Archive for February 2nd, 2011

My old pal Jay Root has an AP piece out today on the newly organized Hispanic Republican Conference up in the Texas House of Representatives.  Check it out.

According to the piece, part of what they want to do is get their GOP House colleagues to kind of tone down their anti-immigrant rhetoric and Latino bashing.   Like I said last week, I don’t have a problem with that. 

Here are bits from Jay’s piece:

The Hispanic Republicans don’t all share the same opinion on every bill. But with generally more moderate views on everything from English-only proposals to legislation that would deny birth certificates to illegal immigrants’ children, the lawmakers are challenging the GOP to think in news ways about issues that stir Hispanic passions.

(State Rep. Aaron) Pena, for example, thinks it’s an awful idea to deny illegal immigrants the right to sue in state court. He said the measure, sponsored by GOP Rep. Leo Berman of Tyler, would invite unwarranted abuse against people, even if they are here illegally.

"It allows people to treat other people like animals, and it invites chaos," Pena said.

He opposes legislation that seeks to deny the rights of citizenship to people born in the U.S., and takes a dim view of "English only" bills, depending on how they’re written.

"I wouldn’t see the need for that in El Paso," Republican GOP Rep. Dee Margo said, referring to bills that might restrict the use of Spanish. Margo, whose grandfather was Hispanic, represents an El Paso County border district that is almost 60 percent Latino.

Berman, the Tyler Republican who has filed several bills aimed at illegal immigrants, said his ideas are popular among most of his fellow Republican legislators. He said the U.S. Constitution never should have been interpreted to allow the children of foreigners to be granted automatic citizenship and that states should be able to protect citizens from lawsuits filed by people here illegally.

But Rep. John Garza of San Antonio, worries that the heated rhetoric surrounding the immigration issue could hurt Republicans like him in 2012. Garza squeaked out a narrow, upset victory in November against a Democrat in a district that is 64 percent Hispanic.

"I have to be careful. My constituency is not all Republican," Garza said, adding that he wants the federal government – not the Texas Legislature – to enact immigration reforms.

"In my district, immigration was down on the bottom of the totem pole in terms of issues," he said. "We need to be inclusive if we want to gain the Hispanic vote."

Toward the end of the piece, a spokesperson from the Democratic Party takes his shot at the Latino GOP House members:

Democrats aren’t buying that argument.

"Pena and his friends are not only politically opportunistic, they’re outright hostile to the Hispanic Texans they purport to represent," said Anthony Gutierrez, the state party’s deputy executive director. "We need leaders with the courage to fight for us, not a Republican club pandering to us while its members stand right alongside the very people attacking our community."

I guess the job of the Texas Democratic Party is to take shots at GOPers.  I’m not going to take any shots at those Latino GOPers right now because I think we need all the help we can get on stopping the anti-immigrant and Latino bashing bills.  Last I checked GOPers outnumbered Dems by 2 to 1 in the Texas House.  If they can convince some of their colleagues to cool it, I’m all for it.

His Numero 2 was retired by San Luis in 1996.  He was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1989.  He was selected to the 10 MLB All-Star games and had a career batting average of .289.  He was the skipper for one of San Luis’ World Serious Championships.  Who am I talking about?

According to the City Hall investigation, it was much ado about nothing at Fire Station #8 and CM Jolanda Jones.  I wonder if CM Sullivan and Michael Berry are going to apologize on the radio station today.  I doubt it.

Wal-Mart is looking to set up a shop in Houston’s East End right off of Wayside and the Gulf Freeway.  They better do something about that intersection in terms of traffic congestion.  Let the talks begin!

San Luis great Red Schoendienst of course had his Numero 2 retired in 1996.  Schoendienst was the Skipper for San Luis when they took the Red Sox in seven in the 1967 World Serious.  Red Schoendienst is celebrating his 88th BD today!

Commentary snagged an invite to The Yard today to watch the placement of the final segment of the new scoreboard – cool!


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