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A poll out this morning has Guv Dude up on Hutch by 12 points – yikes! Dude’s macho style campaign is paying off among likely GOP voters. It is starting to look like in order for Hutch to have a shot, she’s going to have to get Independents to hold their noses and vote in the GOP primary. That will make it a lot easier for a Latino/Latina Dem candidate for Governor to snatch up the nomination. If Dude ends up knocking off Hutch and leaving her as road kill, I think a lot more women voters will be looking for a change and we might just have our first Latino/Latina Governor of the Lone Star State – si se puede!

“The Huffington Post” also reads Commentary. They put out a piece that CEWDEM circulated yesterday on stuff Commentary has been saying for years – Lone Star State Dems need to start doing something about harnessing potential Latino voter energy. It is out there but we just don’t have the brains, creativity, and will to put together a winning strategy.  Check out the story.  It looks like a sad commentary, pardon the pun, on what the leadership of the Lone Star State Dem Party thinks about the importance of the Latino vote….tsk, tsk, tsk! What else is new!

31 million folks from the U.S. of A. watched Sheila Jackson Lee eulogize Michael Jackson – cool!

If you are going to The Yard tonight to catch the opening game of the four game series with the Nationals, it is actually a five game series because at 6:05 pm today, they will complete a suspended game – a doubleheader of sorts. Here’s what I snatched off of Alyson Footer’s Blog that will help ‘splain stuff:

“The Astros and Nationals will complete the May 5 game that was suspended due to rain this Thursday (today), beginning at 6:05 p.m. CT.  Some tidbits regarding the rules and regulations for that game.

“First, the bare basics: Fans with tickets to the regularly-scheduled 7:05 p.m. game Thursday will also be admitted to the suspended game continuation. No separate tickets will be sold. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

“The regularly scheduled game will start at 7:05 p.m., unless the suspended game ends after 6:45 p.m. In that case, there will be a 20-minute break between games.

“The game will resume just as it was when originally suspended on May 5 in a 10-10 tie. It will resume in the bottom of the 11th inning, with the Nationals at-bat with one out and a runner on first base (Elijah Dukes). LaTroy Hawkins was the pitcher on the mound, and he is allowed to continue his outing if the Astros see fit.

“And here’s some more fun stuff…

“* All position players and pitchers who were used and removed from the game on May 5 will not be eligible to return to the contest. For the Astros, those players include Carlos Lee and Jason Michaels, as well as pitchers Roy Oswalt, Chris Sampson, Tim Byrdak and Geoff Geary.

“* Players who are currently on the roster, but were not when the game was originally suspended, are eligible to play in the suspended game. Players who were in the lineup when play suspended, but are not currently on the active roster, must be subbed for in the same position and batting order.

“* When the Astros and Nationals game was suspended on May 5, Elijah Dukes was on first in the bottom of the 11th inning. But Dukes has since been shipped to Triple-A, so the Nationals will simply put in a pinch-runner for him when the game resumes Thursday.

“Interestingly, this will be the first time the Astros host a suspended game since July 23, 1999. The Astros and Padres finished their June 13 game, which was suspended when Larry Dierker suffered a grand mal seizure in the home dugout at the Astrodome. That game was halted in the middle of the eighth inning with the Astros leading, 4-1, and they eventually won it.”

More from Alyson Footer:

“The Twitter craze is a world-wide phenomenon, and count Astros En Espanol as the latest entity to jump into the social networking era. "LosAstros" is  now fully functional and giving 140-character updates on all things Astros, in Spanish.

“The Astros have one of the largest local Hispanic fan bases in baseball, right up there with the Dodgers and Mets. They also have a huge following internationally because of their Spanish Web site, which reaches fans in Mexico, Venezuela, Panama and Puerto Rico.

“Through "LosAstros" on Twitter, the Astros hope to give fans insight into the team they wouldn’t otherwise get and also to give information about the Spanish Web site, TV show and radio broadcasts.”

Wandy was once again Wandyful yesterday and we’re making progress!

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