the Oregon State Beavers of the PAC 12.

Talk about letting folks down or misleading them or playing the hidden ball trick, I ‘m talking about the Harris County Department of Education Board of Trustees.   HCDE Trustee Jim Henley announced he was resigning.  The HCDE Board then invited folks to apply for the vacancy and send in their resumes.  The list was whittled down to six finalists that included public education activist Sue Deigaard, Latino activist Rey Guerra, and former State Board of Education candidate Traci Jensen (Commentary’s former client). The six finalists were then interviewed.

After a few special called HCDE Board meetings to deliberate on the vacancy the board went for none of the above.  This past Thursday the board met and selected former NAACP honcho Howard Jefferson.  I like Howard and consider him a pal but I don’t think he even applied.

If you ask me why ask folks to apply and have them interviewed then say no thanks. Some of the applicants would have been outstanding trustees.  What a bum deal if you ask me. I hope they have a good ‘splanation.

If the City of H-Town really wants to get serious about recycling then why don’t they have the Westpark Recycling Center open on Sundays.  It is open Monday thru Saturday.  A lot of folks can’t or won’t drive out there during the week.  Having it open on Saturday and Sunday would be a convenience.

The ‘Stros have had the number one draft pick four times of course:  Pitcher Floyd Bannister in 1976, infielder Phil Nevin in 1992, shortstop Carlos Correa in 2012, and pitcher Mark Appel last Thursday.

The ‘Stros have now lost four in a row as the bats have gone on silent mode.  We’re playing like a team that is 22-42.

 

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Commentary was visiting with a couple of national political Latino players last week and in passing one mentioned that the current draft of the immigration reform bill that is being circulated is a bad piece of legislation. 

Here is from today’s MSNBC:

Sen. Marco Rubio suggested Republicans–including himself–might not support the sweeping immigration reform bill unless further revisions are made.

“I can tell you that the bill as currently structured is not going to pass in the House. And I think it’s going to struggle to pass in the Senate,” the Florida senator told reporters on Wednesday after a meeting with fellow GOP leaders in the Senate and the House. He warned the bill–which he helped draft–has little hope of survival as currently written.

“Let’s remember: the goal here is not to pass a bill out of the Senate. The goal here is to reform our immigration laws,” he said.  “And that requires something that can pass the House, the Senate, and be signed by the president.”

The heart of the issue is border security. Rubio, a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” argued that provisions need to be tightened before GOP lawmakers will fully get on board with any deal. He also wants some of the power shifted away from the Department of Homeland Security.

Here is what Latino Vote 2013 says:

Rather than ‘bring immigrants out of the shadows’ this bill will hold millions in an underclass, vulnerable to exploitation and relegated to the ranks of the working poor, with no access to basic services. Millions will have no hope of receiving permanent legal status, let alone citizenship.

Let’s not forget that the only reason GOP types like Sen. Rubio are at the table is because Latinos voted big time for Dems last November.  Latinos are not going to settle for a bad bill.  Dems in Congress would be advised not to be a part of passing a bad bill because it could create a backlash within the Dem Party coalition.  If a bill fails to pass this session Latinos are not going away and will come out and vote against 2014 GOP candidates and heading into 2016 maybe they will get it.  Stay tuned!

Name the last player from B’More to win the AL MVP Award?

D-Day happened 69 years ago today. 

One of Commentary’s favorites is Natalie Morales from “Today.”  Natalie is celebrating her 41st BD today.  Natalie don’t need touching up.

Whew!  Commentary doesn’t use Verizon.

The big story at The Yard today is this evening’s MLB Amateur Player Draft.  We have pick numero uno.  I’m thinking the team will probably go for a college player.  

Cal Ripken, Jr. of course won the AL MVP Award in 1991.

The team hit six dingers last night and still only 15,000 and change made it to The Yard.  It is an afternoon game today followed by the draft watch get together.

 

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