Archive for April 15th, 2011

Well what do you know!  According to today’s Star-Telegram, the Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says there will be a competitive U.S. Senate race next year here in the Lone Star State.  We just don’t have a Dem candidate yet.  Here is the story:

WASHINGTON — In the latest twist in the U.S. Senate race in Texas, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, made the surprising announcement Thursday that Texas will be one of the party’s "six in 12" — six target states with GOP seats up in 2012.

There’s at least one holdup with those plans: No well-known Democrat has publicly shown interest in making the race in Texas, where Republicans hold every statewide office.

Asked by the Star-Telegram why she is optimistic about Texas, Murray answered with "a two-word response: changing demographics." Asked about a candidate, Murray said: "Yes, we’re talking to someone. I expect to see something very soon."

Austin political consultant Bill Miller, when told of Murray’s statement, made an odd noise. Asked whether he was laughing, he said: "I’m snorting. It doesn’t rise to the level of humor."

Miller, who has clients from both parties, said that Texas is "so red" and that no Democrat had won statewide in almost 20 years.

"It would probably be a good idea if the candidate was announced to the public because nobody knows who it is," Miller said. "Nobody’s kicking any names around."

The race to succeed retiring senior Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, has generated enormous interest among Republicans with a multitude of potential candidates, including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams, former Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and San Antonio lawyer Ted Cruz.

Although the state has a greatly increased Hispanic population, contributing to four new congressional seats as a result of redistricting, Texas Democrats are not optimistic about statewide races.

Murray, though, said that she had seen a national shift, even since she assumed her campaign duties in November. "I am seeing a changing landscape that is trending in our direction," she said.

Murray said Democrats will defend seats in 23 states in 2012 but said, "I am aggressively going after Republican seats."

The six target states with GOP-held seats are Massachusetts, Nevada, Indiana, Maine, Arizona and Texas. While there are candidates in most of the states, she said, two were waiting to announce. "We’re going to have races very soon in Indiana and Texas," she said.

Murray said "bloody" Republican primary fights because of Tea Party candidates and public backlash against budget cuts are helping Democrats.

Murray said that at first she was dubious about finding someone to run for Senate. But she added, "I have been overwhelmed by the number of great candidates out there."

Of course, the first thing the unannounced or unidentified candidate better do once he or she becomes known is to embrace the growing Latino community and our issues.  If he or she runs to the border and shouts “more border security, more border security” he or she can forget about winning.  He or she better stand with The DREAMERS and get our folks enthused.  For Dems, let the waiting begin.  Show me our candidate!

Only three times in ‘Stros history has a player played the same position in all 162 games.  Name the three players.

Latino leaders met yesterday to plot strategy on City of Houston redistricting.  Maps were discussed and it looks like we will reconvene on Monday for more discussions so you better stay tuned.  Meanwhile on Chron.com, the local chairs of the GOP and Dem parties weighed in on H-Town redistricting.  Here is what they said:

Jared Woodfill, Harris County Republican chairman, said:  "They’ve drawn the new districts in a heavily partisan manner to minimize Republican strength and maximize the Democrats.  It’s clearly unfair."

Of course, Jared never attended any of the town hall meetings.

Here is from Harris County Democratic Party chairman Gerry Birnberg on a plan to provide greater power to Latino voters: “I’m not sure that I could have come up with anything better."

Oh yeah!   Of course, Gerry didn’t go to any of the meetings either.

According to the D.C. bureau of Chron.com, someone in our nation’s capitol is riding around with Lone Star State plates with the following on their plates:  WTF 44.   I don’t have a problem with that.  Of course if someone a few years ago would have ordered WTF 43, Guv Dude and the Lite Guv would have gone bonkers if you ask me.

The Roundtable showed up at The Yard last night and sent me the following:  Tonight the crowd at Minute Maid was so small, the Goya Shuffle only had two cans of beans.  Ouch!

Billy Doran of course played all 162 games at second base in 1987.  Jeff Bagwell of course played all 162 games at first base in 1996.  B-G-O of course also played all 162 at second base in 1996.

Commentary, MariGirl, and Ashley sat in Pam-In-Charge’s seats yesterday and saw plenty of ball action.  Commentary slapped down a foul ball that skipped toward me and ended up at Ashley’s feet.  MariGirl had one tossed to her by Brett Wallace (that she gave to J. Dominic) and another from Q that she kept.  Numero 45 also tossed one to Ashley.  Four balls is a nice haul if you ask me.  The game was also a good one as we pulled out a 1-0 squeaker.  Tonight is Jackie Robinson Night as we play the Padres again.


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