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Commentary has gotten a few emails the past couple of days about the Lone Star Dem Party establishment endorsing Judge Gilberto Hinojosa for State Dem Chair.  It looks like the same bunch of folks will keep running the Lone Star State Dem Party.  Oh, well.

For those of you that care, the Chron E-Board today endorsed former State Rep. Paul Sadler for U.S. Senate in the Dem Primary.  In its endorsement, the Chron E-Board lectured Lone Star State Dems:

Speaking of money, Sadler has a bone to pick with his fellow Democrats – as do we. This well-qualified candidate for the highest statewide office on the Democratic primary ballot is being forced to run his campaign on a shoestring. This, as wealthy Texas Democrats send money out of state to aid other candidates in those places.

This just shouldn’t be. It sends a signal that running statewide in Texas is hopeless for a Democrat.

It may be an uphill battle, but Sadler is a worthy candidate who deserves some of those Democrats’ dollars that are going out of state.

We encourage voters in the Democratic primary to cast their votes for Paul Sadler. And we encourage Democratic donors across the state to look closer to home when making their financing decisions.

Take that!

Check out the entire endorsement here.

Among former MLB African American pitchers, who has the most career wins?

The Chron also has an editorial today on yesterday’s not guilty verdict.

Check it out here.

There will be a protest this afternoon so stay tuned!

EV Day 3 in 2012 Harris County Dem Party Primary as compared to 2010:

In 2012 – 4,662 in person, 5,209 mail ballots returned.  In 2010 – 6,132 in person and 3,851 mail ballots returned.   So in terms of total voter participation to date it is 9,872 today and 9,983 two years ago.

After Day 3, West Gray is at 366, two years ago – 683. 

Galena Park is at 219, two years ago – 48.

Acres Homes is at 180, two years ago – 345.

HCC is at 112, two years ago – 71.

Sunnyside is at 414, two years ago – 447.

Bayland is at 225, two years ago – 328.

The new Galleria location is at 34.

West Gray needs to get it in gear.

Roll Call:  Yesterday Commentary received mail from Judge Kirkland, DA candidate Zack Fertitta, and Constable, Precinct 1 candidate Cindy Vara-Leija.

Hall of Fame great Ferguson Jenkins of course has 284 (tied for 27th overall) career wins – tops among African American MLB pitchers.

The bats came alive last night and we won one at The Yard. 

 

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Commentary hasn’t said anything lately about the H-Town Air Wars because I’m helping the effort to Free Hobby on behalf of a client.  I probably won’t say a whole lot in the days to come but I will talk today about an anonymous red flyer that was distributed to homes in neighborhoods surrounding Hobby Airport.  The flyer of course did not have a disclaimer and nobody has stepped forward to claim ownership.    It was a scare tactic flyer that said folks would lose their homes because Hobby would expand.  It mentioned that folks would lose their jobs.  It also said that expansion would be an environmental hazard.  The flyer didn’t sit well with residents and H-Town CM James Rodriguez.  Here is a part of what CM Rodriguez said last night at a public hearing on the Free Hobby effort:

“I have served this community at City Hall for the last 10 years. I was Chief of Staff to Carol Alvarado and now as your City Council member for the past 4 ½ years.  I also am a resident of this community. Together we have worked on many issues including infrastructure, flooding, demolishing dangerous abandoned apartment complexes, neighborhood historical designations, and Hobby Airport.  We’ve had discussion and debate at forums like this one, at civic club meetings, in homes, and at City Hall.  We have agreed, have disagreed, but have always been respectful of differing viewpoints.  What we don’t do in our community is this (he held up the flyer).  We do not send out anonymous flyers designed to instill fear and scare the community. We do not send out anonymous flyers that falsely claim that the City of Houston and Hobby Airport are out to confiscate your home. We do not send out anonymous flyers that threaten the jobs of the residents and taxpayers of our community. We will probably never know the identities of the cowards that distributed these flyers.  They have no place in this community.  This isn’t how we conduct ourselves.  We’re a proud and diverse community who work together to address our concerns. At times we may have differing opinions but we are always respectful of each other.”

Way to go again, James!

Yesterday, Commentary mentioned that Alex “A-Roid” Rodriguez was the career leader in RBIs among Latino ballplayers.  Name the numero 2 Latino in career RBIs?

In 2010, after two days of EV in the Harris County Dem Primary, 4,210 had voted in person and 3,466 had mailed in ballots.  In 2012, 3,035 have voted in person and 5,100 mail ballots have been returned.

In 2010, West Gray had 502, today 234.

Ripley 45 and 36.

Fiesta 284 and 235.

Bayland 205 and 149.

Galena Park 38 and 154.

IBEW (Pasadena) 34 and 99.

These are mixed results for sure.  This Sunday is an EV day and the local Dem Party is having a BBQ at the Party Headquarters.  I don’t know about that.  I’d rather be helping out my Dem candidates get EVs on Sunday.

Commentary got this yesterday:

I am Janette Padilla Sexton, and I ran for State Representative in District 144 in 2006 against 13-year incumbent Republican Robert Talton.  I believe that Mr. Campos, his dad, and all the residents in newly drawn District 144 need to know that Councilman Ornaldo Ybarra in Pasadena has absolutely no voting record (nada, zilch, zero!) with the Texas Democratic Party. 

Ybarra has never voted in a Democratic Primary!  As everyone on this listserv is aware, only the strongest partisans–Republican and Democratic–bother to vote in Primary Elections.  Should he be elected, I do not have a whit of confidence that he would vote to protect the Democratic values that we all hold dear.

Janette

P.S.  I do know Kevin J. Risner, and I wholeheartedly support his candidacy.  I will be voting for Kevin on Saturday, May 19th.

The fella that most Dem organizations are supporting for Harris County DA also hasn’t voted in a Dem Primary.  I do know this.  Pasadena CM Ornaldo Ybarra is a named plaintiff (along with other Dem Latino leaders) in the federal lawsuit that was filed last year against Harris County on redistricting.  He didn’t have to lend his name but he did.

Commentary found “Smash” to be smashing.  I liked it a lot.  I keep humming some of the tunes from the finale these days.

A couple of days ago I got a king size Alan Rosen mailer.

Commentary was checking out the EV locations yesterday and I think that Dem Chair candidate Keryl Douglas is winning the contest for the most signs.  She sure has a ton of signs at every location.

Former roider Rafael Palmeiro of course is numero 2 among Latinos with 1,835 RBIs (16th overall).

The ‘Stros open an eight game homie this evening and we’re in last place again.

 

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The first day of Early Vote is in and it is looking like a mixed result for Dems.  Kuffer says don’t even try to compare to 2008.  I won’t.  I’ll make a brief comparison to 2010.

On EV D1 in 2010 in Harris County, Dems were at 2190 in person with 2886 mail ballots returned.

On EV D1 in 2012, Dems are 1570 in person with 4,644 mail ballots returned.

On EV D1 in 2010, Sunnyside was 6.6% of the total.  In 2012 it is 8%.

On EV D1 in 2010, Acres Homes was 5.1%.  In 2012 3.9%

West Gray is down.  Ripley is down.  Moody is up.  HCCS is about the same.

Galena Park, IBEW in Pasadena, and North Channel had major bumps.

Kuffer mentioned that the new Galleria location might take the pressure off of West Gray.  Only 11 Dems could find the place.

Oh well!

Name the all time MLB career leader in RBIs among Latino ballplayers?

Commentary doesn’t think HISD wanted this.  Here is from the Chron:

Houston ISD’s general manager of facilities has resigned after two years on the job, Superintendent Terry Grier confirmed Monday.

Grier said his staff told him that Issa Dadoush announced during an internal meeting Monday that he was resigning, tired from the long hours that kept him away from his young children.

That is not what Dadoush put out later.  See more from the Chron:

“A change in the Business Operations structure is desperately needed, by which redundant layers of approvals and restricted communications are eliminated,” Dadoush wrote. “Our limitations on communicating directly with all stakeholders, including Trustees and other cabinet members, have made it impossible to move this Department to the next level of performance efficiency. The ‘muzzle’ that was ordered on me and other department heads has made it impossible to do our jobs effectively.”

Bobadilla emailed Dadoush and other department leaders on April 14 telling them not to directly respond to requests from board members. Instead, Bobadilla said, he would respond or farm out questions that trustees make through the formal request process. Bobadilla, who used to work with Grier in North Carolina, said in his email that the process needed to be followed so that trustees, Grier or other officials are all kept in the loop.

HISD spokesman Jason Spencer said Bobadilla was trying “to ensure that the information we release to the public and to members of the Board of Education is accurate and consistent. These same protocols apply to all other HISD departments.”

Dadoush also wrote in his resignation letter that the business department wasted time on trivial matters.

“Furthermore,” he wrote, “colossal time is wasted in minute details, trivialities, voluminous paperwork, unnecessary meetings, while losing strategic direction of the projects and essentially abandoning leadership. This bureaucratic and gate-keeping philosophy (blocking all alternative flows of information) is not sustainable; it is inefficient and has been exhausting for our human and financial resources within CFS (construction and facilities services).”

Talk about burning your bridges.

Here is the rest of the piece.

Just don’t blame me!

Alex “A-Roid” Rodriguez of course ranks numero 1 among Latino ballplayers in the career RBI category with 1,907, ninth overall amongst all MLBers.

The ‘Stros lost again last night and have one more in Philly this afternoon that might be delayed or called off because of rain. 

 

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Commentary isn’t involved in the State Rep. 144 Dem Party Primary.  I do like Pasadena City Council Member Ornaldo Ybarra – heck, he’s the only candidate in that race that has ever talked to me.  CM Ybarra worked with me on an issue last year on behalf of a client and that’s how I got to know him.  I consider him one of the young leaders of the Democratic Party.  If he’s not successful this go around, he certainly will be successful the next go around.

My parents drop by my shop once or twice a week these days and we talk politics, family, ‘Stros, and issues.  We also catch up on the latest gossip.  A part of Baytown that includes my parents’ precinct is now a part of Dist. 144.  My parents have asked me about the candidates in 144 and I’ve told them that I know CM Ybarra, I’ve never met Kevin Risner, and I really don’t know HCC Trustee Mary Ann Perez.

This past Saturday Ybarra shot me an email that included the following:

“Your father (Tony Campos) called me the other day and had a good talk, he said to use his name as endorsement.”

Knowing my Dad and knowing that he likes to back up his endorsement, he’s going to spend the next couple of weeks calling or visiting all of his friends and family asking them to vote for CM Ybarra.  My Dad’s retired and he doesn’t have anything better to do.  Every little bit helps in a low turnout election.

Hey, my Dad’s the fella that sued the City of Baytown and won, so now Baytown has single member council districts.  He knows a little bit about politics and getting folks to the polls.

This MLBer has won two Cy Young Awards, has been on eight All Star teams, has won 20 or more games three different seasons, is on track to the Hall of Fame, and was picked in the First Round (17th overall) of the 1995 MLB Amateur Player.  Who am I talking about?

Roll call!  Here are the mail pieces that have hit here at my place this primary season:  DA candidate Zack Fertitta (2), SBOE 6 candidate Traci Jensen, Pct. 1 Constable candidate Jaime Tellez, Jr., 215th Court Judge Steve Kirkland (2), Pct. 1 Constable candidate Alan Rosen (2), Pct. 1 Constable candidate Quincy Whitaker, and Pct. 1 constable candidate Cindy Vara-Leija.

Early Voting begins today and are you ready?  I’m thinking the campaign activity in some constable and state rep races will probably mean the Latino vote turnout will increase some over its 2010 Dem Primary turnout in Harris County.  We will see.

Future Hall of Famer Roy Halladay of course has won two Cy Young Awards, has been on eight All Star teams, has won 20 games in three different seasons, and was picked by Toronto in the first round of the 1995 MLB Draft.  Halladay is celebrating his 35th BD today.

We should have won yesterday as we now play two in Philly before coming home.

 

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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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The President is now on board on same sex marriage.  Better late than never if you ask me.

I was watching CNN’s coverage of The President’s decision yesterday and they asked GOP consultant Alex Castellanos about The President.  Castellanos couldn’t criticize because he also supports same sex marriage.  It is only a matter of time (a couple of decades) before the rest of the GOP gets with the times!

Numero 45 hit a ninth inning triple last night.  That’s the 19th career three- bagger for Numero 45 who first came up to the MLB in 1999.  How many seasons has Numero 45 gone without a triple. 

The Chron E-Board let me know that they will only endorse in Harris County Constable, Precinct 1 because they handle mental health warrants and in the SBOE races, but at a later date.

The Chron E-Board endorsed Judge Steve Kirkland today.  Here is part of the endorsement:

An unintended consequence of (Elaine) Palmer’s candidacy to the county Democratic Party, well explained by Chronicle columnist Patricia Kilday Hart ("A little mystery over primary opposition to judge," Page B1, April 19), is the clear potential it has brought for creation of a schism between the party’s crucial black and GLBT voting blocs. This would be destructive to Democrats well beyond a single contested primary race for a civil court bench.

Either way, we conclude, Palmer is the apparently unwitting partner to potentially damaging mischief to both Kirkland and the local Democratic Party.

And so we offer our emphatic endorsement of Steven Kirkland in the May 29 Democratic primary. We strongly encourage the party’s voters to support this highly qualified, deserving candidate.

And:

Particularly given the evidence of chicanery aimed his way, Kirkland deserves Democratic voters’ spirited support.

Here is the entire endorsement.

The night before last, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers smacked four dingers against B’More.  Hamilton became the 16th player to smack four in one game in MLB history.  Last month, Philip Humber of the White Sox, threw a perfect game against the Mariners, becoming the 21st pitcher in MLB history to be perfect.

What is the more impressive feat in the MLB, the perfect game or the four dinger game?

With the perfect game, the pitcher has to face 27 batters, throw 100 plus pitches, and make sure not a single hitter gets a base hit or gets on base.

With the four dinger game, the batter needs to get up to the plate at least four times, and get a pitch he can smack over the fence – four times?

Honestly, I don’t know which one is harder to accomplish. Statistically speaking, the four dingers are harder because in MLB history more batters have come up to bat four times than pitchers starting games. 

They are both very impressive but the perfect game is more glamorous.

Numero 45 has gone three seasons without hitting a triple of course (2004, 2005, and 2008).  His best triple year was last season when he hit four.

We lost in extra innings last night and are now 14-17, take today off, then head to Pittsburgh.

 

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On Monday Commentary mentioned Tom Brokaw’s problem with the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.   Apparently too many celebrities are crashing the dinner. 

Yesterday Brokaw continued his criticism.  Here is from a Huffington Post piece today:

"I do feel strongly that it’s gone way too far," he said. He added that the dinner, which has drawn more and more Hollywood celebrities ever year, gives off a "let them eat cake" air to the rest of the country, and seemed to say that "we’re more interested in celebrities than we are in the concerns of real folks who are out there."

It was, he said, "just the worst kind of symbolism," as well as an "exercise simply in hedonism."

Brokaw finished by saying that he refuses to attend the event anymore. Playing off of what he said was an old Native American belief that a photograph will steal one’s soul, he said, "If you go it’ll steal your soul."

I don’t have a problem with Brokaw’s takes on this but he needs to check out his employer first.   Two of NBC’s best journalists, “The Today Show’s” Natalie Morales and former White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie were assigned red carpet duty last January for NBC’s coverage of the celebrity infested hedonistic Golden Globe Awards.  I didn’t hear a peep from Brokaw on this.

Check out the entire Huffington Post piece here.

I think Brokaw is chasing the wrong boogeyman.

Who holds the MLB record for most base hits in a season?

Late this summer, Democrats will be holding their National Convention in North Carolina.  I don’t know about that.

I don’t feel sorry for Indiana GOP Senator Richard Lugar this morning.  He deserved it.  That’s what he gets for towing the party line.

Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners of course holds the MLB record for most base hits in a season with 262 in 2004.

The ‘Stros got back on track last night and are now 14-16.

 

 

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Commentary doesn’t know what to make of GOP State Senators Dan Patrick of H-Town and John Carona of Dallas and their email spat that has gone public. 
Just in case you haven’t heard, here is the Chron story.
Why would Patrick want the story to go public?  I definitely think we need to stay tuned.

Carlos “The Big Z” Zambrano dominated the ‘Stros last night giving up only three base hits in a 4-0 win.  Of course, everybody knows that back on September 14, 2008 in the Ike Games held in Milwaukee, The Big Z threw a no-no against the ‘Stros.  How many ‘Stros batted the night The Big Z threw his no-no? 

In Harris County, if you are running for Constable, Justice of the Peace, State Board of Education, and a few other races, you won’t get screened by the Chron E-Board.  That’s the way it goes these days.

NY Giants QB Eli Manning was definitely must see TV when he guest hosted “SNL” this past weekend.  I don’t think I’ve seen a better performance by a professional athlete on “SNL.”  Sorry Sir Charles!

Commentary doesn’t think the Lone Star Project likes Domingo Garcia.  Here is a part of what he put out the other day:

Domingo Garcia’s thin skin and temper were on display following the decision by the Dallas Morning News to reject Garcia and, instead, recommend Representative Marc Veasey for the Democratic nomination in new Congressional District 33.

In an email sent to his supporters late yesterday afternoon, Garcia seemed so desperate to blunt the damage of the DMN recommendation that he made matters worse. He not only improperly used the Democratic National Committee logo and made a series of statements that simply do not stand up to scrutiny, he also misspelled President Barack Obama’s name.

Rather than give his supporters comfort, Garcia likely reinforced the opinion of the Dallas Morning News that Domingo Garcia simply does not have the temperament or the judgment needed to represent a racially and geographically diverse district like CD33.

I don’t know the Lone Star Project and I know he didn’t mean this but it kind of gives the impression that the old stereotype of Latino fellas being hot tempered exists within Domingo.  Oh, well!  Commentary doesn’t have a dog in this hunt.  Of course, the voters of CD 33 will be the ultimate deciders.

Back on September 14, 2008 at the Ike Games, 28 ‘Stros came up to the batters’ box to face The Big Z of course.  Michael Bourn walked and then got rubbed out on a double play and Hunter Pence was hit by a pitch.

We’ve gone from winning five in a row to losing two in a row and 4 ½ back. 

 

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Joe Martinez, Democratic Party Primary candidate for Harris County Constable, Precinct 2 has a problem.  It is a problem that some candidates just have to live with.  He keeps getting his campaign signs (yard signs and the big ones) stolen or ripped up because some of his opponents think he’s doing a real good job engaging the voters of Precinct 2.   Joe Martinez is Commentary’s client.

There are 10 candidates running for this open position.  Understandably many of the Democratic elected officials are on the sidelines.  Not so for H-Town CM James Rodriguez.  Rodriguez, who lives in Precinct 2, says this:

“I urge the Democrats in Constable Precinct 2 to join me in supporting Joe Martinez.  I’ve known Joe for a number of years and have always admired his dedication to his profession and to community service.”

Of the candidates running for this position, Joe does have the most years of experience working in a constable’s office.  Joe has ideas on what he’ll do to make the office work better.   I have nothing against the incumbent, my pal Gary Freeman, but every office can be improved.

I’m not going to say or reveal much about Joe’s campaign other than to say that Joe and his crew certainly know what has to be done between now and May 14 and May 29.  Joe knows how to focus.

Joe Martinez has also been endorsed by the Coalition of Police and Sheriffs, Local 911 (C.O.P.S), Democracy for Houston, Harris County Tejano Democrats, Houston Area Stonewall Democrats, Houston GLBT Political Caucus, International Union of Police Associations (I.U.P.A.), Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, and Momentum PAC.

I hope more folks will consider supporting Joe Martinez.  He’ll be a great Constable.

‘Stro second baseman Jose Altuve turned 22 yesterday.  Altuve is currently in the MLB Top 10 in three offensive categories – name the three categories?  

Like I said last Friday, Commentary got interviewed by Huffington Post.  Here is part of the piece on politicians and Cinco de Mayo:

I have to give it to President Obama. He’s actually been pretty smart about this stuff,” said Marc Campos, president of Campos Communications in Houston, referring to the annual White House Cinco de Mayo reception and the president’s Rose Garden push for immigration reform on Thursday. “But you just know some politician is going to show up somewhere this weekend in a guayabera (a type of shirt) or a sombrero at some party with the fajitas and the guacamole and no knowledge whatsoever of what the people in that room are really concerned about. That’s, unfortunately, how it’s often done.”

Campos, a Mexican American who has worked as a political strategist for dozens of for Democratic candidates since the 1970s, has seen so many politicians try to appeal to Latino voters with cultural celebrations and food that friends this week called him to joke that that they wished the White House reception included the bacon-wrapped shrimp that are a standard of Washington parties. Instead, pork and fish tacos, pico de gallo, sopes and various mole-marinated meats were on the menu.

In 2000, Campos did “truth-squad” research on George W. Bush’s accomplishments in Texas. And, he served as a deputy campaign director for the Democratic Party’s get out the vote effort the last time a Democrat carried Texas. The candidate was Jimmy Carter and the year, 1972. (Actually it was 1976).

Here is the entire HuffPo piece.

Speaking of the Latino vote, Politico had a lengthy piece yesterday on the Latino vote in the 2012 race for Prez.  Here are parts:

He (Romney) called Arizona’s immigration law a national model, and said he would veto a “Dream Act” that provides a pathway to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants if they serve in the military or go to college. He advocates “self-deportation” — essentially making life so difficult for undocumented residents that they see little option except to leave the country.

“He (Romney) hasn’t begun an aggressive, national campaign for Hispanics,” said Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist in Miami. “He needs to introduce himself, define himself beyond the narrow narrative coming out of the primary and at the same time go after Obama hard, both on immigration and economic failures.”

I disagree.  I think Latinos have already been introduced to Romney.   Sadly GOP strategists think we’ve been on siesta or something like that.  Latinos have been watching the immigrant bashing going on over in the GOP Prez primary.

And:

The Obama campaign is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars advertising on Spanish language TV stations in Colorado, Nevada and Florida.

But neither the Romney campaign nor the conservative political groups paying for pro-Romney ads has bought any time on Spanish networks.

And:

“Hispanics are shopping around,” said Jennifer Korn, executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Network and Hispanic outreach director for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign.

What are we supposed to be shopping for – a Mitt wearing a sombrero?

Here is the entire politico piece.

I was watching “Meet the Press” yesterday and one of my favorites, Tom Brokaw, was on and he kind of mildly chastised the White House Correspondents dinner.  Here is from a web piece about his remarks:

Veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw on Sunday said Washington’s annual White House Correspondents’ dinner has become a symbol of a press that is increasingly out of touch. ”If there’s ever an event that separates the press from the people they’re supposed to be serving, symbolically, it is that one. It is time to rethink it,” he said on NBC’s Meet the Press.

“Look I think George Clooney is a great guy, I’d like to meet Charlize Theron, but I don’t think the big press event in Washington should be that kind of glittering event, where the whole talk is about Cristal champagne, taking over the Italian embassy, who had the best party, who got to meet the most people. That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people expect us to be doing, and I think that the Washington press corps has to look at that, and by the way I’m a charter member of the White House Correspondents Association, I was there early on and often enjoyed it, but it’s gone beyond what it needs to be.”

It is what it is.  White House correspondents and many of Washington and national news reporters, anchors, and columnists are celebrities themselves – Tom Brokaw included.  They show up on Leno, Letterman, Colbert, Stewart, Maher, Fallon, Kimmel, and Conan. They also interview celebrities like Clooney, DeNiro, Theron, Pitt, Jolie, Penn, Bono, and countless others that give their time and money to humanitarian efforts. Sorry Tom, but we’re never going back to the good old days.

Goober Pyle is no longer with us.  That’s too bad.  George Lindsey left us yesterday.  I always cracked up when Gomer would ask Goober to do his Cary Grant impression and Goober would rattle off “Judy, Judy, Judy!”

‘Stro Jose Altuve is 9th in batting average (.352), 4th in base hits (38), and tied for 2nd in triples (3) of course.

We’re 13-15 and Dante is already asking if he can go with me to the World Serious – huh!  What does he know? 

 

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First of all, before I talk about Traci Jensen, let me say that I got called last night by an automated poll.  They wanted to know who I would vote for in the Harris County Democratic Primary races for sheriff, DA, Judge Kirkland – Palmer, and Dem Chair Lane Lewis – Douglas. I was also asked about the direction of Harris County.  I wonder what’s up with this poll.

Earlier this year, my good friend HISD Trustee Anna Eastman asked me to meet with Traci Jensen candidate for State Board of Education (SBOE), District 6.   Traci and I visited at length about her background, her experiences and knowledge about the SBOE, curriculum issues, politics, and the challenges of campaigning in a district roughly covering half of Harris County and twice the size in population of a congressional district.  I came away from the meeting very impressed with her grasp of the issues.   She knows what’s happening in the classrooms.

We decided to work together.   I’ve watched her campaign, go before numerous screening committees, and grow as a candidate.    Her campaign is starting to get noticed and picking up support.  Here is what a few key Democratic leaders are saying about Traci:

“I am supporting Traci because of her common sense approach to education and commitment to a rich, deep curriculum for Texas students.  Traci is also willing to advocate for evidence based, medically accurate sex education a critical factor in reducing the high teen pregnancy rates throughout the state, but particularly in Harris County.  Her experience as an educator and as a current parent of a public school student will offer a new perspective to the State Board of Education.” – Anna Eastman, HISD Trustee.

“The State Board of Education needs strong and knowledgeable leaders like Traci Jensen.  I hope you will join me in supporting her candidacy.” – State Senator John Whitmire.

“Traci Jensen respects and embraces the richness of our community’s diversity.   She’ll make a valuable member of the State Board of Education.” – Noel Freeman, President, Houston GLBT Caucus.

“Texas has gone from the leader of public education to an embarrassing punch line on late night TV talk shows.  Traci Jensen will work to end the divisive rhetoric and put ALL Texas school children ahead of politics and ideology.” – Houston City Council Member James Rodriguez.

Traci has also been endorsed by Alief Federation of Teachers, Harris County AFL-CIO, Houston GLBT Political Caucus, Houston Federation of Teachers, Houston Young Stonewall Democrats, Katy Democrats, and Area 5 Democrats.

I’ve learned a lot from Traci in the time we’ve been working together.  With 25 days remaining before the May 29 Election Day and 10 days before Early Voting begins, the campaign will continue the daunting task of reaching out to voters from Montrose to Tomball and from the near Northside to Katy.  Hey, but who’s complaining! 

You’ll be hearing about a couple of receptions for Traci that will be held next weekend and the following Monday. Go to www.jensen4stateboard.com  to learn more about Traci.

What was accomplished in MLB 37 years ago today?  Hint:  It involved a ‘Stro.

Speaking of, H-Town CM James Rodriguez and his son Jake went to The Yard Wednesday afternoon.  James’ Milby High classmate, Adrian Johnson (AJ), is now a MLB umpire and was calling first base Wednesday.  Before the game, he brought James and Jake on to the field and James got to visit with one of his old bosses, Mets skipper Terry Collins.  Collins was skipper of the ‘Stros during part of James’ batboy days – cool. 

Yesterday, Commentary was interviewed by Huffington Post about candidates campaigning and appealing to the Latino vote through Cinco de Mayo events.  I don’t think the story has been posted yet.  What do I know?

Bob Watson of the ‘Stros scored the 1,000,000th run in MLB history of course at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on May 4, 1975, the day after CM Rodriguez was born.

The Big Puma, Carlos Beltran, and San Luis visit The Yard this weekend with Belted Pink Bags, Los Astros lids, and Pink Yoga Mats getting handed out to the early arrivers.  See ya there!

 

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