Archive for May 11th, 2012

My pal H-Town CM Mike Sullivan was handed a doozey of an issue in his GOP race for Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector in today’s Chron.  Here is from the Chron:

The Harris County tax office is paying 32 clerks overtime on weekends to eliminate a large backlog of unprocessed auto registrations, a potentially serious problem that could force some motorists to drive with expired decals.

Drivers can receive costly tickets and civil penalties for lapsed vehicle registration and cannot use the backlog as an excuse, tax officials stressed.

Here is the entire piece.

Commentary has always thought that the current Tax Assessor-Collector Don Sumners is a meddler.  He’s been to the H-Town City Hall on occasion to crack on the Mayor and Council Members on how the City is being run.  Well it turns out he’s not running his own shop very well.

Former Tax Assessor- Collector Paul Bettencourt was also a meddler but at least he processed the car registrations in a timely fashion.  Heck, he even had time to go after voter registration applications.  Check this from the Chron:

Paul Bettencourt, the previous tax collector, expressed surprise at the length of the backlog and said that in the past, staff were cross-trained and assigned to busy areas as the work flow demanded.

"They need to shift people to work the backlog," Bettencourt said. "You put all hands on deck and transfer people in from other departments."

And this:

Sumners blamed the backlog on last year’s countywide budget cuts, which caused a 9 percent personnel reduction.

GOPers like Sumners are always quick to call for cutting government without thinking about the consequences.  Well now they are neck deep in consequences.

Name the MLBer with the most fielding errors this season – through last night.

H-Town CM James Rodriguez will have a special weekend.  Tonight he delivers the commencement address at the San Jacinto College South Campus graduation ceremony. 

Tomorrow CM Rodriguez will be at the Opening Match of the brand new BBVA Compass Dynamo Stadium.  CM Rodriguez, The Mayor, and County Commissioner El Franco Lee were the key to making sure the deal happened to build the stadium.  Way to go! 

Try to drop by Anna and Brad Eastman’s home in the Heights Sunday (May 13) afternoon as they host a Mother’s Day reception for Traci Jensen, Democratic candidate for State Board of Education, District 6.  The reception starts at 4 pm at 935 Harvard (77008).  RSVP at marisol@camposcommunications.com

Try to drop by the home of Shanna Crawford Barnstone and Robert A. Hager in the Near Northside over by Moody Park on Monday (May 14) as they host a reception for Traci Jensen.  The reception starts at 5:30 pm at 3923 Baden (77009).  ).  RSVP at marisol@camposcommunications.com

I’m sure half of the County’s Dem voters have received a mail piece from Traci this week.

Check out the story on mail ballot applications in today’s Chron.  Here is how it starts:

Harris County residents have requested a record number of mail-in ballots for this month’s primary, a shift political observers attribute to more targeted campaign efforts by candidates and interest groups and the rising age of the average primary voter.

Here is the entire piece.

That’s the way it goes these days.

Let’s see, the Washington Post had a piece this week that said Mitt Romney was a prep school bully, but Mitt Romney doesn’t remember yet he apologizes.  Oh, well!

Shortstop Dee Gordon of the Dodgers of course has nine fielding miscues through last night.

The ‘Stros are in western PA for three against the Pirates at PNC this weekend.


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