Archive for October, 2012

The Chron E-Board got around to endorsing Mary Ann Perez for State Rep., Dist. 144 today.  I heard her opponent didn’t even bother to show up for the Chron E-Board interview.

Check it out here.

In 2008 in Harris County, 76,187 requested mail ballots and 67,612 (88.7%) were returned and counted. 

As of yesterday 90,115 mail ballots have been mailed and 59,304 have been returned.

Also as of yesterday, we’re at 73.4% of the 2008 Early Vote in Person total.

Name the last pitcher to win the World Serious MVP Award?

No pun intended but his year’s Boner Award in Local Politics has to go to the Harris County Deputies Organization for receiving a $25,000 contribution from a strip club owner and handing it over to GOP Sheriff candidate Louis Guthrie. That’s not what you call grass roots support.  It is what you call lap dance support.  Nice move. 

Here is the Chron story.

I don’t have anything to say about SD 6.  I’ll wait until next week.

Pitcher Cole Hamels of course of the Phillies was named the MVP of the 2008 World Serious.

I don’t really have much to say about the new gear look over at The Yard.



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In 2008, there were only three Early Voting locations with more than 30,000 total voters:  West Gray at 35,987, Cypress Creek (Dist. 126) at 30,922, and Cypress Top at 30,312.  As of yesterday the top three are Champions Forest (Dist. 126) at 24,843, Cypress Top at 22,987, and West Gray at 21,825.  

In today’s Chron there is story today about Ted Cruz being a Latino.  There is no arguing, he is Latino.  I just don’t see him doing anything to help move the Latino community forward though. 

Check out the story here.

Here is an easy one.  Since 2000, how many World Serious sweeps have there been?

BTW, I got a Sheila Jackson Lee mailer this past weekend – that’s it.

Lisa Falkenberg has a column today on living the red state blues.  Here is a bit:

Where presidential politics are concerned, we don’t swing. We stagnate. Texas’ role in the presidential election is so inconsequential that our wealthy Republican donors are pouring their money into contests in other states, and national Democrats are urging Texas Latinos to stump in minority neighborhoods in places like Nevada and Colorado. When a presidential candidate does cross the Red River, they come to pick our pockets, not our brains.

Here is Lisa’s entire column.

What else is news?

If you want to check out the new ‘Stros lid, go here.

It looks likeone of our old lids.

There have been four World Serious sweeps since 2000 of course:  Boston over San Luis in 2004, White Sox over ‘Stros in 2005, Boston over Rockies in 2007, and Giants over Tigers a couple of days ago.

Here is from the ‘Stros website:

The Astros slashed their payroll to bottom-barrel levels following their midseason trades of high-priced players like (Brett) Myers, Carlos Lee and Wandy Rodriguez, though they’re paying significant portions of those contracts. When the dust settled, the only player making more than $750,000 was shortstop Jed Lowrie ($1.15 million), leaving the payroll south of the $20 million range. Lowrie will get a nice raise in arbitration, and pitchers (Bud) Norris and (Wilton) Lopez are first-time eligible, but there should be enough flexibility to make additions.


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Sandy decided to cast her vote and there isn’t a single GOP Voter I.D. law or voter suppression effort out there that can stop her.  Sandy also decided to get involved in the campaign for Prez.  I don’t know what impact she will have but she certainly has most of the media coverage today. One thing is for sure, if the Prez wins, Tea Baggers will call foul and demand a rerun claiming Sandy originated in Kenya.

The Chron E-Board yesterday said that voting the straight ticket is a disaster and a menace.  I don’t know about it being the end of the world.  Here is from the E-Board:

Straight ticket voting is entirely too widespread, not only in Harris County, but all across Texas. It is a menace to our democracy beyond even robo-calls and pollsters calling at supper time.

Here is the entire editorial.

I’ll say this.  If any of those running on the GOP side tell me that the Tea Party if full of s__t , that they support The DREAM Act, that they don’t have a problem with marriage equality, and that they think that cutting education funding was a huge mistake, and that they know that The President was born in Hawaii, then maybe I’ll consider not voting the straight ticket.

My baby don’t care, my baby don’t care. My baby don’t care!

After Day 7 of Early Voting in Person in Harris County we’re at 362,827 compared to 314,252 after Day 7 in 2008.  We’re at 53.5% of the 2008 total.  Locally, Clear Lake is at 55.7%, Cypress Top 63.4%, Tomball 58.6%, Franz 49.2%, Tracy Gee 54.7%, Acres Home 42.8%, Northeast 50.6%, Sunnyside 57.6%  Ripley 49.2%, HCC 47.2%, and Baytown 52.5% – got it!

The Tigers only scored 6 measly runs in their World Serious four game flop.  What are the most runs ever scored by a team in a single World Serious game?

The good news from Latino Decisions latest polling:

Obama has the support of 73% of all Latino registered voters, compared to 21% who favor Romney.

The best interviewer in campaign politics bar none is CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.  She shreds the talking points.  Here is from a Politico story today:

O’Brien says this isn’t a partisan objective: “It’s about doing a good interview,” she said. “If someone is lying to you on the left, or if someone is lying to you on the right, as a journalist you’re going to be embarrassed because you didn’t catch a lie. You have to catch people if their spinning you. You can’t just let people come on and spin and spin and spin you.”

Check out the entire piece here.

Go Soledad!

The Yankees scored 18 runs of course against the Giants in Game 2 of the 1936 World Serious.

The ‘Stros new logo was accidentally leaked this past Friday and it looks to be a remake of the orange star and white H.  We will know for sure this Friday.


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Happy Birthday today to State Rep. Carol Alvarado!

In a “Rolling Stone” interview The President called out Romney by referring to him as a BSer.  If you ask me, The President was too kind.

Closer to home, last night’s SBOE District 6 candidate conversation sponsored by the American Association of University Women – West Harris County Branch Forum saw Traci Jensen’s opponent, Donna Bahorich, run from her GOP’s platform on education. There were probably around 40 AAUW members in attendance. 

In the introduction of Bahorich a lot was mentioned about her GOP involvement – national delegate, credentials committee member, running the GOP primary, and Sen. Dan Patrick’s Chief-of-Staff.  When asked about the GOP Party’s platform that opposed teaching kids critical thinking skills, Bahorich said she wasn’t familiar with her Party’s education platform and she said that she supports teaching critical thinking skills.  I kind of find it odd that a candidate running for SBOE would forget to check out her Party’s education platform.

Bahorich was then asked about her strongly agreeing with the statement:  It’s not the government’s responsibility to be sure children are properly educated!   Bahorich evaded the question by answering that it was the responsibility of parents to get their kids educated.

She was later asked about her Party and beliefs.  She said that she aligned with the beliefs of the GOP but the GOP will not shape her beliefs.   She sure is a serial BSer for sure.

It is pretty obvious what is going on.  When she’s around the Tea Party, she feeds them the red meat they like to gobble.  When she is around people that think, she tries to BS her way through and run from the wacko GOP education platform.   A lot of the folks left the event last night with Traci’s yard signs.

There are only two pitchers that have more than 90 career World Serious strikeouts.  Name them?

The Memorial Examiner has a piece on the SBOE race and Traci’s opponent says Traci puts too much focus on the classroom – huh.  Here is from the piece:

About half on the board have been teachers. What I bring to the board, in addition to my work with home schooling, is my experience on the whole picture, through legislative process. I have a global view of how we need to be going about our work that’s been missing from the board. My opponent is focused on the classroom, she doesn’t know legislative process,” Bahorich said.

Jensen was inspired to run for the SBOE seat following its controversial decisions involving the state social studies curriculum in 2010. A former classroom teacher in Aldine ISD, Jensen has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. As a visiting professor at University of Houston until last year, she worked with educators across the city, state, the nation, and internationally concerning the improvement of learning and developing curriculum.

Jensen wants to end the culture wars that politicize subject matter. She advocates more creative instruction choices for teachers.

“My concern is making sure we are public education advocates, not political advocates. The state board should be advising legislators and advocating for parents and teachers,” Jensen said. “She (Bahorich) has a completely political background working for Dan Patrick for years, and she’s not worked in classrooms or in the schools.”

Here is the entire piece.

Speaking of running from your GOP party, in her mail pieces, GOP HD 134 incumbent Sarah Davis is putting out mail saying she didn’t vote to cut public education funding – double huh!  Patti Hart calls her out on this in today’s hard copy of the Chron.

From the Mayor Grinch Department, The Mayor tweeted this yesterday: Argh! Just passed second shopping area already decorated for Christmas! It’s not even Halloween yet! It’s stupid and irritating!-  Bah Humbug!  See you at the H-Town City Hall Christmas tree lighting!

After four days of Early Voting in Person in Harris County, we’re averaging just over 50,000 voters a day as compared to 42,657 per day in 2008 after four days. 

From the equal time department, the Walmart down the street is now open for business but it won’t get my business.

Hall of Fame Yankee great Whitey Ford has 94 career World Serious strikeouts and Hall of Fame San Luis great Bob Gibson has 92 of course.

The owner of the ‘Stros gets some nice run in today’s Chron here.


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Here is what the County put out yesterday evening:

As of this evening we have approved 85,901 applications and sent out 82,202 ballots.  We have received 47,912 voted ballots returned.

26,810 have been generated by the GOP and 22,689 by Dems.

After Day 3 of Early Voting in Person in Harris County we stand at 150,722.  In 2008 after Day 3 we were at 126,394.  Holy guacamole!

I’m just thinking that no one will show up to the polls on November 6.

The top six World Serious career RBI leaders are Yankees.  Name them?

SBOE District 6 candidate Traci Jensen will square off against her opponent tonight at an American Association of University Women – West Harris County Branch Forum at Revere Middle School on Briar Forest at 7 pm so try to drop by.

“Party Kroger” will open tomorrow down the street from Commentary. 

The Chron has a story today about the HD 134 race between Ann Johnson and Sarah Davis.  In the article, Rice political scientist Mark Jones says Dem Johnson faces an “uphill battle.”  Oh yeah!  Then how come Davis is running TV ads accusing Johnson of supporting Obamacare?

Here is the entire Chron article on the race.

Colin Powell endorsed The President this morning.  I’m feeling a little better about the race these days.

Yankees Mickey Mantle (40), Yogi Berra (39), Lou Gehrig (35), Babe Ruth (33), Joe DiMaggio (30), and Bill Skowron (29) of course are the top six career World Serious RBI leaders.

The Tigers were favorites heading into the World Serious in part because of their pitching ace Justin Verlander.   Oh yeah!  San Fran’s Pablo Sandoval and his three dingers last night produced four RBIs.

Nothing is happening at The Yard these days.


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State Board of Education (SBOE), District 6 candidates participated in a forum last night in Alief but the folks in attendance didn’t get to learn about what the Texas Freedom Network put out yesterday.  Here is a part:

At least nine candidates — all Republicans (including SBOE 6 candidate Donna Bahorich)  — in the November 6 elections for the Texas State Board of Education appear to have a pretty dim view of the role and importance of public schools. Responding to a survey sponsored by several religious-right groups in Texas, the nine candidates said they disagree that “it is the government’s responsibility to be sure children are properly educated.” Eight (including Bahorich) of those nine candidates said they “strongly disagree” with that statement.

Here are some of Bahorich’s responses from the Texas Eagle Forum website:

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure children are properly educated?

Bahorich: Strongly Disagree.

Biology textbooks which do not teach both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of the theory of evolution should be rejected by the Board?

Bahorich: Strongly Agree.

I support the History and Social Studies curriculum standards approved by the State Board of Education in 2010.

Bahorich:  Strongly Agree.

I support displaying the Ten Commandments in public school buildings.

Bahorich:  Strongly agree.

You can check out the Texas Freedom Network piece here.

At 20 years, 11 months, and 21 days, this pitcher was the youngest to ever toss a complete game shutout game in a World Serious.  Name the pitcher.

Here is what the County put out yesterday evening:

As of this evening we have approved 84,203 applications and sent out 80,562 ballots.  We have received 44,153 voted ballots returned.

26,729 have been generated by the GOP and 22,623 by Dems.

Through Day 2 of Early Voting in Person in Harris County, 98,671 folks had participated as compared to 82,612 after Day 2 in 2008.  Ripley has 1020 after Day 2 as compared to 756 in 2008.  Franz 2380 – 2554.  IBEW 2526 – 1760.  Bush 1822 – 1046.  Northeast 2445 – 2745.

Commentary was out in West Harris County and saw some long lines at Franz and Nottingham.  Stay tuned!

I’ll hand it to the Chron for putting online all the letters that disagree with their Romney endorsement. 

Check them out here.

On October 6, 1966 in Game 2 of the World Serious, Jim Palmer of B’More of course shutout the Dodgers 6-0 at Dodger Stadium to become the youngest pitcher ever to throw a World Serious complete game shutout.

Here is part from a ‘Stros press release yesterday:

Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane and Houston Mayor Annise Parker led a groundbreaking ceremony for the Astros Community Leaders program this morning at Diez Park in Houston. Through its corporate partnerships, the Community Leaders program will ultimately contribute $18.0 million to the City of Houston over the next five years for youth baseball and softball programs at no cost to the city’s taxpayers.

The ceremony was hosted by Houston Parks and Recreation Director Joe Turner, who has worked with Crane and Mayor Parker to help establish the Community Leaders program. Astros President and CEO George Postolos and popular former Astros players Jose Cruz and Jimmy Wynn also took part in the ceremony along with city council members James Rodriguez, Wanda Adams and Ed Gonzalez. Jose Sanchez, who heads the East End Little League program which plays at Diez Park, spoke passionately about what the Community Leaders program will mean to his community.  Several children from the East End Little League were at the ceremony along with Darrell Miller, Major League Baseball’s Vice President of Youth and Facility Development.

Construction on three parks (Diez Park, Moody Park and Sunnyside) will begin on Thursday.

Here is the entire press release.

That’s all I have from The Yard.


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Here is what the County put out yesterday evening:

As of this evening we have approved 82,946 applications and sent out 79,984 ballots.  We have received 40.566 voted ballots returned.

26,597 have been generated by the GOP and 22,539 by Dems.

In 2008 in Harris County, 76,187 requested mail ballots and 67,612 (88.7%) were returned and counted.  In 2010 in Harris County, 69,991 requested mail ballots and 55,560 (79.4%) were returned and counted.

Yesterday was the first day of Early Voting in Person and here in Harris County 47,093 participated – up from 39,201 voters on Day 1 in 2008.   Let me give you some location comparisons with the 2012 turnout number listed first.  Tomball 1457 – 1006.  Cypress Top Park 2291 – 1440.  West Gray 2556 – 2238.  Bear Creek 1636 – 1206.  Acres Home 1275 – 1220.  Palm Center 886 – 902.  Clear Lake 1720 – 1310.  Ripley House 460 – 376.  HCC 659 – 577.   Alief 1077 – 1273. Octavia Fields 1648 – 1251.

I was out at some of the locations in Northwest Harris County and there were long lines but there were a lot of folks of color.  You look at the locations up in Northwest and West Harris County and they had a bit more enthusiasm on Day 1 but we don’t know if that spells problems for Dems after all the campaigns of some Dems running out there may be getting some of their supporters out.   Let’s see what happens today.

At 38 years, 1 month, and 18 days old, this pitcher is the oldest to ever throw a complete game shutout in the World Serious.  Name the pitcher?

The Chron E-Board today endorsed Ann Johnson for HD 134. 

Check it out here.

You have to be completed addicted to the GOP talking points if you thought that Mitt Romney came close to winning last night’s debate.  There are 14 days to go then a break from the talking point heads.

Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson of course is the oldest pitcher to toss a complete game 4-0 shutout in Game 2 of the 2001 World Serious.

There is no news from The Yard.


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“Come Home, America” was one of the slogans of the George McGovern campaign for President in 1972.  We got our arses handed to us by Nixon that November but not because we were on the wrong side of the issues.  About a year and a half later you started to see “Don’t blame me, I voted for McGovern” bumper stickers on cars.

A framed 1972 George McGovern for President poster has been proudly and prominently displayed in the front of my office for many years now.  His 1972 campaign manager Gary Hart had this to say about Senator McGovern this past Saturday:

“McGovern was passionate, in his laconic South Dakota manner, about ending an unwinnable war in Vietnam, reducing nuclear dangers and eliminating hunger at home and abroad. But his most important legacy will be his rescue of the Democratic Party.”

He led the DNC’s McGovern Commission that reformed the Democratic Party’s rules and allowed for greater participation for women and minorities.  Thank you very much Senator McGovern.

Here is the entire Gary Hart tribute.

The World Serious is right around the corner.  Name the pitcher with the most World Serious career saves?

The Chron E-Board endorsed Mitt Romney yesterday because H-Town didn’t get a shuttle.  OK, so there was more to it than the shuttle.

Here is from the endorsement:

The Mitt Romney we are endorsing is the Massachusetts moderate who worked successfully alongside an 88 percent Democratic majority in the state Legislature to produce what the Obama administration says became its model for national health care reform.

Well, that’s not the Romney that has been running.  Remember “severely conservative.” 

What is missing from the endorsement is any mention of immigration and “self deportation” and Romney’s opposition to The DREAM Act.  Latinos make up nearly half of H-Town’s population so this could be considered a glaring omission and slight. 

Check out the editorial here.

Early Voting in Person starts today so we ought to know in a few days what turnout will look like here locally.

Yankee pitch great Mariano Rivera has 9 World Serious career saves of course.

I don’t have anything from The Yard today – sorry.


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The Chron E-Board endorsed Ted Cruz today for U.S. Senator.  In their endorsement here is what they said about Paul Sadler:

There’s a lot we admire about Sadler, particularly his demonstrated ability to reach across the aisle and work productively with his political opponents for the good of Texas. But Sadler is practically poking at embers to keep his campaign from burning out altogether. Why? Because of a simple lack of interest and support from his own party. Sadler’s candidacy is well-meaning, but an exercise in futility.

Here is the entire endorsement editorial.

The Chron E-Board certainly makes the Lone Star State Dem Party look irrelevant.

The Yankees were swept by the Tigers yesterday.  When was the last time the Yankees were swept in post season play?

Speaking of, Newsweek will no longer be with us next year. 

Here is what the County put out yesterday evening:

As of this evening we have approved 80,311 applications and sent out 78,100 ballots.  We have received 34,104 voted ballots returned.

26,543 have been generated by the GOP and 21,843 by Dems.

It looks like Harris County is on track to outperform 20008 in mail ballot voting so stay tuned!

Early Voting in Person starts on Monday.  Are you ready?  In a few days we will be able to figure out what part of town owns the intensity card.

What’s up with A-Roid being benched?  If you are paying him a kazillion bucks, you have to play him.

It is the Friday before Early Voting in Person and the $1.5 million bond and METRO campaigns still haven’t sent me squat. I’ve heard the METRO ad on Sports 610 and it sounds kind of confusing.  I ran into an HCC bigwig last night and the bigwig isn’t happy with the HCC bond campaign.  Maybe they all think it is in the bag.

The Yankees were swept by the Royals three zip of course in the 1980 ALCS.

The new skipper was introduced to the local media yesterday.


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Yesterday commentary accompanied Traci Jensen to a meeting of the Cypress-Fairbanks Association of Retired Employees (mostly retired educators) out in Cy-Fair.  Traci’s opponent Donna Bahorich was also there.  (Fact:  Bahorich home schooled her kids and even started up a home schooling materials business that included creationism curriculum.)  Yesterday she was asked by an educator her position on evolution and Bahorich responded that she would not favor bringing creationism into the classroom.   Come on!  She’s been promoting creationism in her home schooling business for years now!  She is definitely feeling the heat from Traci’s campaign.

Bahorich also goes around touting her GOP credentials, her support for the GOP platform and brags that she used to be State Senator Dan Patrick’s district director, but when she is in front of educators, she does a 180 and says she opposes vouchers – huh!  She did so last Friday and again yesterday.  I wonder if Sen. Patrick knows she’s doing a 180.  I wonder if her local Tea Party knows.

Yesterday she was asked where his children attended schools and she awkwardly tried to explain to over a hundred retired public school teachers why she home schooled her kids.  It was kind of a corny response about her falling in love with teaching.  Yeah, sure!  Her response generated some groans from the group. 

Traci easily won over the group with her sharp responses to their questions.

The Tigers are one game away from playing in the World Serious.  How many times have the Tigers won the World Serious?

MariGirl got some run in today’s SA Express News.

Check it out here.

Here is what the County put out yesterday evening:

As of this evening we have approved 78,701 applications and sent out 76,393 ballots.  We have received 31,859 voted ballots returned.

26,471 have been generated by the GOP and 21,705 by Dems.

In 2008 in Harris County, 76,187 requested mail ballots and 67,612 (88.7%) were returned and counted.  In 2010 in Harris County, 69,991 requested mail ballots and 55,560 (79.4%) were returned and counted.

The Chron E-Board supports the City Bonds.

Check out today’s endorsement here.

The Tigers have won four World Seriouses of course – 1984, 1968, 1945, and 1935.

The team is expected to announce the new coaching staff today.


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