Archive for July 24th, 2012

CEWDEM has decreed that he will no longer put out takes on the CD 7 Dem runoff…awwwww!   It was just getting interesting.  Meanwhile, the Chron has a piece on the Constable Precinct 1 runoff.    Here are parts:

(Cindy) Vara-Leija accused (Alan) Rosen of misrepresenting his post at the Sheriff’s Office by not clarifying that he is a reserve. Rosen called that a "non-issue," noting that reservists have the same training and arrest powers as full-time officers and that his training hours and patrol experience exceed his opponent’s.


"I have valuable insight that my opponent does not. I did come from Precinct 1," Vara-Leija said. "I know exactly where to go, how to take care of problems that I know are already there."


Online, Rosen supporters have questioned whether Vara-Leija knew of (Former Constable Jack) Abercia’s alleged crimes while at the precinct.

"My responsibilities and my duties were to supervise and to make sure those under my command were taking care of the community’s needs," Vara-Leija said. "Whatever was going on in the constable’s office, I was not privy to."

Well she didn’t know where all the problems were – got it!  The runoff was getting a little boring so a little spice doesn’t hurt.  Both Alan and Cindy would be OK constables so I’m not going to get all worked up for nothing.  My pal Keir is right on target though:

Political consultant Keir Murray said the precinct’s black voters likely will decide the runoff, noting that two black candidates in the May primary split 42 percent of the vote between them. Rosen’s edge in campaign funds and spate of endorsements from black political leaders may give him an edge, Murray said, but nothing is certain in what is expected to be a low-turnout election.

Check out the Chron piece here.

We will know a week from tonight!

The late Cubbie Ron Santo was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past weekend.  The nine-time All Star and winner of five Gold Glove Awards was the 4th highest vote getter in the 1967 NL MVP balloting and 5th in the 1969 balloting.  Name the players that were ahead of Santo in the 1969 balloting? Hint:  They are all still with us, three are in the Hall of Fame, and one may never be.

My pal Robert Miller has a take this morning on winners and losers. 

Check it out.

Robert predicts that GOP State Sen. Wentworth is going down the drain next week.

This is how Robert ends his take this morning:

At this point, it appears that establishment Republicans and trial lawyers may float out into the Gulf together after being swamped by a Tea Party election wave.

I don’t know about that.

What I do know is that Ichiro Suzuki is now wearing the pin stripes. 

Yesterday I received a robo call from Erika Lee and one from Paul Sadler.

In 1969, Cubbie Ron Santo trailed NL MVP Award winner Willie McCovey, Tom Seaver, Hank Aaron, and Pete Rose of course in the balloting.

Here is what the ‘Stros GM said yesterday:

“One of the benefits of some of the trades we’ve made in addition to getting prospects is that we’ve given ourselves some more freedom next year by freeing up some payroll space that allows us to use that to get the free-agent pieces we want to get.  We’re going to be able to use that freedom to more effectively help the club next year immediately than we would have.”

We will see!

You don’t want to hear about another loss night.  It was like most of the other 62 losses. 


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