Here is from the Rice University website:
Mark P. Jones, Ph.D., is the fellow in political science at the Baker Institute and the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies at Rice University. He also currently serves as the chair of Rice’s Department of Political Science. His research focuses on the effect of electoral laws and other political institutions on governance, representation and voting.
Dr. Jones had an Op-Ed in yesterday’s Chron on the Voter ID law and here is how it ended:
Upon reflection, SB 14 appears to have less to do with safeguarding elections and more to do with appeasing portions of the Republican party base and potentially, if the law is eventually enforced, reducing the vote share of Democratic Party candidates in many races across Texas by perhaps a few percentage points.
A good read, don’t you think?
Thanks to my pal Robert Miller, Commentary had the honor of sitting with Dr. Jones on a panel on the 2012 elections a few months ago. I think Dr. Jones is the one that came up with the terms “movement” and “establishment” conservatives.
Holy futility! Sadly, the ‘Stros are on pace for another 100 plus loss season! Name the last team to suffer back-to-back 100 plus loss seasons?
Peggy Fikac has one of those “what if” columns today about the Lite Guv considering an option of resigning if he wins in 15 days. That would let Lone Star State voters pick the next Lite Guv in November. Check out Fikac’s column here.
The Lite Guv’ s handlers say they haven’t even given that idea much thought. They better not be if you know what I mean!
Early Voting in person starts next week and it is kind of quiet in my ‘hood these days.
The Nationals of course had back-to-back 100 plus loss seasons in 2008 (103) AND 2009 (102).
There is already buzz about the ‘Stros Skipper being replaced after the season. He’ll probably be a goner but he really wasn’t given the players to do a good job. Two years ago we traded Roy O. and The Big Puma. Last year we said adios to Michael Bourn, Jeff Keppinger, and Hunter Pence. Numero 45 was dealt away a couple of weeks ago. Jason Castro and Jed Lowrie are now on the DL.
What do I know? I know we’re a paltry 9-35 on the road with the next four in San Diego!