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From the Oh No! Department:  Newly elected Tea Bagger H-Town District A Council Member Helena Brown has hired as a key aide fellow Tea Bagger and former District I candidate Leticia Ablaza.  Ablaza just ran against current CM James Rodriguez.  Tea Baggers Brown and Ablaza will office down the hall from CM Rodriguez.  Just when I thought I could cruise for the holidays, my client CM Rodriguez, had me scouring the internet yesterday trying to locate Tea Bagger repellent or a vaccine or netting or something like that – drats!  

Name the fella that followed Tony La Russa as manager of the A’s.  Hint:  He led the A’s to the playoffs three times and won two AL West Division titles.

It is my understanding that newly elected CM Andrew Burks made a pretty good hire yesterday.  Apparently it is a woman with GHP experience. 

From Tags at MLB.com:

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow made his first significant player move Wednesday, acquiring switch-hitting shortstop Jed Lowrie and pitcher Kyle Weiland from the Red Sox in exchange for reliever Mark Melancon.

Lowrie, 27, will be the Astros’ starting shortstop next year, Luhnow said. The Astros’ No. 1 priority this winter was finding a shortstop to replace Clint Barmes, who signed with the Pirates after one year with the Astros.

"For me, it’s the classic win-win trade," Luhnow said. "Boston had the need for a bullpen arm. We’re going to suffer a loss in our bullpen by not having Melancon there for us, but what we’re able to get back is a guy who can play a premium position and who has had success with the bat and who has done a lot of good things. To add on top of that a young pitcher capable of being a starting pitcher in the big leagues, we felt this is an opportunity to take advantage of."

I hope Brandon Lyon is ready to return as our closer!

Art Howe of course followed Tony La Russa as skipper of the A’s.  Howe led the A’s from 1996-2002 and I’m sure he’s not too thrilled that “Moneyball” got a few Golden Globe nominations this morning and by the way, Howe is celebrating his 65th BD today!

Finally got some news from The Yard!

 

 

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HISD Trustee Anna Eastman is trying to become the next Board President and Texas Watchdog has a piece on Anna’s bid.  Check it out here.

One would hope that Anna would get the nod to serve as Board President.  FYI:  Anna is Commentary’s client.  Stay tuned!

The Feds are recommending banning cell phones, hands free, and other electronic devices while driving.  That suits me fine!  Check out the story here.

Of course, as usual, Lone Star State policy makers aren’t willing to embrace this.

This is from State Rep.  Gary Elkins, R-Houston

"There’s just no will in Texas to do that.  I just don’t see it happening.  As far as a statewide ban, I don’t see the Legislature doing it.  The public clearly wants to be able to talk on the phone and drive, and I don’t think we should take that right away from them.”

What else can you say!

Commentary and other prominent MLB observers generally believe that that the First Round of the 1987 MLB Amateur Player Draft produced two future MLB Hall of Fame members.   Who am I talking about?  Hint:  They were picked 1st and 22nd.

From the There Is No Crying at the Port Department, it seems like the Port crybaby, err outgoing CEO didn’t like the rough-and-tumble of politics….awww!  Here is what he said in the Chron today: 

"The frustrating part of it is – and maybe I was a little naive on this, I don’t know – I can see what needs to be done, but I can’t get those things done because of the politics.  I wanted to apply some business techniques, some things I’ve done in the past and been successful at. We’ve done a lot of that, but fighting the constant battle of politics … is just not something I want to do."

Throw this fella a box of Kleenex, please!

Commentary has known Port Commissioner Elyse Lanier for over 20 years and being politically correct isn’t in her DNA.  Here is what she said:

"When you’re in the private sector, you do things differently," (Here) it’s not just politics. You have seven commissioners that want to be involved. We’re here to set policy and I think our opinions have to be considered. There was a point at which that didn’t happen."

On the crybaby’s, errr CEO departure she added: "It’s probably good for him.  It’s probably good for us."

Nice play by Commissioner Lanier.

Of course, Commentary’s good friend, Port Commissioner Janiece Longoria, who is for sure one of the smartest and savviest players in these parts, also gets a way to go!  Here is the Chron piece.

Former State Rep. Al Edwards filed for his old seat again. 

The Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg has a nice column about the principal from Bellaire High trying to ban a Latino food cart vendor from selling his goodies to student during lunch.  We don’t want your stinking chicharrones!

Here is a piece of the column:

Just after 11:30, a smallish street vendor in a ball cap wheels his bicycle to the corner of Maple and South Rice, and opens for business. Minutes later, when lunch begins, students stream from Bellaire’s doors and head in every direction.

Dozens of them cross Maple and head for the food cart, where they order up items outlawed on campus such as Coca-Cola. Other options among the eclectic fare range from rainbow popsicles to chicharrones with lime juice and salsa, to fresh mango.

In the eyes of Principal Tim Salem, this scene around the cart isn’t at all befitting of Bellaire. Last month, he asked the city manager for an ordinance banning such street cart vendors. In seeking the change, Salem argued in a letter that the vendor poses a threat to the "character and quality of the community" of Bellaire.

"Many of the neighbors who live here selected this community because it represents the values, ideals and standard of living that they want for their families," stated Salem’s letter, first reported last week by the Bellaire Examiner. "Allowing street vendors to roam the streets of Bellaire will diminish the reputation of this community and damage the vision that most have of this being a safe and secure environment."
Here is the entire column.

It looks like the City of Bellaire doesn’t think this is a problem.

Here is what the Bellaire City Manager says:

"We got a lot of problems in the world today.  I just can’t see where this is one of them."

It also looks like the Bellaire principal looks kind of stupid.

Future Hall of Fame great Ken Griffey, Jr., was picked #1 in the 1987 MLB Draft and future Hall of Fame great Craig Biggio was picked #22 of course in the same draft.  B-G-O is celebrating his 46th BD today!  Happy Birthday B-G-O!

There is nothing else to report from The Yard.

 

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The Chron has another take on Saturday’s election and what it means at the City Council table.  Check it out here.

One thing is for certain.  Commentary is still being read.  Here is what I said yesterday:

C-O-L-L-A-B-O-R-A-T-I-O-N ought to be the theme at City Hall over the next two years if you ask me but they don’t ask me but they better start asking me – got it!

I guess they are sort of asking me because here is what the Chron said:

Councilwoman Sue Lovell, who will not return to office because of term limits, said that competition for finite city resources could limit productivity, but a larger issue will be whether the new council can collaborate.

Kuffer has a more expanded take on the election here.

We have to do a better job of getting folks to the polls period.  A 6% voter turnout is embarrassing.   We can’t allow ourselves to let this become the norm. 

Liberal/progressives were the losers this past Saturday.  We let the GOPers and Tea Baggers out work us.  We can’t say that we were outspent because we weren’t.  We just didn’t effectively communicate with our base. 

We have to do more and better than just trotting out the list of all those leaders and groups that endorse.  We have to get their folks to the polls.  I haven’t seen the precinct returns yet but I’ll bet you $10,000 that White Dems and Latinos stayed home on E-Day.  Complacency took over if you ask me.   I don’t know why we would have reason to be complacent.  Oh well!

I will say this, City Hall just needs to focus on providing services and not start getting fancy with us with a bunch of regulations and stuff and new parking rules and stuff.  Stop pi__ing folks off!

On June 30, 2011, this AL MLBer hit his 300th career dinger.  The next day (July 1, 2011), this NL MLBer hit his 300th career dinger.  Who am I talking about?

The Harris County DA cleared the Port CEO of any wrong doing this past Friday.  The Port CEO says he’s leaving.  Here is from Chron.com:

“I came to the Port of Houston to apply my business experience in public service. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Dreyer said, noting the port’s preparations for growth with the widening of the Panama Canal. “This experience, however, has shown me that the political arena is not where I want to be.”

Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out, fella!  Oh no, the dreaded political arena!

I guess you can score one for Port Commissioners Janiece Longoria and Elyse Lanier!

Maybe by the end of the day, we will have some sort of clarification on when the primaries will be held.

On June 30, 2011, Yankee great Mark Teixeira hit his 300th career dinger and the next day (July 1, 2011) Cubbie great Aramis Ramirez hit his 300th career dinger of course.  Aramis will stay in the NL Central and play with the Brewers next season.

Well what do you know!  Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak is capable of smiling. 

‘Stros catcher Jason Castro got hurt again and will get a late start at Spring Training – drats!

 

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Congratulations to our 6% runoff voter turnout this past Saturday. 

The Harris County Clerk predicted a 50,000 voter turnout.  56,000 voters in Harris County turned out.

Commentary predicted a 65,000 voter turnout.  What do I know?

We got our first Tea Bagger on the H-Town City Council.

Here is what one of her fellow Tea Baggers put out yesterday:

“Would like to add my two cents to the victory of Ms. (Helena) Brown——-Next stop in two years–THE MAYOR’S OFFICE.”

Of course, she is going to find out real quick that H-Town City Council meetings aren’t Tea Bagger gatherings and if she starts spewing her Tea Bagger hate venom at folks of the Latino persuasion, I’m sure she will be sternly reminded that 57% of District A is Latino.

The Chron E-Board went 0 for 4 in their picks.

The Harris County AFL-CIO went 0 for 3.

The SmartCity PAC went 1 for 4.

Gary Polland went 2 ½ for 3.

Across the Track went 0 for 3.

Harris County Republican Party Advisory Board went 3 for 3.

HBAD went 0 for 3.

Houston GLBT PAC went 1 for 3.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund went 0 for 2.

Robert Miller went ½ for 4.

District B winner Jerry Davis beat an opponent that was supported by a bunch of heavy hitters including The Dean, Rev. James Dixon, Reps. Senfronia Thompson , Sylvester Turner,  Harold Dutton,  and Ron Reynolds, HISD Trustee Carol Galloway, CM Jarvis Johnson, HCC Trustee Elect Carroll Robinson, and heavyweight lawyer Ben Hall.

Commentary is hearing that H-Town Council Members are already looking forward to the meeting where Jerry Davis gets to provide the breakfast grub.

After nearly 20 years of running for something, Andrew Burks finally won a race. 

CM Jolanda Jones who always has something to say at council meetings didn’t have anything to say to the media Saturday night.   I guess you can call it stunned silence.

We finally got this from her in the Chron last night:

"The people have spoken.  It has been a privilege to be a public servant and to have the opportunity to speak for those often without a voice at the table.  I’m certain that my contributions have not ceased with the end of this elected term."

That was a pretty severe arse whipping if you ask me.  Over the past four years, CM Jones has been unapologetic about her way of serving.  I don’t have a problem with that but you better know that you’ll accumulate enemies along the way.  If you don’t offset that by accumulating friends, then don’t be surprised when the voters run your arse out of office.

Here is a number that stands out.  In the Thibaut/Burks race, in Harris County the under vote was 8.64%.  In Stardig/Brown it was 1.85%.  In Davis/Byrd it was 3.45%.  In Jones/Christie it was 1.02%. 

Don’t be surprised if CM Jones files for something this week or so over in the Dem Party Primary.

It definitely wasn’t a good night for liberals/progressives but we don’t have anyone to blame but ourselves. 

The Chron has a good piece on the election today. Check it out.

In the piece here is what Bob Stein says about Saturday’s results:

"It’s a strong repudiation of this administration – not just the mayor, but the council.”

Maybe council as a whole but not individually after all some won reelection pretty convincingly.

C-O-L-L-A-B-O-R-A-T-I-O-N ought to be the theme at City Hall over the next two years if you ask me but they don’t ask me but they better start asking me – got it!

MLB NL MVP Ryan Braun is in trouble because he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs – yikes!  Braun was the 5th picked in the 2005 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  He also was the starting leftfielder for the NL All Star Team this past July.  Name the three other 2005 first round picks that made the MLB All Star Game this past July?

I don’t think anybody knows what is going to happen with the upcoming 2012 Primary elections or which maps will be used – drats! 

At least until the weekend of January 7-8, 2012 all of us in H-Town will be united in our anticipation of our first NFL playoff experience since 1993 – wow!  We even get to host at least one play-off game – yippee!  I’m sure there will be a lot of Texans gear under Christmas trees this year.

Justin Upton (#1), Troy Tulowitzski (#7), and Jacoby Ellsbury (#23) of course were 2005 First Round draft picks that made the 2011 All Star Team along with Ryan Broid – oh, no!

Broid and the Brewers visit The Yard for two May 16-17, 2012.

 

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It is no secret that H-Town probably averages the lowest voter turnout of any city in today’s worldwide civilization.  Tomorrow we get another chance to demonstrate to the world that we don’t give a rat’s arse about voting.  Heck more folks went to pay big bucks last Sunday at Reliant to watch the Texans than will vote in the run-off this weekend.  Now that’s a darn shame!

Instead of beautification, a new fancy slogan to lure tourists, or a blue ribbon commission on future growth, maybe we ought to put together and fund a civic project to get more folks to the polls.  We’re going to elect 23.5% of our next City Council tomorrow with less than 10% of the voters participating.  Hey, let’s go put that on the Convention and Visitors Bureau brochure!

Let’s see now!  We’re the energy capitol of the world.  We have the best medical facilities in the universe.  We have the worst voter turnout on the planet.  Pat ourselves on the back when we watch the returns come in tomorrow evening!

If folks win that aren’t to our liking, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

I got a Planned Parenthood Action Fund mailer yesterday supporting Kristi Thibaut in At-Large 2 and CM Jolanda Jones in At-Large 5 and slapping Andrew Burks and Jack Christie.

Who made the final out for the ‘stros in Game 4 of the 2005 World Serious which was also our last play-off appearance?

Commentary got Tessa Goth Rudolphy’s Christmas card yesterday and once again it’s a good one.  This time it’s a take on the White Album – cool.

The good news is we don’t have to face Albert Pujols this year when we play San Luis. The bad news is in 2013, we will be in the AL West Division with the Angels and Pujols.

Pinch hitter Orlando Palmeiro of course grounded out to shortstop in the bottom of the ninth to end Game 4 of the 2005 World Serious.

The ‘Stros new GM kind of told us yesterday to show some patience because it is going to take a while to get back to where we once belong. I don’t mind waiting if they will just lower the price of a St. Arnold!

 

 

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I’m sure some Dems are not going to like what Commentary said in the Chron today about the Early Vote turnout.  Instead of getting upset with Commentary, maybe they can channel their energy to get a better Dem turnout this Saturday.  Here is part of what is in the Chron:

Political consultant Marc Campos saw two trends in the early voting data, particularly when comparing the numbers to early voting totals from the Nov. 8 general election.

First, District A polling indicated strong interest in the Stardig-Brown runoff. Second, voting in conservative areas generally was stronger than in African-American neighborhoods, even in areas where there was no district race to drive local turnout.

That could help Christie, a repeat GOP challenger to Jones, the incumbent Democrat.

"In a close race like this with low turnout, when you see numbers like that, if you’re Jack Christie, you might be feeling a little bit better than you did two years ago," Campos said.

Here is the entire Chron piece.

Now let me just give you some numbers.  In the 2009 December run-off (including the Bellaire run-off), Mendenhall provided 7.4% of the Harris County – City total in-person early vote total.  This year it is 12%.  In 2009, West Gray provided 16%, this time it is 12.2%.  In 2009, Acres Homes was 4.4%, this time it is 4.6%.  In 2009, Palm Center was 5.7%, this time it is 7.6%.  In 2009, Kingwood was 4.2%, this time it is 6.9%.  In 2009, Fiesta was 6.5%, this time 7.8%.

In 2009, CM Jones carried Latino boxes in the run-off but not by a whole lot.   In 2009, HCCS was 2%, this time it is 1.3%.  In 2009, Ripley was 1.2%, this time it is .8%.

The numbers do the talking so get to work!

The Harris County Sheriff’s folks just handed the GOP another issue to get banged up with yesterday.  A month or so ago the Sheriff’s folks said they needed more clerks to dispose of a 10,000 case backlog in the felony warrant entry department.  Yesterday they said “never mind.” 
Check out today’s Chron.

Old school types like Commentary got to read Lisa Falkenberg’s column in today’s Chron hard copy.  She wasn’t too kind to the Sheriff’s Office.  FYI:  The Sheriff still hasn’t filed for reelection.

How many different folks have served as General Manager of the ‘Stros?

I got a letter yesterday from the Former H-Town Mayor and CM Ann Clutterbuck for Jack Christie in At-Large 5.

State Rep. Garnet Coleman got him an opponent yesterday – Ray Hill.

My pal Bill King says he didn’t have anything to do with the SD 6 survey/poll and the finger pointing continues so watch your backs!   Show me the survey/poll sponsors!

Twelve different folks of course have served as ‘Stros GMs:  Paul Richards (1962-65), Tal Smith (1965-67, 1975-80, 2007), Spec Richardson (1967-75), John McMullen (1975), Al Rosen (1980-85), Dick Wagner (1985-87), Bill Wood (1987-93), Bob Watson (1993-95), Gerry Hunsicker (1995-2004), Tim Purpura (2004-2007), Ed Wade  (2007-2011) and now Jeff Luhnow (2011).
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Early Voting ended yesterday with West Gray overtaking Mendenhall by 40 voters – 1,908 to 1,868.  Mendenhall hit 58.8% of the Round 1 Early Vote total as compared to 37% for West Gray.  Kingwood had 57.7%, Bayland had 33%, Fiesta had 40.3%, Sunnyside had 48.6%, Palm Center had 52.4%, and Ripley had 14.4%. 

My pal Robert Miller put this out today so let the phone calls continue:

SD 6 Democratic Primary?  A SD 6 push poll has been conducted in the last few days testing various opponents against Sen. Gallegos.  Team Gallegos believes that Bill King is the instigator of the poll, acting on behalf of HISD interests and perhaps anti-public employee pension interests.  Former Commissioner Sylvia Garcia continues to indicate that she will not run against Sen. Gallegos.

There are very nervous campers out there and they should be.  Of course, it is definitely healthy for the process.  I told you this one would keep getting interesting.

Today is Pearl Harbor Day.  It happened 70 years ago today.  I bet they don’t even teach it in high school these days.

If you live in H-Town Council District A or have friends or relatives there, pay attention to what the Houston GLBT PAC put out yesterday:

Sometimes the Caucus doesn’t endorse in a race for any number of reasons. This year, we didn’t endorse in District A, but it is still important for us to educate voters on issues that matter to our community and help them make informed decisions in the voting booth. We would like to share a brief overview of both candidates with regard to issues that affect our community.

In Stardig’s two years as a member of Houston City Council, not many GLBT issues have arisen. However, a number of votes have been taken to authorize funding for facilities that provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA funding), including Marjo House, a facility whose funding the Caucus and other GLBT organizations had to fight for in 2010. Stardig stood up against tremendous pressure and supported Marjo House, and has voted in favor of all other HOPWA contracts. She has made a point to engage the community as a representative of GLBT constituents in her district.

Helena Brown is currently a Republican precinct chair and is actively involved in the Tea Party movement. While she does not have a voting history as an elected official to evaluate, she has gone on record with the Harris County GOP and the notoriously anti-GLBT Houston Area Pastors Council as being opposed to equal rights for the GLBT community. She opposes non-discrimination policies that protect the civil rights of not only GLBT citizens but other minorities as well, and is opposed to the extension of benefits to same-sex partners of City employees. Her anti-GLBT views are well known in political circles.

Please take the time to consider these candidates and make the choice you feel is best for our community when you vote.

Everybody knows that the first ever MLB Amateur Player Draft was held in 1965.  Two players were drafted and signed that year and are now Hall of Fame greats.  Who am I talking about?

Ornaldo Ybarra, Pasadena City Council Member, filed for HD 144 yesterday and here is what he put out:

It is an honor today that I announce that I will be a seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the redrawn Texas House of Representatives, District 144. During the last legislative session, my fellow Texans witnessed first hand that public education, health care and higher education funding was drastically cut and the budget was balanced on the back of the working class.

During the last 2 ½ years, while serving as a council member for the City of Pasadena (District A), I have built a reputation for being a strong supporter of the two most important groups that should matter to all elected official, our taxpayers and our public employees. While on council, I have opposed all city increases on various fees that have been brought before council due to its adverse effect on the working class. I have advocated for pay equality among the lower paid employees and have even proposed amendments to reward our lower paid employees, against the wishes of our Republican Mayor and administration.

The upcoming legislative session is going to face many of the budget constraints that the prior legislative session faced and it’s important that District 144 elect a representative that understands the basic principles of all the revenue sources and expenditures. While it’s easy to file for any office, understanding the dynamics of how government works is something that requires experience. I understand how it feels to be in the minority of any governmental body, but that hasn’t stopped me from fighting for the people and our public employees while being a council member in Pasadena.

I was born in Houston, Texas, 33 years ago and have been a resident of Pasadena and District A my entire life. I reside in the same home that I grew up in and still walk the same neighborhoods that bring me close to the day-to-day concerns of the people. I am honored to have attended Kruse Elementary, Jackson Intermediate, and graduated from Pasadena High School. I am proud to say that I attended the public schools of the Pasadena Independent School District.

Upon graduating from Pasadena High School, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps (1996-2000) and was assigned as an infantryman with 1st Battalion 7th Marines at 29 Palms, California. While in the Marine Corps, I was the recipient of many awards such as the Navy Achievement Medal, Marine of the Quarter 1998, Meritoriously Promoted from Lance Corporal, Letters of Appreciation, Certificates of Commendations and the Good Conduct Medal.

After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps, I returned back to Pasadena and attended San Jacinto College. I received an Associates of Applied Science from San Jacinto College and was recognized for my academic achievements on various occasions by being placed on the Dean’s List.

Upon receiving my A.A.S from San Jacinto College, I applied and was selected to be a Police Officer with the Pearland Police Department. I have worked all three patrol shifts and I am a member of the Pearland Police Department SWAT Team and Honor Guard Detail.

In December 2010, while working full time as a Police Officer, I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of Houston (Main Campus).

I believe that I have the political and work experience that distinguishes me from other potential candidates. My background as a police officer allows me to understand how various laws enacted impact not only our residents, but the law enforcement community. Currently being assigned to a school campus, I have witnessed first hand the consequences of the public education budget cuts and have first hand knowledge of the concerns of teachers, parents and students.

Prior to working as a police officer, I worked in the emergency room at one of the local hospitals, and I witnessed first hand the medical needs of the community. I observed first hand the positive effects that Medicaid and CHIP had on the children of the underprivileged. As a veteran, I understand the medical, educational and personal attention that our veteran community needs.

While on city council, my record speaks for itself. I have worked for the construction of over 5 miles of brand new sidewalks, various new concrete and overlaid street improvements, speed bumps, splash pads built in parks, and water/sewer line replacements. Although, I can point to major infrastructure accomplishments during my tenure as a council member, I am most proud of the level of energy and involvement that my constituents have provided since I was first elected.

I ask for the support of my fellow residents of Texas House of Representative District 144, as I embark on the journey to be your representative. I am a middle class American who understands the needs of the district and who has been in the trenches fighting for the rights of taxpayers and our public employees. No other candidate seeking the Democratic Party nomination has a proven track record when compared to mine.

Hall of Fame greats Johnny Bench and Nolan Ryan of course were drafted and signed out of the 1965 MLB inaugural draft.  Johnny Bench is celebrating his 64th BD today.

Once again there is nothing to report from The Yard today.

 

 

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Survey, survey, on the wall , who is the fairest of them all? 

Folks have been asking me about the candidate filing surprises that I have been kind of mentioning and predicting lately.  Well, we can look no further than Senate District 6.  Remember earlier this year when my pal Robert Miller and one of the Capitol Insiders said that there would be a rumble in SD 6?  Some folks tried to put out the fire then but I said to stay tuned!  Well somebody is paying to conduct a poll or phone survey on the race and head-to-head matchup questions between certain Latino/Latina leaders are being asked.    Some folks have asked Commentary over the past few days if I have a hand in this and my answer is no. I have to admit that I have had a number of conversations in recent months and weeks about SD 6 and certain possibilities.  That’s healthy for our politics if you ask me.

A lot of SD 6 folks and observers are ratcheting up the dialogue and are pretty certain that something is going to happen like a candidate or candidates will emerge, alliances will be broken, alliances will be formed, deals will be cut, and/or knives will strategically end up in the backs of certain players.  It has gotten serious.  Why else would you pay for a poll/survey a couple of weeks before the filing deadline?  Let the phone calls begin!

Some folks aren’t too happy how this HD 134 filing is playing out.  Some folks didn’t like that Annie’s List made the pick.    A respected consultant/player informed me yesterday that the Annie’s List candidate Ann Johnson had only voted in one Dem Primary in the past few elections.  Somebody shot me an email yesterday saying she had actually voted in a GOP Primary.  I like Annie’s List but they aren’t the deciders in the revised HD 134.  Their involvement doesn’t make it a slam dunk.  We don’t have a strong candidate like Ellen Cohen to run even though quite a few folks that Commentary trust think HISD Trustee Anna Eastman would have been the strongest candidate but she has signaled that she is staying put at HISD for now. 

If folks have a candidate, run them out.  I’ve never heard of Ann Johnson so it is kind of ludicrous to think that just because Annie’s List is for her, she’s the frontrunner.  Show me the other candidates!

Name the two MLB teams that played in the first ever telecast baseball game?

It looks like Dem Sheriff Adrian Garcia got him another Dem opponent.  Some fella named Charles Massey El is running who is no relation to El Franco Lee…awww!!

The Jeffery Freeman fella that filed to run to replace Harris County Precinct 2 Constable Gary Freeman listed as his place of residence a very tiny office building next to a used car lot.  I don’t think he lives there.  Now that’s a no-no.  The fella could get in trouble for that.  The fella also appears to have never voted.  Tsk, tsk, tsk!

You know Guv Dude is circling the toilet drain when nobody gives a rat’s arse about whether he will attend the Trump moderated debate.

Commentary got a “Draft Keryl Douglas for HCDP Chair” email early this morning and Commentary was mentioned in the email.   Here is what they included:

Our friend Marc Campos has been a voice in the wilderness when it comes to getting the party to understand that the more it takes for granted its base of voters, the more likely Democrats keep getting their behinds handed to them.

I think I have said stuff like that in the past but I don’t know Keryl Douglas and I am a strong supporter of Lane Lewis for Dem Party Chair!

After 6 days of Early Voting, Mendenhall took the lead over West Gray by 21 voters – 1,479 to 1,458, with Fiesta (941), Palm Center (862), and Bayland (808) rounding out the Top 5 list.

Today is the last day of early voting and Commentary and a few of his former crew will cast our votes at noon.

I got a robo call from Noel Freeman of the Houston GLBT PAC yesterday asking that I go vote for Thibaut and CM Jones. 

On August 26, 1939, broadcaster Red Barber called the first ever MLB telecast between the Dodgers and Reds of course from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.

If you are old school like Commentary then you got to read Lisa Falkenberg’s column this morning about the Visionary that taped a conversation at a lunch attended by Anna Eastman.  What’s up with that?

There is nothing to report from The Yard today.

 

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Longtime popular Harris County Precinct 2 Constable Gary Freeman (a Dem) is not seeking reelection and is retiring.   For the past few months or so those that have been mentioned as candidates to replace Gary include Zerick Guinn, Lee Hernandez, Chris Diaz, Harry Zamora, and Joe Martinez.  This past Friday and out of the blue a fella named Jeff Freeman filed as a Democrat for Constable, Precinct 2 – huh!  The only thing I can figure at this point is the fella is trying to cash in on Constable Freeman’s name.  I have to figure that the Democratic Party Primary voters are a little bit smarter out in Precinct 2.  I wonder if others are involved in getting this fella to file.  Stay tuned on this one.  (FYI:  Joe Martinez is Commentary’s client and Joe filed for the position this past Friday.)

Commentary hates to say this but I told you so when I said that between now and December 15 we would see surprises during the candidate filings and I was right of course.  I’m talking about Dem State Rep. Scott Hochberg announcing that he wouldn’t seek reelection.  There are more surprises to come!

Ann Johnson filed as a Dem in HD 134.  I’ve never heard of her.  I’ve heard of her mom and dad.  She has a long ways to go.

This Hall of Fame great holds the MLB career record for striking out at the plate 2,597 times.  Who am I talking about?

This is what Sen. John McCain said yesterday:

"The enthusiasm on the part of Hispanics for President Obama is dramatically less than it was in 2008 because he has not fulfilled his campaign promises, either. So I view the Hispanic vote up for grabs."

Shut up!  We’re not up for grabs!   We just need to get excited about The President.

I got a mailer Friday from At-Large 5 candidate Jack Christie that included an endorsement from my pal Rusty Hardin.

I got a mailer Saturday from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsing Kristi Thibaut in At-Large 2 and CM Jolanda Jones in At-Large 5.

I also got another robo call from the Thibaut campaign this past weekend.

West Gray surpassed Mendenhall yesterday in early voters – 1,180 t0 1,177.  Fiesta is running a distant third with 750.  Rounding out the top 5 is Bayland with 658 and Palm Center with 655. Mendenhall has hit 37% of its Round 1 Early Vote total.  West Gray has hit 22.9%.  Fiesta is at 24.4%.  Bayland is at 21% and Palm Center is at 28.6%.  Kingwood is at 33.6%.  Acres Homes is at 27.1% and Ripley is at 9.2%.

There are only two more days of Early Voting.

Commentary did a talk show at around 9:20 pm on KPFT Radio last night and folks actually called in.  How about that!

Hall of Fame great Reggie Jackson of course struck out 2,597 times and leads all MLBers in career strikeouts. 

In college football-speak, New Year’s Day falls on Monday, January 2 because the NFL owns Sunday, January 1 – got it!  Monday, January 2 is also a federal holiday.  So Coog fans get a consolation prize of sorts because the Coogs get to play in a New Year’s Day bowl – got it!

ManRoid is trying to get a MLB club to let him play this season.  We need help but not him and that’s all I have from The Yard.

 

 

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Once again, Mendenhall Sosa in District A led the pack on early voting turnout yesterday.  West Gray came in second.  Locations that cater to African American and GOP voters are also looking respectable.  I can’t figure out who this helps in the Thibaut/Burks run-off.  One thing is for sure.  All four At-Large campaigns are pretty much ignoring the Latino vote even though I did get a robo call from the Thibaut campaign last night.  Including today, we have five more days of early voting. 

The Chron E-Board endorsed Alvin Byrd today for District B.  Check it out here.

The Chron has a piece on Thibaut/Burks today. Check it out here.

Former ‘Stro Darryl Kile would be 43 today if he were still around.  On September 8, 1993, DK threw a 7-1 no-no against the Mets at the Dome.   A Hall of Fame great was in the starting line-up for the Mets that day.  Who am I talking about?

Best line from an article today:

"I did not think I had lived a good enough life to be rewarded by Newt Gingrich being the Republican nominee," retiring liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said this week. "It still is unlikely, but I have hopes."

Nothing really new on the candidate filing front other than to say that the fella that filed in the Dem Harris County Constable Precinct 6 race is Gilbert Reyna not Rey – got it?

There still isn’t a HD 134 Dem candidate.

I’m hearing there are still a couple of Dem filing surprises in the works so you better stay tuned!

Hall of Fame great Eddie Murray of course was the starting first baseman for the Mets on September 8, 1993 and went 0 for 3 against DK.

A ‘Stros insider told me yesterday that UH Coach Kevin Sumllin would not be interviewed for the ‘Stros Skipper position and that’s all I have from The Yard!

 

 

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