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In looking at the Rasmussen poll, it looks like Dems are losing the PR battle in the Lone Star State.  I don’t think the Democratic Party is doing a good job of articulating on the key issues. 

Here’s what the Statesman’s Jason Embry writes:

“Also troubling for the Democrat: Perry’s approval rating is at 55 percent, and 63 percent of Texans say they want to repeal the new health care law.

“Among those who don’t identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans, Perry leads 49-34.

“Perry leads 54-36 among men and 48-40 among women.

“57 percent of respondents say they favor passage of an Arizona-type immigration law in Texas, 32 percent oppose.

”President Barack Obama’s approval/disapproval in Texas is 42/57.”

Here’s what the Chron added:

“Have police check immigration status? Favor, 62 percent; oppose, 25 percent.

“Should "illegal immigrants" be eligible for in-state tuition? Yes, 10 percent; No, 81 percent.

“Are "illegal immigrants" a strain on the state budget? Yes, 64 percent; No, 21 percent.”

It looks like the other side is driving the agenda.

Here’s how it works.  Guv Dude and his campaign folks look at The President’s disapproval and approval numbers and hammer away knowing that our Dem candidates will be reluctant to fight back for fear of getting associated with The President’s policies.    What do we do instead?  Dems hit Dude on running state government into the ditch, high tuitions rates, and spending a lot of money on his new digs.  The problem with this is that at least for now, their issues are getting more run in the press.  It makes for better TV to cover a fella with a sign that says “go back to Mexico” than covering a poor kid that can’t afford to go to college.

The ‘Stros are currently 13-25.  What is the best record the ‘Stros have ever posted after 38 games?

Commentary will be heading over to a meeting of the City of Houston’s Term Limits Review Commission this afternoon at 3 pm, at the City Hall Annex.  I hear they might talk about a recent poll of H-Town voters and their feelings about term limits. Stay tuned!

From a ‘Stros press release:   “This Saturday, May 22 the Astros and Waste Management are hosting an e-cycle drive at Minute Maid Park on May 22 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Recycling receptacles will be set up on Avenidas de las Americas for fans to exchange old electronics for tickets to that evening’s game. Items that can be accepted are computers (CPUs and laptops), computer monitors, computer peripherals/keyboards, printers, fax machines, photocopiers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, cell phones and home and office phones. Items that will not be accepted include microwave ovens, smoke detectors, fire alarms, fire detectors, thermometers, large appliances, medical equipment, and any product with sludge or liquid. A pair of tickets to that night’s game will be given to the driver of each vehicle that drops off electronics for recycling. “

FYI: The ‘Stros host the Rays May 21-23.

In 1998, the ‘Stros we’re 25-13 after 38 games.  We went on to win a club record 102 games that year with players like B-G-O, Baggy, Alou, Wagner, and The Big Unit.

Last week we won four in a row including a sweep in San Luis and now we’ve lost four in a row as the season of streaks continue. It would be nice to get a win tonight in LA so we could come home with a split on the road trip.

 

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