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My pal Jay Root from the Texas Tribune has a piece today on Guv Dude and 2014.  Check it out here.
I want to say Dude’s just talking smack but you never know with Dude.  Surely somebody close to him is telling him that he would have so much baggage in 2016 that he would just be accelerating the Dems return to power.  Don’t you think?   I would hope that he runs again.

There is also talk that Dude is thinking about running for Prez in 2016.  Surely he must be kidding – right?  His 2012 effort was one of the most ridiculed Prez campaigns of all time.    Some of his folks need to find a hobby that doesn’t involve politics. 

Here is an easy one.  Name the only former ‘Stro that has ever been in uniform and sat in the ‘Stros dugout during a game at Colt Stadium, the Astrodome, and The Yard?

Here is Patricia Kilday Hart’s story on Judge Kirkland and his opponent.
Stay tuned as I got a nice Judge Kirkland mailer yesterday.  Good job to his mail crew!

CEWDEM sent out a piece from the Lone Star Project about the race for Congress up in CD 33.  I don’t think the Lone Star Project cares much about Domingo Garcia.  I don’t think they ever have.

Burkablog has a piece today on GOP Party purity. 
Check it out here.
Burkablog also says that the face and the future of the Lone Star State Dem Party ought to be the GOP Texas House Speaker.  Well, the GOP Speaker doesn’t act like he wants this role.

Commentary grew up with Dick Clark and “American Bandstand” and I’ve been humming that tune for the past 16 hours or so since I heard that he left us. 

I wonder what is the over/under for the Dem Senatorial District Conventions this Saturday.

Former ‘Stro Larry Dierker of course once wore the Colts 45 uniform at Colt Stadium, he wore the blue and orange and gold at the Astrodome, and he wore the brick red at The Yard.

The team is 4-8 as we lost another one run game last night – arrgh!

 

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Again, if you are old school like Commentary and pick up your fish wrap off of the driveway, you get to read today’s Patricia Kilday Hart’s piece on why George Fleming and Bethel Nathan are taking on Judge Steve Kirkland.  Oh yeah, the candidate running against Judge Kirkland is Elaine Hubbard-Palmer.   Apparently, this Fleming fella is trying to get even with Judge Kirkland for a decision made by the judge that cost Fleming a few mil.  Kilday Hart also quotes “Harris County Democratic Chairman Gerry Birnberg.”  He’s not.   Here might be another instance where voters need to know what is going on.

My Best Friend, former State Rep. and former Harris County – Houston Sports Authority original board member Al Luna and his beautiful wife Julie now have a second grand kid.  My lovely god daughter Lisette and her hubby Mike welcomed Gabriel Michael yesterday weighing in at 9 pounds and 3 ounces and 22 inches tall – yikes – a big fella just like his Grandpa Al.  Congrats!

Rockies hurler Jamie Moyer became the oldest player ever to win a MLB game last night at age 49 and 150 or so days.  Moyer was drafted out of St. Joseph’s University by the Cubbies in Round 6 of the 1984 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  Who did the A’s draft out of USC in Round 1 of the 1984 Draft?

Everybody knows that the GOP has a Latino problem.  From today’s Star Telegram:

"We have to get Hispanic voters to vote for our party," Romney told a private fundraiser in Florida on Sunday in which he insisted the GOP needs an alternative to the DREAM Act. He warned that a significant number of Hispanics backing Obama "spells doom for us," according to NBC News.

So, Marco Rubio and some within the GOP have come up with the “Half Arse DREAM Act” that allows for some DREAMERs to just stick around with no chance whatsoever of becoming a citizen.  The far righties aren’t pleased:

Rubio faces a major obstacle in pushing his measure. The Republican Party and its allies remain fiercely divided over immigration policy, a split even more pronounced in an election year.

Moderates who favor a route to citizenship are pitted against lawmakers who want tough laws cracking down on illegal immigrants. The agriculture industry, which relies heavily on illegal immigrants, and its GOP backers in Congress have challenged Republican legislation in the House requiring employers to use an electronic database to determine whether a new worker is legal, commonly known as e-verify. Businesses fear it will be an unnecessary regulation while tea partyers worry about government intrusion.

Opponents of Rubio’s work-in-progress already have appealed to their rank-and-file members to contact the senator and express their opposition.

Numbers USA, which wants to reduce the number of legal and illegal immigrants, provided talking points to their nearly 1 million members.  "It is downright appalling that you are working on a DREAM Act amnesty. There is no difference between giving illegal aliens citizenship and giving them an amnesty. They would still be able to compete against unemployed Americans for jobs! You need to drop this plan presto!" the group said.

Some Dem leaders see it as a political ploy and aren’t buying:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., signaled Tuesday that Rubio’s effort has little chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate, telling reporters that he won’t accept an alternative that stops short of providing a path to citizenship.

Check out the story here.

You know your U.S. Senate campaign is hurting when candidates for State Rep are raising more money.  I snatched this from the Texas Tribune:

Democrat Paul Sadler has compiled the latest fundraising figures for his U.S. Senate race, and it’s not pretty: $72,800 for the first three months of the year.

“It’s shocking. It’s absolutely shocking to me,” Sadler said. “We’re in uncharted waters. I don’t think we’ve seen a primary where there was basically no money given. And that’s basically where we are.”

Commentary’s not shocked and not surprised.

Mark McGwire of the USC Trojans of course was drafted in Round 1 – 10th overall – of the 1984 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  Wow, now that’s old!

We’ve now lost three in a row.

 

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Channel 2 came out in support of Southwest this morning.  Of course, Channel 2 doesn’t sit at the H-Town City Council table and doesn’t have a vote.  The Chron pretty much summed up yesterday’s joint committee hearing.  This one is going to get more interesting.

Check out today’s Chron.com here.

You can also check yesterday’s Chron.com here.

Will somebody please stop Guv Dude from being Guv Dude!   Will somebody please take away the choo choo train hat he likes to wear?  I kind of agree with Burkablog on Dude’s no tax pledge:

There is something about this that is sad, on a human level. He has nothing to do except reflect on his rejection in the presidential race and struggle to stay relevant. Several members of his inner circle recognized that the end of the Perry era is near and found jobs in the private sector. The fear that he once generated is gone. The pledge gimmick will not find sufficient traction to make a difference. This is what happens when you stay too long at the dance.

Here is all of Burkablog.

Of course we all know that ‘Stro catcher Jason Castro went to Stanford.  Name the other ‘Stro player that played at Stanford?

There is a story today in the Chron on how much it would really cost to tear down the Astrodome.  I can’t find the story online but it is in my hard copy.   This is the first time the Chron has written a story like this.  I think folks are seeing the handwriting on the wall that I have been talking about for years.

ROADWomen will meet tonight and hold a forum for Dem candidates for State Board of Education, District 6 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1805 West Alabama.  Fellowship at 5:30 pm, Program at 6:00 pm – Commentary’s client, SBOE District 6 candidate Traci Jensen, will be there – and you? 

The Lite Guv must be worried about Ted Cruz.  He has an attack ad that’s running that say Cruz defends Chinese companies against U.S. of A. companies. 

Now I know what the “Secret” in Secret Service means.

‘Stros shortstop Jed Lowrie of course played at Stanford and Jed is celebrating his 28th BD today in D.C. as the ‘Stros are now 4-6 and move up to 26 (from last week’s 30) in the ESPN MLB Power Rankings.

 

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Last week Harris County Democratic Party Chair candidate Kerly Douglas held a press conference to deny that her campaign sent out that gay bashing hate email about Lane Lewis our Harris County Democratic Party Chair.  Yes, let me repeat, our Harris County Democratic Party Chair. 

Noel Freeman, President of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, put out an email last week saying he had figured out that the Douglas Campaign had indeed put out the hate trash.  Freeman said:

“They were identical. The metadata that was attached was identical, and it says Keryl Douglas campaign.  You’d be amazed at how stupid people can be about this stuff.”

Last Friday Commentary said:

“If you are old school like Commentary and pick up your fish wrap on the driveway every morning then you probably saw Patricia Kilday Hart’s piece on the Keryl Douglas hate email that went out earlier this week.  I would have come down a lot harder on Douglas.”

Here is what Kuffer says:

Finally, from Patricia Kilday Hart, who unfortunately treats this as a he-said/she-said dispute instead of exhibiting any curiosity about whether the objective claim being made about the “Ministers for Keryl” email is, you know, factually correct or not:

Here is all of Kuffer.

Here is Patricia Kilday Hart.

More from Kuffer today on the source of the hate email.

At her press conference last Thursday, Keryl Douglas was joined by one of the Kubosh brothers.  Now that ought to concern local Dems.  I personally don’t have anything against the Kuboshers but they generally support GOP candidates and policies.  Two years ago they put up the money to roll over the well funded red light camera forces.  How do we know they are not going pour a wad of dough into the Douglas campaign?  Not once have I ever heard a Kubosher say they are working for the best interest of the Democratic Party. 

In case you hadn’t heard, some folks are getting their mail ballots today so the voting has begun and what are folks doing to help out Lane Lewis?  We’re going to have a low turnout.  Historically, nobody generally gives a rat’s arse about Dem Party Chair races in these parts. The Chair’s race is the last race on the ballot but could arguably be one of the most important. 

What happens if the Douglas campaign drops a couple or three or four targeted mail pieces in HD 131 and 146 where things are active right now?  You get picture, pardon the pun?

Democratic Party elected officials, organizations, donors, precinct judges, and activists that endorsed Lewis need to do their part to help get him elected.  Those Dem office holders that got a free pass and are running unopposed or have extra cash laying around need to fork some over to the Lewis campaign pronto.  The same goes for major donors.  Organizations and activists that can’t afford to give then need to do the next best thing.  Make sure everybody you know that goes to the poll votes on the last race on the ballot and make sure they vote for Lane and let them know what might happen if they skip this race.  Put it on your facebook, tweet it, whatever.

If anybody tells you – “aw, Lane doesn’t have a problem,” they don’t know what they are talking about.   Lane needs to get some mail out.  He has to have signs at all the polling places.  He needs robo calls.  A little over 100,000 voters or a 5.4% turnout voted in the 2010 Dem Primary in Harris County.  I don’t know how many are going to the polls this time around but they certainly need to know something about Lane Lewis and who is supporting him.

Let me repeat, thousands of 65 and older Dem voters will start voting today and are we comfortable that Lewis is getting the majority of their votes?   Yeah, yeah, sure, Lane has just about all of the endorsements from elected officials and organizations but do the 65 and older Dem voters know this today?

If we all don’t do our part thinking that somebody else will step up, then that’s what you call playing with fire.   Let’s take care of business because it sure beats one big PR problem the Dem Party will have the evening of May 29 if we don’t.

I don’t want to have to quote Don Corleone when he was addressing the other families:  “Then I’m going to blame some of the people in this room.  And that I do not forgive.”

How many current or former MLBers have ever hosted “Saturday Night Live”?

Commentary forgot to mention the Chron E-Board’s take on the Texas Ethics Commission this past Friday.  The E-Board is all for giving the Ethics Commission Jaws-like authority.  This is how the piece ends:

The TEC needs to go after the big sharks in Austin, like unregistered lobbyists and those elected officials whose extravagant lifestyles hint at under-the-table donations. But since its creation, the TEC has been hampered by weak authority and distracted by minor violations. The best way to go after the big fish is to give the TEC some teeth and let it be a shark.

Here is the entire E-Board take.

KPRC-TV’s Khambrel Marshall is now hosting a Sunday morning show on local newsmakers.  One of the topics that he addressed yesterday was the Southwest versus United air war.  A couple of H-Town City Council committees will jointly take up the air war topic today.

Three former and current MLBers of course have hosted SNL:  Bob Uecker (1984), the late Billy Martin (1986), and Derek Jeter (2001).

‘Stros left fielder J.D. Martinez had the first ever dinger at Fish Field this past Friday night.    Fish second baseman Omar Infante had the first ever Fish dinger for a Fish at Fish Field yesterday and that weird dinger sculpture in left center field started dinging like a winning slot machine. We’re 4-5 and in our nation’s capitol today.

 

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The ‘Stros visit Fish Field tonight in Little Havana.  Of course, the Fish have two World Serious Championships (1997 and 2003).  How many times have the Fish made it to the playoffs?

Commentary likes CNN talking head Hilary Rosen.  I generally enjoy her takes.  I’m wondering if she’s thinking she should have just called in sick instead of showing up at the CNN studios this past Wednesday.  She’s created a firestorm of sorts with her remarks about Ann Romney being a stay-at-home mom.  The fallout from the remarks made the front page of today’s hard copy of the Chron.

Of course all this started because Mitt Romney said he gets reports on the status of women and their issues from his wife and Hilary Rosen was asked about that.

In today’s Politico there is a piece called “The Draperizing of Mitt Romney” that touches on the Rosen take.  Here is some of it:

Even before the Rosen flap, some prominent activists argued that there are limits to Ann Romney’s ability to appeal to women — despite her acknowledged strengths as a surrogate — based on a potential lack of common experiences.

“I simply have not seen her in any way as an advocate for women’s empowerment in society,” said Kim Gandy, the former head of the National Organization for Women, of Ann Romney before Rosen’s comments. “And since Gov. Romney looks to her to find out what women care about, that does not bode well. I haven’t heard her speaking out about increasing women’s opportunity for higher paid employment, for women in non-traditional occupations, specifically for increasing pay equity for women, closing the pay gap, certainly not on women’s reproductive rights.”

Privately, senior Democrats are even more candid — predicting that the relitigating of the Mommy Wars against the backdrop of a larger Retro Mitt campaign is not a battle that any Republican, and especially not this one, can win.

“She doesn’t connect in any ways with the women that he has a problem with,” a Democratic strategist aligned with Obama said of Ann Romney, alluding to the GOP hopeful’s polling deficit with younger, college-educated women. “She’s as foreign to them as he is. That’s not to disparage anybody who stays home and raises kids. But she’s just not like them.”

A second Democratic strategist acknowledged that the Rosen flap was “messy today,” but added: “They’re not going to win on this issue.”

Here is the entire Politico piece.

I don’t know if Hilary Rosen wanted to be this week’s campaign topic but she is today and she will be on Sunday when she will appear on “Meet the Press.”

The Fish have been to the MLB playoffs twice of course, in 1997 and 2003 as Wild Card winners when they went on to win two rings.  They have never won the NL East if you can believe that.

If you are old school like Commentary and pick up your fish wrap on the driveway every morning then you probably saw Patricia Kilday Hart’s piece on the Keryl Douglas hate email that went out earlier this week.  If you ask me, I would have come down a lot harder on Douglas.

The ‘Stros will be the first visiting team to play a three game series at Fish Field and the first to play in Little Havana since Ozzie Guillen sang the praises of Fidel Castro.  Let’s play beisbol!

 

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According to Burkablog, Guv Dude has decided to run again for reelection.  This is all Burkablog had to say on the matter:

Perry tells fundraiser crowd he’s running in 2014.  So I am told by an eyewitness. Not exactly music to Greg Abbott’s ears.

Commentary hopes he does run and hopes he wins the GOP nomination.  I think he could be beat in the general election.  Of course, if the folks that are running the Lone Star Dem Party these days are still in charge in 2014, then Dems can forget about beating Dude.   We need a fresh candidate with a fresh team.  Stay tuned!

I picked this up from a story in the SA Express News about the San Antonio Mayor criticizing GOP Marco Rubio’s DREAM Act proposal:

A recent Pew Hispanic Center poll showed 91 percent of Hispanics favor the DREAM act.

Check out the story here.

Last night future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones of The ATL played his last game at The Yard (unless we meet up with The ATL in the playoffs).  Here’s a twofer:  In what round was he selected in the MLB Amateur Player Draft and did he ever win the NL MVP Award?

Around this time in 1984, my friend Ambassador Bob Krueger, then State Sen. Lloyd Doggett, and then Cong. Kent Hance were locked in a battle for the Dem nomination for U.S. Senate for the seat being vacated by the late Sen. John Tower.  In one of the closest Dem primary statewide race ever, they finished in this order:  Hance, Doggett, and Krueger with 1,560 votes separating Hance from Krueger.  Doggett ended up edging out Hance in the runoff and got clobbered by Phil Gramm in the general.

CEWDEM sent out a note last night that Ambassador Krueger and his wife Kathleen, a former New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tem, endorsed Sylvia Romo for Congress in the 35th Congressional District Dem Primary race.  Oh did I mention that Romo is running against Cong. Lloyd Doggett.  Oh, well!

In the latest on the air wars, the Southwest mantra appears to be “Free Hobby!”  Southwest supporters are sending out emails to some members of the H-Town City Council with the “Free Hobby” line attached.

Chipper Jones was the first pick in the first round of course of the 1990 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  He won the NL MVP Award in 1999 of course when he hit .319 with 45 dingers and 110 RBIs. 

We’re three and three with today off before we head to Little Havana and play our first game ever at Fish Field. 

 

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Now that Santorum is out, nobody is going to care about the remaining primaries, so it looks like local races will drive turnout in both party primaries here in the Lone Star State.  I really don’t think the U.S. Senate race over in the GOP Primary will catch on fire. 

Former State Senator Carlos Truan from Corpus Christi left us yesterday.  He was a force and powerhouse in Latino politics in the Lone Star State back in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and early 2000s.  He was a champion of public education and bilingual education.   Back in the days when Democrats used to win statewide races, if you were a candidate, you would have been wise to travel to Nueces County to visit with him and get his active support and blessing.  He was also a key leader in creating and building the Latino Caucus (Mexican American Democrats and Tejano Democrats) within the Texas Democratic Party.  He is truly a hero in our community.  He’ll be missed.

The Chron E-Board has a take today on Latina voting power here.
Nice job.

Ozzie Guillen’s mouth has got him in trouble again this time with the Cuban community of South Florida.  The Fish Skipper has been suspended for five games.  Guillen played in the bigs for 15 or so years.  He played on four different MLB clubs.  Name them? 

Since Ozzie thinks Fidel Castro is a great guy, does that make him a “Commie Pinko” or something like that?

GOP Cong. Kevin Brady weighed in again today on the United versus Southwest air war.  In an Op-Ed in today’s Chron, Cong. Brady says it’s H-Town versus The Big D and not United versus Southwest.

Check it out here.

Ozzie Guillen played for the White Sox, The ATL, B’More, and the Rays of course.

Last night the team played wearing the Colt 45s uniforms and they gave out 10,000 45s lids that were of good quality for a change.  We lost and are now 3-2.  Head out to The Yard this evening to check out future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones’ last game ever at The Yard.

 

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