Here’s what H-Town CM James Rodriguez sent out yesterday:
“The Houston Area Latino Summit Mayoral Debate will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 18, 2009 at the Champions Pavilion at Minute Maid Park. Minerva Perez, Executive Producer and Host of Latina Voices, has agreed to serve as moderator and Al Flores, Jr., a local Houston attorney has agreed to take the lead in developing the debate format and structure.
“Mr. Flores will be in discussions with local Latino leaders and organizations for suggestions regarding debate questions. Marc Campos and Campos Communications will be in charge with the task of coordinating the event and assembling a panel of uncommitted Latino voters who will grade the debate participants.
“If you are interested in having a question asked at the debate, please submit it to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org All submitted questions will be posted on the Houston Area Latino Summit webpage. Please note that debate questions will not be limited to those that are submitted.
“The Houston Area Latino Summit is looking for sponsorships to help underwrite the cost of the debate. Prominent signage will be displayed at the event for all sponsors as well as key mention on all debate e-mail correspondence. Sponsorship levels are: $500, $1000 and $1,500. If you would like to be a sponsor please fill out the attached form and mail it in along with your contribution to Houston Area Latino Summit, 816 Ralfallen, Houston Texas 77008.
“It is our desire to make the Houston Area Latino Summit Mayoral Debate the political event of the summer. It is also our hope to make this debate the first ever to truly address the concerns of the local Latino community.
“Sincerely, James Rodriguez”
In today’s Star-Telegram there is a story about Fort Worth City Council Member Sal Espino mulling over the possibility of taking on Dem State Rep Lon Burnam next year. Check it out.
Here is some of what is in the piece: "’Fort Worth is the largest city in Texas without a Hispanic representing a House seat," he (Espino) said. ‘I don’t think [Burnam] has been able to get much meaningful legislation passed, although I admire his battle against the prior speaker.’
“Burnam, who was elected to District 90 in 1996 on his third try, said he believes that Espino should stay where he is, especially because he was re-elected this year to another two-year term on the Fort Worth City Council.
"’Sal has no experience in this arena,’ Burnam said. ‘There is a role for . . people like Sal, but more importantly, there is a role for people like me . to stand up against [former House Speaker Tom] Craddick, to stand up over and over again. It takes people with experience and leadership to make a difference.’
“Espino said he hopes to make a decision soon.”
FYI: State House District 90 in Tarrant County is 65% Latino according to the 2000 Census.
FYI: Harris County is the largest county in Texas without a Latino in Congress.
Commentary is not going to say anything but we do have four starters batting .300 or better – Michael Bourn (.300), Numero 45 (.300), Miggy (.331), and Hunter Pence (.331). On the ‘Stros website there is a story about Bourn and his new identity (their words). Check it out.
Commentary was watching the post game show Saturday night and I was kind of taken aback when Cecil Puede declared that Center Fielder Michael Bourn was his team MVP of the season to date. After giving it some thought, it is hard to argue with Puede. Bourn is a terrific center fielder. He is a terror to opposing teams when he is on base. He’s hitting .300. He looks a lot more comfortable when he is at the plate. Trading away Lights Out Lidge for Bourn doesn’t seem like a one sided trade these days. Yeah Lights Out helped his Phillies win the World Serious last year but remember, not even a major league curandera could get him out of his Pujols induced dinger funk when he was still a ‘Stro. This season hasn’t been kind to Lights Out. He has a 7 plus ERA, has blown seven Saves, and is currently on the DL. The KC Royals are in town for three and they give out 10,000 Big Puma Paws tonight!