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Archive for June 15th, 2012

Now this is what you call a game changer and this is why I love The President of the United States of America!  POTUS ROCKS!!!!!

Hot off the presses an AP story on Chron.com:

The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.

The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was to announce the new policy Friday, one week before President Barack Obama plans to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak to the group on Thursday.

Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed. The officials who described the plan spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss it in advance of the official announcement.

Here is the entire piece.

I hope DREAMERS across the U.S. of A. are hugging and high fiving their family and friends today!  Put yourself in their shoes this morning and imagine what they are feeling!

As you well know, there have now been 22 perfect games tossed in MLB history.  Name the hurlers that have tossed perfection that are in the MLB Hall of Fame? 

At next Wednesday’s H-Town City Council meeting the budget will be considered and a couple of amendments to the budget deal with putting term limit changes on the November ballot.  I’m still kind of perplexed how term limits is a budget issue but I guess I’ll find out.

Two years ago a citizens term limit review commission held hearings to get citizen input.  Not a whole lot of folks showed interest and not a whole lot of folks showed up to testify.   The review commission recommended to council to put on the ballot two four year terms.  The measure would have had implications on length of service for then sitting members of council and those members of council running for another office while sitting on council – got it.

Here is what Commentary put out on August 18, 2010:

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL THIS MORNING FAILED TO ADOPT THE TERM LIMITS REVIEW COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION.  THE MOTION FAILED ON A 7-7 VOTE.

MAYOR PARKER, CMS STARDIG, JOHNSON, ADAMS, SULLIVAN, HOANG, AND PENNIGTON VOTED FOR.

CMS CLUTTERBUCK, GONZALEZ, RODRIGUEZ, COSTELLO, LOVELL, NOREIGA, AND BRADFORD VOTED NO.

CM JONES WAS ABSENT.  END OF STORY FOR NOW!

I guess the story isn’t over.   I’ll say it again and again. If you want to change term limits, go out and gather the signatures and get grass roots support. 

HISD, HCC, and the City all want to have bond campaigns this November and don’t forget the METRO GMPs campaign. There could be voter bond fatigue in the fall.  The last thing the City would want is for the term limit supporters to do a little payback and organize against the City bonds if a term limit change is on the ballot so we better all stay tuned!

My pal H-Town CM Mike Sullivan wants to reduce city council member pay by five percent.  I’d be really impressed if he would shoot out a press release in the next day or so saying that if he is elected to the Tax Assessor-Collector position, he would take a ten percent cut in pay.

Tiger looked like the Tiger I like yesterday.  Lefty and Bubba struggled.  Tiger will hit the course later this afternoon and I’ll be watching.

Six members of the MLB Hall of Fame tossed perfection of course:  Jim Bunning, Catfish Hunter, Addie Josh, Sandy Koufax, John Ward, and Cy Young.

The ‘Stros are in Arlington for three and face Yu Darvish this evening.

 

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