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Archive for June 8th, 2009

“Texas Monthly” had the following to say about State Senator Mario Gallegos when they named him to their 10 Worst Legislators List again last week.

“Last session, Gallegos was sidelined by a debilitating illness, narrowly averting death thanks to a liver transplant. Now he looks better than he has in years. In fact, you could say the old Mario is back.

“We don’t mean this in a good way.

“When Gallegos makes the trip to Austin every two years, he packs his bags with old scores to settle and tucks in a few schemes to help his friends. The Houston Rodeo books alternative Latin music, rather than the Tejano bands that Gallegos prefers? He’s got a bill for that: an outlandish requirement that the charitable organization follow state bidding laws. An old opponent runs for Houston City Council while serving on a community college board? A Gallegos proposal would have required her to resign her board position. Houston firefighters, on the other hand, have their own personal representative on the floor of the Texas Senate. Gallegos, formerly one of their ranks, filed a bill requiring sports authorities operated by the City of Houston and Harris County to hire only City of Houston firefighters—to the exclusion of county and suburban forces. Then there was the bill to ban large trucks from parking overnight in driveways of residential areas. You guessed it: He had a problem in his own neighborhood. Thanks to the vigilance of Gallegos’s colleagues, most of these bills were sent on permanent vacation. Considering his recent health ordeal—and his track record in Austin—we believe Gallegos deserves the same, and more: a long, happy retirement. Soon.”

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"I think she sounds like a winner and a good nominee,” said Laura Bush about Judge Sotomayor this morning on “Good Morning America.”

Commentary went to vote early in the H-Town City Council District H Special this past Friday and within 30 minutes of getting back to my desk a photo of me leaving the early voting location in my hybrid was being passed around the internet. I don’t know if I should feel honored or violated.

The Chron’s E-Board banged up the H-Town City Council today on their proposed budget.  Check it out.

UH’s Dr. Murray who knows more about politics than you and me and everyone else combined put out a take on State Rep Sylvester Turner running for H-Town Mayor. Check it out. The Annise Parker and Peter Brown campaigns probably want Sly in the race because that would split up the African American vote because there would be two major African American candidates running – Sly and Gene Locke. Commentary would bet that if Sly does get into the race Locke would seriously consider getting out. You see, Locke still has to overcome a name ID issue. Locke enjoys big time support from Mayor Bob and County Commissioner El France Lee – supposedly two powerhouses that don’t think much of Sly so that would be a victory of sorts for Sly. Stay tuned!

21 folks were arrested at Cowboy Stadium on opening night. They must have had a soccer game there.

Lisi, Hector, and Joaquin sat with Commentary in Pam-In-Charge’s seats Friday evening and Joaquin got him two balls tossed to him – cool. Commentary snagged Foul Ball Numero Seis Saturday evening and gave it to a kid. I wasn’t so lucky yesterday as a foul shot bounced off me. Things are looking better at The Yard these days as we take the day off and resume manana against the Cubbies.

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