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It looks like the FW Star-Telegram and the Census Department read Commentary. We really need to get us some better Lone Star State Dem leadership. Check out the piece.

Headline: “Census report shows that Texas still ranks low in voter turnout.” By Aman Batheja.

“The presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain sent more Texans to the polls last year, but the state still had one of the lowest turnouts in the country, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

“After factoring in population growth, turnout in Texas dropped 1 percentage point from 2004.

“About 8.4 million voters cast ballots in the state in the November election, roughly half a million more than in 2004.

“But that growth didn’t keep pace with the rise in the state’s population, so turnout actually dropped, from 57 percent in 2004 to 56 percent in 2008. That puts Texas 45th among the states in 2008; it was 47th in 2004.

“Turnout rose among black voters in Texas from 2004 to 2008, but dropped among Hispanics and Asians. An additional 263,000 blacks voted in 2008, increasing turnout from 58 to 65 percent. Hispanic turnout decreased from 42 to 38 percent, despite an additional 164,000 voters. Turnout among Asians fell to 34 percent from 43 percent, with 34,000 fewer voting.

“In Texas, while 71,000 more voters ages 18 to 24 cast ballots in 2008, the turnout for that age group dropped from 39 percent in 2004 to 36 percent in 2008. Voters ages 65 to 74 saw the largest gain, from 69 percent in 2004 to 74 percent in 2008.”

It isn’t rocket science! It is about putting in resources to engage the Latino vote and Lone Star State Dem leaders absolutely don’t get it!

Local Dems that think we are going to cruise into the victory lane in November of 2010 are in for a surprise despite the fact that the local GOP is getting pretty good at shooting themselves over and over again in the same right wing foot. Stay tuned!

It was a playoff kind of atmosphere at The Yard last night as 36 thousand plus watched the ‘Stros put it on the Albert Pujols, Tony La Russa, division leading Cards 3 to 2 – whew! The team wore Lunar Lids and so it was appropriate that Numero 45 had a three run lunar dinger.

Yesterday, Pudge started wearing Numero 77. Brian Moehler is now a career 5-0 versus the Cards as Wandy goes this evening!

It is official, B-G-O’s 3,000 hit on June 28, 2007 was voted Top Moment in the 10 year history of The Yard. Here’s what B-G-O had to say – "Playing 20 years with one organization in a great city, I have had a lot of good things happen to me, but the 3,000th hit was the best night of my professional life. To have the fans vote it as the top moment, I am honored. It was a night that I will never forget, because I got to enjoy it with my family and the fans and teammates. And to be able to enjoy the moment with Jeff (Bagwell) like it happened on the field was truly special. I liked that the fans acknowledged this moment."

Commentary was there and actually got a foul ball that game off of then Rockie Kaz Matsui. On August 3, the first 10,000 fans get a B-G-O DVD to commemorate the moment – cool.

According to ‘Stros voters, here are the Top Ten Yard Moments:

1. Craig Biggio’s 3000th career hit.
2. Chris Burke’s 18th-inning HR in the NLDS.
3. Craig Biggio’s final game.
4. Jeff Bagwell’s game-winning single in memory of Darryl Kile.
5. Brad Ausmus’ final game home run.
6. Brad Ausmus’ HR in the NLDS.
7. Jeff Kent’s HR in the NLCS.
8. Lance Berkman’s Grand Slam in the NLDS.
9. 2004 All-Star Home Run Derby.
10. Craig Biggio’s Jersey Retirement.

I was there for all of them. Of course mine and Pam-In-Charge’s moment didn’t even crack the Top Ten – the Inaugural Game back on March 30, 2000 versus the Yankees that started it all.

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